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Machine quilting with the Brother NQ900

by Jean Boyd

Yesterday I showed you how I used decorative stitches on the Brother NQ900 machine to embellish my table runner. I was so pleased with the variety of stitches available and how easy they were to use!

The Brother NQ900, one of the machines in the Q-series line-up.

Brother NQ900, one of the machines in the Q-series line-up

Here’s a great video about using the decorative stitches on the NQ900 machine.

How To Sew Decorative Stitches On A Brother Sewing Machine – YouTube

If you have a Brother sewing machine, here’s how to select, adjust, and sew decorative stitches. I’m using a Brother NQ900 sewing machine, which is part of B…

Now it’s time for quilting the little table runner that I started on Monday! First I pin-basted the top to some light-weight batting and a cotton backing.

The table runner is pin-basted before quilting with the NQ900 sewing machine.

Pin basting the table runner

I decided to quilt with monofilament thread. Because this thread tends to unwind quickly and can become tangled, I used the thread net that comes with the NQ900 to hold the thread in place. It worked perfectly!

The monofilament thread used for quilting is held in place with a thread net.The large net was folded to fit around the spool.

Monofilament thread held in place with a thread net

I chose a serpentine stitch (#52 from the utility stitch panel) for my quilting and lengthened and widened the stitch to the settings shown in the picture.

The serpentine stitch is selected and then adjusted to a width of 3.0 and a length of 1.6. This is stitch #52 from the utility stitch panel on the NQ900.

Serpentine stitch widened to 3.0 and lengthened to 1.6

I used the walking foot that comes with the NQ900 and quilted about ½” from each seam line. The NQ900 had no trouble handling the different weights and textures of the fabric and the monofilament thread worked very well to give the look I wanted.

The serpentine stitch on the NQ900 sewing machine is used for quilting the table runner using monofilament thread.

Serpentine stitch quilting using monofilament thread

Now it’s time for the binding. I cut the binding strips 3″ wide for a ½” finished binding. You can see my detailed instructions for sewing on the binding in my August 11, 2016 post on QUILTsocial.

The binding was sewn to the edge of the quilted table runner using the walking foot and a scant ½” seam. Again, it’s a good idea to do a test run first on some scraps to get the right seam allowance for your fabric. You want to make sure the binding folds neatly to the back. I finished by hand stitching the binding on the back of the table runner.

And here’s my table runner all finished!

The finished table runner made with the Brother NQ900 sewing machine.

The finished table runner

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I used the Brother NQ900 machine to do the machine quilting on my table runner.

Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you some machine applique using decorative stitches that are so easy to use on the Brother NQ900 machine!

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: Using decorative stitches on the new Brother NQ900 sewing machine

Go to part 4: Machine applique using the Brother NQ900



Lori Morton March 5, 2017 - 9:58 pm

What a fun way to quilt!! LOOOVE it!! Very impressed with the Machine too! 🙂

Sue Thornton March 5, 2017 - 2:35 pm

I love the decorative stitches. They would be wonderful on a crazy quilt


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