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Date: 1/31/14 8:25 PM

So, I am working on a quilt for my dh. I am machine quilting it on my Pfaff. I love my sm, but it's hard getting this quilt through. Aye! I'm not fq. Mainly because I don't know how to yet. I'm just making circles and squares around the different blocks. I am enjoying myself but getting tired too.

Any tips on fitting a big quit through my sm? I would love to buy another sm specifically for quilting. But that's not happening anytime soon.


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Date: 1/31/14 9:57 PM

For most if us it is a struggle. All the fabric and layers. Your pfaff will have a built in walking foot, so that should help. However if yous is like mine, the harp area is small, like 5 inches from needle to right side. Mine is also not tall in that area.

I don't know what to tell you to do. I have only done a couple of lap or smaller quilts so far and it was a struggle. I do mine on my Bernina 630.

I am sure someone can help you.

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Date: 1/31/14 10:20 PM

Leah Day says not to roll it, but sort of puddle it. Also, she says that sometimes it is best to work in quarters of the quilt at a time.

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Date: 1/31/14 10:20 PM

Instead of rolling the quilt, try puddling it. Use a flat surface and build tables around your sewing machine to hold the quilt so it doesn't drag or get caught on corners, etc. You don't want to hold the quilt in your lap. If you check on youtube or Leah Day website, her set up works well. Tables can be picked up at Wal-Mart, Target, and Costco. Another thought would maybe you can go to the quilt shop and use their longarm. Some LQS rent out time on their longarms. I think Learn has done that too.

If you really get into fmq, you want to have supreme slider or something that will make your work surface slippery.

eta: What Barb said!
-- Edited on 1/31/14 10:21 PM --

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Date: 2/1/14 0:29 AM

For your next quilt give quilting your quilt in sections a try. I had great success with queen size quilts using the method I learned in the Crafsty.com class with Ann Petersen. Quilting Big Projects on A Small Machine.

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Date: 2/1/14 0:52 AM

I bought a Supreme Slider and boy did it make a huge difference. The drag of the quilt was suddenly all gone. Still, it is hard to do on a home machine.

I have taken a quilt to the quilt shop to have it done on the long arm. I have another nearly ready for the shop. I do not like large quilts, as it is too hard on my neck and shoulders to do the quilting myself.

Even if I have it done on the long arm and pay for it, it is still MY quilt. I just decided not to have pain in my body for a week and it is worth it. For a lap size, I have been told it will cost me $50. That is money well spent for me, and I can enjoy the process of piecing and getting it ready for someone else to quilt it for me. Now, if it is small, say 30 x0 30, I can do it myself and it will not hurt me. I tend to "over quilt" and this is not needed on my projects anymore.

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Date: 2/1/14 0:57 AM

attach the batting in sections

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Date: 2/1/14 11:51 AM

I enrolled in a Craftsy class called "Quilting Big Quilts On a Small Machine." It's taught by Ann Petersen and she gives lots of helpful tips as well as demonstrates with actual quilts. You might want to check it out.

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Date: 2/1/14 2:43 PM

Here is a link to a video by Patsy Thompson where she explains how she manages a large quilt on her machine. You might want to watch her other videos too, she gives some excellent advice.

Patsy Thompson

As others mentioned above, you might want to check out Leah Day, she has some fantastic videos on free motion quilting. I learn a lot with her.


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Good luck with your quilt!

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Date: 2/3/14 12:56 PM

I have this book. I love it. Really helped me quilt my bed sized quilts on my small machine

Marti Michell machine quilting in sections

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