Machine Thread Basics

Machine Thread Basics - Kreations by Julz

ah the great big world of sewing machine thread, have you ever stood there in the fabric or craft store just staring at the oodles and oodles of brightly colored threads, so many brands, so many different types, which one should you buy? aren’t all threads the same just different colors?

i thought i’d tackle the subject of machine thread basics, and hopefully the next time you go shopping for thread you’ll have a bit better understanding of which type of thread you’ll need for your next project.

1. first, what type of sewing will you be undertaking?

will you be constructing garments, quilting, machine embroidery, crafts, mending..? each have different requirements.

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[Sewing Tutorial] How to Finish Seams

How to Finish Seams

i’ve been sewing since i was 12 and first started taking classes, so a lot of sewing basics are old news to me. recently my sons roommate was handed down a sewing machine and asked if i’d help them learn how to use it.

this prompted me to ‘go back to the basics’ and begin posting tutorial, tips and techniques for those just learning to sew.

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Makings of a Quilt Sandwich

it’s not edible.. no calories involved..  yet still exciting, because it means you’re one big step closer to a finished quilt!

if you google “basting a quilt” you will come up with oodles of ways to baste a quilt..  i’m sure there are even debates on the subject, but just like any handcrafted project… do what works for YOU!

so far, this is what works for me [but i reserve the right to change my mind in the future..lol]

ingredients

  1. the front of a beautiful project
  2. the backing, i.e. a solid piece of fabric, a cotton sheet, a pieced backing, even another front for your back..
  3. batting, i love Warm & Natural and/or Warm & White and have no experience with anything else, it just works for me!
  4. 505 Spray and Fix Adhesive
  5. old sheet for overspray

tutorial

i roll out my warm and white onto a sheet and size to fit my quilt front, making sure to have at least 1-2″ on all 4 sides, this allows for movement when quilting. cut your batting.

note: as you can see i lay my quilt onto a sheet bigger than my project so that it will catch most of the overspray..

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Modern Grid Quilting Made Easy

while searching, googling and reading online quilting pins, blogs, etc… i stumbled upon this amazing, simple trick to create a perfect grid quilting pattern each and every time.. as a new quilter, i need all the help i can get, not to mention my machine doesn’t have a laser guide so the magic blue tape will be my guide….

it all begins with..

ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, Advanced Multi-Surface, .94-Inch by 60-Yard

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