Have you ever thought that for quilting you literally don’t need to have a quilting machine rather you can accomplish the task simply using your regular sewing machine? Does the idea sound like a dream to you? Then we feel much delighted to let you know that it’s not a dream by an inch even, instead it’s a reality about what you might have been unaware so far. Hence, today, we have decided to introduce you to a brilliant tutorial where you will learn how to quilt with a sewing machine.
We recommend you to stick to the end, learn in detail, and apply the learning practically to have two fruits from one tree saving a lot of money. Let’s begin!
How to Quilt with a Sewing Machine?
For your easy understanding, the entire tutorial is divided into several steps. You shouldn’t give more or less priority to any of these. Instead, go through each step to avoid devastating mistakes at the time of practical quilting.
Quilt within 10 easy steps
As you are only a beginner so it is wise to pick a simple block shape at first. In this case, diagonals should be more preferable as you can get mind-blowing quilt designs out of those. Don’t forget that in this quilting system, your design cannot go outside of straight sewn lines.
Take squares that have two different sizes. Remember that one size of squares must be 2.5 cm bigger than that of the other ones. The small size squares will be useful for top pieces and batting. On the other hand, the large pieces will be useful for backing the fabric.
For example, you can take a bundle of squares with a size of 6 inches from all sides while the other bundle of squares will have 8 inches.
Place a “batting square” on the “wrong part” of the bigger backing square. Now, you can place the primary block-pieces on the peak.
Initially, you should place the first block-piece over the batting. Keep in mind that the block piece’s face must be up. Here, you can line up the adjacent blocks making a cardboard “starting point” specimen.
Now, it is time you placed the next block piece as face down along with the seam brinks, which are line up along with first piece.
Sew the joining edge (seam) of the block pieces. Keep sewing through both of the block-pipes, then through batting, and lastly via the backing. The sewing will appear just like a king size sandwich.
In this part, be aware of your fingers- those should be moved quickly and securely to give the sewing a professional look and avoid being injured by the needle.
Press the seam open. Then place the following block pieces just in the same manner and keep lining up the brinks, sewing the seam, and pressing open the seam whilst you come to the block edges. Remember to halt each of the seams on the brink of batting.
Again, keep it in mind in case a poly batting is used; take a little hassle of pressing that using a cool iron. Avoid using hot iron as it will definitely compress the batting. This is why we recommend you to use cotton batting if possible.
Grip 2.5 cm of the un-quilted border part from the sandwich shaped block and turn the gripped portion under the block. Cut out the extended fabric of the batting edge. You can accomplish the task simply by using a ruler and rotary cutter.
Be excessively careful while doing it as your careless cutting of extra edge will create problems for further or neat quilting.
Till now you have just been able to produce one single block. Now, produce the remaining and join all of those following the instructions given below:
- At first, put two blocks together from “backing side” to “backing side” with properly lined up edges. Don’t forget that proper lining up of the batting sides is a must.
- Then, sew a joining part down 2.5 cm broad flap narrowly exterior of the “batting”. Be careful enough so that the batting cannot be caught into the joining part. Otherwise, the completed seam will bunch up.
- Finally, press the joining part open from all sides.
- From fore part, roll or fold the inch flaps just under themselves. Pin the rolled or folded flaps properly.
- Top stitch both the folded brinks down.
Keep sewing lines of blocks all together following the similar path. Make sure that your sewing remains consistent, otherwise difficulty may arise.
After sewing the rows of block all together, it’s time to join the rows through sewing. Then, stitch the flap brinks together and press those open. At last, top stitch the whole row.
Never forget that the highest fabric length under your machine’s neck can be 25.4 cm to 30.48 cm. We are quite certain that you can manage it with your regular machine very easily.
This is the final step of our quilting tutorial. In this step, you should first roll the exterior brinks over to top stitch them and conclude the edge.
Reaching this stage, you will find the back of each of the blocks already quilted. So, you don’t require to go through the entire long-arm rigmarole and quilt frame.
So, this is all from us regarding how to quilt with a sewing machine. We guarantee your complete success of quilting with a regular sewing machine only if you follow and practice our tutorial repeatedly. Moreover, this is to keep you informed that your quilting might be a nightmare if your sewing machine doesn’t have a wider sewing table. So, while purchasing a sewing machine, be careful of its table size that can help you enjoy multiple fruits from one tree.