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From: seamstress16
Date: 05-22-2005, 07:02 PM (1 of 5)
Is there anything special to machine quilting? Or is it just stitching through all layers of the quilt.
User: seamstress16
Member since: 01-29-2005
Total posts: 88
From: susies1955
Date: 05-22-2005, 07:25 PM (2 of 5)
Machine quilting "IS" just stitching through all the layers but it can be done many ways. You can 'stitch in the ditch' which is stitching down through all the seams, there is stitching by free motion which is using a free motion foot sometimes called a darning foot, dropping the feed dogs so you can move the fabric with your hands to create all kinds of lines, shapes, wiggles, circles etc. Anything your mind can come up with. Then there is stitching where you follow certain designs.
This may help a little:,,HGTV_3307_1391150,00.html
Try to find yourself a beginner quilting book,
northern NY
User: susies1955
Member since: 11-07-2003
Total posts: 124
From: shirleyp
Date: 05-22-2005, 09:11 PM (3 of 5)
I suggest to use a walking foot. It helps make your machine stitching nicer. It dosn't push the fabric, which may cause it to bunch, but walks the fabric throught. A real asset for machine quilting.
User: shirleyp
Member since: 02-12-2002
Total posts: 352
From: carman
Date: 05-22-2005, 11:16 PM (4 of 5)
but you don't use the walking foot for free motion, only staight line stitching.
User: carman
Member since: 04-17-2000
Total posts: 692
From: shirleyp
Date: 05-23-2005, 11:27 AM (5 of 5)
Thanks Carmen, forgot to add that.
User: shirleyp
Member since: 02-12-2002
Total posts: 352
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