Is adding a good look to your quilts, a dream for you? If it is, then there are simple ways to acquire it. Here are some tips for successful quilting which you can do on your home machine.
The first thing is finding ample table surface area for quilting. On a domestic machine, if you could have a drop-in table, that will be good for free-motion quilting. If you do not have one, there is no need to worry. Get a table that is long enough to keep the things, and that can be within your reach.
Now, if you are using a sewing machine, you should keep the threads handy. To get rid of any difficulties like the needle thread gets poke through the back side, you should use a thread that matches the color of your machine’s top and bobbin. The next thing to keep in mind is you can use different colors of fabric paints so that you can get attention on the texture and not on any mistakes. Do not start working on big projects in the beginning. You should practice on small projects or scraps first so that you can get the confidence to work on a big project. When you practice, you can try a different combination of colors and different patterns.
Get all the blocks and pieces cut by you. If someone else does the job for you, you will not get satisfaction which can affect the work. The best thing you can do is do the quilt yourself. By doing this, you will be getting practice so that you can avoid any mistakes in the future. Start selecting a simple quilting design to work first. Always have a plan before you start quilting. You can draw the design or write down step by step activities which need to be complete while quilting. This plan can help in getting you a good result.
There are different kinds of knots that people use. Like the Slipknot, the tailor’s knot, English knot, etc. the basic and the versatile knot is the quilter’s knot. Not to forget, it is one of the least knots that people use. Here is the information about how to make a quilter’s knot and when you can use it.
Some people say that tailor’s knot and quilter’s knot are the same. Some say they are different. Some say that a tailor’s knot is done by putting two knots at the end of the thread and it will not slip through the layers of fabric. On the other hand, a quilter’s knot is tiny knots that slip or pull through the fabric so that no one can see the knot. All depend on selecting the correct knot.
Quilter’s Knot is very much straightforward and easy to understand. You need to use your dominant hand to hold the needle. Then pass the thread to the needle using your dominant hand. Once the thread gets through the needle, pull the thread and using your forefinger you can make a knot at the end of the needle. You can decide on how many knots you want to put in that thread.
When you decide to start sewing, a quilter’s knot will help you in hand sewing. Once you get familiarize with putting quilter’s knot, you can start sewing small clothes or start stitching on scraps. Do not use quilter’s knots for major stitching as it can create difficulties for you if you do not have enough practice in stitching clothes. The more you practice, the more you can get professionalism in stitching. Once you get confidence by practicing stitching regularly, you can try to do big projects. Do not do big projects without proper practicing as it can cause you a lot of difficulties.
Quilting is not a difficult process. If you have a love for stitching, it is an easy job to do with good planning. For quilting, cutting of the fabric is one of the most important things that affect the looks of a quilt. Correct folding will give you a correct measurement of the fabric. If it is not, then, it will affect the material. To avoid this, make sure that you evenly align the folding before you start cutting. After that, check whether the selvage edges are even when you compare with each other. If you see rippling, try re-positioning the salvage edges until you get the smooth edge.
Small differences in cutting will result in pieces or blocks that are not in size. To avoid getting differences, make sure to keep the ruler correctly over the fabric. Having small variations in the fabric will make a huge difference in the pieces or block. A ¼’’ patchwork presser foot is now available in most of the machines. If you prefer using presser foot for general purpose, you can take the help of a graph paper in examining the ¼’’ distance from the position of the needle. Before you start to sew on a project, it will be a good idea to have a check on the accuracy of the plan you are going to use. If you get the correct measures, you can start the project confidently.
When you start to stitch, try using a scrap piece. Start stitching on it and then directly sew to the fabric piece. There is another option also. Straight stitch throat plate can help you so that you can make different kind and varieties of decorative stitches. If you do not use the straight stitch throat plate correctly, then you will face another issue in the form of broken needle.