10 Simple Things (6) - Make Precise Pivots

encouragement finishing machine quilting Mar 03, 2022

Still talking about machine quilting and today's tip applies to both straight line and free motion quilting.

Do your best to make precise pivots when you quilt. Slow down as you approach the corner, stop with your needle down, pivot carefully.  It’s the difference between a crisp quilting line and one with added tension and likely to break. Ask me how I know.

Set yourself up to make precise points by either setting your machine to always stop with the needle down or even using your hand on the flywheel for the last few stitches before a corner. I know, we get in a rhythm and don't want to slow down. In time you will figure out that new rhythm.