Janome Memory Craft

Janome Memory Craft 6600P

Janome Memory Craft

Janome have a few memory craft models available, today I’m going to be looking at the Janome Memory Craft 6600P. This is advertised as a machine for advanced sewing with advanced features and sewing speeds of up to 1000 stitches per minute. Many of the features are designed specifically for quilters including a 9” x 5” throat space. First let’s take a look at the functions and features.

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Simplicity Bias Tape Machine

Simplicity Bias Tape Maker


Simplicity Bias Tape Maker




Simplicity Bias Tape Machine

Have you ever spent hours ironing bias seam binding with burnt fingers too!? If you like to make your own bias tape, and most quilters do, then the Simplicity Bias Tape Machine claims to makes the job easier and speed up the process.

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Quilting Fabric

Simplicity Rotary Cutter Machine

quilting fabricChoosing your quilting fabric is perhaps the most important part of creating a new project, whether it’s a small quilting project or a large one.

There are three elements to making a quilt so it’s important to choose the right quilt fabric for each stage.

  • Top of the quilt, a combination of colors made up of quilt blocks.
  • Quilt batting fabric which goes in the middle.
  • Backing fabric for quilts, a complimentary color to the top.

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The Singer Quantum Stylist 9960

SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine

The Singer Quantum Stylist 9960

The SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with Extension Table, Bonus Accessories and Hard Cover is a multi-function computerized sewing machine suitable for all levels, from beginners to experienced.

It has an array of functions and features not usually available at this price point. If you have a basic sewing machine and want to move on to more complex sewing projects like quilting you should consider this one. One machine I purchased for around the same price only had 5 presser feet and nowhere near the amount of stitches. Some of the features are:

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What is a Quilt Block

What is a quilt block

Quilting blocksIf you’re a beginning quilter then one of the first terms you’ll hear is “quilt block.” So what is a quilt block? Traditionally, quilts were more often used to make bed covers and were sewn by hand. Because of the difficulty managing  to sew a large quilt, smaller blocks were made. These smaller blocks of fabric could be made in a variety of patterns or a repeating pattern which were then sewn together to form the whole quilt.


By breaking up the quilt pattern into manageable pieces, you can lay easily lay it down and then pick it up again, gradually building the blocks until you have enough to make the quilt.

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What is a Quilting Ruler

quilting ruler

quilting rulerOne of the questions often asked by beginning quilters is “what is a quilting ruler” and why do I need one?” I’ll explain here what a quilting ruler is and how it helps quilters.



What is a quilting ruler?

There’s nothing mysterious about a quilting ruler!  It’s a tool that’s been devised to make cutting simpler for patch working and quilting. A quilting ruler is used to make precise cuts in fabric. Generally made of clear plastic there are measurements painted across the ruler in a grid pattern. These measurements have different angles to help quilters to cut a variety of shapes. They come in different sizes and shapes but most quilters will start with a rectangular quilting ruler measuring 4″ by 12″. It is designed to be used with a rotary cutter and comes in a wide range of shapes and sizes.

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What is a Rotary Cutter

Rotary cutter

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Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set

Rotary cutter

Fiskars Rotary cutter set




Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set

The Fiskars Rotary Cutting set has everything you need for cutting fabric pieces and is a great choice for beginners. With a 45mm rotary cutter, cutting mat and quilting ruler Fiskars have created this convenient set for both new and experienced quilters.

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Interweave for Quilting



interweave for quilting

Interweave store is a well-known crafts store, but have you looked at Interweave for quilting? The dedicated quilting section offers everything you could want to satisfy your quilting passion! They also have a membership section which is free to join and gives you access blogs, forums, videos, and free stuff!

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Brother PQ1500S High Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine

Brother PQ1500S High Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine

Brother PQ1500S High Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine

The Brother PQ1500S High-Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine is a domestic quilting sewing machine suitable for beginners and experienced quilters. With an array of functions and the fabulous price point, it would make a great addition to your sewing room. This sewing machine is a good machine for tackling your quilting projects and is great for larger quilts with the large throat space. It’s has a high-speed straight stitching function sewing up to 1,500 stitches per minute!

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Sewing Machines for Quilting

sewing machines for quilting

Sewing Machines for QuiltingWhat are the things to take into account when you’re looking for a sewing machine for quilting?

Choosing a machine for quilting is a much different proposition than choosing one for basic occasional use. If you’re on a limited budget it’s more important to have a reliable machine that sews well than have extra bells and whistles on an unreliable one.


Sewing Machine for Quilting – essential things to look for

  • A good straight stitch – essential when piecing fabric together.
  • The option to disengage feed dogs – needed for free motion quilting.
  • Variety of feet – these add extra functionality and a walking foot is a must for moving the 3 layers through evenly.
  • Throat space – this is the space on the right of the needle where your quilt will get shoved through during quilting, the bigger the better!
  • Variable speed motor – helps to give good control when free motion quilting.
  • JUKI Exceed HZL F600 wide sewing spaceExtension table –  to the left of the needle for those larger quilts.
  • Marked measurements on the needle plate – this makes it much easier to achieve accurate 1/4″ seams.
  • Build quality – it’s important to check this. Sewing quilts puts a heavy strain on any machine, a flimsy plasticky machine won’t last long.
  • Lighting – look for sewing machines with more than one light that are angled well onto the work surface. Bright LED lights are the best.
  • Instructions – are they easy to follow and does the machine come with a DVD?

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