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Jolyn Posted: Tue, Oct 22 2013 6:09 PM

Hello! I'm new to quilting and just bought a used Baby Lock quilter's choice (BLQC Model). I have yet to try the walking foot and the quilting foot, but hoping this will help prevent the bunching of fabric. I have friends who just pay the quilting shops to do the quilting for them, but I'm stubborn! I'd like to master it on my own. Does anyone know if this is possible on a standard machine?

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Leslie replied on Tue, Oct 22 2013 6:11 PM

Hi Jolyn, welcome..  There are a lot of us here that quilt on are machines

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Patti replied on Tue, Oct 22 2013 8:21 PM

Welcome.  Yes many of us use our own machines.  The walking foot allows me to free motion quilt, which is like drawing or doodling free hand.   A larger throat helps with bigger quilts, but a regular domestic will work too.  Start quilting with something small, like a baby blanket.

There is a group called 'fear no more' free motion quilting.  It has exercises to help learn and increase your skill level.  

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gini replied on Tue, Oct 22 2013 8:23 PM

Hi jolyn, welcome to the group

 

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Dawn replied on Tue, Oct 22 2013 8:28 PM

Hi!  Welcome!  You will find lots of great quilters here!  Enjoy!

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Karla replied on Tue, Oct 22 2013 8:32 PM

Hi Jolyn...I think you'll like it here.  Lot's of great quilters.

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Hi Jolyn - Welcome. You will love it here. I quilt on my domestic machine all the time. When I put so much time into making a quilt, I feel comfortable with someone else finishing it. I guess I'm stubborn too. heehee I look forward to seeing some pics of your quilts.

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Marie replied on Wed, Oct 23 2013 8:02 AM

Hi Jolyn, welcome to the group, nice to have you aboard, enjoy!

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Welcome, Jolyn

There are lots of us that quilt on our domestic machines.  Start small and work up with lots of practice in between.  You'll be free motion quilting in no time!

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Jolyn replied on Wed, Oct 23 2013 1:04 PM

Thanks for the advice! I have made 2 small baby sized quilts. The quilting part didn't turn out too well, which is why I opted for a machine that can take other presser feet. I started out on a Kenmore basic $99 machine with only 2 stitches and Sears doesn't sell sewing machines anymore, so I needed something more versatile where parts are more readily available. 

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Diana replied on Wed, Oct 23 2013 1:17 PM

Welcome Jolyn,  I quilted a baby quilt on my Bernina 440 QE.  It was my first and came out pretty well.  Nana, one of the members here does FMQ on her domestic machine and she makes tents, not quilts...lol.   She does really nice work.  She taught me and says start in the middle and do one quarter at a time.  Just go for it and try.   Walking foot is also a must for stitch in the ditch and straight line quilting.  It prevents the bunching up problem.  Good luck

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Kris replied on Wed, Oct 23 2013 6:18 PM

Hi Jolyn,

Welcome to QCA. I do my quilting with a Babylock QCP on a frame. I like finishing my quilts myself too.

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