Can You Quilt on a Regular Sewing Machine?

Would you like to do makes quilts on your regular sewing machine? Even though it takes some time, it is still possible. If your sewing machine can sew a straight stitch, then it can also be used for quilting. You can, therefore, make your quilt beautiful and add all kinds of textures you want with a regular machine.

In general, a person can quilt on a regular sewing machine and does not need a device specialized for quilts. Quilts are like any other sewn item, but they just happen to be thicker. So the settings of a typical sewing machine can often be adjusted to accommodate a thicker item.

Whether you are an advanced quilter or a starter who wants to experience the fun side of quilting, having the right quilting machine is all that matters. In previous times, people were used to doing quilt projects with their hands. But today, everything is different. We live in a rapidly changing world, and everything is changing fast. Even today, there are various types of sewing machines that have been upgraded a lot.

As a starter sewer, numerous questions get in your head, and the most important one may be whether the regular sewing machines can do the quilting job as expected. It is still possible to handle your quilting process with a regular sewing machine, although the results won’t be the same when using a special quilting machine.

While it is possible to use a regular machine, a quilting machine is still the best as it has various add-ons and has excellent capabilities. That being said, the two are very different.

How do you Quilt with a Beginner Sewing Machine?

Have you ever wished to quilt on a beginner sewing machine? Many have thought about this several times, but they fall back after thinking of the challenges they might get through and end up in misery. But, you can quilt with a beginner sewing machine properly. This is how it is done;

1. Find a Big Table Surface

Before starting the quilting process, ensure a huge surface to prevent some of the material from falling as the gravity will hinder you from working perfectly. Besides, the stitches won’t be fit if the quilt keeps on dropping down. Ideally, you get a sewing machine with a large surface area to place a quilt without dropping down. If you can’t find a large sewing machine, then arrange tables around you.

2. Start by Making Smaller Units.

Do not get loaded up with huge quilts, as it will bring more frustration. Since you are using a regular sewing machine, it is better to start by sewing smaller units. Besides, don’t sew too little fabric as you may sew your finger instead. A small unit can range from 36-50 inches maximum.

3. Select a Simple Shaped Block

You should select a simple square block in the diagonal since it works well. The more shapes you add, the more complicated the design will be.

4. The Sewing Process

Use a gridded cardboard and follow the grid line. Put the right side of the backing piece down and keep it flat. You can use a heating machine or an iron to make it flat. Then spray the backing piece with a basting spray.

Do the same to the remaining two batting pieces and make sure they are all flat together. You can press by an iron. When using polyester, use a cool iron that will prevent it from shrinking. Now you’re ready to sew. Make sure you sew all the edges. Prepare the second unit of backing—batting and topping by following the same process.

If you have a small project, start sewing your quilt from the edges. If it is larger, divide the fabric into four squares and design from the centre of every square’s edge. For beginners, ensure you select the backing piece appropriately. A dark fabric will show mistakes you few mistakes that you made. As such, you won’t be able to easily find the skipped stitch or fallout threads.

5. Binding

This is where you line the batting together. You to make two types of binding. The front folded binding of 1.5 inches, and the back unfolded binding of 1 inch. Fold the front binding using an ironing machine. To begin the quilting process, place the 1-inch strand on the right side up and cover it using a block edge. 

Then place a 1.5-inch strand on top of the two pieces. Ensure that the raw side is to the right.
Align the three sections properly using the gridding cardboard. Then, place them on the beginner sewing machine to sew all three sections with a ¼ inch seam allowance.

After sewing, you will find that the back binding inch has reduced to approximately1/2 an inch. Change the block right side down and press out the back binding. Take the other block right side down. Put the first block on the top of the second one right side down. Make sure you align the back binding edge with the second block and give it a good stitch.

Take the blocks right side up and flip over the first binding of 1.5 inches. Align it properly with the second block and press using an ironing machine, and sew it. Do the same to the opposite side and give it a good look. You are done with quilting!

How do you Quilt on a Domestic Sewing Machine?

Some people love the quilting on a domestic sewing machine. It is not that hard. Here is how one can quilt on a domestic sewing machine;

Before quilting, ensure that you baste well. This is the most fun and important part of quilting. The three layers of the quilt should be flat and smooth. And you can use an iron. Use spray baster to press the quilt after basting.

The use of a large table surface is ideal. This will prevent the material from dropping off from the table. A large table will give you ample time to work. You won’t be forced to pick the fabric from the flow every time they drop.

Select the Needle and Thread. To match the thread weight and size of the needle, use a needle of size 80/12 with the thread weight of 40-50 and a needle of size 90 with the thread weight of 28-30. Sharp needles are perfect and will allow better penetration.

Match the Top and Bobbin Threads. When using a domestic match to quilt, use the same thread colour in the top and bobbin. This helps in hiding the tension issues. Besides, there will be no problem with different thread colours poking through the top or back of the quilt. Therefore, you should think of the kind of fabric for the backing of your quilt.

Sketching. You can add sketch designs you like to your quilt. It will give the quilt an amazing look. Furthermore, you can add various sketches of different designs on the quilt. It all depends on your needs.

Stitching. Poor stitching can make a quilt look ugly. It will not appear great. The extensive stitching needed to make the quilt is ideal, and it can’t be overlooked. Thus, make sure you know how to stitch well.

Can you Quilt a King-Size Quilt on a Regular Sewing Machine?

It is possible. But, it is quite hard due to its size. You can’t compare quilting a quilt for a small table with a quilt for a king-size bed. But, you will surely be frustrated at one point due to moving this big thing over tables. All in all, patience is the key.

First of all, ensure that your machine is secure and stable. If possible, add other tables around the sewing machine to create a large table surface. This will hinder the quilt from dropping down.

Always start sewing from the centre. You should start working from the centre since it ensures that any shifting occurs evenly all around the quilt rather than to one side of the corner.

Push and shove the quilt as you keep on sewing. Since it is huge, it is much easier to bunch and shove while making the quilt fall behind rather than in the machine.

Always work small. This is by making sure that you take a small quilt area, like 4 or 5 inches, that can fill your hand and sew at a time. Working with larger units will give you a hard time. 

Do you Need a Quilting Machine to Quilt?

You do not require a special quilting machine to quilt. And any sewing machine can make quilts provided it is sturdy. Ensure you have a sturdy machine since you are going to sew through various fabric layers.

You can easily use a regular sewing machine for your quilting purposes. With the help of an ironing machine and spray basting, you will surely get a nice quilt.


Quilting is a great piece of art that has been in existence for many years. And it is still finding its way into this new era. Can you quilt on a regular sewing machine? Of course, it is possible. It can lead to greater results only if used well. But it requires a lot of practice.

Grandma Dee

Hello, I'm Grandma Dee. I created Fairy Epic because I love the beautiful world depicted in fairy tales, and I wanted to help make it a reality.

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