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 18

Thread: Need advice about quilting on a standard sewing machine.

  1. #1
    LMB
    LMB is offline
    Junior Member LMB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    205

    Need advice about quilting on a standard sewing machine.

    I have a queen size double wedding ring quilt top.
    Anyone ever quilted one on a standard machine??? It is so nice and I would hate to start it and then mess it up. I usually do smaller quilts and manage fine, but this one seems like a mountain. I will gladly accept all help, short of sending it out because I absolutely cant afford it, and Besides I allready bought the thread. (that was costly in itself on my income. lol)
    Second question... I have one of those feet that feed top and bottom material. I use it for straight stitches, but can you use it to do the curves of a double ring????? Never know till you ask.
    This is the best place in the world to ask these questions because I have seen your work and it leaves me in awe.
    Thank you so much
    Linda
    I never met a quilt I didnt love.

  2. #2
    Super Member Stitchnripper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Posts
    6,135
    I have quilted a king size quilt on my dinky mechanical Brother. It was a job, but very doable. It was stitch in the ditch and it took a while to keep repositioning it, but, I didn't want to send it out. I started in the middle and worked out which made it somewhat easier. I have also quilted other large quilts, nothing fancy, but manageable. You are really only quilting the small area under the needle and sometimes you do have to wrestle the fabric through the throat plate to reposition, but, if you are willing to do that, you can do it. I don't know about using a walking foot on the curves for the double ring. I'm sure one of our other board members can advise on that. Good luck!!

  3. #3
    Super Member Prism99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Western Wisconsin
    Posts
    9,509
    Blog Entries
    1
    There is a method for cutting the batting into 3 pieces that cuts down on bulk under the arm of the machine. First saw this described in detail in one of Debra Wagner's books. Marti Michell has a whole book out now on methods like this.

    Basically what you do is cut the batting into 3 parts using a rotary cutter to make big S-shaped cuts (about 6 inches wide). Before moving the batting, use a Sharpie permanent marker to make registration marks on the cuts. That is, you mark a line through the cut every 8 inches or so. Also label the tops of the batting with right, mid, left. This makes it *much* easier later to line up the pieces exactly as they were before they were cut. The reasoning behind the S-cuts is that later on, after the quilt is used, the batting will not crease the way it might if it were cut in a straight line.

    Layer the quilt sandwich with just the middle piece of batting, and baste that middle section as desired. (You can even spray baste if you are careful to cover up edges with paper first.) Machine quilt that middle section, leaving perhaps 6 inches on each side unquilted.

    When finished with the middle section, lay out the quilt, peel back the top and backing, and re-attach one side of the batting. Wagner suggested hand joining with a tailor tack stitch, but most people use a wide and long machine zigzag to re-attach. These days you could also use a fusible to rejoin the batting pieces. Just make sure that you are matching registration marks and re-creating the original batting as it was first laid out. Once the batting is re-attached, smooth out the backing and top and baste them.

    What this process does is greatly reduce batting bulk under the arm of the machine, making the quilt much easier to maneuver while machine quilting. No one knows you used this method after the quilt is finished, because the joins in the batting are invisible.

    I know several people who have successfully done a large quilt on a domestic machine this way.

  4. #4
    LMB
    LMB is offline
    Junior Member LMB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    205
    Thank you so much. This sounds like a plan, and I have used batting pieces before when doing smaller quilts. I am off to the sewing room... finally... been putting this off for weeks!!!!
    I never met a quilt I didnt love.

  5. #5
    LMB
    LMB is offline
    Junior Member LMB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    205
    This is so uplifting. I think I can, I think I can... lol
    I never met a quilt I didnt love.

  6. #6
    Super Member Charlee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    PNW (I wish it was the Ozarks!)
    Posts
    6,510
    Blog Entries
    6
    Quote Originally Posted by LMB View Post
    This is so uplifting. I think I can, I think I can... lol
    Of course you can!!!! (And yes, for as long as the curves are on a DWR, you can use your walking foot!)
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

    http://charleeturner.blogspot.com

  7. #7
    Senior Member VickyS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    in hiding
    Posts
    548
    Just remember to scrunch up the material, don't roll it since you'll find you are constantly unrolling it to move it around the pattern under the small throat of your standard machine.

    I've used my old Singer Featherweight for the majority of my quilting (including queen sized quilts). Yes, it is a pain, but it definitely is do-able. Just don't expect to be a speed demon when quilting.

    P.S. I've never tried the split batting technique but it sounds like it would be a very easy thing to do; much easier than manipulating all of that batting and material!

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Snohomish WA
    Posts
    863
    Blog Entries
    15
    Prism99: Bouquets of roses to you for taking time to type out all those excellent instructions. Thank you!

  9. #9
    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    8,729
    Using/adding the batting in sections REALLY reduces the bulk. I am a huge fan of adding the batting as the quilting progresses.

  10. #10
    LMB
    LMB is offline
    Junior Member LMB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    205
    Really a little slow with the short-cuts... what is a DWR????
    I never met a quilt I didnt love.

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.