I've been getting tons of questions about the gloves I'm wearing in all of the videos and the other tools I use to make free motion quilting easier.
There's actually several very specific items that I use on a daily basis and you can learn more about them in this video:
Here's a list of the tools I mentioned:
Machingers™ Quilting Gloves - Lightweight, comfortable gloves with rubber tips that increase your grip and control over the quilt.
Supreme Slider™ - This is a teflon coated sheet that reduce the drag between your quilt and the surface of your machine so you can move your quilt quicker with more precise movements.
Little Genie Magic Bobbin Washers - Teflon rings for your bobbin case that help your bobbin to evenly feed and improves the look of your stitching on the back of your quilt.
Fiskars Softgrip® Scissors - For clipping Trapunto, these scissors are a must have! The wide handles make for a much more comfortable experience so you can clip for hours with no problem.
Clover Seam Ripper - Perfectly designed to rip out even the smallest quilting stitches.
The Pin Place - This is a small magnet attached to a suction cup that will literally stick to your sewing table or machine and hold your single "cheater" needle so you will always remember to hide your loose threads.
Some readers have also asked about my sewing machine and about the foot I use in the videos.
For the record, I quilt on a Juki TL-98QE which I bought from Sew Vac Direct. I detail my machine and the modifications I've made to it in this video:
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UPDATE! A fellow quilting modifier, Stephanie D has also broken her foot! Here's her photos with explanations on the modifications she made. Just click on the image to see a larger version and read the text.Finally, I feel like I really need to drive home my point about your sewing machine setup.
I truly believe that you can quilt even king sized quilts on a domestic sewing machine so long as you follow 2 simple rules:
1. DON'T roll your quilt up into a log.
2. Set up your machine so that the left side and back are blocked with a wall.
It's really that simple! Since I changed my quilting setup I've noticed a huge difference not only in the ease of free motion quilting, but also in less wear and tear on my body.
I've got a third video on setting up your tables so the weight of your quilt is always on one flush surface: