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Machine Quilting 101 - Tigard

Please direct all questions to the instructor.  Download the sampler pattern/instructions from instructor’s website contact instructor at (503)631-8806 .


Sewing Machine: A basic home machine in good running condition. A Singer Featherweight is not a good choice for machine quilting for a number of reasons. Please bring your owner’s manual if you have one and are not familiar with all the functions of your machine as well as the utility tools kit (small screwdrivers, brushes, etc) as you may need to perform some minor maintenance on your machine during class.

Sewing Machine Accessories: You need to bring a free motion or darning/embroidery foot for free motion quilting (this is absolutely necessary). Make sure you have the right foot, I have seen a number of students sold the wrong foot for this by sewing machine shops! You will also need a walking foot (this one is not absolutely crucial but will give you better results than trying to sew in the ditch with a free motion foot). It’s also good to bring extra bobbins. Please remember to bring the foot pedal and power cord for your machine! 

Sewing Machine Needles: A package each of quilting and topstitching needles in sizes 11, (or 12) and 14; Microtex/Sharps needles size 12 

Please make the top and layer with thin cotton batting and a backing, pinning or spray basting it before coming to class following pattern instructions. 

Stitching Test Squares: One or two 12”x 12” sandwiches of fabric layered with the same batting as your quilt. 

Regular Straight Pins

Thread: good quality 100% cotton thread (50 wt) in a couple of colors that contrast nicely with your fabric so that you can see your stitches. 

Freezer Paper: Available at many quilt shops and most supermarkets; you will need about 1 foot

Tracing Paper or ‘Golden Threads’ Quilting paper: Golden Threads is available at quilt shops and tracing paper at art supply/craft stores. If buying tracing paper, choose a brand such as Strathmore that is inexpensive and very thin and transparent. Do not buy vellum or dressmakers’ tracing paper.

Quilter’s marking pen: the blue (rinse-away) type. 

Template Plastic: A small sheet or 4” square will do. NOTE: you will need a Sharpie™ pen to mark plastic.

Masking Tape (1” wide): Available at Fred Meyer or paint supply stores.

Quilters’ and/or Mechanical Pencil: A quilters’ mechanical pencil with white lead for med/dark fabric and a graphite mechanical pencil for light fabric.

Scissors: A pair of scissors to cut paper and plastic templates with. 

Thread snips: The small spring loaded tweezers type with curved blades is the best.

Machine Quilting Gloves: Help you grip the quilt more effectively and give you greater control of your stitching, ‘Machingers’ are my favorite.

Seam Ripper

12” Ruler

Paper: a few sheets of 8½” x 11” paper to do some practice drawings on

Class handout/pattern packet: $3.00 for copy fees payable to instructor at the class.

OWNERS MANUAL: Bring it if you have one. The class is intense and we have a lot of ground to cover.  Much time can be lost trying to figure out how to set up or install accessories on your machine if you are not familiar with various operations. 

Skill Level: beginner
Skill Details:
Instructor: Helene Knott
Instructor Bio: Helene Knott

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  2414 Portland Rd,
Newberg, OR 97132

12185 SW Main St,
Tigard, OR 97223


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