A few weeks ago I compiled a list of Essential Sewing Supplies, and now it’s time for the quilting supplies 🙂 I usually quilt more than I sew apparel, so these supplies are always nearby.
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- Sewing Machine
Janome is one of the top quilting sewing machine brands. Super reliable! There are many local suppliers that will help you choose the right machine and teach you how to use it.
I have an Elna Excellence, which is owned and produced by Janome.
- Straight-Stitch Machine
If you only want to make quilt tops and love the straight-line quilting style, maybe try this Juki machine. Probably not a machine for a beginner, and you can’t really use it for all of your apparel, but it’s a great machine!
- 1/4″ seam footThis is life-changing! And it guides the fabric, so you’re able to sew a little faster without the fabric sliding away.
- Walking Foot
Necessary to guide all 3 layers of fabric/batting through the machine at the same time. Some new (expensive) machines have already built in.
- Quilting Needles
On my old machine, I was breaking needles and the machine was stalling constantly… I finally found quilting and topstitch needles, and I was able to go through all the layers of fabric 🙂
- Quilting Gloves
I didn’t want to buy these, because they’re ugly – let’s be honest. They really help grip the fabric to guide it through the machine. It alleviates a lot of back and shoulder pain.
- Basting Spray
Pins are awful. Spray basting is a million times easier, although definitely more expensive. The pins are reusable, but spray runs out. It definitely keeps all the layers together smoothly, and I’m able to quilt without puckers
- Wonder Clips
I’m terrible at binding, so nothing really helps, but these are cute. Everyone seems to love these, so I figured they should be on the list.
- Masking Tape
Necessary for laying our backing and batting. And I use it to mark the straight lines on the quilt top when I’m quilting. I prefer to use the 1inch tape.
I only use 100% cotton, because it’s warmer. Polyester batting and the cheaper brands pull through the fabric after a lot of use.
- Rotary Cutter, Rulers, Mat
Need to cut the fabric 🙂 Buy the largest mat you can fit in your house! You won’t regret it.
And of course fabric!! But you already knew that 🙂
What do you use for quilting? Did I miss anything?