Machine Quilting with Your Embroidery Machine
February is National Embroidery Month!
If you own an embroidery machine, most likely you’ve added monograms to towels or a cute design to baby clothes. But, did you ever think that your embroidery machine’s hidden talent is to quilt layers of fabric with remarkable finesse? Welcome back embroidery and quilting expert Eileen Roche, who will show you how to double the use of your embroidery machine.
Watch as Eileen shares the magic in quilting on part two of Quilt with an Embroidery Machine in 8 Easy Lessons on this brand new Sewing With Nancy series. If you missed part one, last week, you can always watch it online at NancyZieman.com.
Embroidery isn’t limited to a design created by thread-dense stitches. Swirls or geometric shapes can also be embroidered. For example, the squares, circles, and hexagons as featured in Eileen’s sampler pillow, can easily be quilted with an embroidery machine. The end result is the appearance of stitching that was done by hand or with a long-arm quilting machine.
Use the DIME (Designs in Machine Embroidery) template to align shapes under the embroidery machine. See how on today’s new episode of Sewing With Nancy.
Select a design to fit the shape and let your embroidery machine do the work of a computerized longarm. You’ll be amazed with the simplicity and thrilled with the results.
All-Over Quilting Designs
If you’ve pieced a quilt top but have never taken the time to quilt all the layers together, Eileen’s all-over quilting with an embroidery machine technique is for you. The quilt sandwich is hooped section by section. Templates are used for perfect placement and then the stitching begins with the touch of a button.
Start by drawing a grid over the quilt top using a water-soluble pen. Eileen and I demonstrate how easy it is to quilt in-the-hoop: one shape at a time, one row at a time. We then nestle the subsequent row, stitch, and finish. Watch all the steps to finishing this quilt on Quilt with an Embroidery Machine in 8 Easy Lessons—Part Two.
Continuous Line Quilting
If you’re a quilter first, embroiderer second, you no-doubt appreciate the look of quilts that have been stitched with a continuous design. If your machine has an embroidery unit, you can accomplish the same look that is generally reserved for long-arm quilters. It’s rather magical.
- Use templates to determine placement within the hoop. Eileen shares how on today’s Sewing With Nancy episode.
Eileen and I showcase how this continuous line quilting design can work on a variety of different sized projects.
Easily learn the machine embroidery quilting process. There’s no reason to be intimidated. This easy process is presented from a beginner’s perspective and is broken down into eight easy lessons, including many useful tips and techniques for professional results, which are all included in this machine embroidery starter kit.
The kit includes:
- Quilt with an Embroidery Machine in 8 Easy Lessons book
- Quilt with an Embroidery Machine DVD
- Wonder Under
- Quilting Needles 80/12 and 90/14
- Print & Stick Target Paper
Watch Quilt with an Embroidery Machine in 8 Easy Lessons (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.
For a chance to win a copy of Quilt with an Embroidery Machine DVD from Nancy’s Notions, please leave a comment below.
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How fun this looks! Can’t wait to have time to watch the videos and give it a try. I have plenty of quilt tops just waiting!
I would love to learn how to quilt with my embroidery machine!
I haven’t done this technique but it looks like a fun alternative to quilting on a domestic machine.
What a great package!
This looks like a great package!
Aida Luz Rodriguez
This is a great idea. I have always wanted to quilt with my embroidery machine.
Aida Luz Rodriguez
I have always wanted to quilt with my embroidery machine.
Wow ! What a great idea ! Am thinking this will also be a wonderful way to do a quilt-as-you-go … with real pizzazz ! Thanks !
Linda F. Riley
I have been practicing with my machine some but very little. I really love using the embroidery machine and it has a lot of uses other than embroidery.
Having tools to help with the quilting on a embroider machine would be great.
I really enjoy your shows and pick up tips all the time.
Looks like an interesting way to use my embroidery machine. I’d like to try it.
Lynn M Kuitems
Wow! I have an embroidery machine. What great inspiration to try it this month. Thank you for the idea! I love trying new things and always need to have a stash of presents ready to give so I will make a pillow like your sample and see how it works!
