Christa’s Soap Box – Why I am Not a Longarmer

Editor’s note: A long-arm machine is not a necessity when it comes to stitching those beautiful quilts!!!!

Christa Quilts

At my guild’s annual quilting retreat I attended this past weekend, I made an important discovery about why I am not a longarmer – my arms are not long enough, LOL!

During the retreat, I hung out with many of my BQF’s (Best Quilting Friends), including the amazing talented long-armer and nationally award winning quilter Cory Allender. (That’s quite a few adjective for one sentence). 🙂

She told me how she made the switch from quilting on her domestic machine to a long arm because her hands and fingers kept getting in the way. So I quickly snapped a picture to compare our hand sizes. Holy cow – what a difference!

I honestly have tried to quilt on a long arm. I’ve taken classes with Angela Walters, tried out machines every time I attended a quilt show, and seriously chatted with Lisa Sipes about getting a long…

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A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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9 Responses to Christa’s Soap Box – Why I am Not a Longarmer

  1. Amy says:

    Isn’t Christa the cutest little thing? Yes, we can do fabulous quilting on our domestic sewing machines and the stationary long arms, no doubt about it. I am so excited about using rulers on my DSM!

    • treadlemusic says:

      She is “spot on” with her assessments on this topic. We who use DSMs and “stationary long arms” (love that phrase, thank you!!!!! ) need to stick together. I know I promote such at every trunk show and demo I do/attend!! I can’t wait to see how you go forward with your punkin’ piece!! Hugs……..

  2. ivoryspring says:

    I guess I’d better go measure my arm too! :o)

  3. mtetar says:

    I definitely agreed with the having fun part, but not when it comes to craftsmanship like you and others. Thanks for sharing Doreen. Blessings, Mtetar

  4. Thread crazy says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Love my HQ Sweet Sixteen Sit-down and it does it all!

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