John Flynn Portable Mulit-Frame for Machine & Hand Quilting No Basting Quilt 48", Free USA Shipping!
The Multi-Frame by John Flynn Use your own machine! No Basting! 9 Pounds, Lightweight!
The Multi-Frame with 48” rods contains:
The Multi-Frame comes complete and ready for your project. The price includes 3, 48" fiberglass rods, with the carpet tape already applied, the frame ends and all the hardware, side tension ribbons and 3 muslin starter strips, instructional Manuel and 2 lengths of PVC to balance your frame.
The standard Multi-Frame comes complete with 48" fiberglass rods and is ready for quilts up to 45" in width - an ideal size for wall hangings and to learn with. You can easily modify this frame to accept any quilt width by making new rods - simply purchase 3 pieces of metal conduit (EMT) the desired length at your local lumber yard and move the round nylon rod ends from the original 48" rods to the new rods using a Phillips screwdriver.
Owner's Manuel is included.
US Warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor.
The Multi-Frame consists of two injection-molded fiberglass Frame Ends, each with three patented tension surfaces, and six matching fiberglass Rod Ends, with tension surfaces. Screws attach the rod ends to your own metal rod (either ¾” or 1”), bolts and knobs tighten and release the tension system. This is a very simple sturdy system.
John Flynn Says:
"In twenty-six years of quilting and thirteen years of quilt frame manufacturing, I have found no other frame at any price that combines all the features and comfort of my Multi-Frame System."
Use your own sewing machine.
Easy to store
The main function of a quilt frame is to hold the part of the quilt you are working on together at the proper tension while it stores the rest of the quilt. The Multi-Frame was engineered to fulfill these functions in the simplest manner while allowing the greatest comfort to the user.
The Flynn Multi-Frame is a simple, lightweight, three-rail scroll frame that can be held in your lap for hand quilting or used with your home sewing machine for no-baste machine quilting.
The quilt is rolled up on rods, - similar to the way museums store fine quilts to protect the fibers from damage. The tension adjustment is simple, accurate and foolproof. The Multi-Frame is very portable, take your quilting with you and stand it out of the way when you take a break.
For hand quilting, the Multi-Frame and Stand can be adjusted to fit your most comfortable quilting chair. The Multi-Frame is very simple to use.
The following is a review from Quilting Assistant dot Com:
The Flynn Multi-Frame accommodates both hand and machine quilting. It combines some features of a long-arm quilting machine with a quilting hoop. The frame is designed to secure the work area at a desirable tension while storing the remainder of the quilt conveniently. Adjusting the tension is simple, allowing the frame to easily accommodate any stitch or batting.
You can use the Flynn Quilting Frame with any freearm sewing machine or longer arm portable machines. There is no limitation on sideways freemotion quilting, since the fabric is rolled from two pvc tubes on either side of the freearm
The Multi-Frame is a simple, lightweight, three-rail scroll design that is ready for quilts up to 38" in width. The first rail stores completed quilting. The other rails hold the quilt top and backing respectively. Batting is rolled and stored between the two. This method of rolling is also used to protectively store quilts in museums and prevent fabric damage.
While the frame is designed to accommodate quilts up to 38", it can be modified to accept any sized quilt. There are two choices should modification be desired. A modification kit is available from the manufacturer containing rods long enough to accommodate a full sized quilt. Quilters can also purchase 3 standard 2x2 pieces of lumber in the desired length to replace the original rods.
Distance from needle to neck of machine as well as height of arm space will limit the amount of quilted fabric that can be rolled up into the arm. Use thin batting for more roll up. The finished quilt which is on one of the rods of the frame does fit in the arm space. Most machines can do a queen size with longer rods which customers can buy themselves
Those who prefer hand quilting will find that the Multi-Frame adjusts easily to virtually any chair. There is an optional frame stand with casters available. Using it for bed-sized quilts is recommended, as the frame size necessary for such an undertaking would otherwise be too awkward to manage comfortably.
Those who prefer machine quilting will find the Multi-Frame works with their machines quite easily. Quilters need only lower the feed dogs, remove one frame end and slip the mounted quilt under the needle. After replacing the frame end, check the sewing machine's tension and start quilting.
Use of a balance under the frame is recommended for machine quilting. The balance stabilizes the frame and simplifies the process of machine quilting. The manufacturer recommends using 2" sections of PVC piping. It is an economical solution that enables quilters to control the frame and stitching with ease.
The lightweight design of the Multi-Frame is both portable and very convenient. Storage and frame adjustment are easy.
Basting is unnecessary because of the three rail design. Because the layers are held separately and securely, quilt backings do not pucker. This tension system is so effective, as a matter of fact, it is patented.
The rail design also creates a comfortable working area. Quilters do not have to struggle over reams of fabric to access the desired work area. The rails keep the quilt off the floor, off your lap and out of the way.
There are a few challenges to face with the Multi-Frame. Some may or may not be an issue, depending entirely upon your quilting style.
There are two instances where additional materials must be purchased in order to use the Multi-Frame effectively. Machine quilters will need to purchase some material to act as a balance under the frame. This is necessary to ensure stability during sewing. In addition, longer rods must be purchased to work on full bed-sized quilts. While neither require a huge investment, having to purchase these additional items is inconvenient.
Your machine quilting style may need alteration when using the Multi-Frame. While some typically work one block at a time, using this frame necessitates quilting a certain sized section across the entire quilt instead. Additional starting and stopping may be required to skip sashing during machine quilting or a single quilting pattern can be used all over.
In addition, as each section is completed, it is necessary to stop quilting, roll the frame and adjust the tension before moving onto the next section. Neither situation are more than an inconvenience, but fans of machine quilting should be aware of these limitations.
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