JUKI Tip: Working with Your TL Needle Threader

At JUKI we know how important it is to know your machine’s features and how to use them, so starting this year at JUKI we’ll be sharing monthly tips for creating on, and using, your beloved JUKI sewing and quilting machines! This month we’ll be focusing on the TL Series and its Automatic Needle Threader. Showcasing each step, and how the feature works, follow along below to view our Tip Video and breakdown.

Needle Up/Down Feature

The first step is knowing where your Needle Up/Down button is, and when to use it. Now the most important step to using your needle threader is, making sure the foot is in the down position (engaging the tension) and using your Needle Up/Down button to lower and raise the needle.

You’re going to start with having the needle in the highest position, before using your needle threader, so your machine can thread your needle.

Check out time stamp 1:42 to learn where you can find your Needle Up/Down button.

Threading Your Needle

Stopping right before the eye of the needle, we’ll be using our Needle Threader today to get our machine ready to create.

To start, your thread should be at the point right before needle-eye entry.

Next, we’re going to pull our thread off to the side and lower our mechanism all the way down. Now grab your thread and go behind that metal groove on the needle threader, and into the two grooves on the white piece of the mechanism, while holding your thread off to the side. Check out the time stamp 4:00 in our video about for an example of this section.

Now, when we raise the mechanism, you’ll see a loop formed with your thread on your needle. Once you see the loop, pull the thread carefully through the needle and to the right, completing your needle threading!

To learn more about the TL series visit our JUKI Home Sewing YouTube page here, or visit your local JUKI Dealer here.

Have questions about your JUKI machine? Let us know down below! We look forward to creating more JUKI Tips to help you bring your projects to life.

Upgrading your Sewing and Quilting YouTube Page

With so many channels on YouTube, it can be difficult for new sewists and quilters to find your page! That’s why in today’s blog post, we’ll go over some tips you can put in place for your channel that will encourage viewers to stay and engage with your page.

Follow along as we go over pieces you can start editing today!

Cleaning Up Your Channel

Have you been posting videos for a while? We bet your skills in filming and editing have upgraded, so let’s review those old videos! Cleaning out videos that are low quality, outdated, or have a low amount of views can help your channel seem cleaner and build credibility.

Sometimes, those low-quality videos can turn a viewer off your page and prevent a new subscriber from joining, so it’s best to keep up to date with your content!

What’s Your Brand?

Having a brand goes beyond color scheme and font, but what viewers see in the background of your video and what you may even be wearing! Think of the space you’re creating and what viewers can see when you film. Remove pieces that may bring attention away from your projects, and add items that promote your brand or shop!

Here, you can focus on placing past projects, items that speak to your personality that allows viewers to feel like they know you, and wearing pieces you may have created or matched your personality. It’s these details that build a larger picture for your audience. When viewers like your personality, they’ll come back and watch just for you, even if the project isn’t something they’re interested in!

Lean into your brand; for example, if your page focuses on garment creation, try wearing past pieces you’ve created that encourage viewers to watch your old projects videos!

Creating a Channel Trailer

JUKIHomeSewing Trailer

Creating a promotional video for your page is a great way to share your goal and brand with new visitors. This video will automatically play for visitors that find your channel and pinned at the top of your page. We recommend creating a short trailer that covers about a 2-3 minute length!

Some items in your video are past video footage stitched together, a “pitch section” where you share what your channel is and what viewers can expect to see, and a section where you can request new viewers to join your page and subscribe. Focus on your tone and the script, and let your personality shine through!

Thumbnail Designs

Help your channel look coherent and professional with consistent thumbnails! Following a design theme, you can create thumbnails that attract viewers looking for projects.

While YouTube comes with preset options, creating your own on free software like Canva can help your channel feel clean, showcase your personality, and help viewers get an idea of what your video will be about.

Collaborating with Those in Your Community

Are you looking for exposure to a new audience? Then, reach out to your fellow sewist and quilter YouTubers!

