Quilting by machine and I'm not talking long arm...

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by , 06-24-2013 at 09:20 AM (1204 Views)
So, I am new to quilting but not to sewing. I have a Baby Lock Sophia 2 machine. I use this machine to piece and I want to use it to quilt as well. Does anyone have any tips, suggestions or comments on the dos and don'ts of quilting on a regular sewing machine?
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  1. MAMs's Avatar
    Practice, Practice and Practice. Drop your feed dogs, put your stitch at zero, and go with a meandering pattern. Meandering is easy for beginners and very forgiving of mistakes. I love using those gloves for quilters and my favorite ones are the GrabAroo's. I did all my own machine quilting and now just purchased a long arm. So I am now back to a new learning curve...yikes
  2. ELP's Avatar
    If you quilt is small you can roll it up easily to get it under the sewing machine throat. If it is full size or larger quilt it in three steps. To do this you cut your batting in thirds. Make the quilt sandwich with the middle third in the middle of the quilt. Quilt that section completely.Then sandwich one of the remaining sides and quilt it, last quilt the last side.

    The quilting order goes like this
    1. Stitch in the ditch in the main seams (walking foot).
    2. Stitch around & in the block elements (Darning or Free Motion Foot).
    3. Stitch in the ditch around any applique elements (free motion foot).
    4. Stitch background areas.
    5. Quilt borders.

    I recommend Heirloom Machine Quilting by Harriet Hargrave. I bought I lot of books before I bought this one, and they just didn't give the detail I needed. Page 92 gives detailed information on the quilting order. This is now the only book I refer to when quilting.

    Good luck!
  3. Sisterhood's Avatar
    How ELP does it sounds like me. Just do a few and it's not difficult at all.

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