Quilting Tips for Beginners


Hi, I’m Marguerita McManus, I have been quilting for about 15 years, and I was a professional quilter for a long time and I wrote a quilt book.
for about 15 years, and I was a professional quilter for a long time and I wrote a quilt book. I have a couple websites and that leads me to get a lot of emails, which I love getting emails. And I got a question from Chanelle and I want to answer it. I hope that it helps some beginner quilters, because that’s what Chanelle is.
and I want to answer it. I hope that it helps some beginner quilters, because that’s what Chanelle is. She asked me first, how to just get started. And one of things that I recommend to every beginner is this quilt book. It is called “Your Very First Quote Book, Or it Should Be”. It’s by a lady named Carol Doak.
I really like the way this book is organized. It’s got some really great reviews on Amazon. So check it out. Now, I buy mine on eBay. So, if you’re on a tight budget you can look at used bookstores, if you’re online places like eBay or
Amazon that have a secondhand copies. This is a wonderful resource to have for someone who is brand new to quilting. Another resource a good mentor. There’s probably classes in your town at places like sew & vac shops, quilt stores. A lot of times they will run beginning
sewing classes, and you really want to look for
something that’s very beginner, if you’ve never used a sewing machine before. If you don’t have a sewing machine, and
like Chanelle, you’re on a very tight budget, I pick these old beauties up on Craigslist, all the time. Sometimes I’ll pay 25 dollars, 50-75 dollars for these old gems. They’re absolutely wonderful. They’re metal, they can be worked on an adjusted, again, by that same sew & vac store, in your town. And if you find one in a cabinet, it’s probably gonna be brand new.
Because, I’ve got a whole other video about how awful those cabinets are.
If you buy one in a cabinet, take it out. And watch that video that I have
on ergonomics. Make sure, if you do buy a secondhand machine, and ask relatives, a lot of times
people will have machines, you can find them at garage sales, I even have an “Instructable” … there’s a site called Instructables.com, I have an “Instructable” written about, just about these old machines. Be sure and get the owners manual
because the parts are very specific and very different from machine to machine. The feet, the bobbins everything.
And absolutely make sure you get the foot pedal and electric cord,
and a lot of times they’re connected. It’s all just one bundle of wires. You may even get some of these great trays of accessory bits. And there’s great
books out there on learning how to use the separate feet. If you really want to get into sewing then, that’s the time to step up
and buy a little bit more expensive macnine. Once you’ve really gotten used to it
you know that you’re going to keep with it for a while. In your town you might have a
quilting guild. Go there! Say “hi:. Say “I’m new”. Ask for someone to help you. You will find someone who’s going to
show you the ropes and get you started. The last thing that Channelle asked me, she has she wants to make her own quilt design. So, I think Yes! I love that. So, here’s what I do I have these notebooks and I have a couple of them usually with me all the time. I just love
these things because I make my notes all the time. I make drawings. There’s little pockets in there, so that if I scribble on some scrap paper somewhere, I make sure that the scrap gets into my notebook. And that’s how I make I keep track of the quilts I’m working on, and actually finish some of the great ideas I think I come up. I sure hope this helps. Quilters, if there’s anything I can do to help you with your quilting please drop me an email, and let me know.
I’d be so happy to help you. I’m Marguerita McManus. Thank you so much watching.