Needle and Threads for Free Motion Quilting

Every quilter needs to know how to quilt their quilt. Whether they free motion quilt it or prefer to do walking foot quilting, they need to know what threads and needles to use when quilting.

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I recently had a discussion with Allison Spence of Meadow Rose Quilts (Handi Quilter national educator and Superior Threads’ certified educator) about the type of needles and threads that work best when free motion quilting. There are different weights and compositions of thread and some work better than others when doing this type of quilting. Once you’ve chosen your thread, then you have to match it with an appropriate needle.


Click on the image below to learn more about choosing the "right" needles and threads for free motion quilting.


What type of thread do you prefer to use when quilting? Let me know in the comments below.


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You Don't Want to Miss Out on This!

Wow, the day is finally here: I'm officially launching The Quilter's Way!


If you follow me on social media, you will have already heard about The Quilter's Way as I've been pretty much obsessed with working on it for the past several months. If you do know about it, I hope you will take some time to check it out - there is a 14-day free trial period where you can view all of the content and training in the Learning centre and join in the exclusive Community area, all for free.

If you don't follow me on social media, you may not know anything about this online membership site on which I've been working for the past several months. It is a monthly membership site which includes both a Learning centre where you will find helpful and valuable training and information to improve your quilting experience, as well as a private members only Community area. This is the jewel of The Quilter's Way, in my opinion, as it gives you the opportunity to chat with other quilters, ask and get specific answers to your quilting issues, and get support and encouragement when you need it.


While there is a lot of training to be explored in the Learning centre, there is just as much valuable content and information in the Community area. In addition to connecting with other members of The Quilter's Way, this is where you'll find quilt alongs, live videos and challenges, such as the Fabric Decluttering Challenge, which I'm offering to kick off the opening of The Quilter's Way.

So many quilters tell me that they have issues keeping their stash under control that I decided to do something about it and offer a 5 day challenge to help with this problem. The Fabric Decluttering Challenge starts on September 24, 2018. Enrolment is now open and will close on September 23, 2018 , at 11:59 pm MST. Sign up now and be ready to get your fabric under control! You can get all the details here.


Sorry, I got a little sidetracked there (my squirrel brain!), but I just get so excited by all the helpful information that is waiting for you and I want to be sure that I tell you about all these opportunities!

Okay, let's get back to The Quilter's Way!

You may wonder why you should check out The Quilter's Way, after all, you can always get information from online groups and watch YouTube videos.

That may be true for some information, but The Quilter's Way offers another view of quilting - a way to help you reach your peak quilting potential.

I decided to create this online membership site - like an online guild plus more - after connecting with thousands of quilters and finding out that they were struggling with issues that couldn't be solved by taking another online class. Around the world, I found quilters struggling with the same problems: lack of time, fear of trying new techniques, not knowing how to improve their skills, having problems staying motivated and focused on their projects, and similar issues. I understood their issues and hoped that by creating a new type of online site I could help them resolve some of these issues and allow them to enjoy their quilting experience to its fullest.


I'm really excited for you to check out all of the help that you'll find in both the Learning centre and the Community area, so I've created The Quilter's Way with a 14-day trial period that is completely free. This gives you plenty of time to check out all that The Quilter's Way has to offer and see how you can benefit from the content you'll find there.


One thing to note is that there is a special introductory monthly fee of $10.00 USD that I'm offering for a limited time period. If you enrol in The Quilter's Way before October 1, 2018, you will be able to lock in this price for the length of your enrolment. You'll never pay a higher monthly fee than $10.00 USD, even when the monthly fee increases on October 1. I won't be offering this special price in the future - it's a one time deal! No pressure, but I just wanted you to be aware of this.

I hope you'll take the opportunity to check out The Quilter's Way today and join us as a member.



P.S. If you have any questions or concerns about The Quilter's Way, just let me know. You can always reach me at Don't forget to enrol in the Fabric Decluttering Challenge. You'll be glad you did!

Getting an Even Seam on the Janome MC9400

Some people use masking tape or a stack of post-it notes or other methods to stitch a seam a specific distance from the sewing machine needle. If you own a Janome MC9400, there is another way to get an even seam.

