More About Micro Quilting

So you’ve installed the Micro Handles.  Now what?

Why do you want to consider micro quilting?

Micro quilting gives your quilts additional visual interest and texture. The micro quilting contrasts with your primary motifs and actually makes them stand out in the quilt.

The blocks below use the same quilting motif, but the one on the right is embellished with micro quilting around the primary motif. Look at how micro quilting makes the primary quilting motif visually (and texturally) “pop” in the version on the right.

The sample below shows a variety of micro quilting options you might want to try — from pebbles to micro stippling, to swirls, loops and micro feathers. If you can draw it big, you can quilt it small. The possibilities are truly limitless.

Use Micro Quilting to Dress Up a Simple Quilt

Look at how the micro quilting adds definition to this simple — now elegant — quilt.  (The quilt is called “Not So Plain Jane” and is by Lisa Calle quilt. It is part of the Handi Quilter Quilt Collection.)

 What are other considerations when micro quilting?

Thread choice: Since you’ll be quilting small designs and close together, you’ll  want to use a finer thread than what you use for day-to-day quilting.

That means you need to “think skinny” and pick your favorite 50 wt./#100 thread. Some good choices are:

  • Bottom Line (Superior Threads)
  • So Fine (Superior Threads)
  • Metallic
  • Glitter Monofilament
  • Silk

 Stitch Regulation or Manual: The choice is up to  you. If you are going to use manual mode when micro quilting, we recommend setting the speed to about 35%. If you are going to use stitch regulation, we suggest Cruise mode at 25% and 18 stitches per inch.

Practice drawing: Since micro quilting is a free-motion technique, we suggest that you break out that pad of paper and a pencil and practice drawing a variety of micro quilting filler designs. It won’t be long until you have developed the hand-eye coordination that will translate to the machine when you’re ready to quilt.

Take regular breaks: Although you’ll most likely be seated at a stool while micro quilting, you’ll still want to take regular breaks to give your eyes (and back) a rest. And while you’re quilting, rest your arms on the front poles of the frame.

You’re ready to try your hand at micro quilting!

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