The technology in the new machines is wonderful. Thank you for sharing more options for our machines and ways to get our projects (UFOs) done, as well as tackling new projects!
Thank you for the give-away.
I’ve owned an Embroidery Machine for years and rarely used it as I love to quilt. This will give it new life! BRAVA!
I love this idea! I will have to check this out. Thanks for helping us learn this technique.
I have an older embroidery machine and love to quilt, so I have a great combo. Your designs are beautiful and I would love to win this to help me perfect my quilts.
I have wanted to know how to do this for a very long time! I’ve watched and read lots about it but I’ve just never been brave enough. If I had a tried and true system and tutorial I would love to accomplish this to add to my arsenal of quilting possibilities!! Thanks for the give-away!!
I just ordered the babylock flourish. Can’t wait to get it. I didn’t even know people used embroidery machines for quilting. I would love to learn!
What an amazing way to finish the quilt yourself- not having to send to a longarm!
This looks like so much fun! Can’t wait to try it!
I would like tips on using my embroidery machine. Never quilted on it,
Would love to learn how to do this.
I’m new to quilting and I do have the Ellisimo embroidery machine, which I’m still learning how to do things on it. I would love to win this to help me in my quest to make beautiful quilts!!!!!
I had wanted an embroidery machine for a long time and I finally have one. I LOVE it!! I can’t wait to try this!
Quilting with machine is a bit intimidating, especially when one has spent so much time and effort in the actual making of the quilt, and no one likes to make mistakes. You do such a good job with your presentations and instructions that it does help to build confidence with new techniques. I would love to have a copy of your book.
What a great idea! Thanks for the giveaway!
Great info, I really must try this. Thanks.
I am anxious to watch part 2 on Saturday. Thank you.
I inherited an embroidery machine and would love to try this technique! Thank you for this chance to win this tutorial.
I have always wondered if you could machine embroidery on a quilt and how to do it. Now I know
I watched this series and was truly intrigued! Wonderful ideas! Thank you, Susan
I want so much to learn how to use my embroidery machine to quilt. I’m currently working on a quilt and would love to use my embroidery machine to do the quilting. Thanks for all your great ideas and teachings.
What exciting ideas! I can’t wait to give something new a try. Thank you!
I am fascinated by all this!
I am anxious to try this new technique. I have a small quilt ready for this type of quilting. Can’t wait!
I am a very experienced garment seamstress, but I Have not been too keen on actually quilting, such as stippling. I recently replaced my embroidery machine, and the new one has quilting stitches. I am ready to try this now.
Sylvia M Erspamer
I am an embroiderer that has always pretty much shunned quilting but now, for some reason I do not understand, am becoming interested. I signed up for your block of the month for 2017 (but haven’t started yet-too many projects, so little time). This quilting on the embroidery machine seems very timely for me. I am intrigued. I even have the free motion kit for my BL Alliance but haven’t opened the box yet!
The normal thread-dense embroidery never interested me, but this is enough to get me to look at upgrading to an embroidery machine! (My state-of-the-art-in-1990 machine can’t do this kind of work)
I am reading these tuts and am simply amazed. As a learning quilter, this seems like an wonderful way to make beautiful things. I have a stack of projects waiting for my new embroidery machine and now can hardly wait to try quilting with an embroidery machine.
I have done small quilted projects (like mug rugs) on my embroidery machine but this would be something new to learn.
I’ve always wondered about quilting with my embroidery machine but just couldn’t figure it out. You two are making it seem possible for me. Thank you for the inspiration.
This is terrific! I cannot wait to try it! I’m so excited to be able to complete my creations without looking any farther than my own embroidery machine. Thank you Nancy and Eileen!
Great tutorials. I have two tops that need quilting and two on the way. I would love to Quilt them with my Babylock!
Eileen is brilliant! Thanks for producing these programs.
I have used my embroidery machine for quilting, but I think the book and starter kit would be very helpful. I’d love to win!
I’ve quilted one small quilt with my embroidery machine. It was mostly trial and error! I’d love to win this kit and learn to do it properly!
