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3 machine features that make finishing a miniature quilt super easy

 

I’ve been working all week on THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother to embroider the top of a miniature quilt. It looks SO cute stitched out that I just can’t wait to get it quilted and bound! It did help to have the opportunity to align the design and know how to minimize rethreading when there are a lot of thread color changes in a small design!

THE Dream Machine 2
THE Dream Machine 2

 

After I removed the fabric from the embroidery hoop, I pulled off the Sulky Totally Stable stabilizer from the back of the embroidery.

 

Remove the stabilizer
Remove the stabilizer

 

Next, I layered the embroidered fabric, batting and backing and used my Odif 505 spray to fuse it all together so that I could start quilting.

 

The quilt sandwich
The quilt sandwich

 

The dual feed foot

I then replace the embroidery W+ foot with the dual feed foot that came with THE Dream Machine 2. This foot is AMAZING for machine quilting as it pulls all of the quilt sandwich layers through at the same time which results in beautiful stitches with no puckering at all!

 

The dual feed foot and embroidery W+ foot
The dual feed foot and embroidery W+ foot

 

The regular bobbin case (with the green screw) also needed to be put back in to replace the embroidery bobbin case that I had been using with the embroidery foot.

 

Replacing the bobbin case
Replacing the bobbin case

 

Just like the embroidery foot, the dual feed foot needs to be plugged into the back of THE Dream Machine 2.

 

Side view of the dual feed foot
Side view of the dual feed foot

 

The guideline marker

The guideline marker button appears on the LCD screen while sewing. Once pressed, it activates the laser light which can be used to help line up your stitching while straight line machine quilting using the dual feed foot.

 

The guideline marker button
The guideline marker button

 

With the laser guideline showing me the way, I used the dual feed foot to machine quilt “in the ditch” around each block and cornerstone.

 

Using the laser pointing for quilting
Using the laser pointing for quilting

 

I also quilted some straight lines through the blocks along the “seams”. This helped to give the embroidery some dimension and made the blocks look even more “quilt-like”.

 

Quilting through the "blocks"
Quilting through the “blocks”

 

The presser foot lifter

I love using the presser foot lifter button on THE Dream Machine 2! The machine also comes with a knee lift, but I really prefer using the button. It’s especially handy when used in combination with the needle down function. When you’re machine quilting straight lines you just stop at the end of the line, the needle goes down, you push the button to lift the foot and you can pivot the fabric around to line up your next quilting line – it’s perfect!

 

The "Presser Foot Lifter" button
The “Presser Foot Lifter” button

 

Next I made the binding for the miniature quilt. The guideline marker is so awesome for sewing that mitered seam between strips of binding. For more info on binding a quilt, check out my QUILTsocial post from October 2014.

 

Sewing the mitred seam
Sewing the mitred seam

 

The dual feed foot on THE Dream Machine 2 is also great for sewing binding onto the edge of a quilt.

 

Attaching the binding
Attaching the binding

 

The dual feed foot is also super for topstitching the binding! I just fold the binding around to the back of the quilt, making sure that the folded edge extends past the stitching line. Then I use a thread that matches the top of the quilt and I topstitch right along the edge of the binding on the front of the quilt, making sure to catch the folded edge on the back.

I added my label and …done!

 

Topstitching the binding
Topstitching the binding

 

Here it is – my finished miniature quilt! As you can see it fits perfectly on the bed of THE Dream Machine 2. It looks so sweet and it was so much easier than piecing a quilt that size! My son said it’s “cheating” but I disagree – I think it was more like thinking outside the box!

 

The finished miniature quilt
The finished miniature quilt

 

Thanks for joining me this week! I’ll see you again next month – who knows what I’ll be creating with this great machine!

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: 1 way to minimize thread changes during embroidery with THE Dream Machine 2

I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website www.fairfieldroaddesigns.com.

1 Comment

  1. Brenda chaytor

    Lots of wonderful ideas here.

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