Learning to Longarm Quilt: Part one.

I’ve been a bit distracted from the blog for a bit, and here’s why:

I know, right!?

A few weeks ago I got a bee in my bonnet about machine quilting all the quilts I have piling up around here. I wanted to quilt them myself, but pushing them through the teeny tiny throat space on my regular Bernina was giving me headaches, literally. I don’t know if I’m abnormally short when I sit, or my table is abnormally tall, or I’m just abnormal altogether (wait, I know the answer to that one…) but I always ended up with really tight neck and shoulder muscles, and that ended up giving me headaches. And with the quantity of quilts going on around here…well, you get the idea.

Then, while pondering the magicalness (I know, not a word) of longarm machines, I decided to start researching. My husband knows that’s pretty much the kiss of death for all normalcy around here. When I start researching, there’s no stopping me. Of course, I found the machine I wanted, had all the stats and breakdowns figured out, and even found an incredible deal. By the end of the week, the delivery date was set. The only explanation is I’m crazy.

However.

It was delivered last Monday, and all I can say is that I’m completely and totally smitten. Also, I’m really surprised to find that the learning curve has worked quite quickly in my favor. I’m putting my third quilt on the rails this afternoon.

I hope you don’t mind if I bring you along as I learn to use this lovely machine.

xoxo

April


Comments

  1. 1

    I have a Fusion and absolutely love it so much so that we now sell them in our store. I couldn’t keep up with quilting our samples and was going broke paying someone else to quilt so I took the plunge and bought one. Have fun!

  2. 2
    Jackie says:

    Congratulations! I’d love to hear of your experiences and how you decided to buy the one you bought.

  3. 3
    Kathy says:

    If you need another quilt I have that black and white one still around. I love getting a new toy and playing around with it until I figure it out. ;)

  4. 4

    WAHOO!!!! They are so much fun aren’t they!!!! :)

  5. 5
    Marge says:

    Could you comment in more detail about how you chose your
    machine. Would love to own one just need more info on what to consider.

  6. 6
    Launi says:

    Let’s put a post up about your machine honey–on my blog. I’d love to send quilty folks your way.
    :}

  7. 7

    I have been reading your blot and just love it. I am getting my long arm in less than a week so if you have any suggestions for a newbie I am all about it.

  8. 8
    Ellen says:

    There are other Michigan bloggers who quilt? Seriously? Who knew?

    Ellen

  9. 9
    Ellen says:

    Sorry. Mixed up comment with another. Anyway, I’m enjoying reading about your long-arm adventures. I’m fighting the feeling…….

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