If you have ever wondered if you can do the free motion quilt on a regular sewing machine, then the answer is high YES. You can do the free-motion quilt with your current sewing machine and I am going to tell you how to do it in this post.

Setting up your workspace for the free motion quilting will be the first important thing to do before doing everything. The main purpose of these tips is to give you some basic information about free motion quilting using the regular sewing machine. Let’s start it by preparing the materials for this project first.

Materials You Need to Prepare

If the brick-and-mortar store which sells the sewing materials is in your area, it’s better to visit them and pick these items by yourself.

Open toe foot – It is also called a Darning foot so you might want to use this term too when searching for the item. When quilting, the open toe foot will help you to move in specific directions. The darning foot comes in many designs and types. You might want to purchase some and find out which one which works well for you.

Walking Foot Feed Dogs – it is an important component located under the presser foot which allows you to move the fabric when you sew it.

Quilt Table – Quilting table allows your left hand to stay as high as your right hand when moving your fabric. You can usually get it at the nearby store. But you can also make it by yourself if there’s no good choice.

Quilting Gloves – You can usually find affordable quilting gloves which cost you less than a dollar in the marketplace. But don’t take a chance with that. You will want to have good grips on your fingertips since it will affect the result. Focus on the top brands like DEX FIT, Dritz Crafters, Marcia Baraldi, Sullivans, and so on.

Basted Quilt – For those who haven’t known, basting is a method to hold three layers together when you are quilting. But it is only for the temporary. Making all three layers smooth can be challenging. You might want to experiment to iron the fabric back and forth to attain such a smooth surface. People usually do this by taping it to a hard and flat surface. Some people have problems with starting and stop when removing pins. You could use an effective method called “spray baste”. If basting is a new one for you, I’d recommend you take a look at the tutorials shared online.

Doodle Paper – Doodle paper is very useful for practicing. In most projects, you won’t get a satisfying result at first. Doodle paper can help you to improve your muscle memory and your set of skills.

Tips on Free Motion Quilting

There are three main steps to do it.

The first one – Stitch along the seams by making use of the walking foot.

In the second step – you will want to follow the sequence. Be aware of the direction you have planned before.

Continue the sequence. If you’re still starting it, you could download some free materials for quilting that are ready for trimming and binding.

You also need to work around the open toe foot.

The key to the successful free-motion quilt is that your sewing machine should be able to lower the feed dogs to reduce the resistance of the fabric. If your sewing machine does not come with free-motion feet, you could look for it from the market. In many cases, this kind of foot is brand-centric.

Both the walking foot and motion foot will need to be attached securely to give you full control on the stitching. Free resistance is important since it will give you the freedom to move the fabric or “quilting” in such a creative way.

To lower your feed dogs, you can find a switch on the side or back of your sewing machine. You could take a look at your sewing machine manual book to find its tutorial. If your machine does not have this ability, then it will be hard to do the free motion quilting.