Frequently Asked Questions


General


New to Machine Quilting?
Are you new to Machine Quilting?  This page provides links to several short videos for Machine Quilters, provides tips for addressing tension issues, describes some basic machine quilting quilting terms and offers tips to help prepare your quilt top for machine quilting by Cherry Tree Quilts 
 
The Quilting Comfort Zone - Any dedicated longarm quilter can attest to the amazing workout finishing quilts can be. As with any repetitive activity, it's important to be sensitive to your comfort level and aware of these helpful longarm quilting tips
 
Loading Your Quilt (HQ Sixteen, Simply Sixteen & HQ24 Fusion).
 
 
 
 



Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen


Sweet Sixteen Free Motion Quilting

Tru-Stitch Stitch-Regulation System  d
esigned especially for your HQ Sweet Sixteen. 



Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen


 
 
 



Machine Maintenance


Tips for oiling and cleaning lint.


Tension Problems?


View this great video on
 



Thread and Needle Problems


What if I'm having problems with Skipped Stitches?
  • Needle is not in the 6:00 position
  • Needle is in backwards
  • Needle is bent, has a burr or dull point
  • Damaged hook
  • Poor Thread
  • Tension is too tight
  • Threaded improperly
  • Try turning the needle to the 6:30 position


Why does my needle keep breaking?
  • Needle is not placed all the way up in needle bar
  • Hook out of timing
  • Hook and needle bar out of timing
  • Incorrect needle system for machine
  • Needle struck ruler, pin or other foreign object


I have breaking thread, fraying, or shredding.
  • Upper tension too tight
  • Incorrect size needle with thread
  • Old thread or poor thread
  • Burr on hook
  • Burr on needle
  • Burr on needle bar thread guide
  • Lint in thread guides or tension disks
  • Needle in backwards
  • You may need to turn needle to the 5:30 position



Other Frequently Asked Questions

Machine Quilting Terms? TOP
Edge to Edge: Also known as a Pantograph pattern. Edge to edge is a continuous line design that is quilted from one edge to the other, repeating in successive rows to cover the entire quilt, including borders. This is a subtle, economical and effective means of quilting.

Stippling/Meandering: An overall random pattern, which can vary in size depending on the quilt and customers preference. This can be used over the entire quilt or to enhance specific areas.

Custom Quilting: Anything, which cannot be considered edge to edge. The design is determined in consultation with the customer and may include all of the above techniques or custom designed patterns. Example: Block motifs, feathered borders, MacTavishing, sashing and background fillers. This option may require that the quilt be turned on the machine.
 
How do I prepare my Quilt Top for machine quilting? TOP
To get the best possible results for your quilt top, please:
• Check all seams for gaps or holes. 
• Trim all loose threads
• Make sure the Quilt top is square
• Ensure the borders lay flat and are not wavy
• Press top so that it lays nice and flat
• Indicate top of quilt if necessary (directional fabrics)
Battings and backings should be a minimum of 4 inches larger that the top on all 4 sides
• Backings should be pressed and squared. Removing the selvages prior to piecing prevents puckering of your backing. 
• Do not pin or baste your layers together. Layers are mounted individually on the machine
  
Do I need to provide the Batting for my Quilt? TOP
You can provide your own batting for use with your quilt. If so, please ensure you follow the guidelines above when preparing your quilt for machine quilting.  Batting must be larger than the quilt top to accommodate any shrinkage with the quilting process. 
 
We stock several types of batting for your quilting needs.

Hobbs 80/20- Heirloom® Premium and Heirloom® Bleached Cottons 

Heirloom® premium cotton blend is 80% unbleached cotton & 20% polyester, is lightly needle punched and lightly resin bonded.  Heirloom® bleached is 100% bleached needle punched cotton. Both can be quilted by hand or machine up to 4” apart. Products are washable with shrinkage of 3-5%. 

Hobbs 80/20 - 96" wide 
Hobbs 80/20 - 120" wide
Hobbs 80/20 Black - 96" wide 
Hobbs 80/20 White (Bleached) - 108" wide 

Arctic Cotton

Arctic Cotton is 80% unbleached cotton & 20% polyester, is lightly needle punched and lightly resin bonded.  
Available in Black and Cream


Dream Cotton Quilter's Select -100% Pure Cotton Batting. We start with the finest USA natural and environmentally friendly cotton and specially processed Dream Cotton so that you can quilt up to 8" apart. No pre-washing necessary! 

Dream Cotton Quilter's Select - 92" wide

Dream Cotton Quilter's Reserve  -100% Pure Cotton Batting. We start with the finest USA natural and environmentally friendly cotton and specially processed Dream Cotton so that you can quilt up to 8" apart. No pre-washing necessary! 

Dream Cotton Quilter's Reserve - 92" wide


 
 
Do I need to provide the Backing for my Quilt? TOP
You can provide your own backing for use with your quilt.  If so, please ensure you follow the guidelines above when preparing your quilt for machine quilting.  Backing must be larger than the quilt top to accommodate any shrinkage with the quilting process. 
 
