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Thread: Machine quilting advice

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    Machine quilting advice

    Hi, so I have been a member/reader for a while and have been a hand quilter and embroiderer for about 18 months. I finally took the plunge and got a machine at Christmas. I have pieced together my first thing by machine - a simple table runner(really for practice) but would like some advice on how I should try quilting it for the first time by machine. I have an open toe walking foot.


    I know what I would do by hand but I want something more simplistic (and probably achievable) for my first piece of machine quilting.
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    Pretty runner top! You can stitch in the ditch the sashing to start. After that you can stitch around the pinwheels in the ditch.

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    Thanks. I'm not entirely happy with one of the end panels as the points don't line up but not bad for my first ever time on a sewing machine! I like the idea of stitching in the ditch round the pinwheels as well as the more obvious sashing

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    As well as stitching the ditch around the pinwheels, you could echo around them once or twice.

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    Thanks for the idea. I'll let you know how I get on tomorrow once I have figured out stitch length etc!

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    I recommend that your first machine quilting project be simple and engage the feed dogs for best control. A walking foot experience is a great start. Stitching in the ditch with the walking foot is a great way to start. And, in order to show off your new skills I think the idea of echoing once or twice around the design is great. Your table runner will be quite attractive. When I was learning to FMQ I liked to use stencils for my designs. Then, I could concentrate on my stitching rather than creating a design as I was trying to learn to control my stitching. I really enjoy the quilting process and do most of mine on my DSM. I am learning to long arm at the local store which has a rental unit. Enjoy the journey.

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    For being rather new at this you're really good! I like your tablerunner a lot. I don't have much advice though b/c I'm fairly new at machine quilting. I have always done it by hand. I find practicing is helping me a lot.

    Two things that have really helped me are Machingers gloves and a slick surface. Makes a world of difference. You may not need them for a tablerunner though but in the future if you do larger things.
    Last edited by SusieQOH; 01-05-2018 at 05:23 AM.

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    While STID is usually good advice, I literally hate doing it. I can't stay in the channel to quilt. I like more freedom to do my thing, since I obviously don't machine quilt vary well.

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    Crosshatch quilting is a good start. Mark lines about 2 inches apart. Then if you want more quilting, stitch between the lines.
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