Float A Quilt Top

I love to float a quilt top on my frame. There are several ways to load your quilt onto your quilting frame. My favorite way to load a quilt on a frame is to float a quilt top. I have found this method to be quick and easy. Make sure to watch the video at the end of this article as well!

Start with your Backing

First we will start with our backing. For this Quilt, I am using only solid fabrics from PaintBrush Studio. This line of fabric is called painters palette at and it is my favorite solid fabric because of the quality, color consistency and the high thread count.

I highly recommend you try this brand of solid fabrics. The color I’m using is called Honey and it’s really going to complement the front of the Quilt.

About my Quilting System

My quilting frame is Juki J350 Miyabi QVP. I can create beautiful stitches on my quilt with plenty of space. I have 18 inches of horizontal throat space between the arm of the machine and the needle and 10-inch height, unlike most long arm quilting machines, which only provide an 8-inch height or less.

All these amazing capabilities come mounted on a deluxe quilting frame of up to 12 feet. I have a 10 foot quilting frame, which fits perfectly in my home sewing studio. There are two (5 foot) rails that create this frame, so the center line is easy to find. I also have markings on my leaders which I intentionally aligned with my center marking of the top rail.

Loading the Backing

In a previous video, I shared how I use the red snapper system to load my quilt. This system is quick and easy and that is what I’m using here. I snap the top, center, of my backing onto the top rail. I pull the rest of my quilt through so that it goes underneath the dead bar.

The first thing we’re going to do is locate the center of the top of the backing. I’m just folding the backing in half to identify the center and then marking it with a sewing pin. Next, I am locating the center of my quilt frame. Using the turning wheel on the frame, I advance my quilt so that the bottom of my backing is easily accessible to my backing rail. Again, locate the center of my backing, this time, on the bottom. I repeat the same process by aligning and snapping the bottom of the backing to the backing rail. Once I get the top of the backing and the bottom of the backing attached to the rails, I move the backing back to its starting position.

Float your Batting

Now it’s time to load the batting. This particular batting is called Elegant Blend, by Stitch N Time. Stitch in Time Elegant Blend 80/20 (which is 80% cotton and 20% Polyester) is a premium blend batting designed by quilters for quilters. This batting is needle-punched into a very fine scrim providing a stable and tug-gable batting for frame quilting but still wonderful for hand or domestic quilting. I used the twin sized package, which is the perfect width for this quilt.

I’m just aligning the top of my batting against the top of my backing. I’ll let the remainder of the batting float over the edge of the rails. There are rails at the bottom of my frame that I could attach this batting to, but I like to float my quilts so I just let it drape over the edge. I’m using my side clamps to attach each side of my quilt. This helps to create an even quilting surface. These can easily adjusted to fit your quilt.

Float a Quilt Top

I’m also going to float my quilt top. This is just a personal preference. Many people like to attach the bottom of the top to the rail system, but I just like to float my tops. The quilt that I am loading is the Turntables Quilt. I have this pattern available in both paper or PDF format!

Once I align my batting and my quilt top, I’m going to do some large basting stitches with my long arm.

Baste Your Quilt

My Juki J-350 QVP has a basting function which helps me make sure that my Quilt stays put during the entire Quilting process. I’m simply basting and advancing the quilt until I get to the end. Each time I advance my Quilt, I make sure that the Quilting surface is taunt, but not super tight. It’s a delicate balance that you’ll learn over time. With each quilt advancement, I am applying another row of basting stitches.

My Juki J-350 QVP lets me choose how large I want my basting stitches to be. I usually choose the largest stitch, since these will eventually be taken out either as I am quilting or after I am done quilting. It’s helpful to use a contrasting thread for basting. This makes it really easy to identify what needs to be removed. I like to trim off the excess batting. I don’t trim it too close to the edge of the quilt because you might need a little extra room when you finally get to the end of the quilt. I just don’t want all of the excess rolled up on my rail, so I just trim it off.

Ready for Quilting

Once I have the quilt basted then I will move the quilt back to the starting point and prepare my machine for the edge to edge design I have chosen.

I also have the quilting automation package on my my machine. This package is called Quilters Creative Touch 5 or QCT5. Look for more articles and lessons on this quilting automation.

WATCH THE VIDEO

I would love to hear from you about how you load your quilts! Do you like to float your tops?

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Juki J-350 Quilting System

Juki J350 QVP Miyabi on a frame

I am super excited to announce that Juki has sent me a frame (and lots of other goodies) for my Juki J-350 Miyabi Longarm!  If you recall – I already owned the machine, but mine was on a table with extension leaves.  This new setup is the same model machine, but now on a 10′ frame!  I can’t wait to share more about this, so let’s dive right in!

Juki J350 LongArm Table

Juki J-350 Package Details

Not all Juki J-350 packages are created equal. In fact, there are several different ways you can build your own long arm. For the past five years, I’ve had my J-350 on a table and that has served me very well. Until just recently, I’ve expanded my sewing space to accommodate a larger Quilting system. Juki sent me an entirely new system. I have a new J-350 head, they sent me a 10 foot frame, they even sent me the Quilting automation system. I’ll be sharing more about the automation system after I receive training and obtain an interface for the software. Click HERE If you want to see all the frame options, for this system.

You’ll notice a large black frame above the machine head. This is where a tablet will go so I can stitch out computerized designs with a software package called Quilter’s Creative Touch. More about that – once I receive my training next month!

