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Can an Embroidery Machine Be Used for Quilting?

If you are someone who is definitely wanting to get into the arts and crafts world, there are certainly worse ways to do it then to get yourself an embroidery machine. The thing about these machines is that when you use them, there are some people who are always going to be under the opinion that all you can do with these devices is to embroider things. The fact of the matter is that there are a number of other things that you can do with these devices if you do a little digging and use a little practice. So, when talking about the number of things you can do with this machine, the question is likely going to come up “can you do quilting” the answer to that is a big yes.

There will certainly need to be some homework done on just how you are going to pull this off. Anybody can eventually learn how to quilt and how to do it really well if they are putting in enough time and effort to learn how. The good news for you is that we're here to help. We want you to know how to do this so that you will be able to show your friends that you can indeed use these machines for quite a bit more than just embroidery. Being able to make a quilt using these devices is more than a little bit useful, especially as we head back towards the cold months of the year.

Practice Makes Perfect

you can start putting the quilt together with your embroidery machineBefore you decide that you want to make a quilt, you should start a bit smaller. There are all kinds of things that you can embroider with the machine in order to start working on the quilt. This isn't just about becoming a better person when it comes to doing embroidery. You will also be able to better get the feel for what it takes to use the machine and how it works when you are doing something like a quilt. This will also help you figure out just what you want to do when it comes to the backing and the patches and anything else you want to put on that thing.

This is more than just practice. You can make sure you know exactly what you're going to need to do and perfect it once and for all. That means that once you get started with that machine and you start getting the quilt built, you'll be able to make sure that every step you take is the right one. You might even discover something about the machine you didn't know it could door handle before it used it on a smaller scale.

Start Off With a Basting Stitch

Even if the design for your quilt doesn't have a baste stitch, you're going to want to start with one when you are using the embroidery machine. This will make the rest of the process quite a bit easier as you go along. This isn't just making sure that you start the project in a way that is the easiest for you. By going with this stitch first of all, you are making sure that all the layers of the embroidery that you put down after it will stay intact better as the project goes along.

Cut the Fabrics Larger Than You Need at First

When you start putting the quilt together with your embroidery machine, you are going to want to make sure your fabrics are a bit bigger than what you need. You can then start the embroidery process and trim it down when you are working. If you trim down the patches after you finish the embroidery, you are going to have a better chance at centering the patches on your quilt. You'll also have a better chance at making sure the borders and whatnot can be added after you finish the initial work that the machine is able to do.

Use Precut Shapes

once you get started with the embroidery machine and you start getting the quilt builtIf you are wanting to make sure that your machine is able to do more than embroider and actually put together a quilt, then there is no better approach than cutting the shapes ahead of time. This will not only save time, but you will be able to know that you are ready to put the finished price together. This as easy as it sounds. If you are going to put letters on the quilt, you can do this ahead of time. If you are putting any kind of patches or letters on your quilt, with the machine, and with your bare hands, you're going to want to make sure that you are making the shapes first to make it that much easier.

Keep Each Step as Small as Possible

When you are working on a project like this, you are going to want to make sure that you are putting the pieces together slowly and steadily. This will make the job not only that much easier, but it will also mean that if there is a mistake, it's going to be much easier to go back and fix that problem. If you are trying to do things in big chunks, you are going to find that those chunks are harder to go back and change. It's possible you're even going to run into a situation where you have to trace the problems all the way back to the very beginning.

Starting over, even when you are using this embroidery machine is not going to be all that attractive no matter how good it is you are at making these quilts. You need to make sure that you keep it simple, and when you do, the machine will make that quilt quite a bit easier.
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