free motion

Many advances regarding sewing machines have been made over the years; one is free-motion quilting. Free motion quilting means the ability to stitch a quilt without the use of feed dogs. Feed dogs march back and forth, pulling your fabric under the presser foot while you sew. Their march is measured and precisely timed in increments, creating the distance between each stitch. It is important to note that you will need the ability to lower or disengage your feed dogs. On most machines, this is a lever or switch on your quilting machine's side or back. Please check your manual to clarify whether your machine has this capability. Other than that, free-motion quilting is just straight stitching. Different presser feet can make it easier to see as you stitch; these are called "free motion feet," sometimes called a "darning foot," and can come in many different varieties.

Free motion quilting is typically done on a whole quilt rather than a quilt block. However, a "full quilt" can be any size you choose. For instance, you can use free motion to create a quilt about the size of a sheet of paper. This quilting method is taught in various fabric stores, so anyone can practice this method, even as a beginner. In fact, it can be learned and practiced at any skill level. Some may even find it easier than sewing or piecing, as there is no measuring, marking, seam allowance, or anything to keep track of. It's just simply doodling and having fun with the thread. The great thing is that free-motion quilting can be done on any regular sewing machine. It's actually considered one of the fastest and fun ways to quilt.

With free motion quilting, this allows you to adjust your tension. By making these adjustments, you can overcome your fear of quilting and make the best stitch with quality. Controlling your speed with free-motion quilting is also another skill you learn with free-motion quilting. Free motion quilting is similar to driving a car because you need to control your speed by knowing when and how to slow down, speed up, stop, and start back up smoothly. It takes some time to find a balance between moving your hands and the speed of your sewing machine.

With free motion, quilting can really quilt for hours, but only if your sewing table and chair are set up according to the ergonomics of quilting. This means that the sewing table and chair are set up correctly, so there is not a lot of strain on your back, arms, and shoulders. It's understandable that once you're having fun and enjoying what you're doing, you don't focus on these things, but it is something to be extremely careful about.

Free-motion quilting has allowed people to quilt with ease, especially since any regular sewing machine can make free-motion quilting. This method will enable people to get creative with their styles of quilting by learning how to first master this technique of quilting. It's amazing what a regular sewing machine can do when maneuvered a certain way. Various fabric stores offer classes to learn how to maneuver this type of quilting. Some basic learning information is finding as much table surface area as possible. That you have enough workspace. This will also give you plenty of space to move around your fabric. It is best to start free motion quilting with busy fabric prints because this allows you to hide your mistakes easily compared to if it is a solid color. Practice on scrap materials first just to avoid wasting fabrics that can be used for an actual quilting project.

Please be kind to yourself and allow yourself the time to learn this technique. At times, it's only human nature to want to rush and learn something so fast, but as the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race. Don't be hard on yourself; this will take some time to learn. Your first time around might not turn out to be as you expected it, but it's ok. Be kind to yourself as you know this new free-motion quilting style. If you're not interested in taking a class, then there are plenty of books out there that show you how to use your regular sewing machine and using this maneuver.