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Welcome to In A Stitch Quilting!

Nestled inside my archives are helpful tips on quilting techniques, suggestions for useful notions as well as information on my favorite shops, patterns and fabrics.  Also included are stories about myself and many of my life experiences.

While sewing projects for my own use is one of my many passions my main focus is offering long-arm free-motion quilting services to my customers.  If you are seeking someone to provide this service, you may reach me at cindy [at] inastitchquilting [dot] com for further information.

So sit back, relax and enjoy!  Then tell your friends all about me.

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  1. that’s the problem, though, isn’t it, although I’ve done that by hand – do you know what a specific quilting foot is? that’s what I was told I needed to use specifically for quilts – that a walking foot was just basically for any free motion sewing where you move the fabric around rather than use a frame at all, or at least with a regular sewing machine where you would move the frame, rather than use a long arm – at the quilting day I went to last Saturday – the lady in charge, who was doing the sewing – the piecing – with just her regular, though free arm – sewing machine said she quilts with it also like that

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      1. thank you so much for linking to that; interesting, almost – well, actually a little over, like 2 days exactly – 3 yrs. ago – so wish I had my mom’s here, could be doing that now – that’s precious you have 3 daughters, did I get, right?

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      2. It was nice to be able to give all of them an antique sewing machine.

        Good for you! Hope you enjoy spending time with her.

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      3. I do; I just hope I can pass on that antique sewing machine to her one day – hope your daughters are enjoying theirs – just wanted to clarify on the whole frame thing – the Jenny Lend – or whatever – can also be used for hand quilting as well being put with a quilting machine that apparently doesn’t come with a frame, as I have the idea they don’t all? is that right?

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      4. I believe my daughters cherish their antique sewing machines.

        I’m not familiar with the brand of quilt frame you are referring to. Long arm quilt machine frames are purchased separate from the machine.

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      5. ah, not sure I realized that – so are they specific to certain machines, like lawn mower belts, or pretty generic; in other words do you need to know which machine the frame will work on or which frame you would need for your machine?

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      6. You definitely want to know ahead of time what frame will work with her machine. I really don’t know if they all come apart. One would think so, but you never can tell. Ask her what type of frame works with her machine. She should be able to tell you.

        The frame for my machine comes apart. I bought the frame at the same time I bought the machine.

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      7. okay, Cindy, feel like such a dork; not Jenny anything – John Flynn – guess I really morphed all that alliteration, didn’t I – or maybe it’s the brain of grandbabies the last few years – she did say most do, even her also big long arm real frame she took apart – she has the Tin Lizzie machine as well but that’s not the one she uses the big frame on; actually not sure she uses this John Flynn on either of her machines, just that he touts it and shows it on his DVD/video on his website being used with a machine, but just a regular sewing machine; she’s just saying that it can also be used with a quilting machine but she probably doesn’t know specifics, so actually wondering really if can, if there would be something different between a quilting machine and regular sewing machine that might make it actually not be able to be used, especially if, as you’re saying, they have to be machine-specific, so do you know what the difference might be there between the two different types of machines that might make it not usable?

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      8. There is a huge difference between a quilting machine and a regular sewing machine. Here is a link to the Tin Lizzie website. The link is for my machine. Now compare that with the way a Pfaff machine looks. There is nothing about them that is similar. A Pfaff cannot go on a Tin Lizzie frame and a Tin Lizzie will not work without a frame. This second link shows the frame my Tin Lizzie sits on http://tinlizzie18.com/esp-long-arm-quilters/frames/phoenix/.

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      9. maybe they’ve always been; maybe that’s been the difference between a quilting machine and a regular sewing machine? the site just seemed to make some kind of point about the stitch regulator – new program or something

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      10. There is nothing like a long arm quilting machine for quilting. The flexibility, the potential for creativity far surpass that of a regular sewing machine. Not everyone wants or can afford to make the investment though.

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      11. if you spent the $1000s of dollars actually I’d normally say there’s no way but actually I did really start looking into it when my dad died and left me some money (maybe getting a little too personal, not to say we just totally couldn’t otherwise but I’m assuming – well, and you’ve said – you quilt for the public – thinking, hopefully, anyway, getting your investment back – but would I be correct to think you were probably sewing for the public before – were you quilting before you got your longarm? guess point being does seem quite a leap if you’re not sure you should spend the money – do you mind telling me how you decided to do it? but I can certainly understand; when I’ve seen them I’ve definitely drooled, have just tried to be practical; maybe that’s where the problem is? :) ya think? anyway, I guess if I didn’t even know enough to know I should get a special foot for my regular machine if I were going to try to quilt with it I sure probably didn’t need to be buying a quilting machine? or maybe not, still not even really sure what that’s all about; thought she said walking foot, then the lady at the sewing shop said there’s a special quilting foot – so many, so much – no wonder I haven’t done anything

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      12. If you are looking for something to use on only your quilts, get a walking foot for your regular sewing machine. It’s much cheaper.

        I quilt for the public and myself. I don’t like hand quilting or quilting on my regular machine and don’t want to pay anyone else to do my quilting so I got a long arm quilter. My customers are helping me pay for my machine.

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      13. Cindy, do I not know my around your site yet very well? was trying to find that poem again – and, yes, I know I got it before and did what I wanted to do with then but now I’m wanting to see it on your site for something different – I put in poem in your search bar but got some weird stuff – wish we could search (or can we and I just don’t know how) my comments or else it seems like they quit showing them at least over here on this sidebar here and that wouldn’t be on my blog, don’t think – please, help – thanks

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      14. You might check with a local fabric store, some of them offer classes on quilting with your regular sewing machine.

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    1. Oh, cool! That’s what my son-in-law said when I presented it to him and my daughter. It’s what he calls “real quilts.”

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      1. Yes, the best kind. I love curling up in my quilts made by my grandmothers. I often thought I should try to put them up and preserve them but that’s not what they would have wanted. :) They’d want me to use them.

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      2. That’s one of the best ways to love a quilt! When they get tattered and torn you can either have them repaired or preserve the best portion.

        Snuggle up!

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    1. Yes they are. They would be great for applique if they could do a blanket stitch because you could definitely control the speed very easily. :)

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