Suggest an idea to another creator where you can cross-promote your channels while creating a fun project or pattern that viewers will love and engage with! Of course, the best way to do this is to appear on each other’s channels. We recommend introducing your new friend to your audience and where they can be found before diving into your video so viewers can see why you’re endorsing one another.

Using Binge Watching

Binge-watching is an excellent tool for encouraging new viewers to watch and follow your page. By creating playlists that viewers can follow along too, they can get a better idea of your credibility and have more time to decide if they’d like to join your channel. In addition, viewing multiple videos of yours will give viewers a better sense of why they should follow you.

Creating a playlist for your channel will also upgrade your SEO, depending on what keywords you use to title them. Your content can be organized by project type, level type, sewing or quilting, etc. Curating your playlist will depend on what videos you post and how you want viewers to watch and enjoy them.

Two ways binge-watching can encourage subscribers is by creating a playlist where you control the next video viewers are watching, stopping them from transferring over to a new channel or two; you can focus on a video series that is posted over a period of time, encouraging viewers to subscribe and get notified when the next video posts.

YouTube Video Cards

Easy to add to any video, YouTube cards are the perfect way to promote another video from your channel and a subscription from the viewer. While YouTube offers the option that automatically chooses the best video from your channel, you can also pick a specific video yourself that correlates with your project.

For example, if your video is on a new project for quilting, you can place a past video with another similar project or a different video you want to promote.

Be Consistent

Whether you’re posting once a day, a week, or a month, having a consistent schedule is needed! The key to success is consistency.

Beyond the theme and content of your channel, consistency will help viewers figure out your style and what you’re about. Viewers subscribe not just because they loved your video but because they hope to see more like it!

Find what your focus is and how you’re going to communicate this to viewers. Find the best schedule, and focus on your analytics to see what’s working.

For example, depending on your viewership, you might have better luck with views posted in the morning on the weekend than on weekdays in the afternoon. Your schedule should work for you and your viewers.

Sharing and Promoting Your Videos

While we can make beautiful videos, they can go nowhere without proper promotion! This is why posting your content in the right places is essential when looking for your audience.

The first location you can focus on is your go-to social media page. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. These are popular platforms that creators rely heavily on when looking for project inspiration and new ideas.

Another format can be diving into niche community pages. Think of fellow Facebook pages, Reddit pages, or specific quilting and sewing communities you’re a part of that would love to see your creation! Remember when posting in niche communities to share who you are (the creator) and what you do (your page); this way, members of those groups accept your posts and join your channel!

Implementing These Tips

While some of these tips can be implemented immediately, like creating a playlist for your seasonal projects or how-to’s, building your channel takes time! Focus on what you want viewers to learn and feel when they watch your channel, and create a brand you are proud of. Don’t worry about the number of viewers when you start off and prepare to be consistent and keep creating!

Looking for inspiration? Check out our JUKI Youtube page here today! Follow along as we showcase how we implement these tips on our page!

Designing Your Sewing Space

When we’re ready to get creative, we want to sit in a space that encourages our energy and helps us get our project done! That’s why in today’s blog, we’re going to cover some tips and tricks you can start using when setting up your workspace. Whether you’re creating in the studio room or your kitchen island, having the proper organization and setting up your space in a way that flows for you will help improve your project creation experience.

Follow along as we focus on four key aspects of any sewing area design: your space, budget, tools, and storage. Then, let’s set up a space to inspire you to get creative and have fun!

Choosing Your Space

While we may not always have options available, figuring out where to set up shop when we plan to sew can be difficult. If you have trouble deciding where to create, or keep jumping around spaces, view below for some things to consider the next time you’re ready to sew.

Think About Your Space

As long as you and your machine fit, you’ve found space! The good thing about sewing is that as long we can create an area where supplies are nearby and we can sew, we can now create our projects. Focus on organization and storage techniques if you work in a small space.

