Here’s a list of items you need to get started quilting:
I’ve added a link to Amazon for most of the items … the link will take you to what I use …but you may be able to find the product cheaper at one of your local stores. For example the Creative Grid ruler I use … is about 8 dollars cheaper at my local store.
- Sewing Machine
- Rotary Cutter
- Self Healing Cutting Mat
- Seam Ripper
- Quilting Pins
- Pin Cushion
- 1/4 Foot with guide is most helpful but not necessary
- Ironing pad or board
- Clear Starch
On the video below I show you each of these items. If you’re viewing this in your email please visit my site to watch the video.
I currently have three sewing machines …
- Bernina Aurora 440 Quilters Edition
- Bernina Activa 230
- Juki TL-2010Q
Now for some history on my sewing machines…. I started with a Viking and it was a great starter machine. But once I heard a Bernina ….. I was sold….. the machine purrs!! (Not everyone is bothered by smells and sounds … if that’s the case any machine will do.)
My main machine is the Bernina Quilters Edition ….. the Activa 230 is the machine I keep at the lake house (and will travel with it … it has it’s very own suitcase on wheels) and the Juki is my latest machine for super fast sewing. It’s a simple machine and very easy to understand … it lacks a lot of bells and whistles which equals less confusion … if you know what I mean.
My Viking machine is currently living with my sister Kim …. in the hopes that I can get her to quilt!!
If you are just getting started … my advice is start with a machine you can afford … you may fall in love or you may hate sewing. I never regretted buying the Viking it was truly a great machine and at the time in my budget. Another tip is look for sales … when I bought my Activa 230 …. it was on sale (I received a post card in the mail and it was perfect timing).
My favorite places to shop online for fabric and quilting supplies …..
p.s. I’ve received some requests for purses …. and I will add it to my list of possibilities …but … a few years back I contacted two different ladies about me filming a video using their pattern (that I purchased) and they both said NO. In my opinion it would have probably sold a lot of their patterns …but their fear was that since my video demonstrated how to make it … they would lose sales on selling their pattern. Long story short … I’m not in a position that I can create my own patterns (it takes me a lot of trials …. and errors to get it right) but …. if I find someone that has patterns and they’re okay with me filming a video …. I’d be happy to do so!!