I have the Brother Dream machine and I want to start quilting with it. I am afraid I will ruin a quilt, so I need direction. This looks good.
I have learned so much from Nancy Zieman and her tutorials . I have an embroidery machine but have never quilted with for lack of confidence, but I am sure I could do it with Nancy’s help. I would so love a chance to win this great tool that I am sure would help me to accomplish quilting with my embroidery machine. I love your show and watch every chance I get . Thank you.
I would love this! I am trying to find my favorite way of quilting with my machine. I am practicing doodling and fmq. This looks like a wonderful method.
This is such a wonderful idea. I can’t wait to try it.
You always have the best ideas! My embroidery machine gets so little use, this would definitely make it happy! (Being in a bag under the sewing table can’t be much fun, can it?)
Thanks so much for the wonderful lesson on using your embroidery machine. I am so excited to start using my machine to do this.
I have quilted several pieces on the sewing machine, but have always found it daunting. I am anxious to try again with techniques presented here.
Wow, that’s a great way to quilt. I’m so unsure of quilting that shy away from even trying.. This would give me a jump start on confidence to do quilting. Thanks
The embroidery function on my machine gets very little use as I’m primarily a quilter. This technique would allow me to use it to its full capability. Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks for the lessons. I love to learn how to use my embroidery machine in different ways. So gratifying to see the results.
Linda E in AZ
I have quilted for years but am still a reluctant machine embroiderer, so this might be just the thing to help me gain a little confidence so that I can charge forward.
I am a fairly new quilter and have a Baby Lock Ellageo e2, which is an embroidery machine phased out, so I don’t have much help from the dealer, but I watch your TV series and get a lot of helpful ideas, so I think this series and kit is just the thing for me. I have 10 grandchildren I am making quilts for and want to do everything myself, so I have been hesitant to finish it with the quilting. Thanks, Nancy
This book would provide me the direction I need to quilt the 50+ quilt tops I have waiting. I make quilts for Project Linus as well as items for my church’s ministry. I m so anxious to finish my quilts (wips) so that I can tackle completing the 69+ (UFOs) I have yet to pieced. Quilting is my passion and my stress relief.
This is a great way to get back into using my embroidery machine since I have lots of charity quilt tops that need to be quilted. Thanks for the chance to win this kit.
This looks like so much fun. I will try this.
I love my Babylock Ellageo Plus and would really like to start quilting in the hoop! I’m concerned about how it looks from the back though since the back of embroidered items can get messy.
Paula, the underside looks quite nice! Since the stitching is designed for quilting, it isn’t dense on the underside. I was pleased!
I have just recently purchased an embroidery machine. This is a great idea to get additional use out of my machine. I look forward to watching the videos online and putting the information to work for me. Thanks.
What a wonderful solution for those of us who are free motion impaired! Thanks for the chance to win.
I have a new embroidery machine and would love to learn how to do this. Thanks for the opportunity!
I have a Singer XL400 – is there a 6×10 magnetic hoop for it? I have used it to embroider quilts, but it’s always such a hassle rehooping and aligning. My machine doesn’t have the function to align the needle like yours does.
Jeannie, here is information on the snap hoop. Check if your machine fits the needed requirements: http://www.shop.dzgns.com/products/snap-hoop
Thanks Nancy. It looks like there is 5×7 for my CE250, but not one for my larger machine and hoop. Oh well.
There are snap hoops sizes: 4 x 4 and 6 x 8.
Also, check out the monster hoops: http://www.nancysnotions.com/product/monster+snap+hoop+4+x+4+baby+lock+brother.do
As I am not familiar with all machines, please check your owner’s manual again the listed sizes to see if there is a size for you. T
Thank you for asking,
I am a new embroidery machine owner and would love to learn how to use it for quilting. I often use quilt as you go to break up the quilting process and this would be one more way to move forward.
Love my embroidery machine and am very interested in using it to quilt. It would make things so much easier!
