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Thread: How do you do echo quilting?

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    or any other easy kind besides stitch in the ditch :wink:

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    The way I understand it is, you would follow the design of the block a certain distance around -- for instance 1/4 inch around, or 1/2 inch around, repeating the design (or the seam).

    If you go to Google and type in "echo quilting", click on the first item. There are good pictures.

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    If the curves are not too tight, I use a walking foot to do echo quilting. Because it tends to pack a lot of quilting lines into an area, it's a good idea to use a lighter weight thread top and bottom than you might normally use; otherwise the quilted piece can get kind of stiff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    If the curves are not too tight, I use a walking foot to do echo quilting. Because it tends to pack a lot of quilting lines into an area, it's a good idea to use a lighter weight thread top and bottom than you might normally use; otherwise the quilted piece can get kind of stiff.
    I do too, also, the walking foot is one of the widest, so it's that bit easier to make your echo lines further apart, using the foot as a guide. If you can move your needle sideways too, that is also a way of making the echo lines wider.

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    what feet are the most important ones too have when quilting?
    i know some mite be different from brand to brand but i would really appreciate it if you guys could add a photo for me to look at, if you do it asp, ia m going to a fabric shop tomorrow.

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    Different people like different feet for piecing, and it depends somewhat on your machine. I just use a regular foot, adjust my needle to the right, and apply a strip of mole foam (a thick cushioning adhesive used on foot blisters, available in the foot section of a pharmacy) to the base of the machine as a guide to keep my fabric a scant 1/4-inch from the needle.

    The walking foot has a lot of uses. Some people use it for piecing because it moves both layers of fabric together. Mine is really too wide to get accurate 1/4-inch seams. However, I like the walking foot for quilting straight lines and soft curves. I *always* use a walking foot when applying binding.

    Here is a picture of the walking foot for my Bernina:
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3172/...1daef81a79.jpg
    Usually the walking foot designed specifically for your machine is the best. You can also buy a generic walking foot; sometimes those work well, sometimes they don't.

    I use an open toe foot when I do machine applique (as described by Harriet Hargrave in her books). It lets me see the edge of the applique and where my needle is going in very clearly. Here is a picture of a Singer open toe foot:
    http://thesewingcenter.com/images/386023050-P.jpg
    As you can see, there is no bar to interfere with vision.

    For free motion quilting, I use a darning foot because it "hops" with each stitch (allowing me to move the quilt). Here is a picture:
    http://www.sewingworld.com.au/images...ning-foott.jpg
    These also come with open fronts and/or larger circles, but I have found that the darning foot works best for me.



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    look at connectingthreads.com, they have lots of pics with echo quilting on quilt. love their catalog!

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