The most time-consuming and challenging part of making quilts using quilting machines such as Juki sewing machines is cutting all the pieces for the quilt top, then carefully stitching them together. The next part of the process, which is using a great machine like the Juki TL-2200QVP-S to create the quilt design, is much easier. It is also a lot more fun since there are so many different designs you can use to create the padded effect on your project.
This is the easiest and fastest method to sew quilts on Juki sewing machines and a great way to get accustomed to the sandwich stitching process. Channel stitching is simply stitching straight, parallel lines over the entire quilt. The biggest challenge is keeping the lines straight, so use a presser foot with a stitch guide attachment.
Grid stitching is just like channel stitching, only the stitching is done in two directions. This technique creates a nice boxy grid pattern over the quilt. The grid can also be angled a bit to create attractive diamonds.
Stitch In the Ditch
This technique involves carefully stitching between two top pieces, right along what is the existing seam line on the other side. The purpose of this method is to create the look and feel of quilting with your Juki TL-2200QVP-S while hiding all the stitching.
Outline stitching is following the shape of the various quilt parts, just inside the edge. The stitching creates an inside outline, which is a subtle decorative touch.
Echo stitching is similar to outline stitching, only it is done on the outside of the piece. It is useful for projects made with focal point pieces stitched onto a solid or plain background. You can echo around the fabric pieces once and use another method across the rest of the project or you can do this type of stitch many times and create a widening pattern that follows the shape of the pieces.
Besides using any of the above techniques to create the actual quilting on your projects, you can also embellish by using the many built-in stitch functions included on many quilting machines. Flowers, leaves, scallops and other stitch designs can add a beautiful touch to your project, either alone or in combination with other stitch patterns.
Freeform Stipple Stitching
Stipple stitching is a type of freeform stitching that is done by creating a lot of snugly wound curves and curls over the background of the main stitched pieces. This technique is commonly used to highlight focal pieces on the project and produces a beautiful effect. The stitching is done by lowering the feed dogs, then stitching around the background area without actually crossing the stitch lines over each other. The result is a design that looks random, yet even.
Freeform Meandering Stitching
Meandering stitching is almost the same as the stipple stitch, only the random swirls and curves are done more loosely, creating a less concentrated pattern. Meandering stitching is also done freeform, with the feed dogs down, and is commonly used over the entire quilt surface. It creates a nice pattern on quilt tops with no specific focal point and more general or uniform designs.
With all these great ways to stitch a quilt top using quilting machines like the Juki TL-2200QVP-S, it is no wonder that it is easy to make every project unique. Try one of the great techniques referenced above on the next quilt you make on your quality Juki sewing machine and see the beautiful results you can achieve!