One of my first projects when I purchased my sewing/quilting/embroidery combo machine was to piece and quilt a lap-size quilt using machine embroidery. Sure could have used this book and DVD to guide me then, as I did a lot of ripping when things didn’t go as planned!
I’m ready for some quilting fun!
My daughter has an embroidery machine. I would love to be able to quilt on it!
The things an embroidery machine can do. So much to learn. It would be great to win this.
I just got an embroidery machine and a magnetic hoop. It’s time I tried this out!
I would love to try this. A challenge but I am sure it would be fun to do!!
Love the ideas for stepping out of the box from the usual embroidery designs to incorporating quilting with the embroidery machine.
I would love to learn this technique. I purchased Stream of Flowers but was told it is not really a beginners pice. These simple projects would be a great place to start! Thanks!
Thank you so very much for this fantastic video. Quilting with my embroidery machine is something I always wanted to do. Your way is the easiest to do, so very happy to see your method. Have a beautiful day.
I would love to try this technique on my embroidery machine. I purchased Stream of Flowers but was told it is jnot really a beginners piece. Thanks!
Just a few words this time around: I really need that kit!!
This is such a wonderful new method of quilting! I have two quilt tops that I can’t wait to try this on!
I would love to learn how to quilt my quilts with my embroidery machine.
I’ve been interested in trying this but haven’t taken the plunge yet. I’m nervous about repositioning after each hooping so things line up.
ANN MARIE BECKEMEYER
This whole concept is fascinating! I would love to use my embroidery machine to finish my quilts. Then I could truly say that I made the entire quilt.
Thanks for the training to learn how to quilt with our embroidery machines! Can’t wait to learn more about it!
Would love to learn continuous hoop quilting. Have done motifs before.
I would love to have this! I have most of Nancy’s books and have attended several seminars at different locations. Her knowledge is limitless. I own an Elegante machine and don’t feel as though I have used it to it’s full capability. I have always had my quilts quilted by a long arm. This would be super to be able to do them myself. Thank you!
I have a “Dream Machine” which I have used for embroidery. I have been considering using the Anita Goodesign quilt piecing designs for some quilting, but I was not sure I appreciated how the backs would look. This gives me a whole new option. Seems I need to add your book/kit to my wish list. Looking forward to a new experience. Thank Nancy
I just did 3 days of stitch in the ditch. This looks much better!
Winter is a great time to quilt.
I have learned from Nancy for as long as she has been on TV. It’s been a wonderful trip as I am basically self taught. Keep up the good work and thanks.
Great idea. I have several quilt tops to quilt and that would be a
good way to quilt them. Thanks for the ideas.
I am going to buy a embroidery machine next week,so the video is just great,I will be able to have a go at this ,it is just brilliant. Thank you so much for showing me this
Love Eileen Roche and Nancy together. Great way to quilt with my Destiny!
Thanks for the chance to win this book. I am pretty new to quilting and doing tge actual quilting makes me nervous. This makes it look very doable
What an Awesome idea!
Love to piece quilts, love to quilt on my domestic machine and just finished digitizing a quilt motif for a quilt, fun, fun, fun.
Patricia M Radloff
Not really being a quilter, this looks like a great learning tool! Anxious to try this method.
i love to quilt, but I really haven’t been able to master free-motion quilting. Quilting in the hoop would be wonderful solution to my quilting problems!
This is great. I have several tops to quilt. This sounds like something I would like to do.
This idea is genius. Thanks!
I learned to quilt and have to take pride in what I do, simple but nice. To be able to finish the project makes it that much more a project I DID All By My Self. I can say zip did it ALL to show people. ITHE MAKES IT SPECIAL AND GIVES ME PRIDE IN MY WORK, The books make it look simple, can,the wait time try.
I just tried to free motion a wall hanging it didn’t turn out at all I was so disappointed in it. This looks like a great book to learn from for my embroidery machine to help me out. I have quite a few projects that need finished.
I am excited about trying this just need to go back and watch the videos. Thank you.
Fascinating…quilting with an embroidery machine. Jenny
I am so excited to be able to use my Babylock Spirit in a quilting way. Great video.