For example, if your space is limited, think of what you’re essentials are. Machines, tools, fabric, and notions can all be organized, placed, and readied for specific projects. Spend time in your space, decide what pieces you can use to expand your storage, and set up a spot that allows you to create comfortably. Options like wall organization, under-table storage, or allocating closet space can better enable you to have your tools and fabrics on hand.

Next, focus on lighting! When you’re creating, you don’t want to strain your vision to see how your stitching is going; therefore, we recommended to find a spot with natural lighting, using supplemental lighting like overhead, desktop, or portable lamps. Also, keep in mind that some machines include LED lighting, which can be another lighting option when working at night.

Last, let’s focus on how you can organize and keep it clean! While our project spaces can be free for all when sewing, it’s great to have a clean space. Think of what accessories, like baskets, drawers, carts, and more, can be brought into your room that will provide storage and organization to your project area. 

Budgeting

We all know sewing can be costly! This is why, when it’s time to set up your sewing space, it’s a good idea to allocate a budget and decide what you need or want for your area. While furniture and organization sets can be costly, there are ways to set up your space while being budget-friendly.

Upcycling

Have a desk in a spare room? How about a bookshelf rarely used or a closet with some space? These things can easily be added to your sewing space! Using what you have in your home is a great way to begin building your area because while it’s budget-friendly, it allows you to create a designated space for your craft.

It doesn’t stop at furniture, either. These are excellent storage pieces for notions and tools if you have empty cookie tins, unused containers, or storage bags. In addition, baskets can be used for fabric and even be created by you! For example, this basket (including the sewing basket on the JUKIHome website from LuAnn) is great for tossing in those scrap pieces you plan to use again in the future.

DIY

It can be extremely rewarding building furniture! For example, if you have the space allowance, you can create a piece like a custom cutting or ironing table. Or, if you’re working in a tight space, you can create custom organizational furniture that is in tune with your storage and space efficiency needs.

Thankfully, there are thousands of inspirational photos that other sewists and quilters have shared online that new sewists can find inspiration from. Search your favorite media sites like Pinterest and YouTube for tips, or check out your favorite sewist blogs, to gather ideas on what type of space projects you can do that will upgrade your sewing area without breaking the bank.

Furnishing

Finally, if this is within your budget, you can choose to purchase new furniture for your sewing room. We recommend focusing on pieces that offer ample storage space, vertical style furniture, and hanging an item like a pegboard for tools.

When setting up your space, think of the top 3 spots: your cutting area, your sewing machine spot, and your ironing area. These spaces don’t need to be large but comfortable enough for you to create and get the project done! Whether it’s your dining table, Kitchen Island, or a designated studio room, having these three spots will help get your project done.

Tools for Your Space

Think of your budget and what projects you plan to create before deciding what tools your studio needs. While it can be tempting to buy everything we see at the sewing shops, it’s best to start with the basics and build your way up to new tools and accessories. For example, a beginner sewist should create an essential sewing toolkit that includes cutting tools, a marking tool, a clear ruler, pins, needles, measuring tape, a pin cushion, an iron, and a seam ripper.

If you feel like it’s time to upgrade your toolset, pick accessories that can help you elevate your current skills. Items like curved rulers, pattern weights, seam gauges, or presser feet that weren’t included with your machine can help you create more professional-looking finished projects. If you plan to sew for life, you know new accessories and tools will always find their way into your studio space. Remember your budget, projects, and storage when choosing new tools and accessories for your studio.

Organizing Your Space

Whether we’re sewing in a small or large space, the organization is key to a tidy workspace. The fact is, if you’re creating on your kitchen table, you’re going to be packing and unpacking your machine often. Based on your needs, you can create an organization system that stores your equipment well and is within easy reach.

One of the best ways to organize your space is vertical! Using vertical shelving is perfect for all your supplies. Fabric, notions, tools, and accessories can be displayed, so you keep track of what equipment you have, and the shelving will allow you to fix the shelf sizing to your needs. You can also find add-ons like organization boxes that enable you to separate your accessories and tools easily. Other options include baskets for fabrics, hanging racks for tools, or boxes.

