If you have a quilting machine you will find quilting a great deal easier and you will be able to complete your quilting projects faster. There are various different options that you have when it comes to a quilting machine, and of course you want to make sure that you choose the right one.
Whether you want a long arm quilting machine so that you can make sweaters, or a heavy duty quilting machine so you can make thick quilted blankets, you need to make sure that you put some thought into this so that you can get a machine that is going to offer you all the features you need.
There are a few tips that will help you if you are trying to buy a quilting machine, and which will be discussed here for you in more detail. First you need to know that if you are planning to buy a large arm machine, these work on the same premise as a sewing machine, only on a bigger level. Surely you have owned a sewing machine before, and this will give you at least a basic idea of what you are looking for.
These long arm machines allow you to work faster and with much greater ease, which is especially useful if you are quilting professionally for instance, where you make your living through quilting and need to complete projects rapidly as possible.
One of the first things you will need to do before you choose a machine is research all of the different manufacturers, and there are only about nine different companies that manufacture the long arm quilting machines. You will want to find out how long each company has been in business, what they specialize in, what sort of reputation they have, and so on.
Another good idea before buying any quilting machine is to try it out first. After all, depending on whether you are left or right handed, what stance you like to have while using the machine, and so on, certain machines will be more comfortable and easy for you to use than others. If you go into any store, they should have different models out that you can actually test out so that you can get a feel for the machine before deciding which to buy.
These tips will all be very helpful in your quest of finding a machine and ensuring that you choose just the right one for you.
Are You Interested In Saving Time And Improving Precision? You might want to pay attention to the following points and practice them regularly.
A Simple Tip – How To Organize Your Bobbins.
If you have made plans to attend classes or a retreat, you will be sewing for several hours or many days. It serves as a great idea to store pre-wound bobbins in a bobbin case. You can find one from any thread manufacturer.
Regularly Oil Your Machine – Keep It Clean
It is almost like taking yourself to a luxury spa as a part of your maintenance regimen. Keep your machine and space clean, clear off all the stray threads, lint and keep it dust-free. Ensure that you regularly oil the bobbin case of your machine. Keep a count of the number of bobbins used (about 5 to 6 empty bobbins are enough to remind you of the oiling routine). Remember to get a regular cleaning done at least once a year to maintain the machine long-term. A well-oiled and maintained machine provides you with a hassle-free experience and lasts you very long!
How To Test If Your ¼ Seam Is Accurate?
Cut three ½” x 5” fabric strips and sew them together with the ¼” seam. Open the seams and check the width of the middle strip from the right of the fabric. The middle strip should measure 1” width. Continue the method and make adjustments till incorrect measurement persists. Also in some machines, the needle is flexible and so adjustments can be made by flexing the needle.
How To Ensure Easy Handling Of Quilts While Stitching?
It is important to organize your quilt material. Fold the entire quilt material into accordion pleats and clip the pleats. For pieces, it is best to stack the pieces in advance.
Chain Piece – How Can It Help?
Yes it does! Do take some time out to chain piece and you will be surprised to note that you not just saved time but your thread as well!
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When it comes to batting, all you might want to do is stand in a corner and blink! Choosing batting for your quilt involves educating yourself on batting terminologies, knowing which brand to choose, loft, fibre content etc. Feeling lost already? Yes, it is also a great idea to seek references on what works best for you!
Here are a few pointers to make your life easier.
Have You Decided On The Size Of Quilt?
Is it for a king size or queen size bed or for a crib, twin or a full size bed? If custom sized, try buying off the bolt.
What Choices Of Material Are Available For Your Fibre?
Polyester, Cotton or Cotton Blend are broadly the three types for your fibre. You also can choose from polycot ( the choice of specific ratio of cotton to polyester is also available).
Any Tips On The Kind Of Loft?
You either opt for high loft (cotton) or low loft (polyester) battings. Low loft is the right choice for machine quilting and high loft for hand quilting. Another parameter that helps you decide is whether you want a puffy or a flat finish, in other words, would you want the focus to remain with the lines (high loft) or the piecing (low loft).
What Is The Right Brand For Your Quilt?.
There is no single answer to this one! Each has its pros and cons and you need to discover what works for you. If it’s a client, there’s the budget to be considered as well. Do get an opinion of your client on her preference. Keep samples readily available if possible.
If you are a beginner, this bit information is good enough to get you started. However do note that you are under the bottom of the pile (of information!).
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