View Full Version : Can You Quilt on a Sewing Machine?

07-11-2014, 06:42 PM
I was just wondering can you quilt on a sewing machine or do you need to buy a actual quilting machine in order to quilt? Im just wondering cause if I cant then I wont be able to finish my quilt because I dont have an actual quilting machine. Thanks for anyone who can answer my question.

07-11-2014, 09:27 PM
I don't have personal experience, but I do know that my mother-in-law made several quilts using a plain ol' sewing machine.

07-11-2014, 09:38 PM
Oh okay thank you for answering my question

07-12-2014, 02:52 AM
You can, although it can be difficult. It depends on how thick your quilt is (the batting) and if your sewing machine can handle the thickness.

07-12-2014, 08:46 AM
Okay thanks for answering my question

09-17-2014, 02:32 PM
hi terra, quilting on a sewing machine is do-able, the thickness might make it harder to do, I've used a zipper foot to help with the thickness and some machines allow you to adjust the pressure of the pressure foot which can help. They also sell sewing machines that are made for quilting. They're sold from anywhere from $180.00 and up for new and if you get a used one it can be cheaper. (thats on amazon)

06-05-2015, 06:41 PM
Thanks CBP for anwering my question

12-22-2015, 03:37 AM
Sure you can quilt on a sewing machine, If you well try it will be easy to you.

01-25-2016, 02:34 AM
You might look into finding a "walking foot" that fits your machine. That allows for the extra thickness. And the ability to "free form" for your quilting design. Like swirls and crazy loopie-doos. Otherwise with a regular foot and the feed dogs dragging it in, you can usually "stitch in the ditch" and just follow the squares or other shapes that are not too round. I agree with adjusting the presser foot tension. Loose. So the fabric is not stretched to bunch up under the needle.

For regular sewing machines, a lot of the difficulty comes from not having the space under the machine arm. That is what the quilting machines help with. They are called long arm machines, and allow for the bulk of the whole quilt under there. Otherwise it is sometimes hard to control the stitching because the whole quilt gets bunched up in there.

A good technique for home machines allows you to just quilt the individual panels, and then you align them together at the end when each square is quilted, adding the sashing and sometimes extra batting for the sashing, or just a deeper seam allowance to compensate the thickness and match the bulk of your quilted squares. Then it is manageable under the short arm {read: small space between the needle and the right hand side of machine}.

You can also just quilt the top panels to the batting, and add your backing later, so there is less to quilt at the end to attach things. And less bulk.

Just play around with it. Start smaller, like a mug rug, or a wall hanging. And you shall see that all works fine. Good luck. I am glad you enjoy sewing :thumbup: