Pat Sloan’s 4 tips for machine quilting with a walking foot (video 📹)

From Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine QuiltNeed a little creative confidence when it comes to machine quilting? Especially if you’re just starting out?

Pat Sloan (right) has taught thousands of quilters her tried-and-true techniques for getting quilts done. ALL THE WAY done. And that includes DIY-ing the machine quilting.

If you’ve yet to try machine quilting or if you’ve tried it and weren’t happy with the results, Pat’s got a great idea for you: keep it simple. She teamed up with Baby Lock Sewing Machines to create a series of videos that pair perfectly with her “Teach Me” series of books. The video below reveals Pat’s four favorite tips for keep-it-simple quilting:

  1. How to start and stop a line of machine quilting
  2. How to pull the bobbin thread to the top of your quilt (to avoid tangled
    messes on the back)
  3. How to pivot your quilt when you need to sew in a different direction
  4. How to use the decorative stitches on your machine for unique effects

Watch the video—and then grab a UFO and give Pat’s ideas a try!


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You can watch more from Pat’s “Teach Me” video series here.

In Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt you’ll not only find step-by-step instructions for walking-foot and free-motion quilting but you’ll also get nine of Pat’s pretty patterns, including:

Mini Charm Star quilt
This cute Mini Charm Star quilt

Checkerboard Hearts quilt
This adorable Checkerboard Hearts quilt

Cherry Pie quilt
This fun two-color Cherry Pie quilt

Dresden Candy Dish quilt
This delightful little Dresden Candy Dish quilt

See five more projects from Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt >>>


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Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine QuiltWhat are you waiting for? Learn more of Pat’s machine-quilting methods in her book and get those quilts DONE! As always, when you buy a book at our website, we’ll send you a link to download a digital copy of the book for FREE.

How do you typically quilt your quilts?

  • With a walking foot
  • With a free-motion foot
  • With a checkbook 😂
  • I hand quilt my quilts!

Tell us in the comments!


62 Comments (leave a comment)

  • The only one I don’t do is hand quilting. It depends on the size of the quilt or project.💝

    —Judy Thompson on June 21, 2019
  • I just discovered walking foot quilting and it has changed my life. After attempting to free motion many, many times and realizing I really am awful at it, I switched to walking foot quilting and am very happy.

    —Jill Finger on June 21, 2019
  • When I quilt my quilts myself, I use my walking foot. Otherwise, I quilt with my checkbook.

    —Erin Earl on June 21, 2019
  • Hi–I use a walking foot to do my quilting –but this book could sure teach me a thing or two

    Bea Donald on June 21, 2019
  • My Janome machine has a built-in walking foot called dual feed that I use to machine quilt my quilts myself.

    —Gloria Cotten on June 21, 2019
  • I quilt with my walking foot.

    —nancy seitz on June 21, 2019
  • With a checkbook, however, I have one more year of teaching left before retirement at which time I plan to do a bit of machine quilting!! 🙂

    —Kathy Kranenburg on June 21, 2019
  • WITH MY CHECKBOOK ON LARGE QUILTS AND I TRY TO QUILT THE SMALL ONES.

    —Angela Little on June 21, 2019
  • I am a hand quilter. I know I should attempt machine quilting before I get too old to operate machinery!

    —Margaret Hynes on June 21, 2019
  • Walking foot. Straight lines back and forth and up and down.

    —Barb I. on June 21, 2019
  • I usually quilt my quilts with a walking foot.

    —Joanne on June 21, 2019
  • I hand quilt my quilts but I really want to learn how to do it on the machine.

    —Debby Jensen on June 21, 2019
  • Mostly with my checkbook. Unless it’s a small quilt than I use the walking foot which is really new to me. As I was afraid of it for years, now I love it!

    —Carolyn Nannery on June 21, 2019
  • I am a new quilter and have used my checkbook to get my quilt quilted. I would love to know how to do it myself and save a lot of money to use on another quilt top!

