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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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    I wish I could make my sandwich on the machine but I just can't see how it could be done.

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    I would use basting spray and if more is needed, start with the longest stitches on your machine and go from the center out. DO NOT start on one side and go to the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    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:
    Believe me, I wish that I did have the magical answer to your question. I have fibro and arthritis in my hands, so anything to keep from having to pin would be great for me too!!! :D:D:D

    I have done a lot of searching online... and have found nothing for basting a quilt using a domestic machine, without using pins or basting spray... There are those plastic tacking things... but I am not sure just how easy on the hands it is taking them back out...

    The problem is this, when you push, pull, shove and manhandle that quilt sandwich through the machines throat, there isn't anything to keep the layers from shifting around...

    For smaller quilts, the John Flynn quilting system would work. Some buy longer poles for it and have quilted king sized quilts. You can't quilt a LOT of area at a time, BUT you do not have to hand baste except on the ends of the leaders. You can pick these up used for well under $100 on ebay, even here on the board.

    http://flynnquilt.danemcoweb.com/sho...n-multi-frame/

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    Thanks for looking, Amma, and I think you're right. We'll just have to keep pinning or basting until we find that magical solution. :)

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    http://flynnquilt.danemcoweb.com/sho...n-multi-frame/[/quote]

    i know what i want for christmas!!!

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