hi I stumbled upon your blog happily and I wonder if you might help me. i just bought a sweet sixteen and my thread keeps fraying. I have re-threaded the machine 1000 times and am using superior so fine 50 in both needle and bobbin. Unfortunately I bought the machine on line so I cant just go to the dealer and say ” what’s up?” Do you have any ideas? You do such beautiful work I thought I might learn from the best 🙂
Your work is beautiful! As a novice patchworker, I am amazed by what quilting can do to finish a quilt. It is perhaps something I would like to try, but I do wonder if I would have the patience for practicing! Thanks for inspiring me!
Thank you Donna. When I use my Sweet Sixteen I do use the stitch regulator. However I believe that it is possible to do good work without having it. You might possibly want to start off without the TruStitch and add it later if you decide you want it because it can be retrofitted. I purchased my Sweet Sixteen before the TruStitch was released and added it a few months later.
I’m a very beginning quilter. I have a Pfaff Grand Quilter and frame. Your work is beautiful. Right now, I’m trying to learn my machine so I’m working on practice pieces. It’s really fun. Thanks for sharing your work.
Practice is your best friend when it comes to Freemotion Quilting. So stay focused and you will succeed. I just practiced on anything I could get my hands on. Thanks for popping in. today.
I own a long arm and have a quilt I’m supposed to do for a lady called “bulls eye” she wants me to quilt it and avoid the bulls eyes, as they are meant to fray. Do you have any suggestions? I love your work, I’ve only be using a long arm for a few months and would love some advice.
Thank you for sharing your creativity.
Without seeing the quilt it’s a bit difficult to make any suggestions as to how you could quilt it. I would suggest you stick to some kind of meander/stipple that you’re good at but first find out if your lady would prefer lightly quilted or dense quilting. I’m sure no matter what you do your lady will be pleased with the result. Good luck with this job. Thanks for popping in today.
I just stumbled onto your blog, and think I’m going to enjoy it. My first long-arm machine was delivered yesterday. I’m excited to plunge in. Do you think its best to start out by taking a class? I’m pretty fearless when it comes to trying new things and I’ve been FMQ on my domestic machines for the last 7 years.
I think you should take the plunge and start using your longarm system. Make a list of questions. Then take a class and ask your questions. The internet is a great source of info. And Yahoo has users groups for just about all the makes of longarm systems which are very informative.
Enjoy your new toy. I look forward to reading about your adventures.
Thanks for popping in today.
Hi Carol, I think you can do Freemotion quilt on any machine. You just have to practice and be very patient because it takes time to master it. When I purchase a sewing I consider everything it can do not just the freemotion aspect. I have a small list of features I wouldn’t do without and then I purchase the machine that has those features and a few more according to what my budget will allow. I have to admit that a long sewing bed is allows an attractive feature but it’s not top of my must-have list. I hope this helps a little. Thanks for popping in today Carol. Happy stitching x
Hi Lucie, all these are beautiful – you are so talented! I have only just started getting into quilting and am still at the block stage (doing on point bondaweb appliqué blocks interspersed with plain quilting blocks and with sashing and cornerstones between them all) of my first ever baby quilt. I am dreading the quilting part though as I need to hand quilt it (no longarm) and was thinking of doing echo hand quilting around the appliqué and a coral-themed free-form type thing for the plain blocks. Do you have any advice on this? Also, would you consider doing a tutorial on how to prepare a quilt for quilting by hand and then how to do the borders once its all quilted? Sorry for the essay! Veronika
Hi Veronika, Echo quilting around your applique patches sounds really good. As for the borders, perhaps you could stitch out the shape of one or two of your applique patches. Keep it simple and you can’t go wrong. Thanks for popping in today x