    —Cheryl on June 21, 2019
  • I have only tried to quilt stitch on one small quilt and had to take it out as it looked horrible. I would love to try her method. Thanks for the neat informative book. Love Pat Sloan.

    —Tanya on June 21, 2019
  • Straight line quilting with a walking foot. Only thing I know.

    —Nancy Dumeny on June 21, 2019
  • When my fingers were more nimble I used to hand quilt my projects. Now I’m into free motion quilting which is much quicker and easier on the hands.

    —Barbaraben on June 21, 2019
  • I only know how to do straight line quilting with my walking foot. Can only do small to medium size quilts on my home machine. If bigger, I pay with a check to have it quilted. I would love to learn how to do free motion quilting too.

    —Judy Casteel on June 21, 2019
  • I only do really small projects on my home machine and that is mostly straight line work. Otherwise I pay to have the quilting done.

    —Vickie Keith on June 21, 2019
  • Mostly hand quilt. Sometimes a checkbook. 😊

    —Elese Claussen on June 21, 2019
  • I am a hand quilter!
    💗 Barbara

    —Barbara on June 21, 2019
  • I hand quilt my quilts.

    —Lynn Haines on June 21, 2019
  • I do some free motion but more walking foot. Big quilts I pay to have them done.

    —Collette Morton on June 21, 2019
  • I hand quilt met quilts

    —Rommy Van Houten on June 21, 2019
  • Most are still UFOs waiting to be quilted. I try walking foot quilting.

    —carol on June 21, 2019
  • I do love to hand quilt but I just don’t have the time, maybe whenI retire! I use the walking foot or free motion for small quilts or tablerunners but for large quilt I use my checkbook.

    —Dolores Roberts on June 21, 2019
  • Free motion on little quilts…

    —MS Barb on June 21, 2019
  • I have not quilted one yet, but my mom hand quilts every thing I make. I want to learn to use a walking foot, so I need this book.

    —debby on June 21, 2019
  • I still use a walking foot. Because of that, I stick to making smaller quilts. Still too intimidated to try free motion.

    —SandyMay on June 21, 2019
  • I use a walking foot but keep saying I am going to try free motion. It adds so much depth to a quilt. This book may be just what I need.

    —Darliss Peabody on June 21, 2019
  • I would have to say that most of the time I quilt by "checkbook". I am trying to gain confidence to quilt some smaller items and usually do those with a walking foot or sometimes free motion!

    —Patty F. on June 21, 2019
  • Up till now I have mostly used my walking foot to do either straight line or decorative stitching. I have done a very little stipple stitching. I am now working on learning to do ruler work having recently acquired a ruler foot for my machine and a series of rulers for that purpose. I know that I have to practice, practice, practice.

    —Ann West on June 21, 2019
  • I just love " with my checkbook",
    but I do quilt wth a walking foot.

    —Barbara Ann Jones on June 21, 2019
  • All except checkbook!

    —Cindy K on June 21, 2019
  • I do free motion and hand quilting…….tried using the walking foot with zero success, so may need to try again.

    —Mary C on June 21, 2019
  • I quilt with my walking foot (badly) or I take it to my favorite long arm quilter.

    —Barb Walsh on June 21, 2019
  • I tied several small quilts and stitched in the ditch with a walking foot for two others … the sum of my quilting to date!

    —bookboxer on June 21, 2019
  • Used to hand quilt. Now I machine quilt. I do straight lines or make freezer paper templates of stars and simple shapes. I press them to the basted quilt then follow along the edge of the freezer paper template. I have also used blue painters tape and followed along the edge. Once I learned how to do machine quilting it freed me up and I can make small to large projects now because I know I can get them finished myself. If the project is to big I then checkbook quilt. I would like to do stippling but I need to learn how.

    —Darline Lester on June 21, 2019
  • I usually hand quilt my projects. I could use some tips on machine quilting!

