Ready to Start Free Motion Quilting?
Wondering what are the essential tools you need? Look no further, here is the essential list:
- A sewing machine.
- 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 of cotton sewing machine thread.
- Crewel or self threading hand sewing needle.
- Quilting gloves
A Sewing Machine
All sewing machines can do free motion quilting.
You do not need a special type of sewing machine or the most expensive sewing machine on the market for FMQ!!
I have successfully free motion quilted using Janome, Brother, Pfaff and Juki sewing machines.
Currently I’m using my Pfaff and Juki Sewing machines for my Free Motion Quilting.
The important thing is jump right in and give it a try! Have fun with it and remember practice, practice, practice!
Free Motion Foot
You need the FMQ foot for this type of quilting. Go to the sewing machine shop that sells your brand of sewing machine to buy this foot. There are also different types of Free Motion Quilting feet. I like the open toe one, as it has good visibility.
Sewing Machine Needles
Another good choice is the Topstitch Size 14 or 16 needle especially if you are using thicker cotton thread like King Tut.
I recommend you start Free Motion quilting with a Quilting or Universal Size 14 needle though. Try the Topstitch needle if you are getting a lot of thread breakages.
I also use good quality polyester or rayon machine embroidery thread. The polyester thread tolerates the fast quilting very well without breaking. It also gives a lovely finish on the quilt.
When quilting, I use the same thread in the bobbin. Sometimes I use Bottom Line in the bobbin, a light weight thread designed for using in bobbin and appliqué work. I love to use Bottom Line in the bobbin and King Tut thread on the top!!
Hand Sewing Needle
I use the hand sewing needle to bury the threads as I quilt. This makes a real difference to the overall finish of the quilt. Importantly, it prevents underneath threads becoming knotted and tangled.
Non slip quilting gloves are an essential tool. They do help you grip the quilt and move it easily to produce smooth quilting lines. Using the gloves also keeps your quilt clean as you quilt.
Optional Extra!! Teflon Non Slip Mat
I use a teflon non slip mat mat on the sewing machine bed and teflon bobbin washers too. The mat allows the quilt to move smoothly under the needle, reducing resistance as you quilt. Similarly, the teflon washer allows the bobbin to glide easily in the bobbin case, assisting the smooth flow of bobbin thread to the quilt.
So now you have the essential tools, it’s time to start practicing your Free Motion Quilting! Have fun!
Thanks for reading, hope you will join me for my next blog: Learning the basics of Free Motion Quilting.