I have found it easiest to quilt the blocks separately and then assemble them using a quilt as you go technique. Supporting the weight of a big quilt so it doesn't bog down the machine is a pain. You have to hoop something, so doing a block at a time, I hooped the backing, then smoothed the batting over it, then did the same with the top fabric. I just pinned the sandwich in place and used the baste feature on my machine. I did not use stablizer
I Love doing quilting on the emb machine. This design is from Perfect Little Stitches and sews out perfectly. I did the whole quilt moving from block to block.
I love to quilt with my embroidery machine. So far I have always hooped the whole sandwich (which can be tricky) but may try the ideas posted here.
Good thread. Looking forward to lots of responses. :)
If you are quilting using the embroidery part of machine then what kind of thread do you use? I didn't think that embroidry thread was strong enough to hold the quilt together?
I've used my embroidery machine for quilting and I like it. No reason to use stabilizer. It's a good option. Not giving up on the FMQing though.
I've done quite a few quilts using my embroidery machine -- and there are lots of magnificent quilting patterns for that purpose. It works just fine with a sandwich.
There are plenty of quilting patterns that have been designed for this purpose. The main problem is hooping it whilst it sews out. There are a few methods plus improved hoops which allow you to do this. The method that I find easiest is to baste the piece to be quilted on top of a piece of hooped, dissolveable vylene . Then it washes out after quilting.