Do you know the differences between all the layers on a quilt layout? 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. Like with any other kind of sewing, using the right needle is key! At this point you could baste the layers together, but I prefer pinning. Start by tying all of the intersections of a quilt (circled below in red). Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Knots are placed at regular intervals all over the quilt. I put pins every 4 inches or so (and fist’s width) apart, but in tricky areas I … Before you begin, loosen the amount of pressure on the presser foot. Quilting stencils and embroidery are set by dragging from the palette and dropping it onto the quilt. Do you know the differences between all the layers on a quilt layout? I also rotated the stencils in these columns to match the Flying Geese blocks. Areas with little quilting come forward. I longarm quilt and use two layers of batting quite often. I do this on my kitchen floor. With these tools and tricks in mind, there’s no project too tough for you and your BERNINA! Special machine-quilting needles work best to penetrate the three layers in your quilt. If you have stencils that hang over the edge you can click. You can turn them off through the Quilt Worktable Options. How to Applique More Than One Layer. 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. Layer 3 For your quilting and embroidery. 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. 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. To make your binding, cut strips of the fabric you'll use to bind your quilt. The top batting I use the loftier batt. 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. Leave a 10 to 12″ opening at the bottom or one side. Click the Eye icon again to have the content reappear. 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! 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. Reply. Fill in your info and then click, Type a name for your image, choose PNG or JPG as the file type and click the. Comment
Replies. I usually just guess. I am currently working on a quilt that I decided to embroider all 3 layers to actually “quilt” the quilt lol. I do find it faster than binding, and I think it makes for a nice edge too! Tape, clip, or otherwise secure the quilt backing to the work surface. Here is a video you can watch about the three layers, too. We encourage you to link back to our posts and spread the word! I challenged myself to use features in EQ8 that I had not tried before. Here are a few tips and accessories to ensure successful heavy duty stitching. With the right tools, your BERNINA can tackle almost anything you try to stitch. 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. I have had my Bernina 740 about 6 months and I love it.. You need to determine which quilting method you want to use prior to sitting down at the machine. Now is the time to baste all layers together. The Adjust tool is used to move, resize, rotate and skew these designs. Here are views of the stitches after sewing all the layers in the video above! I have used wool on top and also Hobbs polydown. As you can probably guess, planning how you’re going to quilt your quilt is just as important. This quilt was designed for a fundraising raffle for a pickleball tournament. 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. By submitting a comment you grant The Electric Quilt Blog a perpetual license to reproduce your words and name/web site in attribution. If you have questions about the lesson feel free to post them below. 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. (W… (opposite if your Left handed). On the back of the project you will see the stitching of the applique + the rest of the quilting. If saved, this image will not display with your comment. If you want to post images of your quilts, To post your image click to comment on this post. This small opening gives greater stability to the fabric and the needle as it penetrates through the fabric. No more fabric jamming down in your stitch plate! You will also want to consider the needle type. Copy and Paste to place the motif as you like. For most bulky seams the Jeans Foot #8/8D will serve you well. 3. 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. A thicker needle will hold up to heavier fabrics. 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. Blocks and motifs are set by dragging from the palette and dropping them onto the quilt. Layer Visibility. Turn it right side out. It’s pretty cool. It simply hides the content. The top layer of a quilt is crafted from many different pieces of fabric stitched together into complex patterns. 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). To do this click, Add some Motifs to your Sketchbook. A traditional quilt has three layers: top, inner batting, and bottom. Your email is used for verification purposes only, it will never be shared without your permission. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! It sewed it with ease. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. The adhesive is specially designed so you can reposition your fabric and shouldn’t gum up your machine needle. Use the Layer icons to turn layers on and off for easier designing. 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! You can mark your quilt top, sometimes you can see a shadow of the seam underneath to follow, or you can just guess. Easy to follow instructions for layering the quilt top, batting, and fabric backing to prepare the quilt for machine quilting. 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! See more about that here. The process involves finding a shape, tracing it, cutting it out and ironing or sewing it in place. It kills two birds with one stone. Wonderfully colorful quilts! We recommend setting the Resolution setting to 150. by Lila I have been working on piecing a crazy quilt. And in this photo you can see the other side of the fabric swatch after sewing through 12 layers of denim. (If you would like to convert a block to a motif or motif to block, With the Set Block tool selected, click the. All rights reserved. Also, rolling the quilt gives you two handles to hold as you quilt, which can help reduce drag. 2. Abstract Garden Challenge – Winners Announced! New things included using all three layers, using custom set and using text. Here are views of the stitches after sewing all the layers in the video above! Thank you for visiting Behind the Mouse, the Electric Quilt Blog. 