The most common methods, along with a brief explanation of each, are listed below. This is a method I use frequently for flannel blankets or small baby quilts. You can mark your quilt top, sometimes you can see a shadow of the seam underneath to follow, or you can just guess. If you have stencils that hang over the edge you can click. You are attempting to upload an invalid image. You'll need enough pins to put one every 4-5 inches all over the quilt. 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. Basting pins are slightly curved (as opposed to regular safety pins) to make it easier to pin from the top through all three layers. Outline patches is optional. I also rotated the stencils in these columns to match the Flying Geese blocks. It is possible to do two threads together. Hand-stitch opening closed. Tape, clip, or otherwise secure the quilt backing to the work surface. Reply Delete. As you've probably noticed, areas in your quilt with a lot of quilting stitches will visually recede. My question is when hand quilting do you quilt through all 3 layers or only the top one? Heads up! ), Layer 2 For blocks, motifs and text that are sewn onto the quilt top. This will make it so that the foot isn’t having to angle upward to work across the bulk. There are many different ways you can do this, but the basic idea is all pretty much the same: you stack your pieced block, with batting and backing cut to the same size, sandwich them together and quilt them first, and then actually join blocks together. No more fabric jamming down in your stitch plate! It kills two birds with one stone. Some knots were harder to pull than others but it’s all looking nice and clean. Areas with little quilting come forward. Inappropriate and irrelevant comments will be removed at an admin’s discretion. Knots are placed at regular intervals all over the quilt. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! 667 shares. Reply. The top layer of a quilt is crafted from many different pieces of fabric stitched together into complex patterns. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. All rights reserved. Blocks are set onto the quilt by clicking into a predefined block space. 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. Basting spray is available in the notions of most sewing supply stores. A Bernina can sew through a finger in the blink of an eye… it can sew through anything… fortunately it was not bone!!!! These replace pins and are pushed through the quilt layers using a gun style tool. Some fabrics may do just fine but some may need a little extra help! when sewing through so many thick layers, don’t you also need to change your stitch length? 1. New things included using all three layers, using custom set and using text. 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. by Lila I have been working on piecing a crazy quilt. Then when you have all of your layers together you can sew around the outside edges and applique them down— and this will also be quilting it for you. 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. I am currently working on a quilt that I decided to embroider all 3 layers to actually “quilt” the quilt lol. An even-feed or walking foot helps to eliminate the tucks and puckering by feeding the upper and lower layers through the machine evenly. Having a straight stitch plate in place ensures that as the needle moves down through the fabric, there is nowhere for the fabric to move downward. I do this on my kitchen floor. By submitting a comment you grant The Electric Quilt Blog a perpetual license to reproduce your words and name/web site in attribution. I am using all 6 threads and have just been knotting at the start and end and pulling through the fabric. (Make sure you get one that washes out.) 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! This is useful for medium to heavy fabrics or if you just need some extra assistance over some bulky seams. Or, if you prefer to machine-quilt, use thread made specifically for machine-quilting. Comment Here’s a small quilt that was tied with yarn: Photo by gina pina, Flickr. Here is, Again, anything you put on Layer 3 will show up as a stencil. 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. We recommend setting the Resolution setting to 150. Hi Leni! Easy to follow instructions for layering the quilt top, batting, and fabric backing to prepare the quilt for machine quilting. I did make some changes to the final quilt after the design. by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover. It sewed it with ease. This presser foot is designed for sewing a straight stitch which means that the opening for the needle is quite narrow. If you find your fabric still isn’t moving smoothly under your presser foot, you may need to adjust the presser foot pressure. Get in touch with your local BERNINA store. To do this click, Add some Motifs to your Sketchbook. Do you know the differences between all the layers on a quilt layout? 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. See more about that here. I longarm quilt and use two layers of batting quite often. The ties should be in evenly spaced intervals throughout the quilt top. Holes were able to be rubbed away from knot pulling. Layer 3 For your quilting and embroidery. I did change to a larger denim needle, but I didn’t bother to change to the straight stitch plate or the denim foot. Watch more How to Quilt videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/507517-How-to-Layer-a-Quilt-Sandwich-QuiltingUnable to read transcription file Your FHS is your best friend when sewing difficult materials. I challenged myself to use features in EQ8 that I had not tried before. Copyright © 1999-2021 by The Electric Quilt Company. Here are views of the stitches after sewing all the layers in the video above! To change your stencil colors click the Thread Tools. I do find it faster than binding, and I think it makes for a nice edge too! And in this photo you can see the other side of the fabric swatch after sewing through 12 layers of denim. 