Renae Allen was our guest instructor at our August guild meeting - WHAT A TREAT!
Renae is the mastermind behind a product called Skillbuilder for Machine Quilters. She designed panels of printed fabric that you and I can use to practice machine quilting on our home sewing machines. She also has companion books available to go with the panels to give you the basics of home machine quilting, along with her tips, ideas, and patterns.
Renae talked to us about many aspects of machine quilting including how to mark a quilt. Her suggestions were: chalk wheel, pounce pad, Sulky transfer pen, blue marker, and Golden Threads Quilting Paper. The picture below shows the Golden Threads paper. She said tissue paper can also work.
Renae gave many tips on how she machine quilts on her sewing machine. A few of her tips were to use bike clips along with an accordion style folding of the quilt to make it fit nicely under the arm of the sewing machine and to keep track of the bulk as you quilt. She also mentioned that if you buy a throat plate with a round hole rather than a normal throat plate with a larger opening, it won't suck your quilt into the hole and you will have a better turnout.