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Thread: Machine Quilting

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    [size=24][size=18] :?: Quilterbee,Pa.
    I would like to do MachineQuilting But need to know what kind of feet i need for a Queen size Quilt And how you keep it together could any one help me Quilterbee.

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    Are you going to "stitch in the ditch"? Then I highly recommend a walking foot. If you're going to free motion, then you need a free motion foot, I think also known as an embroidery foot. As far as keeping the sandwich together, some people like to pin with a "quilting safety pin", some like to baste, some people spray a basting spray like 505, some people tack on their machines. It's all in what your comfort level is. Hope this helps.

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    Thanks a lot Quilterbee.

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    :) If any body has any more ideas for me please post them.
    Thanks a lot Quilterbee

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    A walking foot helps with straight-line machine quilting, and can even be used for gentle meandering curves or large half-circles.

    For free motion quilting, you typically use a darning foot (and drop the feed dogs, or cover them if your machine doesn't have a drop option). The darning foot hops up and down with each stitch, allowing you to freely move the quilt sandwich around. Free motion quilting usually takes quite awhile to master, as it takes skill to achieve even stitches.

    My favorite way of holding the quilt layers together is with spray basting. If you do a search on this forum, you should find several recent threads on this. Spray basting works best with cotton batting. 505 seems to be the favorite spray basting brand here, both for holding the layers securely and for lack of odor. Spray basting is basically repositionable glue that you spray between the layers to hold together -- sort of like a huge post-it note!

    I like to heavily starch my backing fabric before layering. This helps stabilize the backing so I don't end up with puckers and tucks later. A search on "starch" or "starching" should turn up some recent threads on that topic too.

    If you are new to machine quilting, I would recommend a cotton batting (I like the traditional 100% cotton Blue Ribbon batting, or an 80/20 batt). They are less slippery than polyester and thinner, which makes manipulating the sandwich under the presser foot easier. If you don't mind a slightly stiffer drape, Warm and Natural is an excellent cotton batting to use for machine quilting. Warm and Natural requires less quilting than other cotton batts (lines can be up to 6 or 7 inches apart, whereas traditional cotton is best at 2 or 3 inches max).

    If you opt for a walking foot and feed dogs up, the easiest pattern would be straight or meandering lines that run from one end of the quilt to the other. You do not want to have to turn a queen size quilt around under the presser foot!

    Meandering would be a very easy and casual pattern to do. I don't know how to describe it, except you would start at one end and gently curve one way and then another as you sew down the quilt. Succeeding lines could echo the first one, or you could allow yourself to meander in different directions and intersect previous lines. You could turn the quilt sideways and make meandering crosshatching lines too, so you have lines going both top-to-bottom and side-to-side.

    The walking foot with feed dogs up would ensure that your stitchese are smooth and even. Be sure to create a test sandwich first to practice on. Usually you want to lengthen your stitch somewhat to allow for the thickness of the quilt.

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    Prim99,

    Thanks a lot for your ifor on machine Quilting I will try that I have never done Machine Quilting But i Will Practice First. QuilterBee

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    I have to agree. A quilting foot is great for free motion quilting and a walking foot is a must for stitch in the ditch. Basting spray gets my vote over pinning or basting.

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    Thanks Ladies I really appreciate the help Quilterbee

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    If you haven't machine quilted before, the absolute last thing I would try is a queen size quilt. It's heavy and large and if you don't have a large enough area, it will be almost impossible to move the quilt enough to do a decent job of quilting. It really doesn't matter what pattern or what foot you use the logistics of trying to do a quilt that large on a standard machine are something that you really need to work up to. Think about trying to move a piece of fabric the size of your mattress through the bed of your sewing machine. No matter how you fold it it or roll it it's hard to move around.

    Start with something that is easily handled like a placemat or pot holder until you get the experience and feel for what it takes to machine quilt. I have a single size quilt I made two years ago, my first quilt, so it's very important to me, that I still won't quilt because I don't feel comfortable enough to quilt and I practice almost daily, but boy I've made a bunch of place mats and I'm getting closer to finishing that quilt.

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    Thanks again i will Practice On Place matts like you said. Quilterbee




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