March 2017

I’ve spent over 20 years mastering the art of quilting with an embroidery machine. I’ve done everything from embroidered quilt tops to quilt-as-you- go to finishing king size quilts on an embroidery machine. I’ve learned an awful lot on this journey. I can truly say that many of those years and techniques have been frustrating. I’ve had to settle (just like you have) on the limits of my machine, hoops, available quilting designs in embroidery formats and sewing space.

Finally, I feel like I’ve overcome all of those hurdles because of the availability of some fabulous products. Today’s machines have robust editing features; large magnetic hoops make rehooping a breeze; more quilting designs are available today than ever before and the invention of two frames can transform any sewing space.

Now, I’m having so much fun finishing quilt tops! I’m confident I can get the job done in a reasonable amount of time with professional results. As my friend, Nancy Zieman, stated, “It’s a game-changer.”

First, you’re going to need a machine with a large sewing field. Yes, you can quilt with a 5” x 7” sewing field but it’s like painting a dining room with a 1” paintbrush. It will get the job done but it isn’t the right tool for the job. Check out this video to see four key elements that work in synchrony to make quilting with your embroidery machine an enjoyable experience.

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