Do it yourself machine quilting frames can be used to increase the ease of quilting vastly. Given the large size of many projects they can be bulky and difficult to maneuver for designs and general hemming. A good frame system will allow the user to create complex designs and will decrease the physical fatigue of sewing.
There are two main ways to set up a machine quilting frame. It is possible to purchase a machine quilting frame kit that will provide the materials to construct a manufacture grade frame. A cheaper option is to set up a home sewing machine and arrange tables in a way that it allows you to maneuver the sewing machine to create the desired effect. This is a much more cost effective alternative but is far less effective as a tool.
Machine quilting frame kits can be purchased that come with a detailed instruction guide for assembly. These kits include the hardware and pieces that will allow for the construction of the frame. These frames will allow the user to create intricate designs and help support the weight of the quilt and create a method for maneuvering the sewing machine to sew complex designs. Unfortunately these kits can be out side of some hobbyists' budget. An alternative method is to use a system of tables around a sewing machine allowing the user to support the quilt while rotating to form the designs. The designs that can be made with this set up are limited, but the frame can be constructed with things that are found around the house.
Most quilting machine frame kits will require some assembly and access to some information. Most kits include all the hard ware and tools required to construct the frame. You may need a hammer to set the joints of frame. Most kits will include a stylus board that attaches to the sewing machine platform, this will allow you to use the sewing arm to create intricate designs. A good frame will have a system of rollers that will allow you to support the weight of the quilt. If you are planning on setting up the less expensive frame system with tables you will want to have a large open room and place the sewing machine in the center with a table that rests against that back of the sewing machine stand. This table will allow for the quilts weight to be spread out and keep the user from having to deal with the excess. Another table will need to be placed on the arm side of the sewing table. The two tables will create an L shape around the sewing machine. This table allows for the quilt to be rotated into the sewing machine for design creation.