Machine Quilter or Hand?

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I am just wondering if most of you machine quilt? I am taking a class and our teacher only does machine quilting. Do any of you do both? And if you do how would you compare the process and results?

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Quoting Marcie:




Oh, please give me your two cents. I can tape a piece of cardboard over the feed dogs? Really? Then I just have to get a darning foot  right?








Yes, and ... maybe?  I understand there are people who use a regular foot because it actually gives them more stability.  (Or it might be that they use the feed dogs and the darning foot.  I can't remember right now.)



 



Is it against regulations to give the address for a different forum?  It's a quilting forum full of more knowledgeable people than me, and they don't mind you asking them any question at all.  But I'm certain about the cardboard.



Try this link for Quilts Your Way.  If it doesn't work, let me know.  Tell them BrightEyes sent you.  ;)



 



Hugs,



Melinda

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I have a janome quilter's edition. I love it. But honestly, I would keep the singer. You can always tape a piece of cardboard over the feed dogs. And they just don't make machines as good as the old ones. The older ones are usually all metal, where the new ones have a lot of plastic. Just my two cents.

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Sylvia - posted on 05/11/2010

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I love to hand quilt; I use the plastic quilt frames from hobby lobby to make the quilt portable so that I can take it with me to any room in the house. It does take a long time to hand quilt & can be tiring to work on the same project for a long time but my GOSH when its done its soooo satisfying to see it & think WOW I did that! It is then that I become attached to it & so thankful that I hand quilted it. I love the large selection of embroidery threads from DMC ~ they are perfect for hand quilting & so many gorgeous colors to choose from!
I also love to embroidery.
I find it to be okay for machine quilting too; I've done that for one quilt for my mom & I used a cable design so I didn't have to arm wrestle the quilt through the machine so much. I have a JUKI that I use for machine quilt.

Amy - posted on 01/20/2010

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I do both but I LOVE hand quilting. It is my favorite. I do it far more than machine quilting. I find hand quilting peaceful and soothing. Its something I do that is for me, and refreshes me :)

Ries - posted on 01/19/2010

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hi, I hand quilt and machine quilt. often with a new complicated pattern I will hand piece first so I dont make mistakes, but usually piece by machine, or buy quilt tops off ebay now I have 6 kids, as time (and space ) are limited.. as my favourite parts are fabric matching, design and colours and the piecing annoys me...(it's often cheaper too!) my FAVE part is the hand quilting, I can sit in winter with a quilt on my lap, and a couple of kids under it too and stitch wandering everywhere for fun, they watch me put in a star or other little fun thing if it is for them... the become treasures that way for me and them. I make classics, so my almost 20 year old is still sleeping under the one I made when he was four and I applice'd his hands onto the bottom reaching for some stars... looks funny with his feet sticking out!

Carleen - posted on 01/17/2010

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I only hand quilt....personally I don't like the look of machine quilting. I still use my grandmother's old frames......Yes, the hubby doesn't like it when I have a big quilt in and he has to watch tv in the other room.........but.........I make money quilting for other people as well and doing arts and crafts shows.......so he doesn't complain too much

Sarah - posted on 12/15/2009

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I have never used a machine to quilt other than to get the pieces together. My two small kids (18mo and 3yrs) hubby and I travel for his work so we are in different places all the time and I think having to drag around a big machine would be unrealistic. Though, if I had the space and place for such a machine I would definately use one. I hand quilt every project I have ever done and I always love the finished product. I do not make them for money or for shows, but usually gifts for friends. I made one once from a box of old t-shirts a roommate was going to donate. I told him I would take them to the Goodwill and stayed up late for almost two months getting it finished for his 40th b-day. He loved not only having a quilt so full of memories from his past, but also having something hand made, he treasures it still. I have just finished a quilt for a friend whos' grandmother died recently and when he and his mother cleaned out her house I was gifted with all the scrap material. Hopefully he will look at the quilt and think of her and maybe me too for years to come.

Sharon - posted on 11/06/2009

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I am attending a hand quilting course tomorrow as I think I may prefer to hand quilt than machine. I have yet to do machine quilting as I am wanting to get a walking foot for my machine first, which I am asking for, for Christmas!

