An incredibly useful and often overlooked tool in your accessory bag is the height compensation tool. Click the Eye icon again to have the content reappear. First, I square-off the quilt. Applique for the most part is fairly simple. Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. 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. This small opening gives greater stability to the fabric and the needle as it penetrates through the fabric. Here’s a small quilt that was tied with yarn: Photo by gina pina, Flickr. Your email is used for verification purposes only, it will never be shared without your permission. 3. 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 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. Heads up! You are attempting to upload an invalid image. Machine quilting: Series of stitches made through all layers of a quilt sandwich with a sewing machine. Your FHS is your best friend when sewing difficult materials. This will prevent bulk when quilting. 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. At this point you could baste the layers together, but I prefer pinning. Copyright © 1999-2021 by The Electric Quilt Company. And in this photo you can see the other side of the fabric swatch after sewing through 12 layers of denim. Do you know the differences between all the layers on a quilt layout? Get in touch with your local BERNINA store. Before you begin, loosen the amount of pressure on the presser foot. All rights reserved. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. (opposite if your Left handed). Like with any other kind of sewing, using the right needle is key! Mary Grace McNamara September 06, 2011 11:45 PM. Let’s get started! Leave a 10 to 12″ opening at the bottom or one side. 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. (Unless you are using a Custom Set Layout. Reply. A traditional quilt has three layers: top, inner batting, and bottom. (Make sure you get one that washes out.) When do you embroider a crazy quilt? Here are views of the stitches after sewing all the layers in the video above! Inappropriate and irrelevant comments will be removed at an admin’s discretion. I hope you enjoyed the lesson! 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. I have used wool on top and also Hobbs polydown. We encourage you to link back to our posts and spread the word! 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! 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. Layer 3 For your quilting and embroidery. Quilt through all layers with tiny stitches along the marked lines, if you have them. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Knots are placed at regular intervals all over the quilt. I do find it faster than binding, and I think it makes for a nice edge too! How to Applique More Than One Layer. On the back of the project you will see the stitching of the applique + the rest of the quilting. The Right Presser Foot. when sewing through so many thick layers, don’t you also need to change your stitch length? For most bulky seams the Jeans Foot #8/8D will serve you well. 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. 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. As you can probably guess, planning how you’re going to quilt your quilt is just as important. If you have questions about something else EQ related, please contact [email protected] 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. Share the love! The Adjust tool is used to move, resize, rotate and skew these designs. 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. It sewed it with ease. Areas with little quilting come forward. I did make some changes to the final quilt after the design. Depending on the fabric used, you may want to lengthen your stitch. 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. A Quilt blog- Quilting Basics, blocks, quilt alongs plus easy sewing projects and free patterns for beginners. When I am actually sewing multiple layers I will use your tips. 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. The ties should be in evenly spaced intervals throughout the quilt top. Special machine-quilting needles work best to penetrate the three layers in your quilt. I challenged myself to use features in EQ8 that I had not tried before. 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. The adhesive is specially designed so you can reposition your fabric and shouldn’t gum up your machine needle. Watch more How to Quilt videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/507517-How-to-Layer-a-Quilt-Sandwich-QuiltingUnable to read transcription file This tool features several pieces of plastic in varying thicknesses on a swivel hinge. Some knots were harder to pull than others but it’s all looking nice and clean. The width of the fabric you cut depends on how wide you want the bind to be. Layer 1. 667 shares. Turning a layer off does not delete the contents of the layer. I usually make the seam about 1/8" in. 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. Reply. I really enjoyed this project. 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. As you've probably noticed, areas in your quilt with a lot of quilting stitches will visually recede. I can’t wait to see your quilts! 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. Most machine quilters want you to have the backing pieced and all three layers separate. Basting pins are slightly curved (as opposed to regular safety pins) to make it easier to pin from the top through all three layers. I didn’t lower the foot pressure, but I did make the stitch a bit longer. If saved, this image will not display with your comment. To change your stencil colors click the Thread Tools. Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. 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. Like Dual Feed, the walking foot works to move the fabric through from the top as well as underneath with the feed dog. Now it is completely pieced and my quilt top is complete. The most common methods, along with a brief explanation of each, are listed below. And in this photo you can see the other side of the fabric swatch after sewing through 12 layers of denim. 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. Turn it right side out. 