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Machine Quilting Basics

Machine-quilting stitches are continuous and even, giving a quilt a precise look. With practice and these tips, you can create keepsake-quality quilts with your sewing machine.

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Starting and Stopping Machine-Quilting Stitches

1. At the beginning of a line of stitching, pull the bobbin thread to the quilt top. Lock the stitches by setting the machine’s stitch length to the shortest setting and sewing forward about 1⁄4".

2. Stop sewing, reset the stitch length to the preferred setting, and continue sewing.

3. To finish a line of stitching, return the machine’s stitch length to the shortest setting, and sew forward about 1⁄4".

4. Raise the presser foot, remove the quilt, and clip the threads.

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