Free Motion Quilting

ENJOY THIS FREE VIDEO!
Watch even more great videos when you become a National Quilters Circle Member!
  • Choose Annual or Monthly Plan
  • All-Access Video Pass
  • New Videos Every Week
  • View on Computer or Mobile
Learn More

Free motion quilting is a fast and fun way to finish your quilts! Sherri Driver walks us through free motion quilting and how you can control the size and direction of your stitching design just by moving the quilt with your hands. Start practicing free motion quilting or designing your next quilt today with this helpful tutorial.

Discussion
  • (will not be published)

19 Responses to “Free Motion Quilting”
    • Customer Service

      Thank you for your comment and feedback! In general, thread is determined by weight. The higher the number, the thinner the strand, the less it weighs. I would generally use a 30 or 40 weight top thread and a bottom line bobbin thread. There are many popular high quality threads available. I would likely choose from one of the following brands: Superior Threads, aurafil, sulky, and Fil tec. Each of these companies have many types of threads to choose from. When choosing batting, you need to know what you want. Do you want a quilt that is warm, flame resistant, nice drapability? You may choose bamboo, silk or wool batting. Heavier and less drapable batting would be warm and natural, 80/20, which is 80% cotton, 20% poly. I’m sorry we weren’t able to answer your question directly, but educating on thread and batting is likely more beneficial to you! Have a great day!

      Reply
        • Customer Service

          You’re very welcome! I am unsure of the needle size that was used in the video.If I were quilting, I would use a quilting needle. And the size would be dependent on thread and fabric being quilted. The lower the thread weight, the bigger the needle so the thread won’t fray.

          Reply
          • disqus_lrVPKhL9DA

            thank you – i think i am ready to give free motion quilting a try!

  1. Deborah Gonzales

    This gives me great ideas to broaden my horizons. Thank You so much!!!!! Very well done.

    Reply
  2. Cynthia Phillips

    What kind of threads can I use on my Singer Confident Quilter #7469 machine? The spool pin is 3 1/4″ long, which can be in a horizontal or vertical position.

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hi, Cynthia! You can use any thread on that machine. That is normal sizing for a spool pin.The horizontal pin is used for embroidery threads and the like which tend not to flow off of the vertical pin. You can also use a large cone of thread, you would simply need to put a ceramic bowl next to your machine to put it in or buy a cone thread holder. You really shouldn’t have any restrictions on the thread you use. Have you been having difficulty with threads?

      Reply
      • Cynthia Phillips

        Thank you for your informative answer to my question. No, I haven’t had any difficulty with threads. I’ve been considering purchasing thread collections, such as a selection of Aurifil colors. Also, I’m finding that retirement has allowed me to reacquaint myself to my sewing machine and enjoy making quilts. I appreciate having access to videos, which ultimately are encouraging and give me a sense of renewed confidence to try new techniques. I will be taking a 2day class in free motion quilting this coming weekend. I am very excited about it!

        Reply
  3. Rita Marian Lavery Lipa

    May I ask what you mean by using a bottom line bobbin thread? U stated the top thread was 30 or 40 but I am confused about what you used in the bobbin.

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hi, Rita! It is actually called bottom line, by superior threads. Any bobbin thread will do. If you don’t have bobbin thread, I will sometimes use a 50 wt. thread. Let us know if you have any further questions.

      Reply
  4. aliceleis

    I sign in, try to watch a video and keep being returned to the “grey rectangle with the name of the video” and can’t get it to open….Help!

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Thank you for your comment. We are sorry to hear you are having trouble viewing this video. We have tested this video successfully. Our video content is best viewed on a computer manufactured in the past few years with a good broadband internet connection (not dial up). We highly recommend using the latest version of Firefox or Safari as your Internet browser. Recent versions of Internet Explorer will work, as well. You will need Adobe Flash Player in order to view the videos. The recommended screen resolution is 1024×768 or larger. Please make sure your anti-virus software is updated and not blocking this website. Please let us know if you continue to have trouble with accessing the video content and we will perform additional troubleshooting with you by contacting us at 1-855-706-3538. “Happy Quilting!”

      Reply
  5. Lois Borton

    That was great . Really enjoyed it and hopefully I can learn and do a good job. Lois B.

    Reply
  6. aphilbeck

    Thank you so much for your methods of FMQ. Im kinda new at this, Ive made about 13 quilts and 3 more to quilt, I love FMQ. Thanks again for this video. Going to the MidAtlantic Quit Festival tomorrow. Are You?

    Reply
  7. Sandra Flickstein

    Very informative with good explanations. I am new to using a sewing machine and free motion stitching. I will be rewatching this frequently.

    Reply
  8. Carol

    When I have tried to free motion quilting, the needle tends to hop when I stop to adjust the material. What am I doing to cause this?

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hi Carol,

      I’m not sure that I completely understand what you are asking- however, you want the foot to “hop” on the fabric while you stitch, as this is what allows you to move the fabric in whatever direction you want while stitching. If the needle is moving when you stop- I would recommend stopping with the needle down in the fabric, rather than up, and making any pivoting adjustments you need to that way before continuing to stitch.

      Cheers,

      Ashley
      National Quilters Circle Video Membership

      Reply

Tags: free motion quilting project, Free Videos, quilting techniques