I’ve had the honor of growing up surrounded by women who are unbelievably talented quilters. They have an amazing ability to create beautiful creations full of textured fabrics, vibrant colors and intricate designs. In high school I’d spend my weekends learning how to cut and piece fabric to build my own quilt blocks. There was something so therapeutic about starting with a few yards of fabric and using my own two hands to create something that would keep me warm as I slept. I learned to quilt by hand but these days quilting machines are more commonly used. Let me tell you, quilting machines are one of the most amazing inventions in recent history! They make the job so much quicker and more precise, resulting in an absolutely beautiful product.
If you’re considering investing in a quilting machine it’s important to know what to look for in a machine so that you choose one that supports your quilting style. There are regular and long arm quilting machines and there are great things about both!
Regular and Long Arm Quilting Machines
If you’re ready to move on from your basic sewing machine into something more specialized to support your quilting hobby, you’ll love both of these machines!
The Brother HC1850 is a sewing, quilting and embroidery machine all in one. If you’re someone who likes to dabble in a wide variety of sewing projects, this is the machine for you! It’ll cost a bit more but it’s well worth it for the versatility it gives you with your artistic endeavors. Even though it costs a bit more than a standard sewing machine, it’s still significantly less than most other machines that offer the comparable features.
The reason this machine is so great for quilters is the large mount of stitches available (there’s 130 of them!). Many quilters use these intricate stitches to create decorate patterns on seams or to finish off edges. The Brother HC1850 also features an over-sized quilting table to give plenty of room for those larger pieces of fabric to move through the machine.
You may be an experienced sewer but feel like technology isn’t your strong-suit. If learning a new machine intimidates you, don’t worry! This machine is extremely user-friendly and designed in a similar way to other Brother machines.
Hello, gorgeous! If you’re a seasoned quilter but have been slugging through using your ancient sewing machine, you’ll think you died and went to heaven using this one! This machine was designed by quilters, for quilters. You can’t get much better than that.
The Brother PQ1500SL Quilting And Sewing Machine has an auto needle positioner which gives you the ability to continue sewing even if you need your hands free to move fabric around. Quilting can be challenging in that way, as you’re often working with large amounts of fabric. This machine makes that as easy as possible for you.
If you’re looking for a long arm quilting machine, the Juki TL-2200QVP-S Long Arm With Grace Virtuoso King Frame is one of the best choices, especially if you’re wanting to use it out of your home instead of a larger workspace. This machine will give you 10 inches of height and 18 inches of throat space, which gives you a ton of working room for large projects.
One of my favorite features of this machine is the built-in scissors! It’ll trim both the top and bottom threads so you don’t have to go back through later and trim the threads.
If you’re looking for a complete package deal, this is the machine for you. It gives you the most versatility, space to work, and is jam-packed with features to help you create beautiful quilts.
All three of these machines will be extremely helpful tools for you in your quilting hobby. It’s up to you to decide which machine will best support you and the type of quilting that you like to do. Enjoy the process of getting to know your new machine and sewing beautiful, colorful quilts!
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