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As a newbie of sewing,I’ve been wondering which is the best sewing machine for quilting as many other beginners.Of course I know there no such best one machine for different quilters because they have different demands and budgets.So the first thing I need to know is what we should take for granted when quilting.Here are some tips I have collected from some talented quilters.
How to do a good quilting with a sewing machine?
The key of quilting with a sewing machine is to control the stitch length and thread tension.These are the most common problems when quilting with a machine.The seams will open up easily when pressure is put on them when the stitch length is too long or the tension is too loose.
It’s necessary to make a sample block before you actually start your project.First,you should change the top and bobbin threads to contrasting threads, then sew an inch or two, and count the actual stitches per inch.Adjust the stitch length to make the stitches stay at about 12 per inch and never less than 10.
When your stitch length is set,you should check the tension of the thread.By using contrasting threads on the top and bottom,it’s easy to found whether the tension is too loose or too tight.You just need to check the seam on the top and the bottom,and make sure there no little dots of the contrasting thread popping through.If you see the top thread on the bottom seam,that means your top thread tension is too loose,you should tighten your thread tension.Turn the tension dial in small increments,never more than an eight of a turn at a time.Repeat the adjustment until you correct the problem.If you see the bottom thread on the top seam,that means your top thread tension is too tight,just do the opposite to loose the tension.
If you can’t correct the problem just by control the top thread tension,you can adjust the bobbin tension as well.When you do that,you should read the manual of the machine first.The way to adjust both top and bottom tension may be different according to different model.
The best sewing machine for quilting
Now we know that we need a machine that can adjust stitch length and thread tension conveniently in quilting, and of course the machine should have the ability to sew through the fabric you are working on.Here I have come up with several models that are popular for quilters,and a in-depth review for you to choose a right one.If there are any aspects I have not covered in this post,please let me know by leaving a comment of sent me an email,I will update this post as soon as I can.
|Model Name||Extension Table||Built-in Stitch||Drop Feed/Free Motion||Thread Tension||Automatic Needle Threader||Built-in Light||Price|
PROS:1.A great quilting machine and has excellent “pin feed”.
2.It’s a great machine to make quilts faster,affordable and well made.
3.Free Motion Quilting performs wonderful.
4.The color guide adjustment window make the presser foot pressure adjustment super easy.
5.It’s sturdy and has a large throat plate with a table extension that works perfectly.
CONS:1.It’s a little more industrial than other models and requires some time to figure out how to make in work.
- The Free Motion Quilting foot does not have a slit in it.When you start out with FMQ you have thread tails that need to be held to the side. Since you don’t have a slit in the foot it is hard to get the tails out of the way.
- The built-in light is a little lacking.You’d better get an extra light to lit your sewing area.
- The machine is very heavy,you will hate to switch your machine around.
- All the sewing feet are solid metal,you can’t see what you are sewing under the feet.
PROS:1.The setup is simple and the instruction is clear.
2.The light is very bright and clearly illuminates around the presser foot.
3.The machine is quite when sewing at a slow speed,you can hold a conversation on speakerphone with no noise interference.
4.This machine has a wonderful assortment of accessories,including a 1/4 inch presser foot that every quilter wants.
CONS:1.The needle threader will take you a few practice to get good at it.Many of the guides are tiny or hidden inside.
2.The pressure foot lever is to the right side rather than straight back. Feeding fabric through the neck sometimes lifts the pressure foot accidentally.
3.Some buyers have quality issues.
PROS:1.It stitches flawlessly, and free motion quilts beautifully.
2.It winds bobbin beautifully by simply pushing the bobbin and pushing it in place without needing to push the foot pedal, or the start button. It stops automatically. It is a machine that is super simplified for threading as well as laying in the bobbin.
CONS:1.The screws are difficult to remove on the plate, and the exchange of shank for free motion foot is on the left, it’s difficult to operate.
2.Some buyers have issues on free motion quilting,despite changing thread, needle, and multiple tension adjustments, it didn’t create a good stitch when free- motion quilting, and it broke the thread often as well.