Smart Craft: Tips for Successful Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners

Quilting is one of the growing sewing practices that can help you create a comfortable and warm blanket.

If you have been practicing the basic quilting technique, you should start considering upgrading your quilting skills to another level – the free-motion quilting technique.


What is a free-motion quilting?

Unlike the basic, where quilting is simply sewing numbers of patterned fabrics together to create a thicker and warmer structure, the free-motion is a unique quilting technique, where the stitches are added in any direction, but in a creative way.

If you have learned several good things about the basic of quilting at Craft Biz Pro and planning to take your quilting skill into the next level, here are some easy free-motion quilting tips, specially created for beginners:

  1.    You must know how your sewing machine operates

In a traditional way of sewing, the feed dogs are responsible for moving the fabric for every stitch; these are usually found underneath the footplate, which usually has several teeth. In the case of free-motion quilting, you have to lower your feed dogs and install the darning foot. This will allow you to freely move your fabric; experiencing zero resistance from the machine.

  1.    Make sure to match the type of the bobbin and the top’s thread

One of the basic rules in any forms of sewing is using the same type of the top and bobbin’s thread; this is to create good quality stitches. According to the experts, one of the biggest mistakes in free-motion quilting is using different threads for the top and the bobbin; there is nothing wrong with using different colors of threads, in fact, it will add another flavor to your quilting design, but having a different type or class of thread is another story.

One of the obvious problems of having a different thread in free-motion quilting is the snapping of the thread; if the thread of the bobbin is too thick than the thread at the top, chances are, the thread stitched at the bottom of the fabric might snap, which have a similar effect if vice-versa.

To make it easy, try using thin and blending threads. It will hide any of your free-motion stitching mistakes.

  1.     Try practicing on small scraps

Practice makes perfect; although it is tempting to immediately dive into a larger free-motion quilting project, practicing using smaller scraps enables you to become confident on a larger scale of quilting.

  1.    Choose simpler designs

If you are a beginner, you should start with a simpler design. If you are confident enough with your work, you may proceed with some tricky, but a creative type of quilting design.

  1.    Always have a plan

Always work with a plan. Try sketch out your design on a piece of paper. Even though it is called a free-motion quilting procedure, you should never forget to incorporate planning, because this will help you finish up a better quilting result.

  1.    Always have the “I can do it” attitude

Quilting can be tough sometimes, but with determination and positivity, all your quilting ideas will turn out a success.