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. While there are lots of different materials that can be tricky or finicky to sew with, one of the scariest things to sew is super tough and bulky fabrics. Fill in your info and then click, Type a name for your image, choose PNG or JPG as the file type and click the. 3. 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). 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. All you need to do is start sewing… The video is worth watching all the way through once to get an idea of the size of the project… and also because the presenter is so obviously having fun! Most machine quilters want you to have the backing pieced and all three layers separate. I like the bent quilters pins because they are easier than standard safety pins. Reply. It also has a long, slender sharp point to penetrate through thick, tightly woven fabrics like denim, twill, or canvas. Fear not! Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. With these tools and tricks in mind, there’s no project too tough for you and your BERNINA! Like Dual Feed, the walking foot works to move the fabric through from the top as well as underneath with the feed dog. Replies. 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! Copy and Paste to place the motif as you like. Turning a layer off does not delete the contents of the layer. Here are views of the stitches after sewing all the layers in the video above! This attaches the back to the other two layers. Place the quilt backing wrong side up on a large, flat surface. I usually make the seam about 1/8" in. Special machine-quilting needles work best to penetrate the three layers in your quilt. With the right tools, your BERNINA can tackle almost anything you try to stitch. Leave a 10 to 12″ opening at the bottom or one side. Thanks! I can’t wait to see your quilts! This will prevent bulk when quilting. Let’s get started! A jeans needle is designed with a slightly larger eye on the needle to accommodate heavy threads. Behind the Mouse: The Electric Quilt Blog, EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Twilight Chic. Your email is used for verification purposes only, it will never be shared without your permission. 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. 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. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! I have used wool on top and also Hobbs polydown. Quilt through all layers with tiny stitches along the marked lines, if you have them. Hold it in place (not moving back with the fabric) until the bulky seam is completely clear from the back of the presser foot. 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. Before you begin, loosen the amount of pressure on the presser foot. Try to avoid placing the pins where you'll be stitching. Share the love! The knots hold the layers in place so they don’t shift as the quilt is used or washed. For bulkiest fabrics, it’s time to break out Walking Foot #50. Allowed HTML tags:
. Pin quilt top starting … 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. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 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. 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. The top batting I use the loftier batt. I hold the needle between my Thumb and middle finger and guide with my pointer finger. This small opening gives greater stability to the fabric and the needle as it penetrates through the fabric. 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. We are happy to share content with you in hopes that we can all learn and create together. I usually mix with a "denser" bat on the bottom, like W&N or Hobbs 80/20 QD cotton and once I did a wool army blanket. The process involves finding a shape, tracing it, cutting it out and ironing or sewing it in place. 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. To make your binding, cut strips of the fabric you'll use to bind your quilt. (If you would like to convert a block to a motif or motif to block, With the Set Block tool selected, click the. 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. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. (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. If saved, this image will not display with your comment. Here are a few tips and accessories to ensure successful heavy duty stitching. 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. Also, rolling the quilt gives you two handles to hold as you quilt, which can help reduce drag. The Adjust tool is used to move, resize, rotate and skew these designs. When sewing particularly thick fabrics, you may benefit from decreasing this pressure. You do this by sewing all along the perimeter of all four sides of your quilt. Admire your work! 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. You will also want to consider the needle type. Abstract Garden Challenge – Winners Announced! (W… video you can watch about the three layers, more information about using the Thread Tools, I also rotated some of the Flying Geese. For more info on needle selection, check out this post. There are two options that work best for machine quilting: spray baste and/or safety pins. The width of the fabric you cut depends on how wide you want the bind to be. When I am actually sewing multiple layers I will use your tips. 