Since fabric tends to take over most of our storage space, we recommend folding flat or rolling the bundle to keep space. Stashing your fabric in a basket or clear container is best for viewing your inventory and keeping count of what fabrics you have on hand. Creating a swatch system with fabric descriptions or organizing by color or type is a couple of ways to organize your fabric and keep track.

For patterns, we recommend storing these in boxes or creating a pattern binder to keep track of your collection. If you’re someone who likes to purchase digital PDF patterns and don’t use them upon purchase, we recommend creating a filing system on your computer or laptop as well! Keeping these pieces organized will help you easily set up your next project and allows you to keep in mind what patterns you already have when you’re in the mood to create.

Focus on keeping your equipment clean and ready to use for machines and notions. A cover for your machine will reduce dust buildup and keep your machine safe when not in use. For your tools, a peg board for your wall can be the perfect furniture piece! Add hooks, buckets, and shelves to organize your tools by type and size. Lastly, keep notions organized with clear baskets and jars. Pieces like rolling carts, clear mini drawers, and clear plastic containers are best to easily see what you have when it’s time to create. Focus on making your most commonly used tools, notions, and accessories visible and in easy reach!

Get To Sewing!

Once you’ve planned your sewing space and have everything set up, it’s time to enjoy your new space! Keeping an organized sewing space can be hard when creating and amid the process, but having a designated area for our tools and fabrics can upgrade our creative process with each project! Of course, as you keep creating, you’ll reorganize your studio, and we hope these tips help you plan the space you’re happy to create in!

Are you looking for a new machine for your studio space? Visit your nearest JUKI dealer to learn more about JUKI near you!

Tips for Creating a Sewing or Quilting Video

When we first begin creating videos for our projects, we might not be sure where to start. Creating a video for our socials can go beyond the camera and your current project and step into pre-planning, long editing, and finding the right places to publish.

Today we’ll review tips and things to keep in mind when you want to shoot your next video! From planning your videos to editing, shooting, and posting, follow along as we go through the steps it takes to get your project video going.

What to Film?

Before we can step into the studio, let’s begin with brainstorming. It all starts with an idea! This idea doesn’t need to be perfect but think of a specific project you’d like to work on and create. From there, figure out the goal of your video.

For example:

  1. Is this video being created to present how to create a project for each step?
  2. Are you creating this video project to showcase a specific machine or accessory?
  3. Are you going behind the scenes?

Once you know why you’re creating this video, we can jump into the how.

Some ways you can plan your videos are scripting certain scenes, creating a storyboard that allows you to see what flow you want to make for your videos, and designing the production space and location. For scripting, think of certain spots like introductions, saying goodbye, or even a script for your whole video! The storyboard process can be as simple as breaking down your video into parts and seeing where you’ll be changing positions or locations to film. Once you find your filming location, ensured good lighting, low outside sounds, and a room that looks inviting to viewers, you can begin filming.

Deciding what projects to focus on can be difficult, but the great thing is you can always keep creating videos! Sometimes we’ll want to focus on a WOW project that can cost us big bucks and involve a lot of editing. Other times we might create a piece that is short, easy, and to the point. So choose a project you love doing, no matter what form of project or video you’re creating!

The Equipment

When you’re ready to begin filming, there are a few tools every studio should have. Some might think they need to start with a professional camera, but when you’re first beginning, a smartphone can be the best option! With any standard smartphone, you should be able to create excellent video content that can be used for YouTube videos, Instagram Reels, TikTok, and more.

However, if you have a budget and are ready to dive in and buy equipment, we recommend a few of the basics below.

