One common question many quilters who use quilting machines ask is how densely should their project be stitched. Quilting stitch density can greatly affect your final results with projects made on a Juki TL2200QVP or any other Juki quilting machines. Consider the important information that follows regarding density and learn how to decide how much stitching you should use to get the quilting effect you want.
What Is Quilting Density?
Quilting density is the amount of stitching used when sewing together the sandwiched quilt. Projects that are densely stitched on quilting machines have more stitching that is closer together, creating a defined texture on the quilt tops.
Those that are stitched less densely have fewer lines of stitching, creating larger areas of less-defined, puffy filling. Each technique will give you a different visual and textural result with your project.
How Is Dense Stitching Done?
Dense quilting is usually done freeform on Juki quilting machines and takes some practice to get it right. Yet the results can be quite stunning since intricate stitching is often used to produce a sculptural effect in the fabric. Simpler block stitching is done straight, making larger, less defined areas in the design.
If you have only done straight stitching, you can learn freeform stitching by simply randomly stitching all over your quilt. As you learn control and become accustomed with how to guide your fabric, you can progress from meander quilting to actual designs.
How Does Stitch Density Affect Your Quilt?
Stitch density can affect your quilt in various ways. The more dense your stitching, the stiffer your blanket will be. Overly dense stitching done on a Juki TL2200QVP is great for wall hangings and showpieces but may not be as soft and fluffy as you would like your project to be if it is going to be used on a bed. In addition, a fluffy quilt is warmer. A sculptured, densely stitched quilt might be nice as a bedcover; however, for children's blankets or warmer ones, less dense stitching is recommended.
Thread weight also adds to the stiffness of densely stitched projects and the physical weight of the piece. If you want to create intricate designs with your stitching but also want to reduce stiffness, consider using a lighter weight thread. Not every type of batting responds well to close, dense stitching. Batting that is too dense can be more difficult to use with dense stitching. You must select your batting based on just how dense you plan on doing the stitching.
How densely should you machine stitch your project? The answer to this depends on the kind of quilt you are making, how it will be used, and the type of batting. When it comes to making projects on quilting machines like the Juki TL2200QVP, stitch density can vary as you want or need it to be. The main limitation when working with quality Juki quilting machines is the materials used and how well you combine them to achieve the quilting effect you want!