Sewing instructor Melissa Lasseter finishes up an easy quilting project for beginners using a home sewing machine for quilting.
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Some quilters love piecing, and some just adore the quilting stage.
Whether you’re working on a small or large project, quilting is essential to prevent the bunching of layers, especially if the item will be washed at some point.
For those of us that can’t afford a longarm machine, or just prefer to quilt on a domestic sewing machine, this may be a daunting task. Fear not, fierce quilter friend!
Here’s our best advice to make the quilting process go a lot smoother on your home sewing machine:
- #1: First things first – splurge for a new needle! This is a safety measure. Trust us – for the price of a needle, it’s worth it.
- #2: Change the presser foot. Try some decorative stitches, using a foot that’s designed for forward and reverse feed stitches. A walking foot is great for this, or use a darning foot for free motion quilting.
- #3: Pre-wind enough bobbins for your project. While practice is key to improving at any skill, what’s often overlooked is the quality of the time spent working on something. Don’t let a silly thing like running out of thread ruin your flow!
- #4: Mind your stitch length. A tighter (shorter) stitch will keep those layers under control.
- #5: If your sewing isn’t the straightest, blending your thread and fabric can hide even the sloppiest stitches.
- #6: Don’t underestimate the power of quilting gloves.
You may not have used the decorative stitches on your sewing machine before. Well, they are perfect for quilting! When used appropriately, they can even make an otherwise plain piece totally adorable!
Tips for larger projects:
- #7: Choose a worktable that has plenty of space to support the bulk of the weight of the quilt. A slippery tabletop will make your life a lot easier!
- #8: Start at the center to keep the weight evenly distributed. Rotate the quilt or even the machine when you’re done with one side to avoid having to move too much fabric around.
- #9: You can either roll the sides of the quilt or accordion fold them to fit in the throat of your machine. If that causes undue weightiness, good old scrunching works just fine.
- #10: Sew any diagonals first. If the pattern allows, you can even quilt in segments, then combine them to complete the piece.
- #11: Dense quilting with thin cotton thread will keep the layers neat and tight.
Small and large projects alike, the quilting stage is the most satisfying for many quilters because it is often the final step. It can give any piece that professionally finished look that we love to see and share!
What’s your favorite part of the quilting process? Answer in our comments section!