Free Motion Quilting Tools

When I bought my Juki Miyabi 350 QVP, I didn’t know what kind of accessories that I would need!  Although I had experience using a Longarm Quilting Machine, I had never owned one before.  When the owners of Quilter’s Headquarters came out to deliver my machine, they recommended some basic accessories.  Let me show you some of my favorite tools & accessories for Free Motion Quilting on my Juki Miyabi 350 QVP.

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Needles and Thread

The needles that came with my machine are the brand Groz-Beckert.

They are simple to install in the machine and easy to take out of the needle case.  I like this brand because I use the same brand for my Juki Industrial DU-1181-n.  There are several codes and numbers listed on the front of the needle case.  I found this diagram, which helped me understand what all the numbers meant.

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One of the things I love about my Juki Miyabi 350 QVP is that it is not picky about the thread you use.  I have heard many seasoned quilters tell me that their machines will only perform well with a particular brand or type of thread.  With the Juki Miyabi, I have been able to use the thread I already have on hand.  I learned how to use the TOWA tension gauge to easily make adjustments.  It’s great to be able to use my existing thread stash!  As you can see, I have a large variety (especially Aurifil 50 wt).

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Bobbins and Bobbin case

I decided to purchase extra bobbins for my new Longarm Quilting machine.  I like to have options and found that only having the standard 3 bobbins was not enough.  I also purchased an extra bobbin case and calibrated the tension for a 40 wt thread.  My other bobbin is used for any other type and I can change the calibration easily with the TOWA bobbin calibration device.

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Quilting feet attachments

My Juki Miyabi 350 QVP came with a standard Free motion presser foot used for free-motion sewing and ruler work.  With a distance of ¼” (6.5mm) from the needle entry point to the outer edge, I can use this presser foot for free motion quilting and to sew with a quilting ruler as a guide.

The Open Toe presser foot is for free-motion sewing and is open at the front so that the needle area is easy to see.  This presser foot is useful for quilting small designs or anytime visual of the needle area is needed.

The glide foot is a bowl-shaped type foot intended to be used for quilting when gliding along applique and other slightly three-dimensional embellishment.

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Accessories storage case

I needed a separate place to store my new accessories for my Juki Miyabi 350 QVP.  I didn’t want anything too big or bulky.  Just something to fit my needles, bobbins and various feet.  I found a totally functional see-through case that fits everything perfectly!  I even have room leftover for more bobbins and needles.  You can get your own Accessories Case in my SHOP.

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Quilting Disks

By far, my favorite accessory for my Juki Miyabi 350 QVP are the Quilting Disks.  Joan, with the Quilter’s HQ’s gifted me a pair and I just love them!  At first, I wasn’t too sure what they were for or how they could help my quilting.  But after using them, I can’t see myself using my gloves again!  These little quilting disks truly give me all sorts of control.  Holding them, while quilting is a very natural feeling.  They really hold onto that fabric too!  I made a video to show you how easy it is to use these quilting disks!

What’s so great about these quilting disks is that you can use these with your domestic sewing machine too!  They work for any machine that can do free motion quilting.  Everybody needs to try these!  You can learn more about these quilting disks by visiting my SHOP.

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I love these quilting disks so much that I partnered with the creator of these quilting disks to offer a give away!

While this giveaway has already ended – I encourage you to try this wonderful tool in your quilting journey.  Thanks to everyone who participated!  A big THANK YOU to Ellen, with Clever Craft Tools for offering this giveaway!

Happy Quilting!

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I love my Juki Miyabi J-350 QVP

I have wanted my own Long Arm Quilting Machine for a very long time.  For the past few years, I have been renting time on my friend’s Long Arm and have dreamt about the day that I could get a Long Arm of my own.  As you may know, my sewing studio is rather tiny.  In my studio, I already have my Industrial Juki DU1181n and my domestic machine as well.  After my cutting table and ironing board, I barely have enough room for my cabinets and fabric storage!  I thought I would have to wait until my kids moved out before I could have enough room for a Long Arm Quilting Machine.  Well, that changed when I stopped by Quilter’s HQ to check out the latest Juki Long Arm model.  Let me tell you about some of the features with my Juki Miyabi J-350 QVP!

Compact Size and Adjustability

My Juki Miyabi 350 QVP measures 35.4″ x 33.7″ (that’s the main table).  I also have the optional table extensions which provide and additional 15.7″ on each side.  This brings my total table top measurement to 66.8″ x 33.7″.  This fits perfectly against the west side of my studio!  The table is also adjustable.  I can either sit or stand to use my Long Arm Quilting Machine.  I am currently loving to stand when I quilt.  While the table is compact, the quilting area is more than enough space!  This machine has an 18″ depth and a 10″ height!  That’s a ton of space!

Regulated Stitch option

The feature that immediately caught my attention was the regulated stitch capability of the Juki Miyabi.  I have used both constant and regulated Long Arm Quilting Machines and really love the results of a regulated stitch.  A regulated stitch basically means the stitch length stays the same (or is regulated) no matter how fast you move the fabric under the needle.  If you notice the little white boxes in the base plate (pictured above) – these are basically sensors that watch the fabric as it moves under the needle and adjust the stitch speed accordingly.  Brilliant!  The Juki Miyabi also has 3 other stitching modes, which are Basting, Constant and Manual.

Programmable LCD Touch Screen

I have the basic (out of the box) display and functions, which include the Automatic Needle Positioned, Foot Control, bobbin capacity indicator, and stitch length (just to name a few).  I can control the settings with a simple touch and the interface is easy to understand.  There is plenty of room to upgrade the controls of this machine.  I have big plans for the future!

Foot Control

Threads are automatically trimmed by push button with the exclusive Juki knife system saving time and increasing efficiency. Upper and lower thread cutter with auto set thread lock. Choose the preferred threads locks prior to auto cut or choose and auto thread pull to bring your threads to the top of your quilt.  This machine also has the electronic foot control with quick control thread cutting.  The foot pedal can also be programmed to work one of two ways:  1.  Used like a regular domestic machine (the harder you push the pedal – the faster the needle runs).  2.  Push the pedal to start the programmed stitch and then push the pedal again to stop the stitching. I like to use the second option the most!

Great Visibility

This machine has Dual directional LED lighting for bright, true white lighting of your quilting area.  Having this bright light, directed onto the immediate work area is great for my eyes!  I often like to Quilt at night and this additional lighting is such a relief to my eye sight!

Warranty and service

Nicole with J350

The Juki Brand offers an excellent factory warranty.  

There are so many more features to share about my new Long Arm Quilting Machine, that I have decided to start a series about it!  Be sure you are subscribed to my email newsletter so you won’t miss anything.  I have loved learning all about my new Juki Miyabi J-350QVP and can’t wait to share more about it with you!  Stay tuned for videos!

Happy Quilting,

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