Are you a "quilt by check" quilter—meaning you send out your quilts to be quilted? Or maybe you’ve tried free-motion quilting and the results weren’t, um, what you’d expected (ask anyone in our office who’s tried it: we’ve all been there).
Today we’re here to tell you that free-motion quilting and quilting by check aren’t the only choices you have for finishing your quilts. If your sewing machine came with a walking foot (pictured >), you have another awesome option: walking-foot quilting!
Pat Sloan has a great philosophy about machine quilting: go for it! But start simple. Quilting with a walking foot is the perfect place to start building your machine-quilting skills. In her book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt, Pat shows you how your walking foot can do wonders—and how you can be successful the first time. That alone makes the technique worth trying!
Never tried machine quilting with a walking foot before? Let Pat teach you how—right now.
Excerpt from Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt
Most sewing machines come with an even-feed presser foot called a walking foot. Some machines even have a built-in even-feed system. A walking foot helps evenly feed the thick quilt sandwich through your machine so you don’t create puckers and pleats as you quilt the top, batting, and backing layers together.
I started out quilting my quilts with a walking foot and still use it. I love the effects I get from straight lines as well as decorative stitches. (Yep, you can use some decorative stitches in conjunction with your walking foot to add texture and interest to your quilt.) If you’ve tried to quilt using a regular presser foot, you’ve noticed that the top fabric bunches and pulls. A walking foot pushes the top fabric evenly along while the feed dogs underneath control the movement of the backing fabric. The result is that you can quilt beautifully. From quilting straight lines to decorative stitches, your walking foot offers lots of options—including curves:
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Looks easy, right? In Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt, you’ll find many more tips for walking-foot quilting, with close-up photos that clearly illustrate each step (like how to start and finish your quilting so it looks nice and neat—those close-ups are below). Plus, you’ll get access to all 8 of Pat’s step-by-step videos. It’s like having Pat right by your side at your sewing machine!
From Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt
Here’s what quilters like you are saying about Pat’s latest book on Amazon.com:
“This is a really comprehensive walking-foot and free-motion quilting book. It covers everything from the materials and tools to the different threads, stitches, and patterns. Another great feature to this book are videos on the publisher’s website so you get both the printed tutorials along with videos.”
“As I expected from Pat Sloan! All of her ‘Teach Me’ books are detailed for the beginner and have great designs for any level quilter. I love them all.”
Pat’s ready to teach you more about quilting in her popular “Teach Me” series—buy two or more and earn free shipping! (US and Canada only.)
So, which kind of quilter are you right now?
a) I’m a walking-foot quilter.
b) I’m a free-motion quilter.
c) I’m a hand quilter.
d) I’m a "quilt by check" quilter!
Tell us your answer in the comments!