Thinking to quilt with a sewing machine? Well, it is not an impossible task but it is often difficult and you need to properly know how to do it to get a great finished look.
If you are a beginner and looking to quilt with a sewing machine then there are a few things you need to know to help you get started. So before you start your next sewing project here are few tips that might come in handy when quilting with a sewing machine.
What You Must Know Before Quilting With a Sewing Machine
Being a beginner at something can be daunting sometimes but that is okay because you can’t get to be an expert unless you pass the starting phase. However here are a few things that will come in handy when you quilt with a sewing machine for beginners:
You Should Have Enough Space
Quilting projects take up a lot of space so you need to make sure that you have a wide enough table to support your project. Quilting over a small surface can become a hindrance and it will take you twice as long to complete the project.
As a beginner, you don’t want to overwhelm yourself with a project that you can’t complete properly. This is why you should start small first and then as your skill level increases, you can move on to a more advanced quilting project.
If you want to practice, you can even take small scraps of fabric and practice on them first to get the hang of it. After that, you can move onto a bigger fabric to practice your quilting skills.
Pick out Something With a Lot of Patterns
This is something that every beginner should follow blindly. The busier or more colorful your fabric is, the easier it is to hide mistakes. As a beginner you will make some mistakes, however, that shouldn’t discourage you because it is part of the learning process.
What you can do is that you can choose fabrics with a lot of patterns or darker colors so your mistakes are easily hidden. With such fabrics, no one will even be able to tell that you have made a mistake!
Make Sure the Measurements Are Accurate
This is essential when it comes to the art of sewing. You need to measure everything properly so everything has perfect symmetry and all sides are equal. Use chalk or a light pencil to mark all your measurements on the fabric to get perfect accuracy.
Also, remember to maintain a quarter inch seam while sewing. This helps you give some room for mistakes which can easily be fixed by opening the seam back up again.
How to Quilt With a Sewing Machine for Beginners
Now that you have all the tips in the palm of your hand to help you guide, it is time to learn how to quilt with a sewing machine for beginners. There are two types of methods you can utilize. Here is a short guide on both these techniques:
Straight Line Quilting
This is the most beginner-friendly technique and you will wonder how this can be so easy. It is time-efficient as well and the result of your first project will exceed your expectations with this technique.
For this type of quilting, you will need an even feed presser foot. This is necessary when it comes to quilting because otherwise the top layer of the fabric will not be sewed properly and you will have to do twice the work.
Here is how you can start straight line quilting with a sewing machine:
- Place the thread on the bobbin
- Make sure that your machine is set between six to ten stitches per inch
- Keep the middle part of the quilt and place it under the machine to take one stitch
- Stop your sewing machine and then raise the presser foot
- Pull-on the end of the thread so it comes through the hole in the stitch
- Put your presser foot back and then start stitching again
- This time do 2 stitches and then stop. Change your sewing machine setting to reverse and then take 2 stitches backward so the thread is properly secured
- After this just start stitching your quilt normally
- Don’t reverse switch unless you have reached an area where you need to stop, then you need to reverse stitch 2 stitches so the thread is properly secured
And your quilt is now done! This is a very easy step by step guide that will help you in your first quilting project with a sewing machine. You probably thought it was daunting but this is as easy as it gets. Practice these steps and soon you will master quilting with a sewing machine in no time!
Free Motion Quilting With a Sewing Machine
It is better that you don’t start with this technique as this more advanced than the straight line. It also requires a lot of practice to master and so it might irritate you to start with this technique.
This is a better technique to employ when it comes to sewing much more intricate and fancy patterns that require more work. If you do decide on free motion quilting here are some basics which will help you get started:
- For this technique, you need a free-motion foot or a darning foot
- Threading is the same as straight line quilting
- You need to remove the feed dogs
- You don’t need to set a stitch length on your machine because with free motion the speed of the sewing machine and the rate at which you move the quilt with your fabric determines the length of the stitch
- Start on small things such as wall hangings or pillows
Once you perfect straight line quilting do try your hand at free-motion quilting to upgrade your level of skill.
Prep work is very important and it is important to research all the techniques as well. Equip yourself with knowledge on all about sewing so you can make your first project a breeze for yourself.
While these projects may look daunting to a beginner, they are fairly easy and will make your hobby much more fun and interesting. Grab those supplies and work on your sewing skills now!