Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
OK all, I have the first question.
What kind of sewing machine do you use for your quilting? I have a basic Brother sewing machine, which limits the size quilts I can make. I am thinking of getting a "real" quilting machine.
What do you use and do you like it?
I machine quilt on a Bernina 1080, a standard domestic machine. On this machine I've quilted up to king size quilts. I've taught quilters on various Brothers with success. Are you considering something like the Bernina 830, Bernina 820, AQPS George?
Marti Michell has a book called "Machine Quilting in Sections." Fascinating. See her website at http://www.frommarti.com/
I heard Marti lecture at the Des Moines quilt show last year--she was terrific and has quilted king-size quilts on her regular machine. I have some larger quilts that are awaiting quilting (I have been putting them off to work on other projects, and then there was Christmas, etc., etc.....), and I am going to use her methods.
Love the Pinnacle\Juki 2000QI that my dh got for our 45th Anniversary. Going to take a lot of practice to learn how to use it well. Check out KathyQuilts they have some good advice.
If you like your current domestic and have a good working relationship with it then it's possible to quilt a very large quilt on the machine. I use a combination of tips from Paula Reid & Ricky Tims to accomplish good quilting on larger quilts.
From Paula, it's fluff & stuff - by gathering the quilt around the area of the throat and fluffing it up I can easily get the quilt into the machine to quilt it.
From Ricky, I quilt in an area the size of a pot holder - smoothing that area around the needle as I stitch.
From me, I've played with frames (at shows) and have tried a variety of long arms at shows. I like the freedom of stitching where ever I want to move that I, personally, don't get at the long arms.
If I ever "upgrade" from my current machine(s) I would head toward either the 820, George or something similar as it's more in keeping with how I think through the quilting process and the learning curve would not be so great.
Oh Viking Husqvarna has a machine with a rather large throat.
I wish I could be there to take your class. I don't suppose you'll be at the AQS show in Lancaster, PA, next week?