Beginners who want to learn quilting can start by practicing with basic hand quilting techniques. Basic hand quilting techniques can help you to achieve wonderful result in your quilting projects.
Before you begin quilting, make sure you have already got ready all the necessary supplies. Some of the general supplies for hand quilting include scissor, needle, needle threaded, thimble, and quilter’s hoop. You cannot use ordinary thread for hand quilting. Hand quilting thread is coated with wax. If you want to save money, you can coat the ordinary thread with a quilter’s beeswax.
It is best that you use a short needle. Long needle is difficult to control. Short needle can help you to control the stitch length. You will need a quilting frame to prevent the quilt sandwich from sliding during the quilting process.
One of the popular hand quilting techniques is to work the quilt from the center to the surrounding and sides. Working the quilt from the center will make it more professional looking. It can be more difficult to start the quilt from the middle. Once you get used to it, you will feel comfortable.
You should use a thread of at least 18” to begin quilting. If you use a longer thread, you can easily get tangles. If you use a shorter thread, you will find yourself having to switch thread from time to time.
You must first tie a knot at the thread end. After tying the knot, you can start threading the needle. The knot should not be too big. After threading the needle, you can pull it through the back of the quilt to begin sewing the quilt. When the needle reaches the top of the fabric, you must give it a slight tug so that the knot will not be visible in the quilt.
Professional stitches are small and even. You should do your best to keep the stitches straight and even. For beginners, it is recommended that you quilt 6 stitches per inch. Professional quilters will be able to make more stitches per inch as they have already mastered the hand quilting techniques.
The correct hand quilting techniques for quilters is to keep one hand above and one hand below. The hand below the quilt must be stable. It is important to use equal tension every time you pull the thread. Beginners can practice hand quilting on small projects such as a pillow case. After you have practiced on several small projects, you will find yourself having enough confidence to quilt larger projects.