Carol, I didn't realize you quilt!

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Carol, I didn't realize you quilt!
Mon, 08-29-2005 - 10:07pm

I am looking to learn how to quilt, but here's a dumb question: how much knowledge of an actual sewing machine does a person need to have to quilt?

We have a sewing machine, but I am not sure how to use it. It's old and I don't have an instruction manual for it. My DD looked at it (she had sewing this year at school) and she doesn't have a clue how to work it.

How much of it can be done handstitched?




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Registered: 05-25-2005
Wed, 08-31-2005 - 12:07am
The answer is simple - All of it.
I have been quilting for 10 years and I have never used a sewing machine for ANY part of the quilt process. I know quilters that swear by machine piecing or machine quilting. I also know quilters that wouldn't let a machine touch ANY part of their quilting. The reason I have never used a machine is that I like the portability of hand piecing and hand quilting. That and I am NOT very comfortable with a sewing machine. If it is mechanical and I can break it - I usually do.
That's the big reason I enjoy crocheting and knitting - I can't break the crochet or knitting needles. I don't have to take them into a shop to get them fixed and cleaned. AND... I don't have to stay in one place with them. so - GOOD LUCK and HAPPY PIECING. You can do it all by hand.
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Registered: 01-03-2001
Wed, 08-31-2005 - 4:38pm

Well, I took two years of classes when I lived in Saudi (Although I have done very little with it since and haven't really QUILTED anything, just pieced.

It can ALL be done by hand if you want...

The first of the classes I took was ONLY hand-piecing and quilting --- the teacher was adamamant that one needed to learn hand-piecing techniques FIRST in order to understand machine piecing...

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