The Clever Way To Piece A Quilt Backing

Quilt Backing

Most quilt fabrics are 40 by 44 inches wide. This means that when you try to make the back piecing for a quilt, several pieces may have to be joined together. It is quite difficult to get a single piece backing for an entire quilt, especially large ones. Look at a few tips to piecing quilt backing perfectly.

Tips to be followed
Make the quilt backing larger by 4 inches on all sides. This will help to adjust any shortage at a later stage.

Always use a backing calculator to determine the length and width of the batting material which will be needed. Try getting the fabric in one piece from wholesale retailers.
quilt backing 1You need to check the grain line of the fabric and join pieces to match this. So a crosswise grain will have to be matched to the crosswise grain of another fabric and not to the lengthwise grain. It is the same for lengthwise matching too.

Make sure that the pattern on the pieces of the fabric being joined match each other. If circles are included in the pattern, joining them abruptly will look awkward. In such cases, you may need to cut off an entire row and join the fabric to make it look continuous.

Such small tips will surely help you to get a piece backing which looks perfect for your quilt.

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What You Must Look For While Buying A Free Motion Quilt Sewing Machine

Quilt Sewing Machine

Ready to take up free motion quilting? Excellent decision! Now what would you need to check before buying your sewing machine. There are certain points you could verify when you go hunting for the machine.

Get the best for your money
Quilt making is a good investment once you master it. So when you have now decided that you are going to give it a try, buy the best machine you are able to afford. Don’t look for low cost machines just because you are a beginner. The art of mastering this is not going to be far away once you get started. So decide right now to get the best for the money you are going to spend.

Large throat space
When you are attempting free motion quilt making, try to get the maximum throat space/harp space in the machine. This means that the space between the machine edge and the needle should be allow you to move the bulk material easily. Then only will you be able to sew comfortably.

Open toe darning foot
Free motion is required for getting best results. An open toe darning foot allows more visibility and is easier to handle.

The machine should provide facilities to quickly change the presser foot and should also have free access to the bobbin. Go for a machine in which the needle which has up down movement.

All the above tips will help you choose a suitable sewing machine.

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