Juki tl 2000qi Long Arm Quilting Machine

juki long arm quilting machine

Juki tl 2000qi Long Arm Quilting Machine

The Juki tl 2000qilong arm quilting machine is not strictly a long arm machine but is classed as one for domestic use. Juki is more well known for industrial machines and have produced theTL-2000Qi for the domestic market. It is marketed as a “high-quality sewing and quilting machine, portable and lightweight, constructed of aluminium die-casting to ensure industrial-quality sewing.” It has a large work area of 23 inches so can handle large quilts with ease.

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Quilters Journal Book

quilters journal book

quilters journal bookA quilters journal book should be a must for all quilters. A lot of work goes into the quilts we make, from the first design idea to fabric choices and right through to the finishing touches. It makes sense to have a quilters journal book of all this hard work. Whether you keep the quilt for yourself or give it as a present it’s always good to be able to look back at previous projects. I’m sure you’ve sometimes thought “I wish I’d taken a picture,” a quilters journal will make sure you never have this thought again! I’ve done this for my other passion, knitting. I keep a record and refer to it if I’m looking for inspiration for a new project or am stuck on a technical aspect.

If you sell your quilts you can keep a record of who purchased and the price paid. Same with gifts, keep a note of the recipients.

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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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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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