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. 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. Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. If you need to store your quilt before doing the actual quilting, then roll it … This tool features several pieces of plastic in varying thicknesses on a swivel hinge. Smooth your quilt top (right side up) onto the batting. When do you embroider a crazy quilt? 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. Layer 1. The Right Presser Foot. Click the Eye icon again to have the content reappear. This quilt was designed for a fundraising raffle for a pickleball tournament. It’s pretty cool. 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. 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. Layer Visibility. 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. While almost all home sewing machines can be used to quilt layers together, having a wide throat, the space to the right of the needle mechanism, is very helpful because it is easier to manipulate a bulky quilt through the machine when the throat is both high and long. I hope you enjoyed the lesson! If the quilt is too small to clip all the edges to the table, use masking tape as if you … If you want to post images of your quilts, To post your image click to comment on this post. The adhesive is specially designed so you can reposition your fabric and shouldn’t gum up your machine needle. Now is the time to baste all layers together. We’ll just be working with a basic quilt. And in this photo you can see the other side of the fabric swatch after sewing through 12 layers of denim. In the comment form below, tell us a little bit about your design and then click. Do you know the differences between all the layers on a quilt layout? I have had my Bernina 740 about 6 months and I love it.. I hadn’t read your post yet, but I saw it somewhere that I could sew 12 layers of denim, so I tried it. 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. Don't make it too tight - you should be able to move the fabric within the hoop. Quilting stencils and embroidery are set by dragging from the palette and dropping it onto the 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! 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. To hold the layers together.....pin baste your quilt sandwich together with safety pins. Hold the fabric flat in your left hand and the needle in your right. Just click on this link for a refresher on "Layering and Basting a Quilt". 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. A Quilt blog- Quilting Basics, blocks, quilt alongs plus easy sewing projects and free patterns for beginners. It simply hides the content. Applique for the most part is fairly simple. 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. I then trim the edge all the way around. I really enjoyed this project. This method would be a great one to do if you are in a hurry. If you have questions about something else EQ related, please contact techsupport@electricquilt.com. Thank you for visiting Behind the Mouse, the Electric Quilt Blog. 2. Blocks and motifs are set by dragging from the palette and dropping them onto the quilt. Wonderfully colorful quilts! Decide on a design. Posted 03-01-2019 The Adjust tool is used to move, resize, rotate, and skew these designs. (Unless you are using a Custom Set Layout. At this point you could baste the layers together, but I prefer pinning. 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. 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. Here is a video you can watch about the three layers, too. First, I square-off the quilt. Machine quilting: Series of stitches made through all layers of a quilt sandwich with a sewing machine. In the illustrations below, you’ll see a quilt with elements on each layer and the effects of using the layer icons. Mary Grace McNamara September 06, 2011 11:45 PM. How to Applique More Than One Layer. Pin the quilt layers together as described in the section above on basting on the floor. I didn’t lower the foot pressure, but I did make the stitch a bit longer. If you have questions about the lesson feel free to post them below. A thicker needle will hold up to heavier fabrics. 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. I usually just guess. Let’s get started! You can turn them off through the Quilt Worktable Options. Spray basting is another method and is quick to do. 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. An incredibly useful and often overlooked tool in your accessory bag is the height compensation tool. 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. For most bulky seams the Jeans Foot #8/8D will serve you well. On the back of the project you will see the stitching of the applique + the rest of the quilting. A traditional quilt has three layers: top, inner batting, and bottom. Start by tying all of the intersections of a quilt (circled below in red). Turn it right side out. 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. 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. Depending on the fabric used, you may want to lengthen your stitch. applique Becky 7 years ago December 28, 2014. As you can probably guess, planning how you’re going to quilt your quilt is just as important. The batting is a thin inner layer of wool or down, and the bottom is usually a solid piece of fabric. Now it is completely pieced and my quilt top is complete. I put pins every 4 inches or so (and fist’s width) apart, but in tricky areas I … Tip #6: Anchor the quilt. (opposite if your Left handed). I do love this quilt though, how do you finish the open end? 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