Machine Quilting with Leah

How Does the Grace Qnique 19 Compare with the Qnique 15R and 15PRO?

A frequent question I'm asked is how the Grace Qnique 19 longarm compares with the Qnique 15R and 15PRO. Learn which longarm is best in this video:

Quick links to the Grace Qnique Longarms I'm comparing:

Qnique 19

Qnique 15Pro

Qnique 15R

My Longarm and Frame

Check out the beautiful chart comparing these different longarms:

Qnique 19 Longarm Comparison Chart

Speed - With sewing machines and longarms, speed is recorded with SPM - Stitches Per Minute.

As you can see from the chart above, these longarms are very similar on speed. If you want a seriously fast longarm, make sure to check out the Qnique 21 PRO!

Monitor - The monitor gives you control over the machine to select your stitch regulator type (Cruise or Precise) and the stitch length (I like 16 stitches per inch). 

The Qnique 19 and 15 PRO both come with touchscreen monitors that are easier to navigate and select your stitches than the Qnique 15R.

The 15R and 21 I'm using don't have a touchscreen. Instead I use the buttons on the handlebars of my longarm to navigate through the menus. I have heard from a few quilters that find this challenging.

So if you want the easiest way to select your stitches, definitely pick between the Qnique 19 and 15PRO.

Yes, Size is Everything with Longarm Quilting

Many quilters have emailed me and say something like:

"What is the difference between the Qnique 19 and 15,
except that it's bigger?"

I find this funny because with longarm quilting SIZE IS EVERYTHING!

That four inches of difference between the Qnique 19 and Qnique 15 longarms is the difference between barely being able to quilt a 10 inch block and being able to easily quilt a 14 inch block.

If your goal is to quilt fast, you'll want to quilt the largest chunk of your quilt possible before you have to advance the quilt through the frame.

Click Here to see how I advance the quilt on the Continuum Frame.

Click Here to see how advances work on the Hoop Frame.

See all that time spent fiddling with the quilt?

Hoop Frames especially take a chunk of time to get the quilt situated and clamped.

This is why you should get a Continuum / Rolling Rail frame if you are quilting for speed. Not only do you layer / baste your quilt on the frame, all advances are faster too. This is the difference between finishing a quilt in a day verses finishing a quilt in a week!

This is also the difference between quilting our most popular size of quilt blocks - 12 inches - in one pass.

With a Qnique 15R / 15PRO, you'll have to split your design in half when quilting across any block bigger than 9 1/2 inches.

With a Qnique 19, you can center and quilt a pretty design over the entire 12 inch block. This is really fun, especially if you've attached quilt automation to your frame and can center one of our cute block designs over the patchwork.

Quilt Automation QCT Feather Wreath

This not only looks great, it gets more of your quilt quilted and done in one pass!

So which Grace Qnique longarm is best for you?

It really depends on your goals and what you want to do with quilting. Take some time to consider this and what you want to do most with your craft.

If you want to quilt faster and finish more quilts in less time, understand that bigger is much better. Go with the biggest longarm you can afford on a Continuum / Rolling Rail style frame.

If speed doesn't really matter to you, you mostly make small quilts with small blocks, then a Qnique 15R will be a perfect fit.

Check out all of these longarms and read more about them by clicking the links below:

Qnique 19

Qnique 15Pro

Qnique 15R

My Longarm and Frame

Quilting on a Hoop Frame Pro with a Janome 8200

I've recently moved my Janome 8200 to my Hoop Frame Pro to give me more space for quilting. See how much more I can quilt and what's changed in my quilting process:

Quick links to the tools and supplies used in this tutorial:

Janome 8200 Sewing Machine

Q-Zone Hoop Frame Pro

Convertible Darning Foot

Frame Quilting Foot Set

What is the biggest difference quilting on a Janome 8200 verses a Janome 1600?

Space! The biggest difference is being able to quilt almost 8 inches of vertical space on the quilt.

On the Janome 1600, I had around 5 1/4 inches of vertical space. 

On the Janome 8200, I have almost 8 inches of vertical space. 

This vertical quilting space is very important because it determines how big of a quilt block or border I can stitch across in one pass. This is the difference of quilting this border in one go verses having to shift and re-clamp it two or three times.

I can comfortably quilt up to a 7 1/2 inch quilt block or border on the 8200. On the Janome 1600, I could only quilt up to 4 1/2 inch quilt blocks or borders. Anything bigger and I'd have to stop, unclamp, shift, then re-clamp the quilt.

