Quilting and sewing machines have fundamental functionalities at a basic level in quilting. However, there is a range of features which functionally differentiate the two. Depending on the primary purpose, one should be guided by the differentiating features of the machines while making a purchase. After establishing the differences, one is required to do an assessment of the core qualities of different sewing machines in order to make the best pick. This involves the assessment of the building design, the properties of different parts depending on the purposes one intends for choosing the right quilting sewing machine.
Differentiation of a quilting and sewing machine
The phenomenal difference is a quilting sewing machines have a wider working space. The standard sewing machine has a considerably smaller workspace. Space to the right of the needle for a quilting sewing machine is largely due to a larger arm which is efficient for bulky projects. This would also necessitate a larger table for ease while working. The standard sewing machine is capable of basic embroidery and quilting. They may not serve the purpose when the patterns are complex. This necessitates being embroidery function which is available only on a quilting machine. The final key difference is that quilting sewing machines have a long quilting arm.
Core features of good quilting sewing machines
Some of the defining functionalities for convenience while quilting is a sizable working table, a frame, and a stitch regulator. An extension table along with the machines considerably larger workspace make quilting more convenient with the handling and movement of the fabrics. The stitch regulator creates an even distribution of the fabric while allowing for free movement all along. This effects a consistency on the distribution of the stitches despite the varying speed and rate of feeding the machine with fabric. A quilting frame is also instrumental in the management of the fabric and quilt production in the event the quilting is being done in massive production. The framework creates a larger work rate by moving the machine around the quilt rather than moving the quilt around the machine.
Application in quilt designs
The core features are instrumental in defining the design of a quilt. A quilt can be broken down into four parts which include the top, the backing, the batting and the binding. This also translates to four phase of the quilting process. The top is the face of the quilt. This involves the quilting patterns rather than the piecing together of the pieces. It forms the piece’s design, based on the colors, fabric, and patterns. Batting gives the fabric density. Battling primarily involves the formulation of the middle layer. Often this comprises of wool, polyester or cotton. Battling may be used to enhance the design of the piece by varying the spreading and the stitching areas. Due to the varying batting density, it is preferable to use an elaborate quilting sewing machine to achieve the expected results in the top as well as the loft of the piece.
Backing involves the formulation of a sandwich at the bottom. It is usually made of two or a single piece of coordinating fabric which blankets the batting in between. Finally, the binding process involves the closing up of the quilt. This may be done by a quilting sewing machine, hand stitching, solid or patterned. In the event of a pattern an elaborate machine quilt machine is recommendable