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Initial post: Mar 10, 2009 11:47:25 AM PDT
I have a Babylock Esante with free motion but find that I cannot get the larger quilts between the needle and neck. I am very interested in the Flynn System. I have limited space and for both space reasons and financial reasons am unable to purchase a large quilting system. Any feedback from those who have bought the Flynn?

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 12:30:41 PM PDT
I recently purchased the Flynn complete kit with the tubes and all at a quilt show. The one at the show seemed so much easier to use when I tried it out! Also, since I usually make larger quilts I need to get the long metal poles they suggest. I went to get them yesterday and couldn't even pick one up! I am wondering how I am supposed to move one on a table "times 3" (you need three poles) when I can't even lift one! So I guess for now I will just make smaller ones on it. I know a few of the local quilt shops have a long arm machine one can rent after taking a class on how to use it and I may have to go that route. I am sort of disappointed in my Flynn system and unless you have scads of time to fuss with it (and the spare cash) then I would find another way. Try the systems where you piece quilt your fabric then stitch the finished blocks together. Good Luck in your future quilting!

Posted on Mar 26, 2009 8:45:40 PM PDT
R. Silva says:
I purchased a Flynn system a couple of years ago and went straight to quilting a large quilt. It would probably have been better to start with a smaller quilt like a baby quilt or just a quilt sandwich of muslin and practice. At any rate, I have purchased a long arm at this point. My Flynn is in the box with the video and instructions, and is practically new. I would be happy to sell it if you are interested.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2009 6:27:53 AM PDT
Thank you for your offer! I broke down and bought just the end pieces, and added the rods. In case I have someone else who might be interested in the same type of set-up, what are you asking for yours?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2009 6:14:29 PM PDT
R. Silva says:
I don't have the rods, just the end pieces. I bought 2 x 2's for it. I paid around $65 for it so would sell it for $30.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2009 5:17:56 PM PDT
A Reader says:
I have been looking at getting a Flynn system without the poles. I am wondering if you were looking at the wrong type of pole to use. After speaking, in person, to someone who purchased the end pieces and got their own poles - I would suggest you get PVC pipe or aluminum/copper lightweight pipe for your quilts. I have looked at the pipe at the store and they are very rigid and the PVC is inexpensive.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2009 7:20:15 PM PDT
Kelly Lue says:
i have the flynn and have quilted a king size quilt with it without any problems what so ever.

i'm able to move the frame with just my thumb and index finger on each hand.

you should buy electrical conduit to do the very large quilts.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2009 12:03:36 PM PDT
I will have to look at the copper for the weight of it but when I purchased it they told me not to get the pvc pipe as it would bend with the weight of the fabric and distort the quilting. well here it sits in my sewing room and i am definately considering getting rid of it. thanks for listening j

Posted on Jun 15, 2009 12:58:29 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 15, 2009 9:06:32 AM PDT
Debbe says:
I had the Flynn system for about 6 months. I was SO frustrated with it.
I know some people love it but for me the process is backwards. It is like
trying to write by moving the paper rather than the pen.
Investigate the Bailey Home Quilter. You can get into a complete system for just
a couple thousand which is MUCH less than any other system. You might even find
something used, check Craigslist.


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2009 8:38:13 PM PDT
thanks for the tip re: Bailey Home Quilter! anyone want to buy a very slightly used Flynn? Have complete package including cd.

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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2009 5:24:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 27, 2011 9:18:42 PM PDT
well, I actually paid $130.00 plus the ridiculous wa state sales tax not even a year ago and only used it once to try it out according to the video. So.... I guess I would rather try and sell it locally on craig's list for a bit more right around the time of the next quilt show which is coming up in Oct or Nov. The poles are 48" long so you would probably have to pay oversize shipping but I have no idea what it would cost to ship. I guess it's different for the area you have to ship from and to. Anyway keep looking, it sounds like most everyone just gets the end pieces and goes to the hardware store for the rest. thanks j sold thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2009 10:26:09 PM PDT
R. Silva says:
I have the end pieces, the video and instructions in a box ready to go if you are interested. I used 2 x 2's and I did use PVC pipe, and it does not bend. For $30 plus shipping cost of $10 I can send it to you. If you are interested, please email me at

Posted on Aug 30, 2009 12:08:44 PM PDT
I purchases the end pieces and added electric conduit pipe and it works fine. I have one set of pipe 4 ft and another 6 ft. Be sure to put you hands under the pipe with palms up. Works better on a big table like a banquet table. I haven't had any problems. You need to be sure your sewing machine is at the same height as the PVC pipe rollers.

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 2:37:33 PM PDT
IB mom says:
Has anyone used it for hand quilting? Would it be possible to use it with a regular sewing machine?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2009 6:04:11 PM PDT
sure you could use it for both hand quilting as well as on a regular sewing machine. it was originally designed (to my knowledge) to be used on a regular machine.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 5:51:41 AM PDT
I think the Flynn frame system suffers from the same defect that most products shown at quilt shows suffer from - the people that are doing the demos have hours and hours and hours of practice. When you watch John demo the frame, remember that he designed it and has thousands of hours of practice using it. That's why it looks so easy!!!!

My Janome has the largest needle to post space available on the market (at least at the time I bought it) and it was only 1,500. But I think it's not just the space available that makes a difference - it's the time you take to learn to handle the bulk of the quilt. Diane Guadinski has never quilted on a long arm - she uses a regular machine - and her quilts are just as good. Sometimes I think we as quilters are too eager to buy something that promises to make life easier than just taking the time to learn how to do it the right way to begin with. Good luck!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2009 4:45:38 PM PDT
Do you still have the Flynn system for sale, and how much do you want for it?


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2009 9:43:17 PM PDT
R. Silva says:
$30 plus $5 shipping. This includes the ends with the video and the booklet. You have to buy your own 2" x 2" boards in the length you want, plus the PVC pipe to lift your frame to the height of your sewing machine.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2009 9:52:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 24, 2009 9:55:51 AM PDT
S. St John says:
I would be very interested in buying your flynn..

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2009 9:53:27 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2009 3:14:24 PM PST
Very true. Men design tools...along with kitchen layouts that women find impractible to use!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2010 6:28:17 AM PDT
Tim Penner says:
Yes, it would work just fine for hand quilting. About using it with a regular sewing machine, the limits are the size of the throat of your machine. That's the distance between the needle and the main part of the machine horizontally and the vertical room in that hole. The rod where you put the part of the quilt that you've quilted goes in this hole, the throat. There has to be room to still move the stretched quilt so you can sew your quilting pattern.
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