Supply List Questions, Answers and Details

Sewing Notions: 

Q:  Why do you require me to bring several different presser feet for my sewing machine?

A:  Piecing: Occasionally (depending upon the design of your machine), a standard-width foot or a walking foot provides better "feed" with more contact between the foot and the feed dogs, creating beautiful seams. This is particularly true when sewing on the bias.

Unraveling the world of sewing machine accessories can be daunting. How frequently do you try the various presser feet that were included with your sewing machine? Please bring all accessory sewing machine feet (and the instruction book, if you can find it!) to class in your machine's case.

If your machine does not have a walking foot, or you do not own one, please bring the standard presser feet plus a quarter-inch foot with you to class.

Decorative Stitching and Applique: When creating designs with decorative stitching, you may require different feet:

For more information on presser feet, please refer to the following pages:

Quarter-inch presser feet - visual reference for several machine brands

Walking feet - visual reference for several machine brands

Singer Featherweight information and Products

Q:  What is a June Tailor Cut n Press board or mat? Do I need to purchase that product, or can I make a substitute?

A.  The two products, Cut n Press boards, or Quilter's Pressing mats are products designed by June Tailor. A home made substitute will work for class. To see photos of the products, or directions for making your own pressing mat, click here.

Q:  Why should I bring a sharp sewing machine needle instead of a universal needle?

A:  A universal needle is designed to be used on both knits and woven fabrics. It has a rounded point. This will cause a slightly irregular (not straight) seam when sewing on woven fabrics. A sharp needle will provide a straight seam.

Q:   Will I sew on my project in a 3-hour or 6-hour class?

A:   Each quilter attending the workshop has a different skill level. Depending upon the preparation in advance of the workshop, students will progress at their own pace through the workshop process. Occasionally the workshop focus will cover fabric selection tips, cutting technique and more – requiring more time than lessons without these features.

Therefore, some students do not sew even if they have brought their machines, according to the pace of their progress and their skill level.

Q:  How do I know my skill level? 

A:  Refer to the Quilter Skill Levels page to determine your skill level.


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