Thank you for signing up for my Beginner Machine Quilting Class. In this class I will introduce you to different methods, supplies, and helpful hints for becoming a successful machine quilter. There are a few requirements for this class:
- Some quilting knowledge. This will enable you to understand the “language of quilting” in the class.
- Intermediate experience on YOUR sewing machine. This is not a beginner sewing class.
- A sewing machine capable of machine quilting.
Now you ask, “How am I supposed to know whether my machine is capable? That’s why I am taking the class!” The reality is that not all machines are capable of machine quilting. You will need to test your machine. Here are two methods we will do in class, and the way to determine whether your machine can do them.
Straight Stitch Quilting
For this method, you will need a walking foot that fits your exact make and model of machine. Try stitching a small quilt sandwich of low loft batting with the walking foot before you come to class. The sandwich should flow through without being too tight.
There are a few requirements for this quilting. First, you need to disengage your feed-dogs. Some machines have a switch you turn to drop the feed-dogs. Some machines have a plate that goes over the feed-dogs to prevent them from touching the fabric. Find out which is the correct way for your machine.
You will also need a Free motion foot (sometimes called a darning foot or embroidery foot). These feet are usually shorter (in height) than your regular feet, so it does not clamp down onto the fabric. They should also have some sort of spring in them (either visible or inside the metal). Some are clear plastic, some are all metal.
Test this on the same quilt sandwich. Lower your presser foot holding your sandwich in place. Holding your thread tails for the first few stitches, begin to stitch. You must manually move your fabric yourself to make the stitch length. It will feel weird and may not look great, but it will be good enough for you to tell whether your machine is working correctly. Just make sure that your top and bobbin threads are locking.
Read your manual and/or call your local dealer to find out what is exactly needed. If necessary, bring in that small quilt sandwich to show him. Please bring your manual to class so I can help you.
(Battings will be supplies by the teacher)
The class will be one of information and practice on your sewing machine. There will be a project during the last half of the class. However, my experience has found that most students prefer to use this project for more practice rather than a completed project. With this in mind, don’t do any special shopping for fabric.
- Sewing machine in good working order with walking foot, free motion foot, and disengaging feed-dogs
- Feed-dogs that drop, OR a plate that fits over the feed-dogs
- Straight Stitch plate (if you have one)
- Manual for your machine
- Extension table for your sewing machine, definitely worth the investment
- Cushion to sit on
- Sewing machine needles
- Top Stitch needles sizes 80/12 and/or 90/14
- Metafil needles, if you are interested in metallic thread quilting. Size 90/14
- Thread – These are suggestions. Bring what works well in your machine.
- 100% cotton – size 40 or 50 are good sizes (color contrasting your practice fabric so you can see)
- Monofilament – Poly or Nylon, good quality, size .004.
- Decorative/Embroidery top thread – shiny threads are fun, such as Poly, Rayon, metallic. Bring what you have. You will have time to shop for threads during and after the class.
- Bobbin loaded with the above cotton, for practice and one for your final project
- Safety pins – size #1 (one inch) non-rusting
- Seam ripper – We are not going to be ripping…but will need this tool
- One inch masking tape (wider than one inch ok)
- Removable fabric marking pens or pencils. Bring what you have to experiment
- Machine Quilting gloves, if you have them, I love the Machingers©
- Permanent marker – Sharpie
- Fabric for practice – 100% cotton
- Seven light colored solids (means not a print) or muslin scraps, approximately 12" x 12"
- One leftover pieced block (12" x 12"). This is for practicing Stitch in the Ditch
- Fabric for final project. Your final project is a placemat. I will bring samples for ideas.
- Top – tone on tone fabric 13" x 18" (means a bit more than a solid. Ex: blue with blue)
- Backing – Same fabric or complementary fabric 17" x 21"
- Binding – Two strips each 2½" x 40" (We will NOT get to this step in class).
Remember, I will supply ALL the battings for class, both for practice and for the project. You will also receive a batting list during the class. There are so many battings on the market, battings could be a class in itself!
Please don’t hesitate to call or email me ahead of the time if you have any questions. I will be happy to help.
See you soon,
Class Cancellation Policy
To reserve a seat, all Pocono Sew & Vac classes must to be paid in full before the class begins. In the event that a student needs to cancel their reservation for a class, they should notify PS&V at least 7 days in advance (by phone or email) to be eligible for a full refund. Cancellations made 2-6 days before class will be issued a store credit. Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance will not be eligible for a refund or store credit.