Sewing Quilting

11 years ago

Sewing Quilting
Sewing Quilting

Quilting on a sewing machine?

I’m sewing a king size quilt together on my sewing machine. I know I need to roll half of it up and place under the arm to get to the middle but where do I start to sew? Do I sew from end to end starting at the middle? or do I sew from the center to the end starting at the middle? I am using spray on basting and cotton batting.

You want to start in the middle and work out. If you are doing a grid, start at the center point and go to the outside edge in each direction to stabilize the quilt, then go back and fill in the rest. From that point, if you want to sew edge to edge starting at the middle you’ll be fine. You may find that rolling doesn’t work for you. Try wadding instead – it’s easier to manage. If possible, put a big table behind your sewing machine and to the left of it to help support the weight of the quilt. Ideally, set it up in a corner so the wall will keep the quilt from falling over the edge.

With a king size quilt, the spray basting may not enough. You might want to add another kind of basting at larger intervals (say every 10″ – 12″). You could try safety pins, tacking with needle and thread, or using a basting gun (they “shoot” plastic things like what clothing price tags are held on with). I’ve used spray basting successfully on smaller quilts (lap to twin size), but you really need to bunch a larger quilt to fit it under the machine, and that may cause the basting to pull free.

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