How to Quilt on a Sewing Machine

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Traditionally a hand sewing craft, quilting can actually be done on a machine too. With some care, you can create a quilted effect on your machine, saving you time and creating an effect that's just as lovely as your own handstitched work.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Thin batting
  • Double-fold bias tape
  • Two layers of fabric, the same length and width
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Yardstick or measuring tape
  • Disappearing ink pen

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  1. 1

    Sandwich the quilt batting between your two layers of fabric, and pin around the edges generously.

  2. 2

    Take your yardstick or measuring tape, and measure and mark diagonally across the fabric. Start at one corner of the quilt and separate each line by a few inches. This will help you create straight lines for a diamond quilted pattern.

  3. 3

    Measure and mark this across the entire fabric. Start from a different corner so that the seam line marks intersect each other. Repeat the process until you've created the marks to create diamond shapes.

  4. 4

    If you wish to create a specific design, skip the measuring and sketch out your rough design with disappearing ink.

  5. 5

    Pin all three layers together generously around your marks, and sew along the markings.

  6. 6

    Cut along the edges to trim excess batting or fabric. Make sure they are close to even as possible. From here, you can use the quilted fabric as lining for a purse or as a quilt. To finish the edges if making a quilt or blanket, add the double-fold bias tape all around the edges. See the link in Resources below for tips on how to apply bias tape.

Tips and warnings

  • Quilting will often cause fabric to contract. If you have a specific size you need the final quilted piece to be, make sure to add a few inches to the amount of fabric you are working with.

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