Machine quilting is kind of tricky. It scares a lot of you quilters away.
Let me tell you that using basting spray will be your best friend when it’s quilting time.
For years….. many years, I used my standard sewing machine for all the machine quilting I did. I didn’t have the money to purchase a large quilting machine and had to learn all about quilting on my own and with lots of practice.
It’s kind of funny because since I’ve moved, my large quilting machine (I was finally able to get a steal of a deal on a machine a few years back) is not unpacked yet…..so I’m back to using my machine again for all machine quilting.
That’s kind of why you have been seeing larger quilts not quilted. Still waiting for my ‘hallyway’ to be finished so I can set up shop. Soon I hope!
Anyways- basting spray. That’s where we were at.
basting spray Spray n Bond from Thermoweb
Using Basting Spray for Machine Quilting
1- Lay the backing fabric on a hard surface- ground works great
2- Tape the edges if you have enough space– the wrong side of the fabric will be facing up
3- Spray with basting spray -you don’t have to go heavy on this stuff. It kind of throws out glue everywhere, so if you can spray outside- you’ll be happier
4- Lay the batting on top of the backing and smooth with your hands from the center out
5- Spray again on top of the batting with the basting spray
6- Lay the quilt top -right sides facing up- and smooth from the center out to the edges
*if you find little ripples, pull the fabric up and smooth out again.
*if the glue isn’t sticking, respray and then resmooth
*I turn over when it’s finished to the backside and make sure that there aren’t any hidden puckers or bumps. If there are, carefully peal back the backing, give it a few shots of spray basting and then smooth it back down.
Spray Basting Video~
What kind of tricks can you share when you use this product?