Free Motion Quilting or Stippling
Add dimension to your quilt by stitching down the
surrounding background fabric around larger designs,
like hearts or flowers. Lower the feed dog and sew fabric
layers in a random pattern without the stitching lines
crossing each other. The more compact the stitching, the
more the background will flatten and make surrounded
designs stand out. This is a technique commonly
referred to as stippling.
Attach embroidery/darning foot P-2. See page 43.
Lower the feed dog.
Set foot pressure dial to 2 or 1.
Test sew using exact conditions (fabric, thread, etc.) of
finished project. Place batting between quilt top and
backing fabric. Place all fabric layers under foot and
Press "Up/Down Needle" key and bring bobbin thread to
top. Pull both threads under foot and to the back. Sew
several stitches in place to lock threads at beginning.
Move fabric layers while sewing and check tension.
Adjust tension until it is balanced inside the batting (no
thread loops on top or bottom).
HINT: Establish a good sewing rhythm by moving the
fabrics slower than the machine speed in an even,
consistent manner. Keep the fabrics flat against the
A pre-programmed stippling stitch is a fast and easy
method to quilt small areas.
Place batting (wadding) between quilt top and backing