Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: Help with Hand Quilting!

  1. #1
    Junior Member mimmy96's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    242

    Help with Hand Quilting!

    I am very new to this.. never done this before.. Working on a project that a lady had started hand quilting and was over half way done with it.. so I want to finish it! .. I can not get down the whole "rocking" with a thimble thing... I am doing it but my seams are still far apart! .. Any helps? .. It was in a hoop, but I took it out and it seemed to work better for me without one.

  2. #2
    Super Member Prism99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Western Wisconsin
    Posts
    9,504
    Blog Entries
    1
    A frequent beginner mistake is to hoop too tightly. There should be about 4" of "give" in the quilt after you have hooped -- meaning you should be able to move the quilt 2" or so up and 2" or so down. It should *never* be drum tight. You are probably finding it easier to quilt without a hoop because you are able to move the fabric now. I have tried hand quilting both ways, and have much better stitch quality when I use a hoop -- but hoop very loosely.

    What size needle are you using? Smaller stitches come with practice. If I were you, I would create a practice sandwich before tackling an actual quilt.

    Aim first for making even stitches, all the same length. Once you are pretty good at that, you can start trying to make your stitches smaller. It is more important to have even stitches than small stitches.

  3. #3
    Member wpbmommy1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    South Florida
    Posts
    86
    When I tried hand quilting I had the same problem. My stitches were far apart and they didn't look very defined. I kept sticking the finger on the bottom and the thimbles kept flying off. I haven't gone back to hand quilting after that but I want to so badly so I can have something to take with me to work on when I'm not home.
    Last edited by wpbmommy1; 01-26-2013 at 08:34 PM.

  4. #4
    Super Member DOTTYMO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    England Alton Towers
    Posts
    3,827
    Blog Entries
    1
    Stop trying to rock too many times and put. The hoop on one side to begin. I had hand surgery and my hand not fully restored to normal and am hand quilting without hoop and just one or two rocks at a time.
    Finished is better than a UFO

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    115
    i love hand-quilting! i agree with the above posters - do a little bit of practicing first on something else til you get the hang of it. even size stitches are more important than tiny - you really can't get tiny until you've gotten enough practice. you get a rhythm going after about a half hour each time you pick it up, so if you just hang in there it gets easier. your underneath finger will get calloused. it also helps to have needles specifically for quilting because they are smaller (diameter) and shorter. i just rock 2-3 stitches on the needle then pull it through.

    you'll get it with practice - don't worry about perfection, go for having fun and just persist.

  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    SF Bay Area East Bay
    Posts
    2
    Nodding here as I read above--I agree with all of the advice. Sharp needles, even stitches, practice makes us better at fine motor skills. I have just begun to quilt my twin size Stripes and Squares on my bottom-of-the-line Singer--fingers crossed that it all goes well. The Singer's first try at quilting anything since I bought her half a year ago....
    Last edited by Lynda M O; 01-26-2013 at 11:37 PM.

  7. #7
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Central NJ
    Posts
    2,494
    You've gotten excellent advice already. You're probably finding it easier with no hoop because it was probably hooped too tight previously. It's perfectly ok to quilt with no hoop, however. Whatever works for you. Thimbles are tricky buggers. It takes some patience to a) get used to them if you've not used them extensively before and b) find the right fit/type that works for you. I personally prefer the Thimblelady's thimble. It's open ended and you push with the pad of your finger vs. the top of your finger. Has deep dimples to hold the needle more securely. Size matters for thimbles. For needles, I prefer Roxanne needles. I use #11 or #12 but would probably start with a #10. Other quilters will have differing opinions on both thimbles and needles. It's what works for you.

    Don't fret over the 'rocking'. It will come with time. You can even do stab-stitching. The goal is even stitches, regardless of how you get there. It might be helpful, at least initially, to have a small practice piece to start off with for a few minutes, just to get your rhythm going. Then jump over to your actual quilt.

  8. #8
    Junior Member mimmy96's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    242
    Thank you so much everyone for the advice! I will keep at it! I have never used a thimble before and I was sure fighting that thing..haha! .. I got up today excited about giving it another try! So we shall see how this goes! Appriciate all the help.. it is greatly needed and appriciated!

  9. #9
    Super Member Abby'smom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Oak Ridge North, TX
    Posts
    6,190
    handquilting is a very diy thing!! -- it takes practice and experimentation -- also the batting thickness makes a big difference in stitch length!! -- it's a whatever-works-for-you kind of thing -- just keep at it and try some of the ideas -- I like little sharp needles, an oval hoop, and guide lines -- good luck to you -- just go for it!!
    Last edited by Abby'smom; 01-27-2013 at 07:03 AM. Reason: left out a letter in a word!!
    diane

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Manchester, NH
    Posts
    703
    Quote Originally Posted by oregongirl View Post
    i love hand-quilting! i agree with the above posters - do a little bit of practicing first on something else til you get the hang of it. even size stitches are more important than tiny - you really can't get tiny until you've gotten enough practice. you get a rhythm going after about a half hour each time you pick it up, so if you just hang in there it gets easier. your underneath finger will get calloused. it also helps to have needles specifically for quilting because they are smaller (diameter) and shorter. i just rock 2-3 stitches on the needle then pull it through.

    you'll get it with practice - don't worry about perfection, go for having fun and just persist.
    I was wondering if anyone has ever used a leather thimble on their finger underneath the hoop? I can't get past that needle coming down to stab my lower finger!!!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.