The Free Motion Quilting Project: Sit Down Longarm Sewing Machine Set Up

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sit Down Longarm Sewing Machine Set Up

A few days ago I realized I hadn't posted anything to Instagram, it was late in the evening and I was really wanting to quilt, so I set my camera in a tripod and shot a still of myself quilting on my sit down longarm, the Juki 2200.

sit down longarm sewing machine | Leah Day longarm machine

Little did I know this would spark quite a lot of questions on both Instagram and Facebook about what all was going on in this photo! So I set up my camera again today and shared more details about my longarm machine setup, what the heck I'm wearing, and how the clamps help me move the quilt:

Click Here to learn more about the quilting back support I'm wearing.

Yes, I'm still enjoying my Juki 2200 sit down / table mounted longarm! I use this machine mostly for quilting my personal quilts, but if you'd like to learn more about it and see more videos with it, please let me know. I've already shared a video review of the Juki 2200 right here.

I must say I REALLY like this machine now after setting it up in my new Quilty Table. This is a special table designed for sit down longarms that positions the longarm sideways to your body and more like a home sewing machine.

I'm not sure why, but this setup feels far more natural for me. Before I'd really struggled to feel comfortable facing the machine and even expanding the table as much as I did, I never really liked it.

This new table combined with my clamps and bungee cords is absolutely perfect. It takes up less space, but is able to quilt bigger quilts. Kind of an odd contradiction, but if it works, it works!

Please feel free to ask any questions you have about this longarm machine set up in the comments below.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Actually, the contraption may be new to you but Caryl Bryer-Fallert Gentry has used an almost identical setup for years. Great minds!!!

    1. I actually was inspired to try clamps after seeing them peeking out in one of her photos. I've been using them for years too, but just rarely include them in pictures because I'm always trying to make things look too pretty. There's something to be said for just capturing how things really are!

  2. Can you show more of the special table that allowed you to have the machine sideways similar to a domestic machine set up? Would you talk about where you found this table?

    1. We're actually going to start carrying this table on our website very soon! We don't have all the details ready yet, but be looking for more videos and information within the next month.


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