For your convenience, I we also stock a variety of wide-backs from which we can select the most appropriate colour and material to complement your quilt.
 
What do you charge for Quilting? TOP
The price charged for Longarm Machine Quilting services is dependent upon quilt size, thread type, quilting style and complexity of the pattern. 
 
The different quilting styles offered include:
• Pantograph edge to edge
• Edge to Edge with separate borders
• Custom - Simple (no stitch in ditch, no background fills)
• Custom blocks/borders plus ditch work 
• Heirloom Quilting
 
We charge $3.25 per square foot for basic edge to edge quilting.  You can prepare a simple estimate for your quilt by multiplying the width of your quilt (in inches) by the height (in inches) and dividing the result by 144 to determine the square footage. 

As a comparison:
0.0250 per inch equates to $3.60 per square foot.
0.0226 per inch equates to $3.25 per square foot
 
 
What additional charges can I expect? TOP
The loading and assembly as well as the standard threads used on your quilt are included in the basic quilting fees.  Additional extras that could be added to your bill include:
 
• Basic Binding application – machine sewn on one side of the quilt, to be finished by client
• Binding application – machine sewn on one side plus hand sewn on other side  
• Repairs - as required to fix damaged blocks, split seams etc
• Other Labour - as required to square the quilt or take in slack on sides to enable quilting etc
• Specialty Thread charges - in consultation with the client 
• Thread Changes - an additional charge to change thread colours
• Piece and Square Backing - an additional charge to piece 
• Rush Charge - in consultation with the client
• Shipping and handling - dependant upon shipping mode 
 
 
When would you charge for thread? TOP
I offer a wide variety of colours in cotton and polyester - these are included in the price of the quilting. I also have a variety of decorative threads (Variegated and Metallic) are also available at an additional charge. These can add punch to your quilt and are particularly effective in all over patterns. 
 
What do you charge for T-Shirt Quilts? TOP
The basic charge for a T-Shirt Quilt is by the T-Shirt block.  This is an all-up charge and includes cutting and piecing the individual shirts into blocks, interfacing to stabilize the individual blocks, piecing the quilt, thread, backing fabric and batting, as well as quilting charges.
 
What additional charges can I expect for a T-Shirt Quilt? TOP
Additional charges include:
• small-block piecing - All T-Shirts must be cut into standard size blocks for assembly into the larger quilt.  This is included in the basic quilt charge.  However, you may wish several small crests from different shirts be combined into a single block.  There is a small per-block fee for this extra piecing.
• repairs
• shipping, handling and tax, as applicable 
 
How many T-Shirts will I need? TOP
A T-Shirt quilt can be made in any size ranging from a small lap quilt to a King-size quilt.  The usable area, free from neck and arm seams, must be 15 inches square.  Shirts with less usable area must be pieced togther to make the required block size. When trimmed and assembled, the final size of individual quilt blocks will be 14 inches plus a 1-inch sashing for a total of 15 inches.
 
A basic requirement for your quilt is that it be square or rectangular in shape.  Therefore as a general guide you would need:
3 x 3 = 9 shirt blocks
3 x 4 = 12 shirt blocks
4 x 4 = 16 shirt blocks
4 x 5 = 20 shirt blocks
You will need additional shirts as required to piece single blocks from smaller crests. These shirts should be tagged with instructions to piece together into a larger block. 
 
What are the different Fil-Tec Bobbin sizes? TOP
Fil-Tec Pre-Wound bobbins come in different sizes and bobbin styles for different sewing machines.
 
Clear Plastic Sided Bobbins

Style 15/A
0.815 Max OD, 0.458 Wide
Used in many domestic sewing and embroidery machines
  
0.815 Max OD, 0.3545 Wide
Used in many domestic sewing and embroidery machines
  
Magnetic Core Bobbins
Style L
0.820 Max OD, 0.356 Wide
Used in many quilting and embroidery machines
 
Style M / Jumbo
0.990 Max OD, 0.395 Wide 
Used in many industrial quilting machines
  
How much thread is on a Pre-Wound Bobbin TOP
Thread length depends upon the thread guage.  The lighter the thread weight, the more thread on a bobbin.  In general:
 
Clear Glide
Style 15/A - White - 150 yards; Black/Colours - 135 yards
Style L - White - 120 yards; Black/Colours - 115 yards
 
Magna Glide Classics
Tex 12, 60 Wt.
Style L - White - 135 Yards;  Black / Colors - 130 Yards
Style M - White - 230 Yards;  Black / Colors - 222 Yards 
 
Magna Glide Delights
Tex 27, No. 40
Style L - All Colors - 72 Yards
Style M - All Colors - 132 Yards 
 
What are the Standard Quilt Sizes? TOP
Quilting is no longer limited to bedding.  Many quilts are true works of art
that are often displayed, rather than used.  Quilts can therefore be made
in any size, however, Standard quilt sizes are:
• Twin - 75" x 98"
• Double - 83" x 106"
• Queen - 90" x 106"
• King - 107" x 108"