When working on beautiful quilts using quilting machines like the Juki Exceed HZL-F400, it is easy to be completely absorbed in the creative process. What is not so easy is dealing with problems and interruptions that slow you down and break your creative flow. How can you reduce interruptions so you can use the time spent working on Juki quilting machines more effectively? Try the time-saving tips that follow.
1. Great Workspace
One of the most important factors in getting great results with quilting machines and enjoying the process is having a suitable workspace. A space should be large enough to let you spread out. It also needs to be well lit and contain the sewing machine essentials, a cutting station, and a pressing station. With these things close by in your comfortably large work area, you should experience few problems that slow you down.
2. Well Maintained Machine
When it is time to sit down at your Juki Exceed HZL-F400 and begin to assemble your quilt, make sure it is ready. Regular cleaning and any other required maintenance is essential to ensure the machine works properly when you are ready to use it. In addition, remember to always start new projects with a fresh, new needle and change it after every 10 to 12 hours of use or if it seems it starts to get dull.
3. Break Process Into Small Segments
Some days you may have hours to spend working on your quilt; however, there are other times when you may have little time. You can continue to make some progress with your project if you break your tasks into segments that can be achieved in 10 to 15 minute blocks of time. Work on these shorter tasks when you have a little bit of available time. You will be amazed at how far you can get in a week by efficiently managing your sewing time.
4. Finish One Part Before Starting Another
You can also make more effective use of your time by completely finishing one task before starting another. Cut all your quilt top pieces, stitch individual blocks together one-by-one using your Juki quilting machine until they are all constructed, then assemble the blocks. Avoid stopping and starting with different parts of the process and you will get a lot more work done.
5. Finger Press and Chain-Piece
Quilting involves taking a lot of small fabric pieces and then stitching them together. It can be tedious work and take up a lot of time in the beginning of the process. Two ways you can speed things up is to learn chain-piecing to speed up the piecing process as well as how to finger press your seams. Finger pressing the edges of your quilt pieces in preparation to stitching them eliminates the need to keep getting up and going to your pressing station.
6. Use Neutral Thread Color
Another way to speed up your piecing process is to use a thread color that is neutral to all of the colors in your quilt. Changing the thread frequently can be very time-consuming and interrupt your creative progress. A neutral thread color eliminates the need to constantly change the thread on your quilting machine.
7. Use Pre-Made Binding
By the time you get to the last few part of your quilting project, you will most likely be excited to finally get it finished. One way to finish more quickly is by using pre-packaged binding. Pre-made binding is much easier and faster to use than cutting and stitching your own and is available in many colors, patterns, and types.
If you love working on quilting machines like the Juki Exceed HZL-F400 and want to make the most of your project time, try the time-saving tips discussed above. They will help you get work done faster and easier without the constant interruptions that can slow you down. Best of all, you will enjoy using your Juki quilting machine even more, knowing you can finish projects faster and see the fruits of all your dedicated labor!