Are you looking to purchase a quilting machine? Is this even a question? Do you need a quilting machine? Now, this is an entirely different question.
You have many options, from accessories that are inexpensive to high-end professional equipment. Which do you feel would be the best for you?
We can help you evaluate your needs and guide you on buying the best quilting machine for you.
First of all, a regular sewing machine Should be sufficient for hobby-level quilting. Some machines have special features that make quilting more enjoyable.
Here are some things you should look at if you are looking for a sewing machine to help you with your quilting endeavors.
All sewing machines were once made of metal. Manufacturers have begun to substitute metal parts with plastic.
This makes sewing machines lighter and easier to transport. However, they are less stable and less suited for heavy-duty work.
Some models of sewing machines come with a heavy-duty metal frame. This gives the machine additional stability. This makes the machine more capable of handling heavy work such as multiple layers of fabric or batting.
The presser foot is used to hold the fabric down so the feed dogs can move it through a machine. The majority of machines only allow you to lift your presser foot so that it can be moved further.
Sometimes, however, you might need to raise the presser foot to accommodate large stacks of fabric or batting.
A table extension can be used to support larger pieces. It also allows you to view your work in the context of a larger portion of your project.
This is an important feature because quilting stitches can be decorative or functional. To attract quilters, some manufacturers will include an extension desk with certain models.
Are decorative stitches really necessary for quilting?
It's not true. The straight stitch is still the best stitch for free-motion and straight-line quilting.
Crazy quilting is all about decorative stitches. If you are interested in crazy quilting, make sure to get a machine that has a wide selection of stitches.
A home sewing machine can sew approximately 850 stitches per hour. Some machines can sew faster than others.
You can speed up your stitching speed to do straight line quilting quickly.
You may wish to upgrade to a machine that has specific quilting capabilities in the future. These features are usually only available on premium machines. The price increase may be worthwhile for the right user.
A Knee Lifter is a bar made of metal that attaches at a port of the sewing machine.
If you quilt a lot, this is an extremely useful tool. You might be wondering why? Because free-motion quilting requires a lot more turning and moving your project.
A knee lifter lets you move around and turn your work quickly without stopping to raise the presser foot using the hand lever. This is not included with every sewing machine. You shouldn't purchase one separately unless your machine has an appropriate port.
The majority of home sewing machines have a throat space (or Harp space) of less than nine inches.
It can be difficult to move your work when you are working with large quilts.
The throat space of mid-arm sewing machines is between 12-18 inches. This is a compromise between a small, cramped machine and a large, expensive longarm quilter.
You use a lot of thread when quilting. And so cone threads are preferred by many quilters over spool threads because they are less expensive in the long run.
A cone thread can be used with regular sewing machines if you purchase a separate cone-thread stand.
It's a great idea to have your sewing machine equipped with both spools and cones.
Lockstitch machines are semi-professional-level quilting machines.
They often use the following features in their quilting:
A lockstitch machine has one problem: it only does the straight stitch.
Straight-line quilting can be done quickly and efficiently with lockstitch machines.
They can be used for sewing garments, homeware, and other common tasks. A straight stitch machine would seem generic for some tailors.
Also, lockstitch machines are often very expensive. This could be an option if you do a lot of quilting.
A longarm machine is not necessary unless you are quilting professionally or for a competitive purpose.
These machines can be prohibitively expensive. These machines also occupy a lot of space.
Once you have analyzed your needs, you now know what features you would be looking for. And because you now know the options available, you should be able to decide which machine will best suit your quilting needs.