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Quilting with rulers on a domestic or sitdown midarm machine

Started by Riana Noyes. Last reply by Riana Noyes Sep 17, 2018. 3 Replies

 I teach fmq quilting when in Fla. and my students there have asked me to teach quilting with rulers on domestic machine. You all know l successfully use rulers on my midarm in a , l…Continue

What type of machine do you use?

Started by Jacqui Morris. Last reply by Ruth Ann Henderer Nov 18, 2016. 74 Replies

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…Continue

Top Thread Breaking - Help!

Started by Jennifer Schifano Thomas. Last reply by Jennifer Schifano Thomas Mar 27, 2014. 16 Replies

I just bought a Juki with a New Joy Frame and a Grace Stitch Regulator.  I'm having a terrible time with the top thread breaking.  I've tried everything I can think of, but after about 30 seconds of…Continue

APQS George?

Started by Georgia Spalding Pierce. Last reply by Riana Noyes Aug 7, 2013. 1 Reply

I have a longarm, but am contemplating purchasing an APQS George to do some create some add on borders rather than the standard binding I currently use. Does anyone have any experience with a George?Continue

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Comment by Connie Chamberlain on January 23, 2012 at 10:43am

I just might have to start saving my change and dollars for backing and try it once,it's going to take me awhile.

Comment by Teri Lucas on January 23, 2012 at 8:20am

When we work on knitting, crocheting, cross stitch or any other type of hand work we learn that the back should look just as good as the front.  It's the hallmark of good quality work on the project, whatever it might be.

When I first started quilting I used muslin on the back of the quilt and quickly changed because 1) I didn't like the look and feel of it; 2) If my stitching was not good it was really obvious (I now use one of these quilts when I teach machine quilting).  

When I teach I don't let my students use muslin to practice on because it's not something I would use in a quilt.  If cost is an issue, which frequently it is, I encourage saving money until you have enough to purchase for the back or hit the sale rack in the local quilt shop.  There are often great finds in the sale rack!

I'm very, very cautious about purchasing fabrics in the big box stores because my experience of the quality of the fabric is that it is a much loose weave than the fabrics available in my lqs.


Comment by Sue on January 23, 2012 at 6:12am

I have mixed feelings on this.  Some time ago I purchased a bolt of white cotton from JoAnns to make curtains that never materialized. :)  I've been using this for my quilt backs and will buy something similar when this is gone just for this purpose.  The last two quilts I made for babies and have used a coordinating print on back.  I just completed a larger one and couldn't justify $10 per yard for that much backing fabric. My 11 year old granddaughter wanted pink though, so we found something on sale.  She understood.

Comment by Connie Chamberlain on January 22, 2012 at 7:30pm

Eileen,that's true but i figure i cant see the back anyway.

Comment by Margie Campbell on January 22, 2012 at 6:28pm

I use a nice 104" wide muslin in both bleached and unbleached.  It's one of the staples I keep on hand.  It's not as expensive as some of the other brands...but it's not thin, and is of excellent quality. 

Comment by Eileen Keane on January 22, 2012 at 1:01pm

Connie, I used to use muslin but one time a teacher asked me why I was willing to spend so much on the fabric for the top, but settled for a secondary type fabric for the back. I feel the back of my quilt is as valuable as the front.

Comment by Connie Chamberlain on January 22, 2012 at 12:51pm

I have a Pfaff 1475 i use for my machine quilting,It's just a sewing machine and  I plan on using it for all my bigger quilting.

I use plain muslin most times for my backing.I just can't see spending that kind of money their asking for backing.I've used sheets also for backing.

Comment by nellie diaz on December 9, 2011 at 7:55pm

i have a handi quilter used that i brought a few months ago ,and really have not used it much ,it kinda hard to get the hang of it ,so im looking for pointer,s out there for help or tips

Comment by QuilterBridget on September 22, 2011 at 10:44am

Welcome, Kathy!  I hope you'll enjoy it here!  What is your favorite style of machine quilting?  I like free-motion, but I'd love to have a guide on my walking foot so I could do some grid quilting.  I love the way that looks! 

Comment by Kathy Myers Bess on September 20, 2011 at 11:21pm


 I'm a newbie to this group.



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