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Sew thick seams quickly using the PFAFF passport 2.0 IDT system

by Sarah Vanderburgh

I’m getting creative this week with some selvage fabric and the PFAFF passport 2.0. In yesterday’s post, I cut the selvage fabric into side and corner triangles for a quilted mini wall quilt. Today I’m assembling the top and quilting it using the passport 2.0.

Sew on point rows together

To assemble an on-point project I turn my head a bit to the left to see which seams should line up. For the wall quilt, the left side triangle of the row above lines up with the side edge of the letter block below. This continues for each row until the top is assembled.

First two rows of wall quilt laid out on ironing board

Sew on-point rows together to make the wall quilt top.

The seams on this project are thick as the selvages are sewn onto foundation fabric to make a total of 4 layers passing under the needle. The LED lights and IDT system help to accurately sew the rows together. The IDT System easily handles the layers under the needle. I use the needle-down button and no pins for these short seams.

Project rows on passport 2.0 being sewn by the machine

Sew rows together using regular straight stitch.

Get ready to quilt

I press all the final seams then trim the seam allowance on all sides of the wall quilt to ¼”. I’m layering the wall quilt top with batting and backing. I used a fusible batting and no pins for this project. You can pin it inside the letter blocks before bringing the piece to the machine if you prefer.

Wall quilt top on top of batting and backing on cutting mat

Sandwich the layers of backing, batting and wall quilt top for quilting.

Wind bobbin thread

Wind a bobbin of thread in a color that matches the solid fabric – for me that’s white. It’s easy to wind the bobbin on the top of the PFAFF passport 2.0. I use the start/stop button but you can also use the foot pedal. When the bobbin spool is pushed into place for winding, the passport 2.0’s display will flash to let you know the machine is set for winding. The bobbin winding is done on top of the machine.

Bobbin on bobbin spool on top of passport 2.0 sewing machine

Bobbin winding takes place on the top of the passport 2.0.

Stitch in the Ditch Quilting

I did a simple stitch in the ditch quilting to secure the layers on the wall quilt. I lined up the center opening on the 1A presser foot and used the needle down button to quilt. I started off the top and then sewed in the ditch at the letter block seams diagonally past two letter blocks then off the opposite edge of the wall quilt. I did this until all seams of the letter blocks had been stitched in.

Quilting the wall quilt on the passport 2.0 with presser foot lined up at letter u block

Stitch in the ditch of the solid fabric letter blocks.

The PFAFF passport 2.0 can easily handle quilting through the multiple layers of this project. Thanks to the LED lights and the IDT System I made quick work of this quilting step. It’s so close to done – stay tuned!

This is part 4 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 3: Using selvage fabric as setting triangles for a mini wall quilt

Go to part 5: Selvage Mini Wall Quilt | Ideas for leftover selvages


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