How to Prevent Puckering and Pulling in a Quilt

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There’s nothing worse then spending all that time creating a beautiful quilt top only to have the quilting pull the fabric slightly out of place and cause puckering. Without precautions, what was once a flat quilt top can quickly become a puckered up mess.

Fortunately, there are simple solutions. Puckering, little sewn-in pleats and fabric that is pulled out of place (“drag”) are all caused by shifting of the layers while quilting. While a walking foot is your main tool to prevent layers from shifting, there are other things to consider too.

How to Prevent Puckering and Pulling in a Quilt

Careful basting, supporting the weight of the quilt while sewing, and adjusting your machine can make all the difference. As always, it pays to test everything on a sample quilt sandwich before starting on the quilt.

How to Prevent Puckering and Pulling in a Quilt

Rachel Hauser has put together an excellent article that will help you understand and solve puckering and drag.

How to Prevent Puckering and Pulling in a Quilt

Links within the article take you to more good info.

Click here for the “Why Quilts Pucker and How to Stop It” article.

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