21 Types Of Sewing Machines Every Quilter And Sewer Should Know

As you move deeper into the quilting hobby, you'll discover many kinds of specialized equipment.

Sewing machines are certainly no exception. 

Different types of sewing machines are suited to various tasks.

Like most people, you probably started quilting with a standard domestic-use sewing machine model. 

As you develop your skills, though, you may wish to invest in more advanced equipment.

To spend your money wisely, you'll need to understand everything about different sewing machine models. 

This knowledge helps you know what you need to get the results that you want. 

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The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Right Quilt Batting And Types Of Batting

How to Choose Quilt Batting

Congratulations! You have completed your first quilt top.

At this point, you will need to make a quilt “sandwich.” The pieced top and the backing make the top and bottom of the sandwich, while the batting goes into the center.

During the 1800’s, quilters used flannel or old blankets to make the center part of the quilt sandwich. This addition made their quilts heavy. Their goal was to provide warmth in a home that typically stayed at 50° during a mild winter.

Why do we need the batting then if our home is already warm?

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All You Need To Know About Quilting Hoops And 4 Hoops To Try

7 Best Quilting Hoops

When you want to hand stitch a quilt, a quilting hoop is an essential tool. 

It transforms what would be a cumbersome task into a creative pleasure where you can see the results emerge before your eyes. 

This simple device holds your quilt while you sew the layers together. 

Quilting hoops for hand quilting come in a variety of sizes.

You hold some in your lap while others come with stands. 

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7 Of The Best Sewing Machines For Kids Who Want To Quilt And Sew

Children love to learn how to make things.

Watching you make a quilt can undoubtedly inspire your child to learn how to sew. 

Small quilting projects can build your child's confidence and sewing skills.

By investing in a kid’s sewing machine, you will inspire your young one to build on those skills and share a much-loved hobby with you. 

Choosing a children's sewing machine requires some care.

You'll need to think about safety, function, and cost.

Happily, you'll find many good models on the market that are much better than cheaply made toy sewing machines.

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7 Best Quilting Ironing Boards For 2022

Best Ironing Boards for Quilters

If you're a quilter, you're going to need a good quilting ironing board. And no, that skinny, wobbly board you've had for twenty years won't do the trick.

You'll need something that works for a large swath of fabric and a heavy finished quilt — something that doesn't tip over or cause you to trip over yards of material as you're trying to iron.

Fortunately, there are ironing boards made just for your quilting projects, so don't skimp on this important piece of equipment.

If you want a quality, beautiful finished product (and we know you do), invest in an ironing board that makes the job easier and safer.

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19 Free Fat Quarter Quilt Patterns You’ll Love

stack of fabric, fat quarter quilt pattern

Quilters like fat quarters, but they love free patterns even more.

How do we know that fat quarters are still popular with quilters?

Quilt shops typically have a section just for fat quarters, and will often offer to cut fat quarters from their bolts of fabrics.

Although other precuts such as jelly rolls and charm packs have increased in popularity, the fat quarter remains the base for many quilts.

It is quite typical for a traveling quilter to buy fat quarters, instead of yardage, as a token of their visit to a new place.

Are they concerned about finding a pattern for their new fat quarters?

Of course not.

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