  • Camcorder or DSLR
  • Camera lenses: These can be used for different shots. An example would be purchasing microlens for close-up shots of your needlework!
  • Memory cards: we recommend having a few on hand for those long shooting days.
  • Tripod or stabilizer: different versions can be purchased. You can find ones for tabletop views and bird-eye views.
  • Microphone: make sure you’re viewers can hear you well! We also recommend captioning your videos for viewers to follow along.
  • Lighting: Lighting can break or build a video! Proper lighting will help sewists see where you’re stitching, the needle, your stitch types, and more.

If you use your phone camera, you can still use this extra equipment! Multiple accessories will Bluetooth link to your phone for microphones and new lenses can be attached to your smartphone camera. Remember phone tripods and good lighting, and you’ll be creating your professional videos soon!

Recording Your Video

There is no real right or wrong way to filming, but there are tips for creating clean and fun videos! When it comes to filming, you want to start by allocating time for it. Filming time always depends on your projects, the angles you’re shooting at, and what your video storyboard is.

For example, if you’re shooting a quick tip video, that won’t require camera move changes or machine adjustments, it can take 15 minutes to film your new tip video and 10 to edit. Now, you have fun short videos for your followers and other sewists!

However, if you’re planning to create a project video like a garment piece, be prepared to allocate a larger amount of time for filming and post-production. Editing and the theme of your video style will change as you learn new techniques and features, but it’s best to create consistency in your videos for your viewers to follow. Whether it’s a standard opening sequence, the way you style the shots, or the theme of your projects, consistency is what begins to build a following.

Once you’ve planned your sewing space and managed your time, you can start setting up! The setup process is important when you’re creating because this will help build the momentum for your video and make the correct layout. Focus on lighting, how the sounds of your space are (are you getting a lot of outside noises in your film location?), and decide If you’ll be using a script so you can plan to have a mini prompter to read off, or finding a screen large enough to assist.

Lastly, do some test runs! Have fun and practice first by creating mock videos and testing your sewing location, audio, lighting, angles, and more. Then, once you feel you’re ready, go ahead and film your video!

Film Tips

  • If you’re shooting a sewing technique, use a lens like the micro one we mentioned above! Simple to use, this adjustment can help viewers get a better peak at the stitches you’re using, presser feet, and even stitch length!
  • Bird-eye/Overhead view can be your best friend when creating projects that otherwise wouldn’t be seen on a direct shot. For example, use bird eyes view when making garment projects or quilts to showcase how the projects are truly turning out.
  • Make sure to have your supplies and fabric ready to go before filming! We recommend pre-cutting, pre-washing (if needed), and setting up your workspace for viewers to see what supplies they’ll need while allowing you to be ready to go.
  • Include an opening and closing shot in your videos! This little detail will help viewers feel welcomed to your channel and give them an idea of what they’ll learn when they watch.

Post Production Time

Here comes the fun part! Once we’ve completed our filming, it’s time to move on to editing, planning, posting, and getting those posts and blogs ready. Of course, the first step is importing your video! A tip we recommend is organizing your footage before editing. This way, you can plan the placements, title screens you might need if you choose to use them, and any other graphics you want to be included.

Once you’re ready to edit, choose the film editing software that works best for you! Editing is the most important part of this process, so follow along and mention some things to keep in mind while editing.

Cut out the Quiet and Redundancies

Before editing, watch your footage fully through. Here you’ll begin editing and cutting out pieces like long moments of silence, mistakes made while filming, or repetitive steps.

Adding Elements

From there, decide what elements you want to include in your video. Think of photos, captions, and graphics. Next, consider what background sounds or music you’d like to include. When we have those times without speech, having fun and simple themed music in the background can keep viewers interested. Make sure to choose music that matches the tone of your video! For example, if you’re creating a summery project, look for background music that is more pop than somber.

Next, when adding transitions and video effects, focus on being cohesive! Using multiple types of transitions can make your videos look clunky, so it’s best to find the transitions you’re comfortable with and use those in your videos.

