For bulkiest fabrics, it’s time to break out Walking Foot #50. For the same reason that a straight stitch foot is ideal for bulky fabrics, a straight stitch plate brings an added level of stability and security to your stitching. (opposite if your Left handed). Behind the Mouse: The Electric Quilt Blog, EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Twilight Chic. I didn’t lower the foot pressure, but I did make the stitch a bit longer. Leave a 10 to 12″ opening at the bottom or one side. This will prevent bulk when quilting. With these tools and tricks in mind, there’s no project too tough for you and your BERNINA! Here’s a small quilt that was tied with yarn: Photo by gina pina, Flickr. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. The Dual Feed mechanism will engage an arm that moves in sync with the feed dogs to pull fabric from the top as the feed dog pushes from the bottom. If you need to store your quilt before doing the actual quilting, then roll it … Thank you for visiting Behind the Mouse, the Electric Quilt Blog. Spray basting is another method and is quick to do. As you've probably noticed, areas in your quilt with a lot of quilting stitches will visually recede. Layer Visibility. If you like, an optional step is to use your sewing machine to baste all the way around the edge of the quilt top, through all three layers, to keep the layers together before binding. I’ve tried to attach a photo of both the design and the completed quilt but it seems you can only attach one image so I will try to send a 2nd comment with the completed quilt image. Or, if you prefer to machine-quilt, use thread made specifically for machine-quilting. No more fabric jamming down in your stitch plate! They will hold the quilt taut as you feed it through the machine, making it easier to run it through the machine in a straight line. Inappropriate and irrelevant comments will be removed at an admin’s discretion. Hold the fabric flat in your left hand and the needle in your right. The basic idea is to quilt all of your layers together, as you are piecing your quilt, so that you are working with smaller, more manageable pieces. If your line of stitching starts and ends at an outer edge that will be covered by binding there will be no need to do this! We encourage you to link back to our posts and spread the word! Decide on a design. (Unless you are using a Custom Set Layout. I would not attempt doing this on a sit down set up be it a domestic or one of the larger harp sit downs like an HQ16. All rights reserved. Here are a few tips and accessories to ensure successful heavy duty stitching. I do this on my kitchen floor. I hope you enjoyed the lesson! Like with any other kind of sewing, using the right needle is key! When I am actually sewing multiple layers I will use your tips. The top batting I use the loftier batt. If your fabric needs extra assistance moving smoothly under the presser foot, you may choose to use a Dual Feed presser foot (such as the #8D). See more about that here. Allowed HTML tags:
. I longarm quilt and use two layers of batting quite often. 3. The process involves finding a shape, tracing it, cutting it out and ironing or sewing it in place. If the quilt backing is pieced, press all the seam allowances open. I am confused about whether to baste my quilt and then do my embroidery through all the layers, including the batting, or if the embroidery is just for looks and you do it before basting the quilt. Turning a layer off does not delete the contents of the layer. If you have questions about something else EQ related, please contact techsupport@electricquilt.com. Just click on this link for a refresher on "Layering and Basting a Quilt". Its obvious aid is that it allows you to keep your hands on your fabric as you secure it under the presser foot but when you engage the FHS, there’s more going on than you may see! It’s pretty cool. In this photo from left to right you can see the top of the swatch showing the stitches sewing through two layers, 4 layers, 8 layers, and 12 layers of denim. Heads up! I did make some changes to the final quilt after the design. If you choose to do that, make your basting stitch slightly less than 1/4" from the edge of the quilt top so you don't have to rip it out later. Abstract Garden Challenge – Winners Announced! Easy to follow instructions for layering the quilt top, batting, and fabric backing to prepare the quilt for machine quilting. Quilting stencils and embroidery are set by dragging from the palette and dropping it onto the quilt. I hadn’t read your post yet, but I saw it somewhere that I could sew 12 layers of denim, so I tried it. Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. I am currently working on a quilt that I decided to embroider all 3 layers to actually “quilt” the quilt lol. Your email is used for verification purposes only, it will never be shared without your permission. I then trim the edge all the way around. Here is a video you can watch about the three layers, too. You can mark your quilt top, sometimes you can see a shadow of the seam underneath to follow, or you can just guess. I do find it faster than binding, and I think it makes for a nice edge too! Your FHS is your best friend when sewing difficult materials. Once you’ve sewn through the bulk, again raise the presser foot using the FHS with the needle down, place the height compensation tool under the presser foot but ahead of the needle. Comment Insert the needle through the top layer, run it through the batting for half an inch or so, then pull it up through the top layer. But please be aware that all content and images on this website are copyrighted to The Electric Quilt Company, our guest bloggers, and the EQ users who share their content here. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Tying holds all 3 layers of a quilt (quilt top, batting and backing) together by threading yarn through all 3 layers and then tying a knot to secure it. Fill in your info and then click, Type a name for your image, choose PNG or JPG as the file type and click the. This attaches the back to the other two layers. 