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The Janome MC9400 comes with a cloth guide that will take the place of any of these solutions and ensure that you get an accurate seam as you stitch along. It is one of the accessories that you’ll find included when you buy the machine and sometimes quilters aren’t really sure what it is! It’s what you can use to stitch a perfect seam! The cloth guide can be set to whatever distance you want from the needle to keep an even seam. If you struggle to use the edge of your HP foot to get a perfect ¼” seam (a method I love to use when piecing!), you can use the HP foot, HP needle plate and the cloth guide for the best of all worlds.


To use the cloth guide, you need to remove the acrylic extension table from the Janome MC9400. The cloth guide snaps into place on the bed of the Janome MC9400 and can be moved closer or further away from the needle, depending on the width of the seam you want to stitch. This is especially helpful for garment sewing when you need a 5/8” seam.


Another way that I think the cloth guide would be really helpful would be when you want to stitch several rows of decorative stitches a specific distance from the hem or cuff of a garment. You could use the cloth guide to stitch the first line of decorative stitches and then adjust it to where you want the subsequent stitching to be. Information on how to attach and use the cloth guide can be found on page 26 in your Janome MC9400 manual.

Click on the photo below to watch a video showing you how to attach and use the cloth guide.




BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Enrolment in The Quilter's Way is now open. If you want the solution to your quilting problems and become the best quilter you can be, you need to be a member! Join here.

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5 Quick Quilt Tips to Save Time and Frustration

Here are 5 quick quilt tips that can save you time and frustration:

1. Having problems threading your sewing machine? First, check your manual to be sure that you are following the exact threading path - it's easy to miss out on one and it makes a HUGE difference! Pay special attention to whether your presser foot should be up or down when threading the machine - machines do vary on this, so again, refer to your manual. If your sewing machine doesn't have an automatic needle threader, it can be hard to see the hole in the needle. To make it easier to see the needle hole, hold a coloured piece of paper behind the needle. This should make it just a bit easier.

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2. While your walking foot is great for walking foot quilting, I like to use it when stitching on borders or other long strips of fabric. It helps to prevent that "fabric slide" that can happen when the top fabric is getting pushed along at a quicker rate than the bottom fabric resulting in an overlap at the end. 

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3. Do you ever make mistakes and cut the wrong width when cutting fabric strips? When you are cutting multiple strips, put painter's tape or washi tape on the back of your ruler at the desired measurement. It's much easier to cut the right width of strips when there is a mark to show you where to cut!

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4. Your mobile phone can be one of your best quilting tools! If you are trying out different block arrangements in a quilt, it can be hard to remember which variation you preferred. To help with this, I take photos with my phone and can then later compare the various layouts to choose the one I like the most. This method also makes it easy to share these photos in the Chatterbox Quilts' Facebook group to ask for other members' opinions - always helpful! I also use my phone to determine which fabric is darker or to tell if there is enough contrast between fabrics by taking black and white photos of the fabrics with my iPhone. 


5. Do you want to save time and avoid hurt fingers? Use the Multi-Purpose Quilt Spray to sandwich your quilts. Not yet using this method? Click here to get the FREE recipe and instructions. You'll love it - and your fingers will thank you :)


What are your favourite quilting tips to help you in your quilt studio? Leave your top tips in the Comments below.





Stay Safe in Your Studio!

We don't often think of how to stay safe in our quilt studios, but we really should! In this video Kim shows you some of the possible dangers in your studio and how to stay safe.

Be sure that your iron is turned off before leaving your quilt studio.

We all use extension cords, but this can pose a tripping hazard. Keep safe by taping or rerouting the path of extension cords.

Keep your sewing machine safe by plugging it into a power bar with a surge protector.

Always keep your rotary cutter closed when not using it. 

It's a good idea to have a first aid kit or band-aids in your quilt studio for those cuts that often seem to happen.

Have your cell phone or another phone close by in case of an accident where you need to call for help.

For more information, click on the image below.

Do you have other suggestions for ways to stay safe in the quilt studio? Let me know in the comments below.



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