Frequent question: Why is free motion quilting so hard?

Is free motion quilting hard?

Free motion quilting can be a challenging technique to master on your home sewing machine. If you’re used to quilt piecing or garment sewing, you’re used to the machine feeding the fabric forward and producing beautiful, evenly spaced stitches.

Where do I start free motion quilting?

Start with the center-most diagonal line and free motion quilt. Flip the quilt 180 degrees and stitch the center-most diagonal line. These two lines of stitching form an “X”. See “How to Machine Quilt” for more information on quilting diagonal lines.

Should I stitch in the ditch before quilting?

Stitching in the ditch between borders helps stabilize the fabric, maintaining straight lines and preventing distortion. If you choose to stitch the ditch, do it as the first step before adding any quilting design in the border or sashing.

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.

What causes free motion quilting eyelashes?

Second, eyelashes on the top of your quilt (less common) is caused by your top tension being too tight and pulling the bobbin thread through. Finally, eyelashes on the back of the quilt (most common) are caused by your top tension being too loose and pulling to the back.

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How do you prevent eyelashes in free motion quilting?

If you are stitching too fast and moving the fabric faster than the stitch has time to create a chain of stitches, eyelashes can result. Try to move your hands, if you are free motion quilting, or move the machine slower around curves and angles.