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Quilting Machine

martik | Posted in General Discussion on

I am wanting to buy a home quilting machine.  I have a friend who bought a $1500 Janome quilting machine.  I have looked at the Viking MegaQuilt Machine.  But i have no idea what people who use these machines really like and why.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks..marti


  1. Pattiann42 | | #1

    First on the list would be a large area to the right of the needle to accommodate the bulkiness of the quilt.

    Second would be a "table" or platform to the left to help hold the quilt and eliminate drag from the weight of the quilt.

    Those are two things I wanted, then the stitch regulator came on the market and I want one of those too!

    I if were to go shopping today for a new machine that would handle quilts, those are three things I would look for.

    Bottom line - if it can sew, it can quilt.




    1. martik | | #2

      Are you telling me that I can quilt with my regular sewing machine?  I need some help!  I have sewn since I was 8 or so, so that is approx 49 years.  But I have never been able to quilt with a regular sewing machine.  Any information you can provide will be appreciated!  marti

      1. Pattiann42 | | #3

        Start with a small project.  Stitching in the ditch is a simple method of fastening the quilt top, batting and backing together.  You top stitch in the seam.

        A walking foot (even-feed foot) is helpful, but not necessary if the quilt is securely basted so there is no shifting of the layers.

        Free motion quilting adds designs.  Drop the feed dog or set stitch length to zero so the feed dogs barely move.

        You will need a daring foot for fee-motion or a quilting foot (similar if not the same).

        There is a video of free-motion quilting - click on magazine index at the top of this page and on the left side of the screen click on video tips.

        (For Stitching Intric-motion quilting techniqueate Quilt Designs by Machine, Try StipplingDiane Gaudynski offers a warm-up exercise for this free— with Diane Gaudynski)Fons & Porter or Diane Gaudynski are both good sources for learning to quilt.  Fons & Porter are on PBS and also have a magazine and books. Diane has books.

        Edited 8/17/2007 9:50 am ET by spicegirl1

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