This is called free motion quilting, and is done with a presser foot that looks something like one of these…
Now, I am only at the very very beginner stage when it comes to this kind of stitching, but I made a little video just to give you an idea of how the process works, and help you decide if this is something that you’d like to try. (I actually found it to be really fun!)
but once you get the hang of it, the designs you can stitch are limitless!
So far I’ve only managed the fish in the video, and the writing on my draft stopper.
|This is 3 rows of stitching layered on top of one another.|
But if you REALLY have the knack for it, you can make AMAZING projects like these!
- Draw your design on with disappearing pen, or iron on a piece of freezer paper to “trace” around.
- Start with a strong needle, so there is less worry about breaking it while stitching.
- Slow down! Don’t just stomp on the pedal. It will take time to match the speed of your hands and foot.
- Always stop with the needle in the down position so you don’t “lose your place”.
- Use some type of stabilizer if you are not already working with multiple layers of fabric.
- Don’t stop and turn the fabric while stitching. Just make directional changes by moving the fabric.
- (That one is hard to get used to if you have already been sewing for years!)
- Use “sticky” gloves or rubber finger tips (from the office supply store) to help you grip your fabric.
- Use the same color bobbin thread so that one color doesn’t show if the tension is off. (like on my fish)
- Practice, Practice, PRACTICE and Don’t try to make it perfect in the beginning!