Sewing with quilting machines to make a beautiful coverlet can be an enjoyable hobby. Those who are experienced using Juki machines such as an HZL-F600 understand that making a coverlet for a bed involves a series of processes that come together to form the final project. To those who are new to this process, quilting can seem an impossible task to stitch together an intimidating pile of fabric pieces into something large enough to cover a bed. Thankfully, by learning the various stages of making a quilt, even beginners who are just starting out can find create a beautiful coverlet in to time at all.
Prepare the Fabric and Accessories
The first and most important step in having a beautiful finished product, whether it is made by hand or using sewing machines or quilting machines such as a Juki HZL-F600 is the preparation. Choose a pattern and gather all the fabric necessary needed to complete the project. Next, gather up the other supplies and accessories needed, which would include thread, sharp fabric scissors, a rotary cutter and cutting mat, and many pins. Whether using a regular or quilting machine, it needs to be equipped with the appropriate needles and, if possible, a presser foot as well.
Create the Top
Once all the supplies are gathered, it is time to make the top. This is the most time-consuming part of the process; it should be done slowly and carefully to prevent mistakes and wasted fabric. Start out by carefully cutting out all the pieces of the top first, before assembling them; however, if the pattern uses blocks, an easier method may be to cut and stitch the blocks one at a time, then join them together. After that, cut and assemble the additional fabric pieces to bring the entire design together. All the fabric is then sewn together according to the patern with Juki quilting machines, the quilt top should be completely sewn together and ready for the next big step.
Make the Sandwich
After the top is completed, it is time to join the top, backing and the batting together to create the sandwich. The backing fabric should be pre-washed and ironed to limit shrinkage later. Using the floor or another surface that is large enough to accommodate the whole project, lay out the backing fabric wrong side up and then place the batting on top of that. Lay the stitched top over the batting, right side up. Once all three layers are correctly aligned and smoothed out, pin the layers together so the sandwich stays together until it is sewn. Trim off any excess batting at the edge.
Sew Sandwich Layers Together
Now it is time to carefully move the pinned sandwich to the sewing table so it can be sewn. Quilting machines are often more convenient to use since they are designed to provide more room for the project as it is being stitched; this can also be done on any sewing machine. By this point, bringing the different sections together it is possible to see that all of these various parts are beginning to look like a quilt.
Sew On the Binding
After the entire quilt is sewn, it is time to sew on the binding. The purpose of binding is to seal the trimmed edges of sewn lawyers and give the project a finished look. Once the binding has been sewn on, the quilt is done.
Although creating an entire heirloom coverlet on sewing or quilting machines can be time-consuming, there is no reason to be intimidated. Whether a beginner using standard machines or seasoned seamstress sewing on Juki quilting machines like the Juki HZL-F600, it is certainly possible to create beautiful quilts by following the simple steps outlined above!