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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, email

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