Janome 8200 Hoop Frame

This is the biggest criticism of the Hoop Frames - having to stop and shift the quilt is time consuming and with a small machine on the frame it can feel like you're spending more time shifting / clamping than actually quilting.

But this issue is solved by using a bigger machine on your frame!

And just in case you're wondering, you can put any of the following longarm machines on this frame too:

Qnique 19

Qnique 15Pro

Qnique 15R

Qnique 15M

What else have I added to my Janome 8200?

I've added a few accessories to make it easier to quilt on my Janome 8200 on my Hoop Frame Pro.

I've attached a Spool Stand to the back of the machine so I can use my favorite Isacord thread. This cone thread feeds best straight up off the top of the spool so a spool stand is ideal. You can contact us to order a Spool Stand for your Janome Horizon machine.

I've also attached a Sure Stitch Regulator to control the speed of the machine in relation to how fast I'm moving it on the carriage. This results in even stitches and gives me a button to control the machine on the handlebars, verses having to use the foot pedal on the floor (which can be annoying).

But as I mentioned in the video, using the Sure Stitch Regulator can be a little tricky for other things like winding your bobbin. James helped me move my machine in place and I honestly can't remember what we did with my foot pedal! Argh!

Make sure to watch the video to see how I solved this issue and wind bobbins now with the Sure Stitch Regulator attached.

Accessories to Make Quilting on a Frame Easier

Here's a few other accessories you can add to your Janome 8200 on the Hoop Frame Pro:

Grace Speed Controller

Speed Controller

Grace Sure Stitch Regulator

Sure Stitch Regulator

Quilt Motion QCT5 Home Machine

Quilt Motion QCT 5

You know the best thing about the Janome 8200? It is compatible with all three of these awesome accessories! I plan to add QCT to my Hoop Frame Pro soon and I can't wait to use a computer to stitch out beautiful designs on my quilts.

Don't forget to check out the awesome quilting equipment used in this tutorial:

Janome 8200 Sewing Machine

Q-Zone Hoop Frame Pro

Convertible Darning Foot

Frame Quilting Foot Set

Loading a Quilt Diagonally on a Grace Hoop Frame

Learn how to hoop your quilt diagonally on the Q-Zone Hoop Frame. This is especially helpful when quilting diagonal or on-point patchwork designs.

How to Attach Qnique 19 and 21 Quilting Feet

Learn how to attach specialty feet to the Grace Qnique 19, 21, and 21 Pro longarm machines. Make sure to follow each step to ensure your needle ends up in the center position and the foot rests at the correct height for frame quilting.

How to Break Thread without a Thread Cutter on a Qnique Longarm

Grace Qnique longarms do not have thread cutters. But this is definitely not a problem if you know how to break thread properly with your longarm. Learn how in this new longarm quilting tutorial:

This video is also available on Rumble. Click Here to find it!

Quick links to the quilt panel and quilting gear I'm using in this video:

Qnique 21 on a 10 Foot Frame

Size 18 Quilting Needles 

Quilters Creative Touch 5

QCT 5 Beginnings

White Isacord Thread

How to Break Thread Step-by-Step

To break thread on a Grace Qnique longarm, which doesn't have a thread cutter, you'll follow these steps:

  1. Needle up to bring your needle out of your quilt.
  2. Push the longarm 3-4 inches away to spool out the bobbin a bit.
  3. Pull the longarm back to the last stitch you took.
  4. Needle down, needle up.
  5. Tug on your top thread, this will bring up a loop - that's your bobbin thread.
  6. Clip the top and bobbin thread, making sure to leave the thread tails long enough to tie off and bury.
  7. Push the longarm away 5-6 inches to suck the extra bobbin thread back through the quilt.
  8. Tie off and bury your thread tails securely in the middle layer of your quilt.

To Begin Your Next Line of Quilting

  1. Push the longarm spot you want to begin quilting.
  2. Needle down, needle up. Roll your longarm 1-2 inches away.
  3. Tug on your top thread to bring up a loop - that is your bobbin thread.
  4. Bring both thread tails up to the surface of the quilt.
  5. Needle down, needle up to take 2-3 stitches in the direction you're quilting (not in place or you will get a glob of thread).
  6. Begin quilting and stitch many beautiful designs, then break thread following the directions above.

