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Machine quilting is a fun part of the whole quilting process, but if you are a piecer or appliquer more so than a quilter, you can bring your quilt to be Machine Quilted, for quotes on price and more info click here, or you can email me.

Some things to consider before bringing your top to be quilted:

- Do not baste or pin your quilt sandwich, bring three separate items - top, batting and backing. Mark the top and backing if it is directional.

- Your quilt should be pressed, squared and stray threads cut. These services can be provided for an extra fee.

- Trimming selvage before piecing the backing with a 1/2” seam and ironing the seam open will improve the appearance of the finished quilt.

- Backing should measure 8” larger and the batting 6” larger than the top in width and length (I.e. 4”and 3” each side)

- If you have pieced borders or pieced blocks to the edges of your quilt, stabilize the edges with stay stitching 1/8” from the edge all around the quilt.  

Stippling and loop-d-loops

Loop-d-loops with Aztec patterns attached

All over garlic pattern

Loop-d-loops with leafs, hearts and stars

All over pattern

All over swirls

- Always start a new project    with a fresh needle.

- Match the size of the needle   

 to the weight of the tread.

  When machine quilting, I like to    use a Top-Stitch needle.

- Test your thread and tension    on a scrap sandwich, different    thread, fabric and batting, all can    make a  difference in your final    project.

- When experience skipped    stitching: change to a fresh    needle.   You may have the    wrong needle for the fabric or    thread you are using,  batiks and    other tightly woven fabrics    require a Microtex Sharp needle,    the point is fine and sharp and    the needle will go through the    fabrics that much easier.

- Batting has a right and wrong    side.     

  When layering your quilt make    sure to place your batting so    that the dimples are up and the    pimples are down.

- When using metallic thread,    try using an Embroidery or    Topstitch needle with a very    smooth fine polyester thread in    the bobbin.  Because the thread    is partial and the needle is all    metal, they both will heat up    and can cause thread breakage,    take a break to let it, and you:)    cool down.

- My personal preference needle    for general sewing and most    machine quilting with regular     polyester threads is the    universal 70/10 or 80/12    needle

- Don’t be afraid to try anything, if    it works, use it!

Tips about machine quilting:

All over cloud pattern

All over fire pattern

All over water pattern