I'm still getting acquainted with my new sewing machine, the Eversewn Sparrow 20, and this week I screwed on a darning foot and decided to have some fun. Check out some free motion quilting play in this new quilting video:
Quick links to the tools and supplies I was using in this video:
Prepare to Play!
It sounds silly that you need to prep anything to play, but sometimes it helps to have a clear idea of what you're doing so you don't feel like time is being wasted. I set out to create a mini hoop quilt so I pulled out fabric that was only a bit bigger than the hoop and made a list of free motion quilting designs I wanted to play with.
It can be overwhelming to start with a really big piece of fabric, especially when you're quilting on a micro scale (really really dense) as I was in this video. It took around 3 hours to free motion quilt this design big enough to fill this 6 inch hoop. That is a LOT of time for very little space!
Quick reminder on the settings I use for free motion quilting on the Eversewn Sparrow 20 - I set the machine to Stitch #1 and set the length to 0.0 mm. This effectively stops the feed dogs from feeding the quilt forward.
No, I don't drop my feed dogs.
I just change my stitch length and place a Queen Supreme Slider on top of the machine and begin quilting. That's it!
Once I quilted the design and double checked the quilting extended far enough all around so it would fit the hoop perfectly, I tied off and buried my thread tails, then pushed the frame around the mini quilt. I cut off the excess quilt around the edge with a pair of scissors and tightened the screw on the top.
Ta da! Finished, fun hoop quilt!
I hope you enjoyed this free motion quilting play! If you have any questions or suggestions for more videos, please share in the comments below.
Let's go quilt,