Placing Your Intro and Outro

Place these in your video if you choose to film your intro and outro post-production! Videos give a complete feeling when they have a direct opening and closing, so we recommend having fun with it and creating a guideline you can follow when creating. Whether this includes a common intro phrase, placing your logo, promoting the pattern you’re working on, or something more personal, these two elements will elevate your video!

Staying Consistent

Consistency builds a following! To create a consistent aesthetic for your videos, plan out and design certain pieces that will be repeatedly used.

  • Thumbnail Image Templates that can be edited to fit new videos
  • Color themes for graphics and slides
  • Font choices
  • Logo

Editing Tools

If you’re unsure which editing applications to choose from, we’ve placed a few recommendations for beginner video editors. As you learn new techniques and skills, you’ll be able to upgrade your editing software for more detailed editing.

  • Apple iMovie: If you’re an apple owner, we recommend apple iMovie! Easy for beginners to use and with features more advanced creators can enjoy, Apple IMovie allows you to create seamless videos, add in elements and music, and if you’re an apple user will directly link with your images and music. For those who purchase a Mac, this application is free.
  • Animaker: an online video editor, this application is perfect for creating simple videos using drag and drop. With no editing experience to work the application, you can easily place music, videos, text, and photos. However, unlike iMovie, this application costs a monthly fee and can range from $10 to $49, depending on your needs.
  • Corel Video Studio: a one-time purchase application for $99, this video editing software is perfect for those who plan to upgrade their video editing skills in the future. Simple to use, this software has everything you’ll find in the previous ones, as well as clean motion tracking. This means you can have the video track specific objects throughout the editing process and place an element like an arrow pointing to a particular spot or blurring.
  • Final Cut Pro: Another Apple product, Final Cut Pro, is a one-time purchase editing program offering a more advanced editing experience than iMovie. Final Cut Pro allows creators to edit professionally finished videos, including a library of transitions, title slides, a music library, and more. This program is an excellent option for those who feel they have mastered the iMovie program or are up to a new challenge!
  • Adobe Premiere: if you plan to work with a team or immerse yourself in video editing techniques, Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the top choices. This program offers many features, including team organization with online elements and Photoshop and After Effects. It is perfect for those who plan to create videos often and want to upgrade their skills. Adobe does require a monthly subscription for usage.

Exporting and Publishing

Now that you have a finished video and are ready to publish let’s talk about the export process. The best file format to export your video is MP4. This file can then work and present a clean video on your social platforms, website, and YouTube.

As for publishing, you need to plan where this will be posted, and how it will be published (a blog, a post, a reel) and focus on how you’ll promote the new video. Depending on where you post is, what dimensions your video will be, what time length the video can be, and what direction the video will lay (vertical for YouTube or horizontal for TikTok,) is how you’ll choose the site location.

Plan the description your video posts will have, what eye-grabbing title you’ll place, and how you’ll share this new video with your audience. For example, if you have a new project video releasing for a holiday pattern, you can create a story, post, and newsletter to promote the new video to viewers.

Once you begin video recording and editing, you’ll see what aspects your audience likes, doesn’t like, and want more of! From there, the process changes until you find your direction and routine where the audience keeps returning.

Now that you have an idea of where to begin, we hope this helps you plan your video ideas, find the right filming tools, and encourage you to try something new! Remember, this can all start with a free editing application on your phone, camera, and an idea; everyone begins somewhere.

Looking for ideas? Check out our JUKI Youtube page here today! Offering how-to’s, behind scenes, projects and so much more!

Quilting Basics with JUKI

Today we’ll go over some essential tools and presser feet you’ll need to create a quilt from start to finish. When we start a hobby, we might want to grab every item we see at the shops, so follow along as we share the important ones you should grab first!

Tools to Have in Your Kit

Rotary Cutter: Shaped like a pizza cutter, the rotary cutter is perfect for cutting out your fabric pieces. If you’re using patterns for your work, using a rotary cutter is an easy and quick way to correctly cut the fabric piece to the size and shape you need. These come in different sizes, ranging from small cutters that are great for tight cuts and a large one for big projects! For quilting, we recommend purchasing a medium-sized one.