That's it! It may seem complicated at first, but these steps will quickly become a habit as you quilt more quilts. Learn more about Grace Qnique longarms right here.

Click here to find more videos on quilting on a frame with both longarms and home machines!

Quilting Feathers on the Hoop Frame - Dream Big Bonus!

I have a few petals on the Dream Big Quilt panel left to quilt with feathers. So I decided to load this quilt on my Q-Zone Hoop Frame and try quilting feathers with the Feather Ruler with my home machine. See how this works and how I have to creatively load the quilt in the frame in this video:

Quick links to the quilting equipment shown in this quilting video:

Janome 1600 Sewing Machine

Janome 1600 Machine

Q-Zone Hoop Frame Pro

Feather Quilting Ruler

Dream Big Guidebook

Loading the Hoop Frame... Creatively!

I had only a few spaces left to quilt on my second Dream Big Panel with feathers. These spaces all tended to be long and narrow, sometimes with a subtle curve around the outside of the petal shape.

Even though these spaces would be no big deal to quilt on a home machine in a table, they take some consideration when quilting on a frame, especially with a home machine.

So I loaded the quilt... weird. Or we could say creatively!

Quilting Feathers on a Hoop Frame Home Machine

I did not load the quilt with the sides straight to the frame. Instead I loaded it focusing on the space I was quilting and this mean the quilt ran at a crazy angle and that's just fine!

A hoop frame can be loaded weird because that's the way it's designed. Just like a traditional lap hoop, you can load the frame with the quilt running in any direction you like. So long as the quilt is clamped firmly in place, you can quilt just fine.

Quilting in a Limited Space

With the Janome 1600, I have 5 3/4 inches of vertical quilting space. This is the distance I can quilt forward to back. Side to side I have around 36 inches of quilting space.

This means my quilting space on the Hoop Frame is a long, skinny rectangle. I need to fit whatever I'm quilting into this narrow space.

So to load the petals of the Dream Big quilt panel, I aligned the space I wanted to quilt parallel with the front and back rails on the frame. This way I could quilt the entire space with feathers without stopping.

Quilting Feathers with a Ruler on a Frame

Quilting with the Feather Ruler was really fun on the frame. Please check out my other videos on quilting feathers on a smaller home machine and quilting feathers on the Janome 1600.

Quilting Feathers with Rulers Home Machine

I think quilting feathers on the frame was faster and it was easier to place my ruler and get it in exactly the right spot.

Of course, I was using the Sure Stitch Regulator which ensured my stitches were consistent no matter how fast I moved the machine.

If you don't have a regulator, you can always use your foot pedal and just focus on keeping the machine running relatively fast while your hand moves the carriage slowly and smoothly.

With these feathers stitched, my second Dream Big quilt panel is complete and it's finally time to finish my quilted jacket! If you'd like to learn more about making a quilted garment using the Dream Big quilt panel, check out the Dream Big Guidebook available here.

Accessories to Make Quilting on a Frame Easier

If balancing the speed and movement of your machine is too challenging, you can try the following accessories to improve your stitches:

Grace Speed Controller

Speed Controller

Grace Sure Stitch Regulator

Sure Stitch Regulator

Quilt Motion QCT5 Home Machine

Quilt Motion QCT 5

You know the best thing about the Janome 1600? It is compatible with all three! I will be sharing new videos soon on how the Speed Controller, Sure Stitch Regulator, and Quilt Motion QCT 5 work on a home machine.

Don't forget to check out the awesome quilting equipment used in this tutorial:

Janome 1600 Sewing Machine

Janome 1600 Machine

Q-Zone Hoop Frame Pro

Feather Quilting Ruler

Dream Big Guidebook

Moving My Janome 1600p to a Grace Q-Zone Hoop Frame

I'm moving my Janome 1600 to my Q-Zone Hoop Frame and shared a video filled with tips and tricks on quilting on a frame with a home machine.

Dream Goddess Quilt Story

Learn more about the art quilt Dream Goddess and why this quilt took four years to complete.

Love the Light Wholecloth

Check out the Love the Light Wholecloth, the only wholecloth quilt I've designed specifically for walking foot quilting!

Infinity Knot Quilt from Explore Walking Foot Quilting

Learn more about the Infinity Knot Quilt, a beautiful throw sized quilt included in the book Explore Walking Foot Quilting with Leah Day.
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