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. My question is when hand quilting do you quilt through all 3 layers or only the top one? These replace pins and are pushed through the quilt layers using a gun style tool. If the quilt backing is pieced, press all the seam allowances open. Let’s get started! Hi Leni! When I am actually sewing multiple layers I will use your tips. 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. This will prevent bulk when quilting. 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. when sewing through so many thick layers, don’t you also need to change your stitch length? 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. 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. Or, if you prefer to machine-quilt, use thread made specifically for machine-quilting. Mary Grace McNamara September 06, 2011 11:45 PM. Thanks! An incredibly useful and often overlooked tool in your accessory bag is the height compensation tool. This attaches the back to the other two layers. I did change to a larger denim needle, but I didn’t bother to change to the straight stitch plate or the denim foot. Now it is completely pieced and my quilt top is complete. If the quilt is too small to clip all the edges to the table, use masking tape as if you … To change your stencil colors click the Thread Tools. Some knots were harder to pull than others but it’s all looking nice and clean. Allowed HTML tags:
. Behind the Mouse: The Electric Quilt Blog, EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Twilight Chic. I really enjoyed this project. Get in touch with your local BERNINA store. This tool features several pieces of plastic in varying thicknesses on a swivel hinge. If you need to store your quilt before doing the actual quilting, then roll it … Reply Delete. Let’s get started! If you have questions about something else EQ related, please contact [email protected] This is a method I use frequently for flannel blankets or small baby quilts. I did make some changes to the final quilt after the design. 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. 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. When sewing particularly thick fabrics, you may benefit from decreasing this pressure. Don't make it too tight - you should be able to move the fabric within the hoop. Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. 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. For bulkiest fabrics, it’s time to break out Walking Foot #50. You'll need enough pins to put one every 4-5 inches all over the quilt. 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. (Unless you are using a Custom Set Layout. The Right Presser Foot. Spray basting is another method and is quick to do. Blocks are set onto the quilt by clicking into a predefined block space. A jeans needle is designed with a slightly larger eye on the needle to accommodate heavy threads. 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. As you've probably noticed, areas in your quilt with a lot of quilting stitches will visually recede. Heads up!
I am using all 6 threads and have just been knotting at the start and end and pulling through the fabric. Hold the fabric flat in your left hand and the needle in your right. You can put your quilt in a frame or hoop of some sort - different quilters use different techniques. (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. Here’s a small quilt that was tied with yarn: Photo by gina pina, Flickr. Like Dual Feed, the walking foot works to move the fabric through from the top as well as underneath with the feed dog. Admire your work! 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. 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. 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. video you can watch about the three layers, more information about using the Thread Tools, I also rotated some of the Flying Geese. The batting is a thin inner layer of wool or down, and the bottom is usually a solid piece of fabric. If you find your fabric still isn’t moving smoothly under your presser foot, you may need to adjust the presser foot pressure. by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover. Layer 1. 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. Reply. To hold the layers together.....pin baste your quilt sandwich together with safety pins. First, I square-off the quilt. Outline patches is optional. An even-feed or walking foot helps to eliminate the tucks and puckering by feeding the upper and lower layers through the machine evenly. It is possible to do two threads together. Smooth your quilt top (right side up) onto the batting. Here is, Again, anything you put on Layer 3 will show up as a stencil. Holes were able to be rubbed away from knot pulling. 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. Try to avoid placing the pins where you'll be stitching. I then trim the edge all the way around. It also has a long, slender sharp point to penetrate through thick, tightly woven fabrics like denim, twill, or canvas. 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. 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 method would be a great one to do if you are in a hurry. Most machine quilters want you to have the backing pieced and all three layers separate. 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! When do you embroider a crazy quilt? In the illustrations below, you’ll see a quilt with elements on each layer and the effects of using the layer icons. Follow along with the lesson and create a quilt to submit right on our blog. A Quilt blog- Quilting Basics, blocks, quilt alongs plus easy sewing projects and free patterns for beginners. 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