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Thread: How do you baste a quilt on a home sewing machine?

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    Super Member EasyPeezy's Avatar
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    Someone here said that her friend knew how to but was too shy to
    come on the board. Does anyone know how to do this and give us
    some directions? Any help would be much appreciated.

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    you just lengthen the stitches, so you have fewer stitches per inch.

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    I think I can manage the stitching. I would like to know how to manage
    the quilt sandwich. Do I have to put a few pins before I bring it under
    the needle? Baste partly? Somehow I'm not sure if just rolling it would hold
    it in place but I could be wrong.

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    Check out Youtube. There are many videos detailing how to quilt on a regular machine. I've found them very helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    I think I can manage the stitching. I would like to know how to manage
    the quilt sandwich. Do I have to put a few pins before I bring it under
    the needle? Baste partly? Somehow I'm not sure if just rolling it would hold
    it in place but I could be wrong.
    I believe you would have to pin it so heavily, that you might as well add a few more, and call it basted :wink:
    If it is not pinned well, even using a basting stitch, your layers are going to shift as you move it around JMHO :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    Check out Youtube. There are many videos detailing how to quilt on a regular machine. I've found them very helpful.
    I'm not looking for how to quilt but how to baste. I've checked Youtube and Google but nothing so far. :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    I think I can manage the stitching. I would like to know how to manage
    the quilt sandwich. Do I have to put a few pins before I bring it under
    the needle? Baste partly? Somehow I'm not sure if just rolling it would hold
    it in place but I could be wrong.
    I believe you would have to pin it so heavily, that you might as well add a few more, and call it basted :wink:
    If it is not pinned well, even using a basting stitch, your layers are going to shift as you move it around JMHO :D:D:D
    Amma, Amma, Amma. And here I thought you would come to my rescue. ;-)
    Truth is I hate pinning. Well my carpal tunnel flares up so I avoid it.
    Thread basting is not so bad but machine would be sooo much better.
    There has to be a way. I keep hoping. Come on guys and gals, put your
    thinking caps on. ;-) :thumbup:

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    I don't know how you begin to baste without having some pins in it! And I agree that if you are going to pin heavily enough to keep it stable to baste, well just go ahead and completely pin baste. I suppose you could spray baste the top to the batting and the batting to the backing but I would still be concerned about shifting. If you did attempt it that way, I would start my basting in the center and work my way out to eliminate any puckers.

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    I agree with Amma and scowlkat.

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    If you could machine baste, we wouldn't need thread basting, safety pin basting or spray basting would we?

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