DSM quilting Part 1

For those of you that aren’t familiar with a longarm…. it is a big sewing machine on wheels.  So when you are quilting, it is just like drawing except you are moving the machine instead of a pencil.  When you quilt on a domestic sewing machine, it is the opposite.  You are moving the fabric to create the design.

Here is my first attempt at a meander stipple…. please… no laughing.

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12 thoughts on “DSM quilting Part 1

  1. Hehehe:) I love that you are going down to a domestic from a longarm. I’ve actually just moved up and am trying to relearn all my skills on the longarm. Don’t worry about your stipple. Looks good. Machingers are great! I have found that stippling is easier if you speed up a bit. Like the speed when you fast forwarded your video. It feels a little smoother and more natural when you speed up. And if you have to shift your hands, stop, and then start quilting again. Otherwise you get that little bit of a jerk that messes up the smoothness. Good luck!

    • Hi Carol, the feed dogs are down. The stitch length is determined by how fast I am moving the fabric and pushing on the pedal… basically my stitch length right now is a crap shoot. I do like small stitches though. On my longarm, I typically am about 14-15 inches per inch.

  2. If you move your hands stop stitching with the needle down. Remember the movement is with your shoulders not your fingers or arms.

  3. Listen to the machine when you find a good rhythm, whether its fast or slow, you’ll hear your “sweet spot”. Move faster than you were, and try to maintain the speed around the curves or your stitches won’t be consistant. Like Laura said- no one handed driving, it leaves a mark!

  4. Speed is relative to what you are doing. You have to be able to control at all speeds according to what you need. You can’t always drive “pedal to the metal”. So, control will come with practice. Some places need faster and slower. You will learn that as you go. Also, try just using three fingers (thumb, index, and happy bird LOL) rather than pushing down so hard with your entire hand. You will get a bit more control and a bit less drag.

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