Scissors: Besides your rotary cutter, ensure scissors are designated for cutting fabric. You want to keep these separate, so they stay sharp for cutting thread and fabric cleanly. So often, when we mix our scissors and cut items like paper, cardboard, or more, this dulls the blade, fraying your material in the long run when you use them.

Seam Ripper: Make sure to keep a seam ripper on hand for those mistakes! Advanced and beginner quilters benefit from this in their tool kits since it is perfect for fixing those little mess-ups.

Self-Healing Cutting Mat: Keep your workspace safe from scratches and find yourself a self-healing cutting mat! This will allow you to use your rotary cutter safely and can be found in many different sizes.

Fabric: Sewing isn’t complete without fabric! There are many options out there for quilters to choose from. You can choose to buy fabric by the yard or purchase bundles! We recommend sticking to 100% cotton. Choose from mini charm packs, jelly rolls, jolly bars, and more, depending on the size of the quilt you want to create and what form of designs you envision.

Thread: Like your fabric, look for a thread that suits your project, like 100% cotton for quilting. Look for options that are durable and not too cheap. Here you’ll want to find a thread that won’t birds nest on you in the creative process while sticking to your budget. For quilters, we recommend Aurifil! Like we use in our JUKI Studio when creating, Aurifil is 100% Egyptian cotton and comes in many colors, perfect for your project needs. We recommend purchasing neutral colors when you begin, like tan, white and black; this way, you can easily bind most of your projects without worrying about the thread color.

Pins and Pattern weights: When you want to keep your fabric in place, using quilting pins and pattern weights is a great solution! Use quilting pins when piecing your quilts to keep the fabric from moving, and use pattern weights when cutting out the fabric with your rotary cutter! These two accessories will make your cutting and sewing experience easy and help you create a professional finished product.

For pins, try and look for longer options, as this will help you hold the fabric better when sewing through those thick pieces, and they are also much easier to grab! You can also purchase safety pins, which come straight and curved for the finishing stages of your quilt process.

Rulers: Clear-gridded rulers are important in quilting because measuring correctly matters! Helping you quickly and accurately cut fabric for your project, rulers come in an array of size options suited for your needs.

Presser Feet for the Average Quilter

While your machines will come with presser feet, let’s go over some basic presser feet you should have on hand when quilting and what they’re for!

1/4″ Presser Foot

Essential for piecing your quilts together, the 1/4″ Presser Foot allows you accurately piece your quilts together quickly and efficiently. This accessory is perfect for when you’re piecing and don’t have time consistently mind the bottom measurements on your plate.

Walking Foot

A Walking Foot is basically used for putting a set of feed dogs on top of the quilt sandwich, working in conjunction with the bottom feed dogs, and evenly helping you pull your quilt through the sewing machine. Quilting with a standard presser foot on thick fabric or hard-to-feed material like the ¼” Presser Foot, for example, could lead to tucks and uneven stitches; this is why we use a Walking Foot!

Free Motion Quilting Foot

Want to add designs and texture to your quilts? You’re going to want a Free Motion Quilting Foot! With a Free Motion Quilting Foot, you will drop, or lower, your feed dogs and begin moving your quilt under the foot, free motioning the design yourself! While it takes practice using free motion quilting and controlling the quilt yourself, it can be an enjoyable and rewarding skill to learn!

We recommend checking out an Open Toe Foot when looking for your Free Motion Quilting Foot. With a small space left open on the presser foot, you’ll have a better eye on the needle and be able to easily create your designs!

Get To Quilting!

As you begin your quilting journey, research what tools you’ll need when creating! These listed are perfect for setting up your workspace and machine, so keep these in mind while you’re at the shop. If you’re an experienced quilter, what presser feet and tools do you think quilters should keep on hand? Let us know down below!