I just took a look that the beautiful quilting on this blog
and was wondering if FM quilting is easier on a long arm quilting machine as to a standard sewing machine. It seems to me it would be easier since you don't have to continually keep moving the quilt around & around. For those of you who have done both, what do you think?
I've done some of both ... I think it's easier to move the machine than to have to move the quilt... but I'm not very good at either one YET ... so hoping someone else will give you their thoughts
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● ● ● I've played with the big machines, and have done alright as long as the stitch regulator is OFF. Granted, I haven't had much practice, but I feel I have more control with the sit down versions.
I read online that there's a learning curve from going from domestic machine to frame style. There really wasn't for me. Once I'd practiced on paper, so my brain was comfy with the design, the muscles movement to create the pattern was quite similar, just touching the frame handles rather than the fabric. I find the longarm to be much smoother and easier to handle because the weight of the quilt is completely supported by the frame. That makes the process go much faster, along with a faster stitching machien. The quicker results just make that thrill of FMQ even more fun.
To me, moving the quilt under a standard machine is like moving the paper under a stationary pencil when drawing a picture. I much prefer the longarm, where I can move "the pencil".
I know some people are excellent quilters with their regular machines, jayardi being one of them, but I am NOT one of them.
Definitely the longarm.
Oh, if I had somewhere to put a Tin Lizzie like Seeing Stars has, I'd have one!!!! I don't quilt much on my Horizon but that's just my procrastination and fear. After all, being able to quilt with it was my "justification" for spending the money.
I've played with longarms at shows, and they are so cool.
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I've tried several different types at Quilt Shows only so no expert...but I did fall in love with George,a sit down.I wonder if it was because I was use to FMQ on my Janome 6500.I found this one far easier than the Gammils and the others where you move the machine head...but could get used to any of them.They are far easier in my opinion than moving the heavy quilt around with my Janome...
Thanks for the input. I don't have a long arm & will never have one but I was just curious about the difference.
I love her quilting, but I, too, will never get to own a longarm. Another thing I noticed...her longarm must have a stitch regulator for FMQ. I own a Janome because even in our small town, we have a Janome dealer who also services the machines. I wish Janome would come up with an attachment the same as Bernina's stitch regulator. I think Baby Lock has one now. I spend a lot of time lugging my quilt under my machine, but also attempting to keep the stitches sort of balanced!
I echo Terrimae and Holly. My HQ is my best friend (well, next to my DH).
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I found out last week I do have the BSR I found it somewhere hidden in a closet. Now that I've used it I have to say it's wonderful and though wrestling with my quilt still is a problem I don't have to try to keep my stitches the same length anymore. I felt a bit like cheating but I just love the BSR.
I have never had the opportunity to even try a machine with a stitch regulator, but I assume that because you don't have to worry about your stitch length, you could spend more effort on the actual quilting.
I have a LA with a stitch regulator, and a Bernina 440 with the BSR foot. I am not well practiced with either, for FMQ. It is possible to "overrun" either, you still need to keep a steady pace with either one, to have good stitch results. The LA is definitely easier to manage than domestic sm, much easier on the hands and shoulders.
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