Machine Stitching

Most contemporary and modern quilters use machine stitching to complete their quilts, from piecing the quilt to free-motion quilting to adding the binding.

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Creative Machine Art Techniques at Home

I’ll admit it, I love learning. To me there is nothing better than learning something new. I usually get so excited about it that I feel compelled to share the technique with friends–or even strangers. Lucky for the person who stands next to me in the checkout line, I can eagerly share my favorite techniques…

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Free Motion Machine Quilting – Resources

Free-Motion Machine Quilting Free-motion quilting is more than just a way to hold the pieces of your quilt together. Stitching lines, swirls, and motifs onto your quilt can add dimension, depth, meaning, and interest. You can use free-motion quilting to accent parts of a quilt or as an overall texture. And you can change the look…

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Keep Your Quilting Stitches Even with These 5 Tension Tips

Is there anything more frustrating than being ready to quilt only to find your tension is off? Not too loose, not too tight–how to get your sewing machine stitches just right! We all know what bad tension looks like: loops on the top of the quilt sandwich or on the backing. Good tension results in…

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Combine Free-Motion Quilting and Art Supplies for Zentangle on Fabric

I love it when two popular art techniques come together. In this case: free-motion quilting motifs and Zentangle®. Zentangle free-motion quilting motifs with machine stitching and shading with paint and pencil, by Nysha Oren Nelson. If you’re not familiar with Zentangle, it’s a form of line drawing with repeated designs, also known as Zen doodling.…

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Matchstick-style Machine Quilting: 5 Hot Tips

Matchstick-style machine quilting is a sophisticated way to give your quilt a modern look. But it also works well any time you want to fill in an area on your quilt–and looks especially nice on solid fabrics. Matchstick-style machine quilting by Catherine Redford. You can use a contrasting thread to draw attention to the machine…

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Free-Motion Quilting Tutorial: Dots and Dashes by Lori Kennedy

In my experience most quilters’ stitching falls into one of two general categories. First are the ones who can quilt motifs in even, well-spaced, patterns. These stitchers are usually very good at teaching how to machine quilt. In the other camp, there are quilters who prefer to free-motion stitch fanciful motifs and drawings. Maybe it’s…

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Longarm Quilting: Fill Faster with Pebble Stitch Tricks

The pebble stitch is a popular filler stitch for free-motion quilting backgrounds. It's easy to get into a Zen-like state while machine quilting little connecting circles over and over again. S-curves and curls make longarm quilting with the pebble stitch go more quickly. Stitching and photo by Angela Huffman. But when you're trying to cover…

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Straight-Line Machine Quilting Tips

I’ve used the walking foot attachment for years as a valuable tool to help me sew even stitches with slippery material and as a tool for machine quilting. The walking foot is designed to push all layers of the sewing project underneath the needle at the same time. That’s a real help when there is…

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Mixed-Media Quilts and Collage: Tips for Stitching on Paper

For a period of time, I made fabric and paper quilts using vintage maps. I stitched a collage of fabric to make the bird (and sometimes flowers, too), then stitched the bird (and flowers) onto the maps. Mixed-media stitched collage cards by Kristin Peterson, featured in the November/December 2014 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.…

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Sewing Technique Trouble-shooting: Bobbin Tension Tips

Recently, our online editor, Cate Prato, put out a plea on Facebook, regarding the sudden change in tension on her sewing machine stitches: Sewing friends, I need advice. I have been machine piecing a quilt top for a couple hours without incident. Then the bobbin ran out and I refilled it, taking the opportunity to…