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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.

Members: 227
Latest Activity: Dec 8, 2019

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Speed on my sewing machine.....question

Started by Jo Guthridge. Last reply by J.S. Oct 8, 2016. 3 Replies

I have a kenmore machine that has worked pretty well learning my machine quilting. My question is for some reason I can not get it to go slow like it did before. The speed is controlled by the foot…Continue

Janome 3160

Started by Gail Tesson. Last reply by Ali Stanley Jul 15, 2016. 4 Replies

I'm thinking of buying a Janome 3160. Is it a good machine? Has anyone had problems with this model?Continue

Free motion vs. "In the ditch" quilting

Started by Quilt Man. Last reply by Janet/MO Apr 16, 2016. 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

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Comment by Char on November 3, 2009 at 3:51pm
Thanks Lori, I think I'll try the desolving thread.
Comment by Lori on November 3, 2009 at 3:38pm
I have found basting my quilts with the back stretched tight that I have no problems with puckers in my backing when quilting. I either tape it to the counter or use T pins when doing it on the carpet. On larger quilts I go ahead and ditch quilt with desolving thread and then do my intricate quilting over it. It really helps keep things together.
Comment by Lori on November 3, 2009 at 3:32pm
I am just learning to do machine quilting. I do not have a stitch regulator but the more I do the better it gets. I still hand quilt some of my special quilts but I must admit I love doing the free motion quilting because I can get such intricate quilting done. I just go at a slow pace. Whenever I have time at workI practice drawing my free motion designs. Use a lot of paper at work but it really helps when I start machine quilting.
Comment by Lynda Banks/Ont. on November 3, 2009 at 3:26pm
Hi everybody!! I have quilted all my quilts on my domestic machine. I just got a long arm and I'm afraid of it !! I find quilting on my sewing machine so much easier. I have a janome memorycraft and I love it. I unplug the footpedal and turn the speed down. Then using the embroidery on and off swith you dont have to worry about anything but your hand motions. If you can't unplug your foot pedal, you can turn your speed all the way down then push your pedal to the floor then you only have to worry about your hands again. Give it a try, you'll be surprised at how quickly you get even stitches. Who needs a regulator???
Comment by Char on November 3, 2009 at 3:26pm
I knew this group was a good idea. I'm glad Janet took up the challenge.I quilt on a Bernina 1080QE. Like eveyone else I have no prolems with straight stitch or in the ditch but if I'm doing anything larger than a tote bag I usually have problems. I'm looking forward to lots of suggestions from this group!
Comment by Trevi in Texas on November 3, 2009 at 3:19pm
Thank you Janet! We really need this group. Like most of you I need more practice with free motion quilting. I sew with a Pfaff that has a built in walking foot feature. I mostly quilt with straight lines so I can use the integrated dual feed. The IDF is the reason I bought a Pfaff. It's a great machine, weighs a ton so hard to take to a class. I think I could do a lot more if I would overcome my fear of the free motion thing.
Comment by Beverly/NC on November 3, 2009 at 2:48pm
Thanks Annie, Mine aren't fair quilts either. All of mine are in use. Maybe I'll try it when I have some free time.
Comment by Suzanne McGurk on November 3, 2009 at 2:48pm
Hi, I would like to join your group. I have been doing some free motion but still have some problems, mostly tension and my stitches are never even in length. I practice whenever I can. I like to use the embroidery quilt designs in my machine, too. I stick to nothing bigger than a lap quilt because that is plenty big enough for me to move around on my machine.
Comment by Annie Zipser on November 3, 2009 at 2:34pm
Beverly...I don't have a stitch regulator either...and my stitches are not uniform. They get better the more you do it, and unless you look for the regularity, people don't notice it. Although I should say that I make quilts to use...and my quilts wouldn't do well at the state fairs.
Comment by Annie Zipser on November 3, 2009 at 2:32pm
The tip I got was to keep thinking "relax your shoulders, relax your shoulders". Whenever I need to stop the machine to move my quilt, I try to move my shoulders around to get the kinks out. I also found it helped to try to do smaller areas when I was stippling, rather than covering a large area in one go.
 

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