Monday, August 29, 2011

quilting tip : using painter's tape as a stitch guide


I'm working on a new quilt that I wanted to finish with straight line quilting. I typically use my sewing machine foot as a guide to determine the width of my quilted lines, which means they are usually about a quarter of an inch wide. I really love the result of quilting like that, but it takes a long time to finish. Seriously, a really long time. And I just didn't have the time to spend on this quilt because I've got a deadline that I need to adhere to on it, and I also wanted to incorporate some other quilting techniques in it, so I used some blue painter's tape as a stitch guide instead.



I love this stuff! I'm surprised how often I use it in my studio. Thankfully, Jeff uses it a lot too, so we usually have a bunch of it on hand.



I cut and measured a piece of tape, folded it in half over itself, and adhered the open end of the tape to both the top and bottom of my presser foot.



I use the edge of the painter's tape as a guide, keeping the edge of the tape running along the previous line of stitches. With this technique, my quilting lines are just about three-quarters of an inch in width. If you want your quilting lines to be farther apart, you could use a longer length of tape; if you'd like them more narrow, just use a shorter length.

So far, this little trick is working out really well! Hopefully it will work well for you too!




8 comments:

Sara said...

So I have been using a whole strip of tape for the whole line top to bottom!

Using your tip from now on Heather-lol!! Thanks:)

Sallie said...

Thanks for the tip! I'd been using a long strip of tape taped to my quilt. I like your idea much better! Will definitely have to try your method.

Mary said...

I also use painters tape although I mark a whole line of stitching. I have always been able to re-use the tape several times. Painters tape is great!

Leslie said...

what a great tip...i use painters tape right on my machine to make sure that i have a proper 1/4 inch

diana said...

When I need larger space between quilting lines, I usually keep the needle on the left, not in the middle. It's not much, but it's difference.

Now I gotta go goole the painter's tape :)

Katy Cameron said...

Fab idea, and nice and cheap to do too :o)

Sharon Pernes said...

I use painters tape all the time, but I love your technique! Thanks for sharing

Jean said...

painter's tape is one of my go-to-tools in my studio.

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