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From: Marti
Date: 10-08-2006, 10:14 PM (1 of 5)
:bang: I was hoping to find some help on how to top a quilt....I am trying to Quilt about a yd. of material...I have the batting between two layers of fabric...pinned it in the center and trying to make sure fabric is secure on top and bottom....So next question....where to I go from here...I have a quilting bar ...but dont ask me how to use it on my machine, Im totally lost....I have a memory craft 9500 janome...but have never tried to quilt anything on it...can anyone out there please help me? :cry: :nervous: :nervous: :bang: ...Thanks Marti
Marti Eldridge
User: Marti
Member since: 02-21-2006
Total posts: 31
From: HeyJudee
Date: 10-09-2006, 12:10 AM (2 of 5)
I'm assuming that you want to quilt the piece with straight lines. If you look in your book, does it have any instructions on how to use the quilting bar. I know that sometimes you can attach it to the straight sewing or zigzag foot - has a hole in the back for the bar to be inserted. But quilting with a regular sewing foot is not as easy as quilting with a walking foot. Generally using a walking foot is better to do the quilting as it will grab the material top and bottom so that both sides feed evenly.

Sometimes a walking foot has a place to insert the quilting bar at the back so that you can use it as a guide to sew evenly spaced lines. Some do not. I can insert the bar in my walking foot but my machine is not a 9500. Don't know if this has helped.

Basting a quilt (

Here's a site I found explaining how to use a quilting bar to make pre-quilted fabric. This may help more!
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User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
Total posts: 1366
From: nativetexan
Date: 10-09-2006, 01:18 PM (3 of 5)
you could type your machine number in and see what they say here or
try these sites
User: nativetexan
Member since: 11-15-2005
Total posts: 57
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 10-11-2006, 12:11 PM (4 of 5)
Just a reminder, if you drop the feed dogs to do random quilting, or meandering or whatever. Remember this so you dont panic like I did LOL.. when you press the switch to bring the feed dogs back up, they don't come up til you actually start sewing again.. I learned this the hard way after thinking I had damaged my new machine way back when I first got it..I called my Janome dealer at 9:30 pm in a panic, and she very quickly reassured me and told me how it works.. WHAT A RELIEF ! !
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: Stitchin Crazy
Date: 10-13-2006, 12:42 PM (5 of 5)
:re You do not mention whether or not you have marked the top of your quilt 'sandwich' or not. Usually, one marks the top of the quilt (using chalk, light pencil marking, etc.) with the pattern that they want to use to quilt their quilt with. {The word quilt can mean either the actual fabric/batting/fabric 'sandwich' or it can mean the stitching of the 'sandwich' together. You just have to read in context to find out which meaning to use.}
The quilting bar does usually attach somehow to the sewing foot. It is extended to a width which you desire to use for your line of quilting stitches.
A walking foot is preferable to a regular sewing foot as it will feed the fabric through more evenly. Also, it is used when you will not be using a quilting bar.
It would be helpful to go online to a quilting site to get some guidelines of how to hold the quilt sandwich, etc. when quilting.
Good luck!
User: Stitchin Crazy
Member since: 11-01-2002
Total posts: 16
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