Ready, Set, Go!
Let’s get started with Free Motion Quilting
He’s my essential list for Free Motion Quilting:
- Non- slip Teflon mat for sewing machine .
- Teflon bobbin washers.
- Free motion foot (sometimes called embroidery or darning foot) for your brand of sewing machine.
- Size 14 universal needle or size 14 quilting needle.
- Good quality polyester or cotton sewing machine thread.
- Basting spray or quilting pins.
- Quilting gloves
Please read my last blog that explains these important tools for quilting.
- Place Bobbin washer in bobbin then place fully wound bobbin thread in bobbin.
- Thread machine with quilting thread.
- Install quilting needle of your choice. ( I usually you Size 14 needle).
- Install Free Motion foot.
- Lower feed dogs and or reduce needle length to zero.
- Lower the upper thread tension.
- If you can adjust foot pressure, reduce that as well.
- Place Teflon mat on sewing machine bed.
Preparation of Fabric
- Iron quilt top fabric and quilt backing fabric.
- Baste 3 layers of quilt together using basting spray or quilting pins.
At the Sewing Machine
- Place the “quilt” on the sewing machine bed, on top of non slip mat.
- Raise the bobbin thread to the top of the fabric.
- Get rid of the threads by either doing a few back stitches and cutting off thread or burying your threads in the middle layers of the quilt.
- Do some practice stitches and check if the tension is good by looking at the back the quilt. If the stitches are loopy or tiny and tight, you will need to check your top spool and threading of your bobbin. If the threading is fine, you can also adjust your upper thread tension and do another quilting practice.
- When you are happy with your stitches your re ready to get quilting!
Your First Free Motion Quilting
The essence of Free Motion Quilting is moving your quilt fabric under the needle smoothly to create beautiful quilting designs. In effect your are drawing with your sewing machine! One of the most important skills is balancing the speed that your hands move the fabric with the speed your of your sewing machine. This all takes practice! So let’s get started!
The easiest quilting design to try is the squiggly line called stippling or meandering stitch.
Have fun quilting the stippling stitch, quilting a continuous smooth stitching line.
Leah Day has done great videos teaching different quilting designs. Take a look!
Hope you have fun with your free motion quilting.
Please leave a comment below if you have any questions,
Next blog I will be looking at a few other easy quilting designs for the Beginner Quilter,