Walking Foot Quilting
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Finish up your modern quilt by adding crosshatch quilting lines for texture. Vanessa shows you how to consistently space the markings and use your walking foot to add the quilting. Plus, find out how to add optional hanging loops.
Sew the background panel of your quilt together, then sew and apply the two-tone circle. Experiment with your stitch settings before you sew the appliqué for best results.
Start your quilt by preparing and cutting your fabric. Vanessa's pro starching tips will help you keep your circle appliqué in shape.
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