I am a 72 year old quilter. I have a Ellure els Babyloc embroidery machine that I got about 10 years ago. Of course I have made Baby blankets etc. with embroidery designs om over the years. I have also pieced and quilted quilts on this machine. I just started to free motion quilts and have made a super king, a queen and am working on another queen. I love fabrics and working with it. This series has piqued my interest in using my embroidery pattern for my machine to try this for a large quilt I did a baby quilt for a friend when I first got the machine but haven’t thought to do another one because of the weight and size. I would love to have thus book and dvd for my new learning curve. Thank you for the new knowledge.
It’s hard to believe that you can do continuous line quilting by machine, can’t wait to try it
I have just a beginners embroidery machine, I’m not sure it’s capable of doing all that you are saying. But it sure sounds like a great idea and when I get familiar with my machine (I just got it) I’ll try it out.
I’ve done some quilting with embroidery stitches, but would like to become much better at doing it.
I have always wanted to learn how to quilt and since I have an embroidery machine this would be a great way for me to learn a new skill. Thanks for the chance to win this great book .
Love this idea. I have a few quilts I need to finish…
I would love to learn how to quilt with my embroidery machine. Thank you for presenting this series.
I love to free motion quilt so I am intrigued by using my embroidery machine to quilt!
My hands will no longer tolerate quilting by hand so I have been seeking alternatives as I can’t imagine giving it up entirely! I can’t wait to give this a try.
Can’t wait to try this!
I’ve done some in the hoop quilting with my Destiny on smaller projects. I love the look of the continuous design but have no idea how to even start. Anything that can improve my skills and make full use of my machine is always welcome!
Looks like a fun new project to try
I have tried doing this in a quilt-as-you-go method but I would love to learn how to do it as an embroidery function on a quilt. Thanks for the opportunity!
What a great technique! I continually marvel at all the wonderful things my embroidery machine can do. It takes quilting to a whole new level.
Mary Jayne Hamilton
Something new to learn!! I’m always amazed at what embroidery machines can do! Forever thankful for the people that are comfortable going outside the box!
Loved part 1. It was very informative. I now have another use for my Brother embroidery machine. Thanks. Anxious to try this.
I’ve had good luck using one of your previous embroidery machine quilting books and would love to give this one a try.
Thank you for the chance to win this wonderful package on how to quilt with my embroidery machine. This is just the information I have been searching for and could definitely use!
I just got an embroidery machine. Can’t wait to try this!
Thank you so much for this wonderful information. I can’t wait to use it. My quilting will be so much more interesting.
Just like you, Nancy, I too have quilt tops I have pieced and put aside to deal with later. This looks like a great way to complete the projects.
I can’t wait to try this!
Would love to win a copy. I feel this can only help to make a better design. Thanks for the chance.
I have a lap quilt I’m making for a very special friend turning 90 years old this year. It is ready to quilt and I have been studying ways to do this in my new and first embroidery machine. I am convinced I will finally enjoy quilting all my own quilts with this method and can’t wait to use it this very special quilt to celebrate my friend!
What a great lesson in using an embroidery machine to quilt! I have completed two quilts this way, and yes, I had to do a lot of hooping, but it was well worth it. When I quilted the second one, I used a magnetic hoop, and I would recommend getting one if possible because , as Nancy showed, you just move and reposition the quilt without having to remove the hoop from the machine. I know that I will use some of the ideas in this lesson to finish my next quilt.
wanting to learn more on quilting with my embroidery machine. Tired of it sitting next to me and doing nothing.
I would love to be able to do this. I hope the book explains how to find/purchase the designs and exactly how to get them loaded onto the embroidery machine.
I would love to have this. If I don’t win I will try to save enough to get this. I would love to be able to do a good job free motion quilting but so far that hasn’t happened .
Kim M Harrington
I love using my Destiny 2 for quilting in the hoop! I am just finishing one of Eileen’s patterns “Life’s a Beach.” I also love the magnetic Monster hoops for this technique.
