Instructions for a Domestic Sewing Machine Quilting Frame


Domestic sewing machines refers to machines used in the home by an individual regardless of whether it is used in a cottage industry or for personal use. These sewing machines are typically less than 20-inches from end to end. Most are not made for the express purpose of machine quilting, but they are appropriate for the task. A skilled craftsman can help you assemble a frame to make machine quilting with your domestic sewing machine easier.

Materials Lists

Have all of your materials gathered together before you begin the project. You will need a lot of boards precut to various lengths. The sizes of the required boards are: 2 each 2-by-6 by 12-foot; 2 each of 1-by-4-by-12-foot; 6 each of 1-by-4-inch by 24 1/2-inch boards; 2 each of 1-by-8-inch by 10-inch; 2 each of 1-by-8-inch by 12-inch; 2 each of 2 1-by-4-inch by 24-inch boards. Other materials you need are a measuring tape, drill with a 1 1/2-inch drill bit, a pencil, set of table legs, 20 #8 deck screws that are 1 1/2 inches long, machine carriage kit, frame track kit and 3 quilt rollers.

Instruction Tips

Make the table first. Have a space available to lay two 2-by-6-inch boards down flat about 18 inches apart. These two boards will make up the top of the table and will eventually have the frame track kit mounted to the length of them. First, the 24 1/2-inch boards will connect the two together. Four of them are screwed into the 2-by-6's at the 12 and 20 1/2-inch locations measuring from each end of the long boards. These are the called the cross members. If your machine is longer or shorter than 20-inches, make these cross members to a length that accommodates the size you need. Attach the table legs to the cross members at the 20 1/2-inch measurements. With the table standing on the legs mount a 1-by-4 by 12-foot board on both long sides of the table with screws. Screw the remaining two 24 1/2-inch boards to the ends of the table. Join one 10-inch and one 12-inch long board together to form one set of brackets. Repeat for the second set. Mount the brackets to the ends of the table. These hold the support arms up. Drill holes in two 1-by-4-inch 24-inch boards. The holes are located in the vertical center of the boards and at the 2-, 15- and 22-inch locations. Form slots that are big enough to accommodate the diameter of your quilt roller. Screw the support arms to the bracket assemblies. Add the frame track and machine carriage kit to the table according to the manufacturer's instructions. Place one end of the quilt rollers into each end of the support arms.

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