Can I buy quilting machines, and cutting dies at Spotlight?
Yes, you can. Whether you are new to the art of quilting or a serious quilter, we have the quilting machine for you. Purposely designed for quilts of all shapes and sizes, with special quilting feet, a larger work area and various programmable stitches. Our quilting machines will ensure that you have all the tools necessary to make your own stunning quilts at home. To purchase our great range of quilting machines, shop in-store or online today, and we will deliver right to your door.
What are the benefits of using a quilting machine?
If you already have a sewing machine, you may be asking yourself just what are the benefits of owning a specific quilting machine. However, if you regularly make quilts, a quilting machine ensures that your quilts are not only to a professional standard, but are fairly quick and simple to make. Our quilting machines offer a range of different settings and stitches to suit your needs. They possess a wide opening, so that you can easily move a range of different size quilts. Simple enough for a beginner to master and yet proficient enough to cope with professional demand, our range of quilting machines are certain to take your textile projects to the next level.
What could I make with a quilting machine?
Quilting machines offer the ability to make your own fabulous quilts, perfect for keeping you warm on those cool winter nights. You could even combine patches of our cute range of colourful fabrics with your child’s baby clothes, for an extra special 18th birthday present that will be cherished for a lifetime. However, our selection of quilting machines is not just for making quilts, with lots of different setting and stitches, whether you are doing fashion sewing, crafts, making home décor items or any other project that would require a needle and thread. You can even use them to create buttonholes, and some of our machines also come equipped with their very own LED lamps, allowing for optimum viewing.
Do you have any top tips for making my own quilt at home?
Check out our handy tips for successfully creating your own quilt at home:
Maximise your workspace: Quilts can be quite big and bulky and it is important to make sure that you have plenty of free space to work in.
Match needle size and thread weight: 80 needle- 40-50wt thread. 90 needle 28-30wt thread-
It is recommended that you use needles that are specifically for quilting, or labelled as sharps or topstitch, these have a sharper tip and will make it easier to go through all three layers of the quilt
Sketch your design: Before you start to quilt, sketch your design on paper and try to understand the flow of the thread path. This will make it easier when you are repeating the process using the machine.
Change your needles: Remember to change your needles. The thick materials used in quilting means that your needles can get dull quite quickly. This can cause a number of problems, including skipped stitches, and we recommend that you change your needles frequently to avoid this.
How do I use the quilting machine from Spotlight?
There are many different ways that you can use our range of quilting machines. However, for making quilts, there are two main types of sewing that you can choose; straight line and free motion. For straight line stitching you should use the even feed foot that comes with our quilting machines.
It is possible to do gentle curves with an even feed foot, however, for more detailed or intricate patterns, free motion machine quilting techniques are better suited. Free motion techniques take a little bit more practice, and we recommend practising your design on scrap fabric. The quilter is in total control of the motion of the quilt, allowing you to draw your own pattern as if it was pencil and paper.