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. Pin quilt top starting … Decide on a design. Wonderfully colorful quilts! 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. 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. With these tools and tricks in mind, there’s no project too tough for you and your BERNINA! I did change to a larger denim needle, but I didn’t bother to change to the straight stitch plate or the denim foot. I am currently working on a quilt that I decided to embroider all 3 layers to actually “quilt” the quilt lol. If you have questions about the lesson feel free to post them below. Comment 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. Use the Layer icons to turn layers on and off for easier designing. New things included using all three layers, using custom set and using text. Pin the quilt layers together as described in the section above on basting on the floor. 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. If you want to post images of your quilts, To post your image click to comment on this post. It kills two birds with one stone. Tape, clip, or otherwise secure the quilt backing to the work surface. See more about that here. The top batting I use the loftier batt. On the menu, click Quilt > Quilt Worktable Options > View Settings and uncheck the option to Provide icons to show and hide quilt layers. In the comment form below, tell us a little bit about your design and then click. It’s pretty cool. Thanks! Just click on this link for a refresher on "Layering and Basting a Quilt". 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. Here is a video you can watch about the three layers, too. You can turn them off through the Quilt Worktable Options. Fill in your info and then click, Type a name for your image, choose PNG or JPG as the file type and click the. video you can watch about the three layers, more information about using the Thread Tools, I also rotated some of the Flying Geese. It simply hides the content. This quilt was designed for a fundraising raffle for a pickleball tournament. 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! The knots hold the layers in place so they don’t shift as the quilt is used or washed. Do you know the differences between all the layers on a quilt layout? If the quilt is too small to clip all the edges to the table, use masking tape as if you … I have had my Bernina 740 about 6 months and I love it.. 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. Quilting stencils and embroidery are set by dragging from the palette and dropping it onto the quilt. 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. 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. We’ll just be working with a basic quilt. 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. Now is the time to baste all layers together. You will also want to consider the needle type. Start by tying all of the intersections of a quilt (circled below in red). ), Layer 2 For blocks, motifs and text that are sewn onto the quilt top. There are two options that work best for machine quilting: spray baste and/or safety pins. Outline patches is optional. To make your binding, cut strips of the fabric you'll use to bind your quilt. 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. You do this by sewing all along the perimeter of all four sides of your quilt. Or, if you prefer to machine-quilt, use thread made specifically for machine-quilting. applique Becky 7 years ago December 28, 2014. Here are views of the stitches after sewing all the layers in the video above! If you have stencils that hang over the edge you can click. 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! We recommend setting the Resolution setting to 150. I do this on my kitchen floor. Don't make it too tight - you should be able to move the fabric within the hoop. 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. No more fabric jamming down in your stitch plate! This will make it so that the foot isn’t having to angle upward to work across the bulk. Some fabrics may do just fine but some may need a little extra help! To do this click, Add some Motifs to your Sketchbook. If the quilt backing is pieced, press all the seam allowances open. Basting spray is available in the notions of most sewing supply stores. This is useful for medium to heavy fabrics or if you just need some extra assistance over some bulky seams. 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. Behind the Mouse: The Electric Quilt Blog, EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Twilight Chic. 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). 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! (If you would like to convert a block to a motif or motif to block, With the Set Block tool selected, click the. 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. Hi Leni! by Lila I have been working on piecing a crazy quilt. You'll need enough pins to put one every 4-5 inches all over the quilt. By submitting a comment you grant The Electric Quilt Blog a perpetual license to reproduce your words and name/web site in attribution. This is a method I use frequently for flannel blankets or small baby quilts. I longarm quilt and use two layers of batting quite often. Holes were able to be rubbed away from knot pulling. I hold the needle between my Thumb and middle finger and guide with my pointer finger. It also has a long, slender sharp point to penetrate through thick, tightly woven fabrics like denim, twill, or canvas. These replace pins and are pushed through the quilt layers using a gun style tool. Abstract Garden Challenge – Winners Announced! 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. My question is when hand quilting do you quilt through all 3 layers or only the top one? To hold the layers together.....pin baste your quilt sandwich together with safety pins. You can put your quilt in a frame or hoop of some sort - different quilters use different techniques. Here is, Again, anything you put on Layer 3 will show up as a stencil. I hadn’t read your post yet, but I saw it somewhere that I could sew 12 layers of denim, so I tried it. Allowed HTML tags:
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