Look at the size of this frame

I knew that I needed a bigger space to accommodate a system like this, so we recently knocked out a wall in our house and created a new studio for my home based business. This was a long time coming and I can’t wait to share more about my new space in an upcoming article. The frame that I knew would fit nicely in my new space is ten feet long. You have to figure a few more additional feet on each side to accommodate the side pieces and general maneuverability around the system. I could’ve probably fit the largest frame, which is a 12 foot frame, but I knew I needed to be able to maneuver comfortably and so I opted for the 10 foot frame. Just take a look at the entire system from this Birdseye view.

This view is a little tricky to comprehend, but when I share more about my studio renovation – this will make more sense. The system spans across the back wall, but is still leaving me room to maneuver on either side and even behind the machine. You have to leave a little bit of room behind the machine so that the head can travel behind the frame to make the most use of the 18 inch throat space on the Juki J-350. To learn all about the features of this amazing machine, check out my first article HERE.

The best service and install!

I feel really lucky to have some fantastic local dealers. Joan and Robert with Quilters HQ have been my friends for the past several years. I’ve purchased all of my Juki machines through them and they have been so great and easy to deal with. This power couple personally set up my machine and even stayed to help me test it out and showed me some tips and tricks along the way. I reordered the entire installation, so stay tuned for that video coming soon!

If you are in the Kansas City area, I highly encourage you to stop by one of their shops and say hello.

If you are looking for a Juki dealer in your area, click HERE and see where you can test drive a J-350 yourself! I know you will love it! If you want to test drive a machine at a show or an event, click HERE to see all the places that Juki plans to be with this amazing machine!

Watch the Installation Video!

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Happy Quilting!

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Perfect Thread Tension

How to achieve Perfect Thread Tension

Have you ever wanted to have perfect thread tension every time you sewed or quilted?  Are you confused with how your bobbin case works or how to calibrate the settings?  Sometimes those tension knobs at the top of your machine are confusing too!  I have been in the same boat, but recently discovered a wonderful trick to help me achieve Perfect Thread Tension no matter what type of thread, fabric or batting that I decide to use!  In this article, I will show you how I thread my Juki J350 Long Arm machine and what I do to get that perfect tension!

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Winding the Bobbin

The Juki Miyabi J-350 QVP uses M sized bobbins (which are larger than domestic machine bobbins).  I typically like to use a 40 wt thread when quilting, but I seem to always have the 50 wt thread in more color variety – so I am using that quite a bit right now.  Here are some basic steps to winding the bobbin on the J-350 QVP.

  1. Begin at the thread spool and pull the thread through the thread stand guide.
  2. Bring the thread through the Thread Guide Base and then have the thread come back toward the bobbin.
  3. manual wind thread around the bobbin several times.
  4. Place the bobbin on the Bobbin Winding Shaft and move the Bobbin Presser towards the bobbin.
  5. Hold the thread end while the thread winds into the bobbin.
  6. When you get enough thread on your bobbin, the Bobbin Presser will fall back.
  7. Take off your bobbin and place it in the Bobbin Case.

Calibrating the Bobbin tension

Unlike the top tension of a sewing machine or longarm machine, which requires significant rotational movement to adjust tension, turning the bobbin case screw 1/4 turn in either direction can have a large impact in bobbin tension.   I was recently introduced to a nifty tool to help me calibrate my bobbin tension.   The TOWA Bobbin Tension Gauge associates a numerical value for bobbin tension.  It is easy to dial the bobbin tension in with each new bobbin or when swapping top threads. When I use my TOWA Bobbin Tension Gauge, in my quilting routine, I have saved time and it helps me to start each quilt with proper bobbin tension.  Check out this video to see how easy it is to adjust the bobbin tension.  Also check out this handy day reference chart by Superior Threads!

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Threading the Machine Head

I found that threading the head of the Juki J350QVP is just like threading my Juki DU1181N.  This threading is also similar to most sewing machines as well.  Threading the head of the machine is super easy, but in case you are new to threading this type of machine, here are the step by step instructions and a nifty diagram (thanks to my owner’s manual)

Threading the Machine Head Juki 350 QVP  Achieving perfect thread tension is essential when sewing and quilting.  Check out these tips and tricks and watch the video tutorial.  #forBeginners #Easy #ForTheHome #DIY #Sewing #troubleshoot #Beginner #simple #video #sewingmachine #quick #tutorial #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore
Threading the Machine Head Juki 350 QVP.  Achieving perfect thread tension is essential when sewing and quilting.  Check out these tips and tricks and watch the video tutorial.  #forBeginners #Easy #ForTheHome #DIY #Sewing #troubleshoot #Beginner #simple #video #sewingmachine #quick #tutorial #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

Ensuring proper overall tension

Proper needle thread tension is like a game of tug of war.  When both sides are equal neither sides are winning.  When one side is winning and one is losing your tension is off.   The key to finding out which way to turn your tension dial is to find out what side is winning and losing.  Is your top thread loose and bottom too tight?  Or is your top thread tight and your bottom loose?  One way that makes this easy to tell is to use a white piece of fabric to test with two different color threads that will show nicely against one another. The graphic below explains this nicely.  I would actually suggest printing the below picture and keeping it with your sewing machine for a quick reference.  Trust me it will come in handy!

Proper Tension for Machine Head Juki 350 QVP.  Achieving perfect thread tension is essential when sewing and quilting.  Check out these tips and tricks and watch the video tutorial.  #forBeginners #Easy #ForTheHome #DIY #Sewing #troubleshoot #Beginner #simple #video #sewingmachine #quick #tutorial #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

I hope you have found this guide helpful in order to achieve the perfect thread tension for your machine!  Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section and I will be sure to try and help!

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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