Quilting with sewing machines has been around almost as long as sewing machines. Using this method with quilting machines makes quilting much faster and easier as well as produces a more durable quilt. Quilting on short and long arm quilting machines has become a very popular hobby, with more people enjoying this type of creativity every day. There is also a wealth of information for new quilters to help them perfect their quilting techniques. To start off right, quilters using Juki TL2000Q1 and other quilting machines can refer to these valuable hints to help them easily sew beautiful quilts.
Types of Machine Quilting
To achieve the best results when using quilting machines, quilters must know about the two main machine quilting techniques and when to use them.
- Machine Guided Quilting - This is accomplished by sewing with the feed dogs in place and produces a uniform stitch for straight lines and slight curves.
- Free Motion Quilting - This method involves sewing with the feed dogs down or covered and is best for sewing curves.
Depending on the quilt design, a quilter may use either of these techniques or both of them. In order to quilt effectively, it is best to learn how to use both methods and when each technique is most helpful.
Quilt Support When Sewing
Always use a table extension or extra table with both short arm and long arm quilting machines to support the quilt as it is being sewn. Quilts hanging off the back of a sewing bed can get dirty; in addition, the weight of the quilt can create drag and alter the stitches during the sewing process. The end result could be uneven lines and stitch sizes.
Use A Strong Thread
Even though specialty threads might look appealing, quilts are more durable when sewn with 100 percent cotton thread designed specifically for quilting. Considering the amount of hard work that goes into any quilt even when machine sewn, using a thread that will hold everything together and not fall apart during use or when being washed is recommended.
Use A New Needle
Start every quilting project with a new needle to ensure clean stitching without damaging the fabric. Needles on Juki TL2000Q1 machines or any other quilting machines will get dull with use, so it may be necessary to insert a new needle part way through the project as well. Always use a needle that corresponds to the size of the fabric bat to reduce unsightly needle holes.
Use Slow And Even Stitching
When sewing garments and other items, it can be fine to use a higher machine stitching speed and still achieve the desired appearance. When quilting, slow and even use of quilting machines is especially important to prevent mistakes and an uneven pattern. Hands should remain on both sides of the fabric to guide the quilt under the needle and stitching speed should be kept moderately slow. To promote smooth feeding of the fabric without snagging, quilters should keep the machine bed clean and consider applying some wax or similar product designed to the bed in order to reduce fabric drag.
Quilting machines such as the Juki TL2000Q1 allow quilters to create beautiful projects both quickly and easily. Although there is a lot to learn about the various quilting methods and techniques, it is sometimes the little tips that can help the most. Whether using long arm quilting machines, short arm machines, or even standard sewing machines, these hints will take some of the trial and error out of learning how to quilt!