Machine Quilting Basics
Batting seems like it ought to be a stress-free topic. After all, its entire job is to make things soft and comfy. Yet choosing the right one for your project can be totally confusing. There's cotton versus polyester, tons of different brands, issues like fiber content and loft — the list goes on and on. Luckily, these tips provide the insight you need to navigate the batting aisle like a total boss.
Lindsay Conner
Batting is the magic in the middle of any quilt. Kelly begins by going over the key characteristics. Then she walks you through the fiber types available, showing both raw batting and quilted samples. You'll perform a simple test before you make your quilt to ensure it's right for your project.
There are several ways to baste a quilt, so how do you know which one to use? Kelly explains, discussing the pros and cons of four common methods. She also demonstrates pin-, thread- and spray-basting, plus how to use fusible batting.
Perhaps the most important tool in quilting? Your sewing machine! Learn how your machine works as Kelly goes over the essential parts, including the spool pins, flywheel, take-up lever and bobbin case. She also covers good and poor tension, plus troubleshooting tips.
Last but not least, Kelly shows you the best presser feet for machine quilting, and when to use them. See how thread stands and thread nets help you feed thread smoothly into the machine. Plus, get Kelly's top picks for free-motion quilting tools such as gloves, discs and hoops.
Explore tools that help you mark your designs before you quilt. Learn how to use a pounce pad, stencils and a variety of marking pens. Then, look at hera markers and adhesive templates, both of which can be used after your quilt is already basted, and won't ever leave any stray markings.
Needle and thread are key components of machine quilting. But knowing which types to use together can sometimes be a challenge. Here, Kelly discusses thread weight and plies as well as fiber and needle types. Choose the perfect needle for your thread every time with Kelly's pro tips.
Machine quilting is simple when you've got the right tools for the job. Join designer Kelly Ashton as she walks you through everything from batting, basting and marking to sewing machine feet. Then, look at the ins and outs of how your sewing machine works, and what tools to use so you can quilt your next project with ease.
Kelly Ashton
Kelly Ashton
When you're free-motion quilting, there are a handful of snafus you can run into. But don't let frustration get the best of you! With these easy fixes, you'll be able to solve so many problems and be on your merrily quilting way.
Christa Watson
Close up of sewing machine stitching straight lines on blue fabric
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Straight line quilting is a simple and effective way to finish your quilts. You can do it on a home machine, and you only have to worry about moving your quilt in one direction. Play with the width between your lines of stitching for a denser or more airy effect.
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