Quilting101: How to Choose a Sewing Machine

hey everyone and welcome back to my

channel today I have a really fun video

for you this is going on with my

quilting 101 series and today we're

going to talk about some of the features

that you're going to want to look for

for a clothing sewing machine for either

yourself or I also have some beginning

quilting sewing machine options as well

so I'm going to show you my machine I

have a Jew qiji --k j 210 excite machine

I absolutely love it I've only had it

for about a year and a half but I've

done all of my piecing straight-line

quilting free motion quilting everything

that I have done that you've seen on my

instagram has been done on that machine

now I want to say that this video is not

sponsored by Dookie it's just the

machine that I went with based on the

features that it had to offer and so I'm

going to show you the features that I

have found helpful using my machine but

I just want to make it clear that it's

not a sponsored video or anything like

that and you can certainly find other

similar probably just as good quality

machines out there with the same

features I just wanted to show you some

of the things that I think are important

to look for when you're looking for a

machine specifically for quilting keep

in mind if you're going to do something

different like you want embroidery or

anything like that then that's going to

probably have some different

requirements the machine that I have has

been really great for just general home

sewing and then it also has some really

great quilting features as well so if

you're interested in seeing some of

those then let's get started

four machines you're going to need some

kind of sewing machine unless you plan

on doing all of your piecing and

everything by hand which I do not have

the patience for so I'm a machine

quilter and I started out sewing on my

grandma's dressmaker and it was about 46

year old machine something like that and

you know they don't really make them

like they used to it was super heavy it

had all metal parts but that also made

it a really nice stable sturdy machine

and honestly it was a great machine for

quilting it did not have a couple

features that I was looking for so I

eventually did purchase another machine

which I'll show you in just a second but

I also want to show you the machine that

I got for my daughters because I think

it's also good for beginners so let's

take a look at those all right so this

is my machine I purchased a jukey excite

this is the G 210 they also have a 110

that's a little bit less expensive

I believe this machine was between five

and six hundred dollars the 110 I want

to say is closer to 400 dollars that

sounds like a lot when you're maybe

looking for a new machine so I'll give

you a less expensive option but I have

to say that I have not regretted

purchasing this machine even once now

some of the features that I looked for

because I wanted to quilt and you're

going to be looking for different

features based on what you want to do

but one of the things I really wanted

was an automatic thread cutter which

this machine has and that's why I went

to the G 210 the 110 does not offer the

automatic thread cutter alright so what

the automatic thread cutter does is if I

put in a piece of fabric and forgive me

because I have my my my free motion foot

going on here so it's going to be a

little bit squirrely but if I want to go

ahead and sew a little bit

or whatever and then when I'm done I

just press my scissors it cuts my thread

and I can just pull it out and there's

no waste of my bobbin thread or my top

thread so that's a really nice feature

it's obviously not a must-have but I

have to say that I use it all the time

most of them also come with a little

thing on the side here that is a cutter

so if you don't have the automatic

thread cutter you just pull your fabric

out and then snap it off on this little

deal and it's kind of the same kind of

situation but I just really like having

the automatic thread cutter some of the

other features that this machine has

that I make it really good for quilting

is this throat space right here this is

a nice large space for when you are

trying to do quilting because you can

you know kind of I just kind of shove my

whole quilt up in here and I'll show you

that as we go but it makes it so that I

have a little bit more room now the

Machine comes like this it comes with

this little detachable piece to it and

it actually is also like a little

storage compartment as well which is

nice it also comes with the capability

to drop the feed dog so if I push this

lever over here my feed dogs go down and

I can then free motion quilt and what

that means is I am now controlling my

fabric I can move it around the feed

dogs aren't pulling the fabric through

so that is another feature that you're

going to want to look for if you plan on

doing your own quilting you can also

quote with your feed dogs up and there's

a girl on YouTube namely a de who always

uses her feed dogs up as well and she

has some great tutorials on that and it

actually can help give you a little bit

more stability she feels like so I like

to put mine down I feel like it gives me

a little bit easier motion on my fabric

so that's another feature you're going

to want to look for one of the other

features of this machine is all of these

stitches and I really kind of liked that

it has an alphabet which has been kind

of fun because I've made some tags these

are just niceties you really honestly

don't need this if you're going to be

doing mostly quilting the main stitch

that you're going to want to probably

look for is just a really good solid

straight stitch I use that probably 99%

of the time the only time I've ever

really used any of these other stitches

is the wavy stitch over here because you

can kind of set it really really wide

and then you can do like a nice straight

line stitching but it looks like waves

and so that's kind of a nice feature

like I said I do like having the

alphabet that's nice so one other reason

that I like this machine is this little

stitch right here number 38 is a hand

stitch look and so if you put in they

have this clear acrylic now this is like

a polyester thread not acrylic sorry

clear thread it's called invisible

thread and if you put this in your top

top thread and then put a colored thread

in your bobbin thread and do stitching

using that it actually pulls up the

bobbin thread to the top and makes a

stitch and then does several small

stitches with this clear and so you

can't see it so it looks like you've

hand-stitched your quilt which is kind

of a fun feature on this another feature

