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    What's a reliable machine (can be dated model) with a medium to large harp for experienced sewer but new quilter?

    Hi from Brevard, NC (30 miles from Asheville, in western NC)!

    I'm a pretty brand-new quilter...it's something I always wanted to do, but... (fill in the blank). So,I'm retired now, closer to 70 than 60 and I want to make quilts. At this point, I want to make pieced quilts that are more or less traditional in style...and I want to quilt them (not tie them, as I've done before).

    I have a real workhorse of a sewing machine that is 40 years old. I'd like a machine with a larger harp so it will be easier to work on larger quilt tops.

    Can any of you tell me of brands and models you might recommend? At one time I was pretty good at the machine and made many rather complicated clothes and costumes: I'm not a rank beginner where machines and sewing is concerned...and I can't afford to have something with all the bells and whistles. I'd like a machine that is reliable, stitches well, and can enable mostly straight and maybe free motion quilting. Thank you so much for your feedback.

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      Re: New? Read me first

      Hello, My name is Roxanne from Pennsylvania. I've been quilting since the late 1990's. Of course there are still patterns I won't attempt. I might be looking for someone who enjoys paper piecing. My aunt would like a queen size quilt done in time for a June graduation. I have the pattern and have made one block. With upcoming surgery and even some help, I'm not sure that I'm the person for the job. Not sure where to look for more help even. Anyway, I love piecing more than actually hand quilting. Anyone who can point me in a direction, would be appreciated.

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        Re: New? Read me first

        Hi Roxanne, welcome to the bunch.

        We've members all over the globe, so someone might have a suggestion.
        Katrina


        “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
        ― Maya Angelou

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          Re: New? Read me first

          Hello Roxanne and welcome to the forum from Michigan! I don't paper piece......not yet anyway.....but just wanted to say hi!

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            Re: New? Read me first

            Hello Roxanne
            Welcome to the forum. I enjoy foundation paper piecing and a bit of the paper piecing with the hand piecing the shapes. Can I ask why you are hand quilting the quilt instead of using your machine or hiring a long arm with such a short deadline. Best of luck with your project

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              Re: New? Read me first

              I am new here, found this forum completely by accident while searching for the Moda String Quilt. I’m not sure how this works, but I’m going to give it a try. I’ve been quilting since 2012, shortly after I retired. I’ve sewn my entire life but thought quilting would be fun to try. Well, let’s just say I’m completely hooked. My husband and I took a road trip the summer of 2017 that included a two night stay in Hamilton and a day and a half of shopping. I have completed a couple of quilts from what I bought while there and I have one in the works. I try to spend time in my quilt room everyday, I’m a “piecer” so my quilts go to the longarmer for quilting. I look forward to spending time with you all. Happy quilting!
              Ruth

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                Re: New? Read me first

                Hi & welcome to the forum Ruth
                looking forward to seeing pictures, and chatting to you
                have a great day
                t

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                  Re: New? Read me first

                  Hi, my name is Kathy and I've been interested in quilting for years since taking a mini class with some friends. I'm not exactly great at it yet and that's one of the reasons I'm on here with you all. I hope to learn and get help and meet others with the same interest. Happy New Year to you all.

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                    Re: New? Read me first

                    Welcome Ruth and Kathy, jump on in, the quilting is fine.
                    Katrina


                    “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
                    ― Maya Angelou

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                      Re: New? Read me first

                      Hi! Heather here from North Carolina. I have just started quilting a few months ago and have found my zen! I'm thrilled to have found this page and all of you. I look forward to learning from all of your experience.

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                        Re: New? Read me first

                        Hello Heather and welcome to the forum from Michigan. So happy you found us?

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                          Re: New? Read me first

                          Hi, I’m Blondie from Canada. I recently returned to quilting after a 10 yr break. I think I quilted for 9 years before that. I did heirloom (hand and machine) sewing, drapery, some upholstery work prior. I’ve sewn since I was a little girl. I want to rediscover my design and FMQ skills. I love contemporary and abstract quilts. I’m quite shy so I enjoy learning through the Internet, books, shows, and one-on-one with the talented passionate people who work in my local quilt shops.

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                            Re: New? Read me first

                            Hello Blondie and welcome to the forum from Michigan. I learned so long ago, long before Internet and I too am shy (not as bad as I used to be!), so I learned from books and magazines. This is a great place to learn. I still hand quilt. Jump in and join the comradery!

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                              Re: New? Read me first

                              Hi Blondie~ Welcome from Sunny Florida!
                              Katrina


                              “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
                              ― Maya Angelou

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                                Re: New? Read me first

                                Thank you for adding me! Looks like lots of things for me to read!

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