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Thread: Basic machine quilting help needed.

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    I am looking for some machine quilting basic information. I just made a small baby quilt and I would like to "stipple" quilt it. Not sure how to get project started. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Fun machine quilting by rodale is awesome!

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    Good morning!

    I am going to assume that you have your quilt top sandwiched and pin basted.

    To stipple, you need to drop your feed dogs, use a darning foot, and move your quilt sandwich in a free motion pattern of your choosing. I would recommend doodling your design on paper first (your brain will get used to the pattern because of the movement of your hand). Then try stippling on a practice quilt sandwich before starting on your quilt.

    Here are a few videos and articles I found for you. I hope they help.

    http://www.dummies.com/how-to/conten...nd-tricks.html

    http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/tvt035.asp

    http://www.quiltmaker.com/tips/tech4/index1.html

    http://www.quiltingassistant.com/stippling.html

    http://www.dreamweavers-quilts.com/q...-of-stippling/

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    Yes, the videos are a great help! Seeing is believing!LOL Utube has many different ones too. I just taught a friend that hand quilts how to stipple on the machine and she picked it right up. I used some scrap fabrics sandwiched w/batting and had her drop the feed dogs w/open toe on the machine..then think like a puzzle. Actually for a large quilt, you could use those big puzzle piece(s) as a guide till you get the hand of it. You just meander around and work your way back. You will love this for it is so much fun! Don't forget to breathe and put some calming music on. Keep us posted on your progress over there! Skeat
    *Who did learn a tid-bit to use a marker, hold it upright and then meander on a magazine that you are going to recycle anyways. Flip the page and keep going to get the feel of it. I learned that
    at: www.allpeoplequilt.com there on a free video too.

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    Thanks for the advice. Can't wait to get started.

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    Senior Member Nita's Avatar
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    Does your machine have a "Slow Sew" button? I have a Pfaff with that feature and was told that is a good way for beginners to become comfortable with free motion quilting. It helps me gain control over stitch length.

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    Thanks for the tip. I just got a new Janome sewing machine for my birthday. Still trying to check out all the features. I have an hour free class on how to use it, but they told me to use it for awhile so I could get help with my questions. Free motion quilting is at the top of my list!

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