Basting is one of the important steps used when creating beautiful projects on quilting machines like the Juki TL2010Q. Once the quilt top has been sewn and the layered sandwich has been assembled, the layers are held in place for machine basting that can be done in three different ways to prevent the fabric from shifting while being sewn with Juki quilting machines. Quilters can try all the techniques outlined below and find the one that works best for them.
The traditional method of quilt basting is the old fashioned way by hand stitching with a needle and thread. Even though these projects are mainly sewn using quilting machines, the basting part needs to be done by hand in order to prevent the layers from shifting. Although hand basting can be a bit of a lengthy process, it provides the best results and keeps the quilt sandwich secure so it can be finished using a Juki TL2010Q quilter. Once the machine stitching is complete, the basting threads can be quickly and easily removed.
Another way of basting quilts to hold layers secure is with basting pins that look just like safety pins except that they are slightly bent in the middle. The bend makes pinning through multiple layers of fabric and batting to the other side easier than using regular safety pins. The pins are placed every few inches across the entire quilt to hold everything in place. Pins do not interfere with final quilting as they are placed away from where the stitching will go. They can be easily removed once the top stitching is complete. Pinning is a reliable method for most size projects.
A third method of basting quilts before they are sewn using Juki quilting machines is by spraying them with a special fabric adhesive. This technique is best used on smaller projects, although it can be used for larger ones provided the layers are carefully set together. Spray adhesive should be done outdoors or while wearing a surgical mask to reduce inhaling the fumes. This fact alone could limit the size of a quilt that relies on the spray basting method.
The process involves spraying the backing, then taping it down to the floor or another large surface sticky-side up. The batting is folded and then rolled onto the sticky backing and evenly smoothed out. The top of the quilt is then sprayed and laid over the batting and smoothed out. While this technique may be somewhat faster and easier, it does have its disadvantages. The basting must be washed or dry cleaned from the finished project and if too much spray is used, the layers can wrinkle or pucker when the quilt is being moved.
All quilts must be basted to secure the quilt sandwich for careful stitching with quilting machines like the Juki TL2010Q. While pin basting seems to be the preferred technique of those who use Juki quilting machines, some may want to explore spray basting or use the traditional way of hand basting with a needle and thread. In any case, carefully securing the various layers before top stitching a project yields the best results by preventing the shifting and wrinkling that can disrupt the entire pattern!