Unless you have been a machine quilter for awhile, some of these terms can be confusing when hearing them for the first time! Educate yourself and your customers so we can all be on the same page.

edge-to-edge – also known as pantograph, all over quilting, continuous line quilting. This is when a specific design is repeatedly quilted in rows across a quilt. Edge-to-edge is quilted over the entire quilt without a separate border or block design.

freehand quilting – also known as free motion quilting. The quilter guides the machine by hand. The quilting design is a result of the quilters skill, rather than a computerised quilting design.

computerised quilting – a computer is used to guide the quilting machine to stitch out a design. Computerised quilting can be used for edge-to-edge designs as well as custom quilting.

stitch regulator – most longarm quilting machines have stitch regulators to maintain even stitch length during quilting.

basting – when a quilt sandwich is held together with large, easily removed stitches or pins. Some quilters offer a basting service for hand quilters

longarm quilting machine – a sewing machine, usually greater than 15 inches of throat space that is mounted on a machine quilting frame

rollers – the quilt backing is attached to the rollers on a longarm machine quilting table so that the quilt may be rolled up and kept in position for quilting

custom quilting – quilt blocks are individually quilted as well as the border has a separate quilting design. Custom quilting can include, but is not limited to stitch in the ditch, cross hatching, outlining of applique and /or background fill.

tension – the relationship of balance between the top quilting thread and the bobbin thread. The two threads should overlap within the middle layer of the quilt when the tension is balanced

Happy quilting

Tracey Browning

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