How to Prepare Quilts for Longarm Quilting

Your quilt top is done (yay!) backing is chosen, and now it’s time to send your labor of love to the longarm studio! But wait– there’s still a few more steps before your quilt is ready to be handed off to your favorite longarm quilter. These steps help your quilt to look perfect after quilting, and makes the process easier and more efficient for the quilter.

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Which Batting is Best?

Your quilt top is done (hooray!) and it’s time to pick the middle layer for your quilt sandwich– batting! With so many options out there, choosing the right one for your quilt can be overwhelming. It’s great if you already have a favorite, but knowing how different batting weights and fibers affect the look and feel of the quilt can make a big difference in your next project.

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How to Free Motion Quilt with the Janome 6700p

free motion quilting on the Janome 6700p

One of our most commonly asked questions is how to free motion quilt on their sewing machine at home. Free motion quilting (FMQ) is fun and simple with a little practice, and lets you really customize your quilt exactly the way you want. Today, I’ll show you the basics on one of our favorite machines, the Janome 6700p!

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Do I Need a Walking Foot for my Sewing Machine?

 

WalkingFoot For this week’s Sewing Machine School, let’s talk about the walking foot, also known as an even feed foot. Some Janome sewing machines (such as the Skyline series) also feature AccuFeed, which is a more advanced version of a walking foot. 

What is a walking foot? One of our recent blog posts by Jason Elliott, 10 Sewing Machine Parts Explained has a great description: “Feed Dogs move up and down, back and forth, in a vertical circular motion, while Presser Feet move just up and down.

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