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sorefingers
#1 Posted : Thursday, November 29, 2018 1:26:48 PM(UTC)
sorefingers

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I use my Featherweight a lot and do free motion quilt on it.  However, I just finished basting a king size quilt and am ready to quilt it.  Has anyone quilted a king size on a featherweight?  What suggestions do you have or am I doomed before I even start.

If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.
cv quilter
#2 Posted : Thursday, November 29, 2018 2:24:19 PM(UTC)
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YIKES and Oh My Gosh!  What a woman.  I can't comprehend how I would even attempt to free motion quilt a King on a FW.  I'm waiting to see what other members might have to suggest.

Sharon
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quiltertess
#3 Posted : Thursday, November 29, 2018 5:04:42 PM(UTC)
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I've never tried it, but I think you will need to roll it up halfway and see if it fits in the machine.  I think its going to be a tight fit though.

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sorefingers
#4 Posted : Thursday, November 29, 2018 5:14:24 PM(UTC)
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I did indeed roll it up tightly and it did fit.  However, there was not enough room to manuver (sp?) the quilt to stipple. I decided to straight stitch it instead.  Have lines going one way done and will start the other direction later.  Wish me luck.

If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.
Regina
#5 Posted : Sunday, December 2, 2018 10:05:53 PM(UTC)
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I have only quilted smaller quilts on my Featherweight. Lap size and smaller. I found "puddling" rather than rolling or folding the quilt works better for me when FMQ, no matter what machine I use. If straight line quilting I fold or roll. One thing I would mention is to keep an eye on the belt area on the Featherweight. Since it's a bit of a tight work space, you can get the quilt rubbed on or caught up in the belt. I never got one caught, but did get a few black scuffs on a quilt I had to spot clean.

Good Luck and let us know how it goes.
Regina

sorefingers
#6 Posted : Monday, December 10, 2018 5:09:15 PM(UTC)
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I finished quilting the quilt today and just need to do the hand work on the binding.  It turned out reallly well.  The finished quilt size is 94x100.  I could only straight line quilt it.  Glad it is done.  It's a lot of quilt to have to manipulate.

Sunday I took a class at a nearby quilt shop on using a long arm quilting machine (HandiQuilter).  It was fantastic.  Had a great time and it is so easy to do.  They rent out time on their machines at only $15.00/hr with a minimum of 4 hours.  Can't wait to get another quilt done so I can rent the machine and quilt away.  It is so quick and easy to do on their machine.  If you get a chance to try it, go for it.

If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.
cv quilter
#7 Posted : Tuesday, December 11, 2018 8:49:43 AM(UTC)
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You are incredible!!!!  Fred and I have sitting here trying to figure out how in the world you did a quilt that size on your FW.  I know you had to do it a half at a time, rolling half, unrolling as you quilt, then flip around??  Also, do you have your FW in a cabinet?  Mine would move around if I tried to do something that large.  I love straight line quilting, so I'm sure yours is beautiful.  Are you going to post a pic?  I would love to see it.

Wish we had someone here who would rent out a LA.  It would make it so nice when I make a larger quilt.  I have a Tiara sit down LA and a quilt as large as yours would be difficult for me to do.  I am thinking I need to be content to make smaller, lap size and throw sizes.

Sharon
Friendship is sewn with love and measured by kindness
sorefingers
#8 Posted : Tuesday, December 11, 2018 3:26:47 PM(UTC)
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There was a LOT of rolling and smooshing and manipulating of the quilt.  I do not have it in a cabinet, but probably the best tool I had was a Sew Steady extension table that was 24x36.  It really helped with the weight of the quilt that was not under the arm.  It was a present from hubby last Christmas.  I use it for quilting all my quilts now.  It makes things a lot easier.

I did from center and unrolled as I quilted.  Top to bottom, side to side and diagonally.  Probably spent about 10 hours quilting it.  Can't wait to get it finished and post a picture.

This quilt will  never win any awards but I'm sure my brother will love it.  And if he doesn't it fits my king size bed.  lol

If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.
JudyT
#9 Posted : Tuesday, December 11, 2018 4:26:47 PM(UTC)
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I love my Featherweightand use it constantly for piecing but cannot imagine quilting on it. Do you use a walking foot?
Judy in the Pacific Northwest
sorefingers
#10 Posted : Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:32:41 AM(UTC)
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Judy T.  I actually do not use a walking foot. Don't seem to have a problem on the Featherweight.

If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.
sorefingers
#11 Posted : Wednesday, December 19, 2018 9:54:20 PM(UTC)
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I got the quilt finished in time to give it to my brother for Christmas

If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.
JudyT
#12 Posted : Wednesday, December 19, 2018 10:34:55 PM(UTC)
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I love your quilt! The pattern and the fabrics are beautiful.
Judy in the Pacific Northwest
cv quilter
#13 Posted : Thursday, December 20, 2018 8:02:44 AM(UTC)
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Your quilt is fabulous!  I'm so glad you posted a picture.  It  definitely is a man's quilt and it's incredible that you quilted it on a FW.  I bet your brother loves it and will treasure it.

Sharon
Friendship is sewn with love and measured by kindness
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