Quilting for beginners is the beginning of a great art of textiles, after all, with this technique you can decorate and quilt your patchwork works with a lot of creativity and fun. There are a thousand ways to do quilting, so the tips here are for you to start to loosen up and extract everything you need without getting frustrated, because with practice you will advance little by little. Quilting is also a way to create pieces with special designs and textures, using patterns and inspiring references. Start by doing the initial step-by-step and invest in new crafts to perfect your textile work, with variations and details to be improved every day by you.
What is quilting? Quilting is a sewing layer, in which you need to make a kind of sandwich with pieces of fabric to create a multi-layered quilted product. It is possible to do different types of quilting, especially in patchwork. Some of these types are free quilting, straight quilting, hand quilting, feather quilting, and others. What is the difference between quilt and quilting? Before knowing the difference between quilt and quilting, it is necessary to recognize that both techniques correspond to the same process of creating multi-layered products. After all, quilt and quilting make a sandwich out of different fabrics, forming layers.
The most common “sandwich” is made of three layers: top, blanket, and lining. However, this is what defines the quilt, since there is quilt without quilting. The quilting will be the detail that makes all the difference in the quilt, since it is an elaborate seam that has different ways of being made. The quilt can be made with knots distributed throughout the piece, for example, without the need for an actual seam. Quilting, on the other hand, is a requirement in contests, for example, because it is the fundamental technique for differentiating a mediocre piece from something incredible. So, it is worth saying that in practice all quilting is a quilt, but the reverse is not always the case.
Train on paper before you start: Train the quilting design on paper before using the machine. The training serves so that the brain recognizes the design and you feel more secure when reproducing it in the machine. When you put the fabrics in the machine, play around with your piece loose in your hand so that you can move it vertically while the machine runs. It is important to remember that this is a beginning step for you to practice quilting. You can experiment with handling the piece with your hands, using accessories that help in quilting, such as gloves that give you a firmer hold. Important hint: To finish the beginning and the end of the seam, pull the thread from below and machine stitch a few stitches on top of this thread. In this beginning, try to play with scraps that you can make mistakes in the process without too much worry.
Free Quilt: The free quilt is a seemingly random movement because it does not need to follow a predictable path. Therefore, it is important to practice the movement on the pencil before you start sewing. You can practice three designs/movements: single movement (wave), the little bone (double wave) and the tree (three waves). This movement repeats itself continuously, without linear direction. Just as you do with pen or pencil, you reproduce it on the machine. You make the bartack to start with, and then handle your piece by hand. The important thing is that the drawing has no points, no straight lines, and that the direction of movement is well distributed throughout the piece.
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