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The Quilting Machine – To Use Or Not To Use
When we think of quilts, most of us automatically think of the homemade quilt; that which was lovingly and painstakingly constructed over many hours. Quilting is such a time honored skill that it continues to be passed down from generation to generation – a gift given from mothers to daughters. But the quilting machine has made its presence known, and more and more quilters turn to this faster, more convenient method of quilting. In a day and age when machines of every variety play a significant role in our every day lives, it is unsurprising that the quilting machine has grown in popularity. After all, the beauty of handmade quilts is undeniable; but also undeniable is the time such a process takes – time that few who live in this busy working society can spare. The quilting machine – like all machines – has taken what was once a time-consuming, meticulous procedure and turned it into a convenient and accessible hobby that yields the same outcome – a beautiful and admired quilt.
Of course, aside from the convenience, the benefit of the quilting machine is consistency. Gone are the erratic stitches and misaligned blocks of fabric. Today’s quilters, with the use of a quilting machine, have infinitely more control over the quilting process. And, subsequently, what may have hindered those from giving quilting a try in the past, has been eradicated by modern convenience. A quality quilting machine is a bit of an investment.
But if you are committed to the art of quilting, it is well worth the price. You may find it best to find a quilting machine at a reputable fabric store. The knowledgeable employees that generally staff these kinds of stores will give you insight into the different features of various machines. Keep in mind that while you may be using a machine there are still materials that are required, such as quilting machine needles, measuring tape, quilting pins, and quality quilting shears. You may find the use of quilting templates to be most beneficial in this instance; you can easily trace a design from the template right onto your fabric with a fine point fabric pen. Then, you can cut the design from the fabric, and, using the quilting machine transfer the design onto your quilt. Regardless of whether or not you decide to use a quilting machine or sew a quilt by hand, you can rest assured of one thing; while the journeys may be different, the result is the same – a beautiful, cherished quilt.
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