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Before Delivering Your Quilt for Quilting

We kindly request that you review the following guidelines to ensure the best possible outcome for your treasured quilt top.

Quilt Top

Loose Threads:

  • Prior to submitting your quilt top, please take the time to trim all loose threads on both the front and back sides of the quilt. Doing so will prevent any unwanted threads from showing through light-colored fabrics and interfering with the machine quilting process.

Seams:

  • It is crucial to ensure that all seams are securely stitched, particularly those along the edges of your quilt top. Loose or weak seams can lead to fabric shifting during quilting, resulting in misalignment or puckering.
  • Seam allowances should be pressed appropriately to create a smooth and even surface for quilting. This helps achieve the best stitch-in-the-ditch results, enhancing the overall look of your finished quilt.
  • Pay special attention to twisted or dark seams, as they may show through to the front of the quilt. Trim any excess fabric or bulk from such seams to maintain a seamless appearance.

Borders:

When adding borders to your quilt top, precise measuring and application are crucial to ensure a flat and visually appealing result. Here's a step-by-step guide to applying borders properly:

  • Measure the center of your pieced quilt top (before borders are added).
  • Lay your quilt top on a flat surface and take measurements at least three different places across the width and length.
  • If the measurements vary, calculate the average and use this value to cut your borders.
  • When attaching each border to the quilt top, distribute the fullness evenly. Divide the quilt top and border into quarters (or eighths) and ease or slightly stretch the border between these marks to fit perfectly.
  • Be aware that fullness or puckers within a border cannot be quilted out completely. While we will do our best to work with some fullness, we cannot guarantee that puckers and tucks will not be sewn in. Remember, a flat quilt top yields a more polished finished quilt.

Other Considerations:

  • If your quilt is directional, please indicate the top of your quilt top with a safety pin. This helps us ensure that the final quilt is oriented correctly.
  • Please refrain from attaching any embellishments to the quilt top, as they can interfere with the machine quilting process.
  • If you decide to piece your quilt back, please note that we cannot guarantee the top will be perfectly centered on the back. However, rest assured that we will make every effort to align it as accurately as possible.
  • You do not need to layer the top, batting, and backing together, as basting is not required. Simply provide us with the individual layers, and we will take care of the rest.
  • Please ensure that your quilt batting and backing are a minimum of 5" larger than the quilt top on all four sides.  This is to allow for the loading system.

Following these guidelines will enable us to provide you with a professional and beautifully quilted finish that showcases the true beauty of your quilt top. Our goal is to create a quilt that you will cherish for years to come, so we greatly appreciate your attention to these details.

If you have any questions or require further clarification, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We value your trust in our quilting services and look forward to working with you on your quilting journey. Together, we will transform your quilt into a masterpiece of artistry and craftsmanship!

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Contact Info
  • Ph: 423-458-1566
  • 880 25th Street NW
  • Cleveland, TN 37311
  • info@thestitcherytn.com
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    Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

    Closed Friday & Saturday
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