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Domestic (Home) Machine Quilters

This group is for people who quilt using their regular home machine to share their knowledge and/or ask for help to improve their skills.

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Free motion vs. "In the ditch" quilting

Started by Quilt Man. Last reply by Janet/MO Apr 16. 46 Replies

Hey Y'all,Who prefers free motion quilting vs. in the ditch on your HSM? I prefer in the ditch just because it is easier to handle the massive quilt. I have done free motion on one quilt and it was a…Continue

What machine do you use for home quilting?

Started by AidaCJ/NH. Last reply by Janet/MO Dec 12, 2014. 20 Replies

I have a Janome 1600P which came with a New Joy frame.  It's fantastic for free motion quilting. However, I notice that when I do an upward stitch, the stitches skip, although the speed has been set…Continue

Tags: stitches, skipped, machine, sewing

What is your favorite thread?

Started by Char. Last reply by Ali Stanley Dec 10, 2014. 11 Replies

Do you use a special thread when machine quilting?

Help with monofilament!!

Started by Bethany/from CT. Last reply by Joanna liguz Sep 10, 2014. 11 Replies

Ok.  I've used this stuff before with no problems and now, all of a sudden my machine has decided it hates it.  Actually, both of my machines!  Naturally I'm in the middle of a big project and not…Continue

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Comment by Janet/MO on June 18, 2016 at 6:06am

You are going to have so much fun setting up your new sewing room Kathy.  It is good that you are going to be close enough to run home if need be. 

Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on June 17, 2016 at 8:50pm
Hi Ladies!...I got to go into my Julie's new house today...charming with lots of Windows and vaulted ceilings..I got to pick out my sewing room...it looks out at the front yard and the Elementary School...the room is big enough for my fold out seeing table...8 foot shelving and my twin bed..the best part Is the huge window, so I get the morning sun but not the afternoon heat...plus I am only 2 miles away from John...so I can sew during the day for afew hours then go back to the apartment to make meals...the Pulminary Dept. is putting me through tests for lung infection because of the mold scare...that is why I have the extra twin bed placed in the sewing room, in case I need it ....I am happy it is all working out just fine..
....I really miss the sewing and I want to start sewing jackets....light weight, pretty prints to go with my Capries....living in the desert with lots of air conditioning can get chilly...
Comment by Janet/MO on June 17, 2016 at 8:15pm

I managed to get another quilt basted today & will start the quilting on it tomorrow.  This is another top that is made from blocks I received in a swap with an internet group a few years ago.  I don't do very many swaps any more due to the high cost of postage, fabric & thread, but I sure do love the quilts that I have made from the prior ones I participated in.  I was very lucky to only rarely get a block I couldn't use. 

Comment by Janet/MO on June 16, 2016 at 12:00pm

Mary Alice, I debated long & hard about buying this machine, but I don't regret it for a minute.  It is to the point that I really can't afford to have my tops quilted by a longarm quilter any more so I had to do something.  It is not that I don't think they deserve the money because, if anything, they probably don't charge enough, but with the cost of fabric & thread being so high, I just can't justify adding another $200 or $300 to the cost.  I do have one that is 116 x 116 that might not ever get quilted for that very reason. 

Comment by Mary Alice Espinoza on June 16, 2016 at 9:49am

Kathy, how wonderful to get your own sewing space!  I'm sure you and your daughter will spend lots of time enjoying it together!

Janet, I've got a Pfaff too with IDT.  Actually going to upgrade to the new Epic, and they are taking my CV as a trade in.  I still have buyer's remorse on getting the new machine, but then I tell myself, it's the only thing I love doing, I take care of my mom and don't really go anywhere, so why not enjoy my home space more.

Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on June 16, 2016 at 7:59am
Our machines are really touchy!!..and particular to their surroundings!..I almost feel like I need to pray before I flip the switch to on!...it seems like the slightest thing can throw them into a tezzie!...now I understand why some women suggest to sew with a glass of wine at your side.....or a tranquilizer!
Comment by Janet/MO on June 16, 2016 at 5:38am

Sherri, the woman at the shop told me that some times breaking a needle can do that.  I didn't break a needle right before I noticed this problem, but I have done that in the past when I forgot to change my throat plate.  I had changed the needle 3 times thinking maybe I had just gotten a bad one in the pkg, but when that didn't help I knew something else had to be causing the problem.

Have fun setting up your new sewing space Kathy.  It is good that your daughter is moving closer to you.  That will make it a lot easier for you.

Comment by Debbi Lamb/AZ on June 16, 2016 at 4:58am

Sherri - Cute quilt! I think you've done a great job with the quilting. I love the straight lines combined with the gentle curves!

Comment by Sherri Eley on June 16, 2016 at 3:53am

Janet,  In response to your "holy bobbin" I take my Janome in once a year for maintenance and cleaning.  Every time I take it in they tell me the bobbin case has a hole in it.  I don't know how it happens,  but it happens to me.  One thing I was told was never pull the fabric through the feed dogs,  so I try to abide by that,  but once in awhile the fabric gets hung up and I have to give it a little tug.  I have learned that when I have a stitch problem,  the first thing I do is put in a new needle.  That fixes the stitch irregularities usually.  If not,  then I start looking a bit harder.  Cleaning out the bobbin case.... I never mess with tension... I am one of those people who are terrified by changing that little  dial.  I look to see if the tension suggested on the readout matches what I have set. That is as far as I go,  messing with the tension dial. 

Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on June 16, 2016 at 2:08am
Hi All!..I am sorry that I am so late popping in..I have been spending my free time at doctor's appointments...love the discussion and the cute quilts...good to hear that we are back in business!..my daughter is in the process of moving closer to me, which is wonderful! And she and I will be setting up a new sewing room for me in her new house....I am excited about that!..I live in a Senior Apt. house, so our rooms are very small...my husband has Alzheimer's, so having another place to get away to rest and sew is wonderful!...his doctor was all in favor of that idea...thank God, he is still in the early stages of this....

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