Looking forward to my course though!

Stacy - posted on 04/19/2009

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I only do hand quilting because it is my way of having a little me time. I started when my son was about 6 months old, he's now 10 and have made it through the baby stages of my daughter's life too. It's not impossible to quilt with small children, its all in the timing. You have to do it during naps and after the kids are in bed for the night. It takes alot longer, but it helps me keep my sanity.

Dawn - posted on 04/17/2009

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I hand quilt the "special" projects just for our use. I love how pretty the project ends up. I have machine quilted a couple of projects that were gifts on a deadline. I'm not very good at machine quilting and just quilt in the ditch. But I am never satisfied with the results. I just prefer the detail of hand.

Alison - posted on 03/30/2009

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Ms. Marcie,

I both hand and machine quilt. Machine quilting is definitely faster but if you resolve to yourself that you don't mind having a project or two that you know will take quite some time, then hand quilting is fun. I definitely treasure my hand-quilted projects.

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Me and one of my friends started quilting last year. Joined a class to learn...wow!! I got the squares cut out and even sewed a few together. I haven't got to the actual sewing by machine or hand, but my friend has and she is doing machining...wants to do by hand...My son's Wife..Grandmother quilts with a church group that donate their quilts to less fortunate or lost home in a fire. They use the quilting frame and do it by hand. They look awesome. Several ladies work together to get the quilts finished for their on-going projects. I'm hoping for the day I can get back into the stream of quilting. Glad to be able to chat to others in reference to the art.

Yvonne - posted on 02/16/2009

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i really dont think so. technically i dont have any rules. and technically there may be rules set up by the ppl who created this whole system but i havent read them ((blushes)) but i dont mind that you post links that can help. we have a lot of members but not a lot of posters at this time for some reason. so until more members join in that is the best way to pass along info.

if i had to have a rule it would be that there is to be an environment of mutual respect and understanding of other members' opinions and that no on ever attack another member. ((hugs))

Yvonne - posted on 02/16/2009

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i hand quilt typically. im a perfectionist so i prefer to hand quilt. however if i had a proper sewing machine id love to learn to do more complex designs on machine. exp for things that arent for my kids or immediate family.

Jennifer - posted on 02/15/2009

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Ok, just my two cents worth. I hand quilt and I do have kids. I love it and wouldn't trade it for anything. The preciseness and quality I get from hand quilting is like nothing I have seen in my machine quilting. Hand quilting just has a beautiful quality and with practice doesn't take that long. Anything small I even do without a hoop on my lap. I LOVE hand quilting. Please consider it. Even your hands get used to it. :)

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Quoting Melinda:

I have a janome quilter's edition. I love it. But honestly, I would keep the singer. You can always tape a piece of cardboard over the feed dogs. And they just don't make machines as good as the old ones. The older ones are usually all metal, where the new ones have a lot of plastic. Just my two cents.



Oh, please give me your two cents. I can tape a piece of cardboard over the feed dogs? Really? Then I just have to get a darning foot  right?

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Sounds like most of you machine quilt. I am looking for new or refurbished machine. Any suggestions on what I should get. I don't have much to spend and I am a beginner. The machine I have now is a 20 year old singer. It's been ok, but the feed dawgs don't go down so I am limited to stitch in the the ditch. I am looking at a Janome for and a Juki for about $280. Is this a good deal?

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I only machine quilt. I don't have time to hand quilt, but I also have carpal tunnel syndrome which makes it hard to hold a needle.

Anita - posted on 02/02/2009

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I agree with Kathy. I quilt it by machine, just b/c it's faster and easier! I also admire those who do it by hand--they most likely do not have little kids!! :)



Oh, does tying count? I have tied a couple quilts. It's technically "by hand" but doesn't take oodles of time. It looks cute too :)

Kathy - posted on 02/01/2009

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I only machine quilt. I personally don't have the patience to hand quilt. Some machines have a hand quilt stitch to mimic the look of hand quilting. It's not the same though. I do love the look of hand quilting and I'm in awe of those who do.

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