Machine Quilting

There are many different machine quilting techniques and they’re all used to one extent or another during the quilting process. Some quilters prefer to sew by hand as much as possible, whilst others do quite the opposite – they rely heavily on their sewing machines as much as possible! As you develop your quilting skills you may find that you fall into either camp, or, like many others you will simply end up with a happy medium.

At QNNtv.com we have a wide variety of videos that focus on the use of a quilting machine, otherwise known as long arm quilting, as well as the basic techniques used to piece quilts together by way of a regular sewing machine. As an example of how advanced some of today’s sewing machines have become, Learn More About the Sashiko Machine demonstrates just how easy it is to use specialized quilting machines to mimic hand stitching on quilting projects.


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It’s an awesome display, and sure makes you realize why these machines are so popular among the quilting world. (change paragraphs so you;re not still taling about the sashiko machine.)

Many quilters sew their quilts entirely by hand, using their standarg sewing machine. Even a standard sewing machine comes in handy, as they’re often They are used for a variety of different methods steps of sewing:

  • sewing up seams
  • applique
  • block piecing

Of course added stitches and functions make the sewing experience more pleasurable, such as applique stitches, the more complex applique will require a more able machine but many a quilter, expert or not, manages just as well with a combination of hand stitching and machine quilting using a good old every day machine.

Long Arm Quilting Machines

Ok, let’s clear up a myth … long arm quilting machines are not just for quilting huge projects! Maybe it’s because a machine quilting frame and the longarm seem to go together like coffee and cream but it really is wrong to assume that the only thing that long arm sewing is for is large and/or complicated quilting projects. In Quilting Celebrations, Episode 106, Segment 3 you’ll find out just how versatile a long arm quilting machine can be for a range of small quilting tasks.

Of course there are many advantages to using a long arm quilting machine, not least the speed. No matter how advanced the skill of the quilter, there’s no way of keeping up with the speed of one of these fabulous machines. Equally they’re capable of delivering intricate applique, and the precision results are simply stunning. Of course there are disadvantages, such as how much space you will need to house one, as well as the cost.

An average long arm quilting machine will require both the space to house it as well as enough space to work around it. Quilts need to be manually attached to the machine quilting frame, and moved around in order for the longarm technique to be applied across the body of the quilt. That said, you don’t need to own one in order to produce beautiful quilts, and many quilters manage to recreate long arm sewing effects without one.

Machine Quilting Designs

Again, there are many machine quilting designs and, depending upon the complexity, you can manage some of them on an ordinary sewing machine. Our video, Seven Easy Steps For Fitting any Block or Border, demonstrates just how easily you can adapt machine quilting patterns to fit with the type of sewing machine that you own.


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Much of it’s done using existing quilting supplies, scraps of fabric, templates and chalk. By the end of the video you realize that reducing designs to fit smaller projects (or because you need to accommodate the design to fit with your sewing machine) are a lot less complicated than it would at first appear. Of course this is testament to the creativity of all the quilters out there, all of whom were quilting beginners at one time or another. We don’t all start of with top quality equipment and all the latest gadgets!

As you learn more about quilting, as you progress towards higher skill levels, you’ll find that your needs alter. You may develop a true love for quilting, and alongside your flourishing abilities you’ll probably start feeling the need to conquer more complicated patterns and designs. Once you’ve reached a certain stage, you’ll no doubt start looking into (or dreaming about!) owning your own long arm quilting machines and related quilting supplies. That’s perfectly natural and at QNNtv.com, we understand how and why our members reach the level whereby they want more!

We’re a group of expert quilters in our own right, and we understand the journey from beginner level up to trying out, testing and creating new designs. We have many inspirational videos, many of which are designed to stimulate and guide, and although we have a large catalog of basic techniques (oh yes we do!) we also have just as many (if not more) relating to more advanced quilting techniques. We certainly have a large selection relating to machine quilting, and there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to longarm quilting machines, techniques, designs and uses.

One of our favorites is a video that’s aimed at long arm, Quilting Basics – How to Load a Quilt in the Machine, and it demonstrates the most effective (and least complicated!) method of loading quilts into the machine quilting frame. You get to learn the little tips and tricks that long arm quilters use when it comes to handling their projects, plus it’s a great example of the broad spectrum that we cover at QNNtv.com. We may be the leading experts in our field, we know we’re the premier quilting-on-demand video provider but … we also know that we cater to each and every one of our members.

By joining our growing list of subscribers, you can be assured that you’re in great company! Best yet, there is an entire series devoted to machine and longarm quilting. Each week QNNtv.com debuts new videos of Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show which airs only on QNNtv.com. Jodie Davis and guests such as Renae Haddin and Sue Patten (they should show up in a search) take you step-by-step into a facet of quilting by machine.You can access our videos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can watch them over and over again. Watch them at your own pace, learn alongside the likes of Fons and Porter, Eleanor Burns and Kaye Wood. As a subscriber you’re afforded all the benefits that you’d find with a local quilting club … only with QNNtv.com your learning from the best quilters in the industry! Subscribe today, and open yourself up to a whole world of wonderful quilts!

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