Mary Lou Skillin
What a wonderful idea! My quilts would look so much better if I used my embroidery machine. I would like to learn how. Thank you.
OH!!! YES, PLEASE!!! I have used my embroidery feature before to quilt a small quilt. What a nice feature and use of my machine to achieve quality results. Would LOVE to learn Eileen’s continuous quilting technique and use on any one of my UFO’s just waiting to be quilted!!!
Eileen gives me confidence; it looks like I can really quilt my own quilts.
Deborah A Jackson
Now this looks like something I can do. My embroidery machine is sitting there looking like the most intimidating purchase I ever made. I mean I’mstill trying to figure out how to use 2 years later.
Patsy A Allen
Just enjoyed seeing this about embroidery machine quilting and it looks awesome, puts such a pretty finishing touch to any quilting project. Just got a new Baby Lock Journey after using another one for several years and want to try this. Thank you for sharing it with us!!
I m going to try to use my embroidery machine,when I got it ,I was I’ll and then my husband so never got lessons! Do you have any ideals of how I can learnn,tryed following the instructions ,but am missing a step? Help
What an interesting technique! I would love to learn how to quilt with my embroidery machine. Thanks for the great giveaway.
I am a beginner and nervous, but Nancy you always make it easy to learn. Love you tutorials. Keep up your good work.
This looks like a lot of fun. I am not sure I have the patience for it but would love to give it a try! Nice to have various ways to do/use things!
Hi, I love this series and would be very happy to win the DVD. I would really like to learn to quilt on my embroidery machine since I can’t fmq very well. Thank you!
this could save me so much money!!! how cool, I totally want to learn this
That looks like so much fun and so many possibilities! Would love to learn!
How beautiful and exciting this looks. Just had it appear on my phone today.
Just learning to do machine quilting! This would be a great help!
This concept is amazing and just opened my eyes to new possibilities with my sewing/embroidery machine. I can’t wait to try this with my next quilt.
I wondered how well this quilting technique would hold up to repeated washings? I would love to try it on a baby quilt, but I’m not sure how well the knots at each start and stop point would hold up. Does anyone have experience with this?
The knots are very secure. To make sure, you could test the technique on a block and wash it several times to make certain.
What a great idea and package. FUN, FUN, FUN.
Thank you for the time you put into these classes, etc. I remember watching “Sewing with Nancy” with my mother. She is not here with us, but this site gives me warm memories and I want to thank you for that. I just recently started quilting with my embroidery machine- so I am excited to be able to follow the lessons. You talent is appreciated!
This is very exciting! What a great technique. I love all your shows and have learned so much from you. You are a blessing!
What a great technique. All your shows are great. I have learned so much from you. Thank you!
Good idea. Why didn’t I think of that??
I wondered if this was possible. Can’t wait to learn more.
I am so glad I found this! Where can I find the patterns to do this??
HI Brittney, Within each blog post are links to the products. But here’s a direct link. http://www.nancysnotions.com/product/quilt+with+an+embroidery+machine+in+8+easy+lessons+book.do?extid=fbnz&code=NNOADV-1310
HI Brittney, Within each blog post are links to the products. But here’s a direct link to Quilting with an Embroidery Machine in 8 Easy Lessons. http://www.nancysnotions.com/product/quilt+with+an+embroidery+machine+in+8+easy+lessons+book.do?extid=fbnz&code=NNOADV-1310
This is awsome! Can you recommend additional designs for quilting motifs? Curious as to what else is out there!
Here are additional designs
Thank you for following along! Here are products that give additional quilting options: http://www.shop.dzgns.com/search?x=0&y=0&q=stipple
I just seen this on Facebook today Pinterest I can’t wait to give this a try. Is it too late?
I am excited. Can’t wait to try this!
I was really inspired by your show. I have been trying this technique for years, but without great success. I hope to be able to figure out how to download embroidery designs that will work for me. Thank you for your help
Im still a beginner at quilting. I definitely want to know how to order ur kit quilting with a embroidery machine. I recently upgraded to a embroidery machine to learn how i can do a continous quilting pattern in my quilts.