that I ended up purchasing for this

machine is at a later date is this so

steady clear acrylic table and it just

you buy him and tell him what kind of

machine you have and they just fit it to

your machine so that it fits right on

there and what this does is it gives you

a nice big surface to work on so unless

you don't have like a sewing table where

your machine is sunk down or whatever

this is a great option these are a

little bit expensive I believe this one

ran about 80 some dollars so but what

that is is when you start quilting your

fabric and yet even I just keep this on

all the time now even when I'm piecing

unless I go and sew somewhere else but

it gives you this nice big area to work

with as you're moving your hand because

if you're trying to quilt on the little

piece that comes with it you really only

have like this much over here and it

makes it really difficult so this is a

total add-on purchase certainly don't

have to have that for sewing but maybe

once you get into sewing and you really

do like it you're going to want some

kind of an extension table for your

machine and some machines actually come

with them so that's also another great

feature to look for all right one last

thing I want to talk about as far as

machines go are the presser feet if

you're going to be doing a lot of

quilting I highly suggest that you get a

quarter-inch foot this particular one is

for my machine it's a low shank machine

and the foot actually drops off here

like this but what it is is it has this

quarter of an inch right here and

there's also a quarter of an inch mark

right here so this width right here is a

quarter of an inch and then that line

right there lets me know when I'm a

quarter of an inch away from the edge of

my material so this is very important as

far as getting a good quarter of an inch

seam allowance when you start quilting

if your machine does not have one of

these I highly recommend that you find

one on that Fitzhugh machine there's

kind of a lots of different styles out

there this is just the one that kind of

fit my machine and so I went with it but

I actually do really like it and I

highly recommend this if you're trying

to eyeball a quarter of an inch or

remember to scoot your needle over to

make it a quarter of an inch and just

use a regular foot it can be really

difficult and to get like a nice

straight line so I really do highly

recommend this for sure if you're going

to be doing a lot of quilting a couple

of the other nice to have is this this

is a walking foot these are a little bit

more expensive and you're really only

going to need this if you're doing more

thick materials like for example when I

did my rag quilt tutorial if you guys

saw that I was using a thick batting

plus a you know like a minke on the back

and a flannel on the front and it was a

lot of material and so this really helps

it has what it is is it has feed dogs on

the top and these feed dogs move with

the feed dogs on your machine and they

pull the fabric through from the top and

the bottom at the same time so this is

kind of a nice to have I wouldn't run

out and buy one of these but if you find

yourself doing a lot of thicker fabrics

then I probably would think about it

alright and then the last one is the one

that's on my machine right now and this

is a free motion foot and what this does

is it allows you to move your fabric

through the machine on your own it

doesn't put a whole lot of pressure on

the fabric and as you can see I put my

mind down but I can still move my fabric

around freely all it does is kind of

help stabilize it just a little bit so

that when you are sewing it's not going

everywhere but this really will allow

you to do and free motion quilting like

you really it's a necessity if you plan

on doing that now to start out with you

can just keep your regular foot on and

do like straight-line quilting until you

want to branch into free motion quilting

I'm going to do a video on that because

it's not very hard and it's a lot of fun

and I think you guys will like it but in

order to do that you will need one of


these um free motion your feet on your

machine all right and then one quick

last thing to look for on your machine

is a good light now it's daytime that

I'm filming this so it's kind of hard to

tell but if I turn it off hopefully you

can see um the difference between the

light and not light but I do have a nice

light on this machine again like I said

it's kind of hard to tell in the daytime

but it's especially handy even even

during the day so that you can kind of

see what you're doing so you want to

just make sure that there's a nice

bright work surface and probably the

room that you're sewing and you're going

to want to make sure you have plenty of

light as well all right one other

machine I want to show you is my

daughter's mom all three of my daughters

have this machine it's a brother XL 2600

eye now if I were to be quilting on this

machine I would think it would be a

little bit more difficult however I it

is a great machine for beginners one of

the things that I like like I mentioned

before to look for art is a machine with

metal parts just because they last a

little bit longer they're sturdier and

they tend to give you a better stitch

quality now this one does not have metal

parts it's quite light one of the

downfalls of this is that if you're

going to be quilting sort of a larger

project and you're trying to move it

through this little space your machine

can kind of move around with the quilt

and that's not really a desired result

however if you do have younger kids or

you're just now starting out this is

actually a fairly decent machine to use

she doesn't have too many problems with

it it's easy to thread and she does get

fairly decent stitch quality out of it

so that is an option and this machine is

quite inexpensive it's around I want to

say $70 on Amazon or something another

friend of mine has a brother JX 2517

it's got little flowers on it

she got that at a local store and she

has had actually really good results

with that as well so I have a list of

some of my top machines for beginning

quilting and sewing on my website so I

will link that below because it goes

into a lot more detail I just wanted to

show you that there are some other

options out there however if you do plan

to quilt honestly I would go with the

more I would spend more money now than

buy a really cheap machine and then have

to just replace it because it's not

working for you alright so hopefully you

found those tips helpful for selecting

good quilting sewing machine now as I

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