Quilting w/my domestic sewing machine

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Dawn posted on Sat, Nov 30 2013 3:45 PM

I am just wondering a couple things . .  . walking foot?  . . . .  feed dogs down, right? and also, do you also put down the presser foot?  Thanks for any help!

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There are others with far more experience, but if you are quilting by sewing parallel straight lines, then use a walking foot with the feed dogs up and the presser foot down.

For stitch in the ditch, I either use an open toe foot -- or a lace edge foot -- where there is a straight guide on the toe of the foot.

If you are free motion quilting (FMQ), then you need:

   1.  A flatbed sewing surface,

   2.  Some kind of slick surface like Supreme Slider,

   3.  Control over moving the fabric -- like a hoop, weighted ring, Machinger gloves or Neutragena hand moisturizer,

   4.  A darning foot or free motion quilting foot (make sure you can see the needle) (open toe is best),

   5.  Feed dogs down and

   6.  Presser foot down -- but the foot generally will not rest on the fabric when the foot is completely down.  (My machine won't sew with the presser foot up.) 

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Dawn replied on Sun, Dec 1 2013 4:16 PM

Thanks so much!  I want to do some echo quilting, so your reply is just what I needed to hear!  :-)

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You may not need to use your walking foot, depending on how your machine works.  I can echo quilt with my Baby Lock with my regular foot with no issues of fabric slipping, and the width of the foot gives me a great guide along the stitching.  Experiment with some scrap fabric and the batting you want to use...


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