1. It's made of 12 inch white tile, and though a total pain in the rear-end for this old body, I do like the results. Thanks! Pin quilt top starting … For more info on needle selection, check out this post. Quilt through all layers with tiny stitches along the marked lines, if you have them. These replace pins and are pushed through the quilt layers using a gun style tool. You need to determine which quilting method you want to use prior to sitting down at the machine. A thicker needle will hold up to heavier fabrics. Basting pins are slightly curved (as opposed to regular safety pins) to make it easier to pin from the top through all three layers. To hold the layers together.....pin baste your quilt sandwich together with safety pins. The Right Presser Foot. We are happy to share content with you in hopes that we can all learn and create together. As you can probably guess, planning how you’re going to quilt your quilt is just as important. Let’s get started! Basting spray is available in the notions of most sewing supply stores. There are two options that work best for machine quilting: spray baste and/or safety pins. When sewing and approaching a thicker section of fabric (like a super bulky seam), stop with the needle down just before the bulky section, raise the presser foot using the FHS, and place the height compensation tool under the presser foot but behind the needle. Alternatives. Tape, clip, or otherwise secure the quilt backing to the work surface. With the right tools, your BERNINA can tackle almost anything you try to stitch. This small opening gives greater stability to the fabric and the needle as it penetrates through the fabric. Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. Admire your work! I can’t wait to see your quilts! Fear not! Beaded Lanterns Quilt Along Week 3 – Quilt Top Assembly, Couching with BERNINA – Part 3: Couching Techniques, Passiflora Quilt Along, Part 4: Round Two, Using the Alphabet to Create an Abstract Embroidery Design, Using the Wreath Tool in BERNINA Embroidery Software 8.2. An even-feed or walking foot helps to eliminate the tucks and puckering by feeding the upper and lower layers through the machine evenly. This quilt was designed for a fundraising raffle for a pickleball tournament. I have had my Bernina 740 about 6 months and I love it.. You will also want to consider the needle type. (see more here) Machine tension: The balancing forces exerted on the needle and bobbin threads by the sewing machine that affect the quality of its stitch. Reply. The adhesive is specially designed so you can reposition your fabric and shouldn’t gum up your machine needle. Use the Layer icons to turn layers on and off for easier designing. In this photo from left to right you can see the top of the swatch showing the stitches sewing through two layers, 4 layers, 8 layers, and 12 layers of denim. It sewed it with ease. New things included using all three layers, using custom set and using text. And in this photo you can see the other side of the fabric swatch after sewing through 12 layers of denim. Outline patches is optional. Some fabrics may do just fine but some may need a little extra help! Copy and Paste to place the motif as you like. This will make it so that the foot isn’t having to angle upward to work across the bulk. Holes were able to be rubbed away from knot pulling. It simply hides the content. Wonderfully colorful quilts! If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Now if you add a lot of detail to your quilt, and you stitch it as 'quilting'—through all three layers—you've actually pushed that detail further into the quilt. Blocks are set onto the quilt by clicking into a predefined block space. I challenged myself to use features in EQ8 that I had not tried before. Pin the quilt layers together as described in the section above on basting on the floor. Therefore, you have two options to minimize the amount of thread that will be seen: use an invisible thread to sew the binding, or hand stitch it with a whipstitch or a ladder stitch, making sure to avoid going through all three layers of your quilt. The top layer of a quilt is crafted from many different pieces of fabric stitched together into complex patterns. by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover. Here is a brief summary of the layers in EQ8…, Layer 1 Made up of pieced or applique blocks sewn together to make the quilt top. Always test on a scrap piece of fabric I’d say 2.5 to 3 mm is a good place to start for bulky seams. If you have questions about the lesson feel free to post them below. By submitting a comment you grant The Electric Quilt Blog a perpetual license to reproduce your words and name/web site in attribution. Place the quilt backing wrong side up on a large, flat surface. It also has a long, slender sharp point to penetrate through thick, tightly woven fabrics like denim, twill, or canvas. On the menu, click Quilt > Quilt Worktable Options > View Settings and uncheck the option to Provide icons to show and hide quilt layers. It is possible to do two threads together. How to Applique More Than One Layer. This method would be a great one to do if you are in a hurry. Don't make it too tight - you should be able to move the fabric within the hoop. In the comment form below, tell us a little bit about your design and then click. When sewing particularly thick fabrics, you may benefit from decreasing this pressure. If you only have room to do a section of the quilt at a time, pin the section, then reposition and re-clip the quilt on the table top. I usually make the seam about 1/8" in. Here are views of the stitches after sewing all the layers in the video above! Applique for the most part is fairly simple. If you're using a regular sewing machine instead of a long-arm quilting machine, be sure to drop the feed dog and use a walking foot as directed by the manufacturer. You are attempting to upload an invalid image. This is a method I use frequently for flannel blankets or small baby quilts. The width of the fabric you cut depends on how wide you want the bind to be. Watch more How to Quilt videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/507517-How-to-Layer-a-Quilt-Sandwich-QuiltingUnable to read transcription file As a side note, if you’ve ever had trouble with fabrics at the delicate end of the spectrum, a straight stitch plate will offer the same kind of stability. Hand-stitch opening closed. Depending on the fabric used, you may want to lengthen your stitch. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! You'll need enough pins to put one every 4-5 inches all over the quilt. Also, rolling the quilt gives you two handles to hold as you quilt, which can help reduce drag. It kills two birds with one stone. I hold the needle between my Thumb and middle finger and guide with my pointer finger. Once you have completed your quilt it’s time to move onto How to Make a Quilt for Beginners – Part Two – Basting Your Fabrics… see you there! I usually just guess. When my two layers [top and batting] are finished, I add my backing [cut to size] and do a ‘quick turn’ by sewing all around the perimeter of the quilt, right sides together. To change your stencil colors click the Thread Tools. Areas with little quilting come forward. Replies. In the illustrations below, you’ll see a quilt with elements on each layer and the effects of using the layer icons. Now is the time to baste all layers together. This technique allows you to quilt in all directions and is described in a three-part series ... through the quilt layers and away from the quilting before coming out and trimming the thread. Depending on the kind of fabric you are sewing and how thick it is, you have a few options to employ for the most successful stitch. I like the bent quilters pins because they are easier than standard safety pins. From planning the quilt top, to planning which fabrics to use, to planning how to piece the fabric together… thinking things through is a critical part of quilting. I do love this quilt though, how do you finish the open end? Do you know the differences between all the layers on a quilt layout? Let’s get started! This presser foot is designed for sewing a straight stitch which means that the opening for the needle is quite narrow. Start by tying all of the intersections of a quilt (circled below in red). Mary Grace McNamara September 06, 2011 11:45 PM. Reply Delete. 2. The Adjust tool is used to move, resize, rotate, and skew these designs. Reply. This is useful for medium to heavy fabrics or if you just need some extra assistance over some bulky seams. ), Layer 2 For blocks, motifs and text that are sewn onto the quilt top. This tool features several pieces of plastic in varying thicknesses on a swivel hinge. The ties should be in evenly spaced intervals throughout the quilt top. Starting from the center area of the quilt top, put a pin through all 3 layers, and cap the top with a square of the craft foam. The advantage to the walking foot is that it covers five times the surface area as Dual Feed and thus The walking foot prevents shifting of layers and is great for “sticky” materials or fabrics that might grab like waxed canvas, laminated cotton/canvas, or thick vinyl. In terms of needle size, you will want to use no smaller than a 90/14 for most heavy duty sewing and you may choose to go as large as 110/18. And in this photo you can see the other side of the fabric swatch after sewing through 12 layers of denim. (If you would like to convert a block to a motif or motif to block, With the Set Block tool selected, click the. You do this by sewing all along the perimeter of all four sides of your quilt. Copyright © 1999-2021 by The Electric Quilt Company. applique Becky 7 years ago December 28, 2014. Knots are placed at regular intervals all over the quilt. Posted 03-01-2019 Special machine-quilting needles work best to penetrate the three layers in your quilt. Pin the three layers together with quilting safety pins about 4″ (a fist) apart or you can spray baste the three layers together, following the instructions on the can. The FHS can raise the presser foot slightly higher than its standard position and it will also lower the feed dog, giving you extra room to move bulky fabrics under the foot. If the quilt is too small to clip all the edges to the table, use masking tape as if you … Try to avoid placing the pins where you'll be stitching. I also rotated the stencils in these columns to match the Flying Geese blocks. An incredibly useful and often overlooked tool in your accessory bag is the height compensation tool. Hand tying a quilt consists of stitching a tough, heavy yarn or thread through the quilt’s three layers and tying a knot to to secure the layers together permanently. I have used wool on top and also Hobbs polydown. So, I tried another variation with the motif as a stencil, Have fun experimenting and don’t forget to save any of the variations you like by clicking. Share the love! A traditional quilt has three layers: top, inner batting, and bottom. First, I square-off the quilt. When do you embroider a crazy quilt? video you can watch about the three layers, more information about using the Thread Tools, I also rotated some of the Flying Geese. (W… I did change to a larger denim needle, but I didn’t bother to change to the straight stitch plate or the denim foot. by Lila I have been working on piecing a crazy quilt. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Like Dual Feed, the walking foot works to move the fabric through from the top as well as underneath with the feed dog. Machine quilting: Series of stitches made through all layers of a quilt sandwich with a sewing machine. 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