Learning to quilt can be a lot of fun when using quilting machines. It can also seem quite challenging to beginners, who may find themselves wondering where to start. A good rule of thumb before beginning a major project using Juki TL2010Q machines or quilting versions is to understand the basic skills needed for such a project and become practiced at them. By starting out with good skills, using Juki machines or any other devices will be a pleasure and allow even beginners to create beautiful coverlets.

Learn About Patterns and Fabrics

Every quilt starts with a pattern and the fabrics that will be used to create a finished project. Before thinking about cutting pieces and starting to sew them using Juki TL2010Q machines, it is important to learn a few things including:  preferred fabrics, the reason for pre-washing, and fabric bias. Take some time to learn how to read and interpret patterns and then move forward to fabric selection and piecing.

Learn How to Use a Rotary Cutting Tool

A good, sharp rotary cutter and cutting mat are essential items to every seamstress. Rotary cutters greatly reduce the time required to cut quilt pieces. When used correctly, they are also much more accurate than a pair of fabric shears, which means less damage to the fabric and less fabric waste. Get familiar with how to use this tool for precision fabric cutting, learn how to care for it, and learn how to change its blade.

Learn to Proficiently Sew a Quarter Inch Seam

The basis of every quilt sewn using Juki quilting machines is the 1/4 inch seam. This is a little different from sewing garments and other items, which usually use a ⅝ inch seam. Practice sewing the smaller seam on some fabric scraps before using actual project pieces to become comfortable with the process and learn to make smaller straight seams.

Learn How to Press Seams

To make sewing on quilting machines easier, it’s a good idea to frequently press the small seams into place so they can be sewn straight. This means frequent use of the iron. Setting seams by pressing them saves a lot of time in the long run, so get used to keeping the iron handy for use while sewing. To save time later, press blocks as they are finished. Then store them flat until it is time to start stitching them together.

Learn Various Piecing Methods

Piecing can become tedious after a while. After learning the basics of cutting pieces and sewing them together, consider learning some of the faster methods of piecing quilts together such as strip piecing and quick piecing. These timesaving techniques will make quilting more enjoyable as the top begins to shape up much faster.

Learn to Measure and Sew Straight Borders

Finishing a coverlet with a great border sewn using Juki quilting machines is the final step in the process. Borders are decorative and bring the entire design together as well as help cover uneven edges or correct a quilt that comes out slightly skewed.

Like all other activities, quilting involves learning a specific set of skills. By practicing these few essential skills, beginners just learning how to sew on their quilting machines will face much less frustration and be happier with their finished projects. Whether sewing on Juki TL2010Q quilting machines or other Juki versions, learning the basics first will produce the best results!

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