    —Janna Lee on June 21, 2019
  • In the past, I have hand quilted. My attempts at machine quilting were frustrating and not too good. I’m hoping to learn more and keep trying!

    —Lee on June 21, 2019
  • found you video very helpful can’t wait to see more and practice what you teach.

    grace lynne mulcahey on June 21, 2019
  • With a free motion foot!

    —Ann Tembreull on June 21, 2019
  • Still use my walking foot…one day, one day I’ll try FMQ again…(maybe), lol.

    —Gail K on June 21, 2019
  • I used to do all my quilting by hand (back in the Stone Age) but now I do it by checkbook. My little Featherweight likes to sew tops but doesn’t like quilting them, so I keep my local (AWESOME) long armer busy!

    —Rebecca Burch on June 22, 2019
  • I have always been a hand quilter. I would like to machine quilt but have been hesitant.

    —Karen Nelson on June 22, 2019
  • I usually quilt my own tops. I only send queen and king sized quilts to be longarmed. Jadahlgr@yahoo.com

    —Cindy Dahlgren on June 22, 2019
  • I let the quilt design dictate whether I use a walking foot or free motion foot when it comes to quilting.

    —Lisa R on June 22, 2019
  • I hand quilt but its a slow process

    —Rhoda Thomas on June 22, 2019
  • I typically free motion a meander or loopy pattern unless it is a piece of patchwork that was constructed with precuts into a simple grid. Grids get quilted with the walking foot and straight line quilting.

    —Amy Mills on June 22, 2019
  • For years, I exclusively hand-quilted. But now I am learning how to machine quilt with both the walking foot and the free-motion foot.

    —Carol Koehn on June 22, 2019
  • I love quilting with my Walking Foot. I can get a lot done.

    Jocelyn on June 22, 2019
  • With a walking foot… happyness04431@yahoo.com

    —Anna brown on June 22, 2019
  • I love to hand quilt my quilts, but they do take time to do. So I am learning to machine quilt. I have used a walking foot and also a free motion foot with mixed results. Hopefully, I will improve with practice.

    —Linda Towers on June 23, 2019
  • I use my walking foot to quilt smaller projects—baby quilts, wall hangings, runners. I use my checkbook for the larger ones! I also sometimes rent the longarm machine at my local quilt shop and quilt the larger ones.

    —Rosemary Lightbown on June 23, 2019
  • I love to hand quilt my "special" larger bed quilts. I’m not always happy with my free motion quilting, and generally use my walking foot for throws, table runners, etc. – it’s not all stitch in the ditch!

    —Janet G. on June 23, 2019
  • I use w walking foot when possible for medium size quilts or smaller projects like table runners/wallhangings. I send out large quilts to a long armer.

    —Lynne C on June 23, 2019
  • I do my own free motion quilting or walking foot. I have only sent 2 quilts to be professionally quilted because they were too large or heavy for me.

    —Lillian K on June 23, 2019
  • I decide what to do depending on the quilt. Since taking a walking foot class I try to choose this as my method but sometimes The quilt needs something else and then I free motion. I did quilt by check last month on a quilt which was larger than I walked to quilt on my domestic machine.

    —Mary on June 23, 2019
  • I hand quilt my old fashioned looking quilts and pay to have them machine quilted for the others. I piece faster than I quilt. I want to learn to machine quilt but haven’t learned yet.

    —Kay on June 24, 2019
  • With a checkbook since it produces the best results with the least stress!

    —Connie F on June 24, 2019
  • I machine quilt all of my own quilts,usually free motion, though recently I have mixed in a few of those pretty stitches that came with my machine using the walking foot.

    —Julie Deisinger on July 21, 2019
  • Free motion mostly. I really like to meander. If it’s too large, then I quilt as you go. Most of my quilts are queen, so"……..

    —Ginny on September 20, 2019

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