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« on: April 29, 2008 01:58:52 PM »

I have mostly done tied quilts and have just started doing machine quilting. 

I was wondering if there was a proven method I should be following when machine quilting?  My quilt tends to pile up under the arm of my machine as I quilt.

I have been able to quilt the edges without a problem, but as I get to the center, there is just more and more quilt in the way.  Any solutions?  At least any that don't involve buying a long arm machine? (I would love to, but don't have the capital right now).

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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2008 02:08:04 PM »

Well, for starters, it's usually easier to start from the middle and work your way out - keeps the fabric from getting all bunch in the middle, and you trim off the excess near the edges.

Other than that, there are two methods. One involves exactly what you're doing, just smunching, and the other, which is suited less to free motion than it is to straight line quilting, is to wrap the quilt around a broomstick (or something simillar, then use bicycle clips (they're available at cycle shops) to hold it in place, rolling or unrolling as needs be.
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2008 02:14:41 PM »

I'm in the middle of doing a large quilt now and did a queen sized one last year and had the same trouble until someone on here suggested I roll up the side under the machine arm and it works great!!  I don't roll it around anything - I just slide a little bit under the foot and then start rolling until I get to where I want to quilt.

If you want to start your quilting in the center and then work to the outside, just roll up as much as you need to and unroll it as you move outward.

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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2008 10:39:50 AM »

Rolling it?  Brilliant!

« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2008 05:56:17 AM »

Rolling up the part that is under the arm of the machine is definitely the only way I've found to keep everything under control.

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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2008 09:00:31 PM »

I am a big proponent of the aforementioned bicycle clip method!
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2008 08:23:14 AM »

Yep.. rolling it is the key I think.  Also, putting a table behind your machine and to the side to help support the weight and if possible useing a walking foot if you are doing straight lines. 

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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2008 10:12:12 AM »

I once read that the first step to maching quilting under a standard maching arm is to drink a glass of wine.   This relaxes one and eases the tension of wrestling with the quilt as it piles up.   You can't rush the process: baste densly, choose a quilt pattern that is not too hard and pace yourself so that the learning curve can "plateau" and not de-evolve into chaos (something will make you walk away, or run screaming from the machine, at some point- it might as well be at a time of your choosing!)- 30 minutes sessions perhaps.   Give yourself time to appreciate what you've already accomplished before diving in again for another session.   
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2008 01:45:10 PM »

Brilliant advice about the rolling it up with bicycle clips  Smiley

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