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« on: January 09, 2012 07:32:49 AM »

my Mam and I have been wanting to try Quilting for a while and have decided that this year we WILL do it, by hand if necessary.  The box my sewing machine came in says it can be used for quilting but browsing the web some places say it won't be able to handle it or that it will only be able to handle it with a walking foot. So I figured I'd ask here because Craftster has the answers!
It's a Janome Sew Mini ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/Janome-Mini-Lightweight-Sewing-Machine/dp/B001NMQ3QY ) and I've had a good look around but I don't think there's a walking foot compatible with it, or at least not from Janome.
So, the question is, can my little machine quilt? Or should we invest in something a bit bigger? Or should we just suck it up and hand quilt?
Thank you in advance  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2012 07:43:27 AM »

Just from looking at the picture and seeing the dimensions of it, I'd say it couldn't handle anything very big.  My suggestion would be to make a small test piece and try it out.  Get some scrap cotton fabric and some batting, sandwich the batting between 2 pieces of cotton and try sewing that.  If it works okay then it can handle quilting but, again, I'd say only small projects, like placements.  If you are thinking of making anything larger, I'd get a larger machine.

« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2012 06:29:23 AM »

I love hand quilting!

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2012 04:56:47 AM »

I think the problem you will run into is the depth of the arm. Even for piecing the quilt together. You won't be able to stuff much fabric in there.

« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2012 07:02:46 AM »

You can probably make baby quilts, which is a good place to start anyways if you're new! I say hold off on getting anything bigger until you know this is something you will be doing consistently. That way, you will save some money if it turns out that you two would like to try something else.

Hand quilting is a wonderful way to really get intimate with the art of quilting. I think everyone should make at least one by hand.

Best of luck to you both!
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2012 03:06:19 PM »

I have several friends with Janome machines, but not that model.  I believe Elna brand feet will fit Janome machines.  Check your area to see if there is an Elna dealer near you.

I agree that you don't want to do anything very large on your machine.  I once quilted a twin size on my older machine. While I could do it, it put a lot of stress (and pain) on my back and shoulders.  I vowed never to do so again - my larger projects get sent out to a longarm quilter! ;-)
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