What kind of sewing machine do I need for free motion quilting?
Free Motion Quilting Sewing Machines Comparison Table
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Do you need a special sewing machine for quilting?
Quilters can choose from many options, from intricate designs to straight machine quilting stitches. The good news is that you do not need a special sewing machine. There are two basic types of machine quilting that can easily be accomplished on most sewing machines—straight line and free motion.
Do you need a special machine to free motion quilt?
To be able to do free motion quilting, the number one thing you need is a special foot for your sewing machine. It’s often called a darning foot, and is designed to smoothly glide over the fabric while still keeping the fabric down when stitching in all different directions.
Can you free motion quilt with a regular foot?
As you’ve already found, Donna, yes, you most certainly can free motion quilt without a foot on your machine. For free motion quilting, we’re moving the quilt in all directions and controlling the stitch by the speed of the machine and the movement of our hands.
Do I have to use a walking foot to quilt?
The walking foot helps us turn our sewing machine into a quilting machine. The feed dogs work together, as one, grabbing and pulling the layers of your quilt through the machine. Without a walking foot, the standard presser foot would be pushing your quilt’s top layer towards you because of the bulk.
What is the best stitch length for free motion quilting?
Yes, for free motion quilting, set your stitch length to ‘0’. That way your feed dogs won’t be moving while you’re quilting because you don’t need them. Less wear and tear on those parts.
What should I look for when buying a quilting machine?
Look at the throat width of the sewing machine you are considering purchasing. Get the largest throat width possible for your money. When it comes to machine quilting your own quilt top this will be important, especially when working on large bed quilts. Speed Control is a great feature.
What is the best stitch length for machine quilting?
For straight stitching, it is advised to set your machine’s stitch length to 2.5 to 3.0 or about 8-12 stitches per inch. This range works quite well for a majority of machine quilting but there are always exceptions when you make a rule. For threads with sparkle or shine, use a longer stitch length.