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Donna P 01-02-2014 11:22 AM

Help please
 
I always hand quilt my quilts no matter the size. But now my hand/fingers will not cooperate for me and I'd like to machine quilt it. My quilt is 104x96. How can I quilt it on my machine without my machine moving all over the table. I would like to do a(Med meandering stitch) what are your suggestions as how to start? Thank you

DONNA P

CanoePam 01-02-2014 11:27 AM

Take a look at craftsy.com. There is a class there about how to quilt large quilts on home machines. I haven't taken it, but it has very good reviews. It might be worth the money.

Pam

Stitchnripper 01-02-2014 11:27 AM

I would put something under your machine - like some shelf liner. I would start in the middle and work out into each of the four sections. You will get lots more good suggestions.

Post a picture when you are done.

Tartan 01-02-2014 01:34 PM

Get a drawer liner for under the machine to keep it from moving. You might like to watch Paula Reid on Youtube on her Fluff and Stuff method.

Jingle 01-02-2014 02:33 PM

I have quilted many quilts and my machines have rubber feet and don't move around.
Read all you can and begin with a practice sandwich and just practice alot.

MacThayer 01-02-2014 10:45 PM

I took that class. It was excellent! A large part of the class was learning how to break big quilts down into separate sections, from the beginning, and then quilt each section and sew the sections together. I highly recommend this course. It also helps if you just want to do a big quilt on a home machine.

1000scraps 01-02-2014 11:07 PM

http://reginasquiltblog.blogspot.com...hmaschine.html
I once made some pictures when I quilted with my home machine, it's only in German but if you want I can give some explanations! And what you really need are gloves with rubber dots on so you can lead the quilt without heavy pressure!!

Donna P 01-03-2014 09:13 AM

Thank for all the great suggestions. I have another one....how do you keep from your backing from puckering or over lapping in spots when quilting on your home machine...that part terrifies me. I like to end up with a somewhat smooth back

barbgooch 01-03-2014 04:52 PM


Originally Posted by Donna P (Post 6490179)
Thank for all the great suggestions. I have another one....how do you keep from your backing from puckering or over lapping in spots when quilting on your home machine...that part terrifies me. I like to end up with a somewhat smooth back

Make sure when you pin it the back is taunt. Depending on the size, tape the back to a table or floor and keep it tight - not stretched. Then pin, pin, pin. Make sure they are about 4 to 5 inches apart.

When you are quilting, are you using a walking foot for the straight lines? This will help with the puckering. Also make sure the area you are quilting around the needle is flattened. Check this often. Do you wear gloves with dots or garden gloves that grip? This helps move the fabric smoothly and evenly.

Hope these help.

Maureen NJ 01-03-2014 06:40 PM


Originally Posted by Donna P (Post 6490179)
Thank for all the great suggestions. I have another one....how do you keep from your backing from puckering or over lapping in spots when quilting on your home machine...that part terrifies me. I like to end up with a somewhat smooth back


Go on Youtube and watch the Sharon Schambler video on basting with boards. It is great. I followed the suggestions and no puckering on the back.


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