Successful Machine Quilting: Basics to Bobbins

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Team up with Michele Scott and machine quilt using all those eye-catching threads and decorative trims that bring a signature touch to your projects! Learn how to use the bobbin to quilt with decorative threads, adding more distinction to your quilts than you ever thought possible. Michele warns that bobbin quilting may turn you into a thread enthusiast when you discover the beauty and versatility that bobbin quilting brings to your finished pieces. Machine couch yarns and cords to add dimension and interest. And don’t just use these great techniques on small quilts! Michele shows how to use your domestic machine to quilt larger quilts as well. This class also includes starting and stopping when machine quilting, adjusting the tension so the front and back of your quilt is lovely, and how to free-motion quilt with ease. So, break out those shiny, glittery, and beautiful but bulky threads and trims and let Michele show you how to make them come alive on your quilts!

Course Curriculum

Successful Machine Quilting: Basics to Bobbins by Michele Scott - 2hrs 9min
Lesson 1. Quilt Examples 0 Hours 17 Minutes00:17
Lesson 2. Thread & Free Motion Quilting Basics 0 Hours 24 Minutes00:24
Lesson 3. Bobbins 0 Hours 16 Minutes00:16
Lesson 4. Bobbin Adjustments 0 Hours 14 Minutes00:14
Lesson 5. Quilting Designs 0 Hours 23 Minutes00:23
Lesson 6. Couching 0 Hours 27 Minutes00:27
Lesson 7. Quilting a Large Quilt 0 Hours 8 Minutes00:08

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  • Top: (6) 16" muslin squares
  • Backing: (6) 16" muslin squares
  • Batting: (6) 16" cotton batting squares
  • Using adhesive put top, batting, and backing squares together, making six practice quilt “sandwiches.”


  • An assortment: thick, thin, metallics, yarns
  • Monofilament nylon thread (YLI, Aurifil, Sulky, Superior Threads, or Mettler)

Sewing Foot:

  • Free-motion darning foot
  • Walking foot

Topstitch Needles:

  • 100/16 and 90/14

Other Supplies:

  • Well-oiled sewing machine with zigzag stitch and ability to drop or cover the feed dogs
  • Bobbins: (2) empty bobbins
  • (2) bobbins filled with any thread
  • Small scissors or snips
  • Pen, pencil, or fine-point permanent marker
  • Tomato pincushion
  • Flower head pins
  • Golden Threads Quilting Paper
  • 505® Spray and Fix temporary fabric adhesive
  • Sketch pad


  • Extra bobbin case
  • Screwdriver that accompanies your sewing machine model
  • Quilting gloves or clean gardening gloves
  • Chenille or self-threading needle

Fun Threads to Try:

  • YLI Candlelight
  • YLI fine metallic
  • Sulky® Sliver™ metalic thread
  • YLI Kaleidoscope
  • Superior Threads® Glitter Hologram
  • Aurifil cotton thread, 12 wt.

Products you might also enjoy:

  • If you enjoy creating beautiful designs with colorful thread and trim, you may also like these products by Michele Scott:
  • Bobbin Quiltin’ & Fusin’ Fun Book
  • Close to Home thread collection
  • Iron
  • Ironing Surface
  • Electric Quilt® 8 quilt design software (EQ8)
  1. How is this class different from a basic machine quilting course?
    Michele covers the basics like how to start and stop quilting, tension, various types of threads, free-motion fillers, etc., but then she moves on to bobbin sewing techniques that will give your quilts an entirely different surface design and texture. Couching larger decorative threads and yarns is covered as well, so get ready to add some sparkle and pizzazz to your quilts once you have learned how to successfully incorporate these techniques into your projects.
  2. What if I struggle with the tension while quilting?
    Michele’s animated style will let you know you are not alone when trying to get the tension just right. With an eye always toward problem solving, Michele shows how to get the tension set so that the top and the back of your quilted piece are free of tension issues.
  3. Will I learn what to do with some of the beautiful threads I have purchased?
    Quilters are drawn to pretty things and that includes some of the lovely decorative threads and yarns we run across but then find we are not quite sure what to do with them. Michele has spent years working to include them in her quilts and she now shares her expertise in this class. Whether these beautiful threads can be put in the top, in the bobbin, or couched, Michele explains and demonstrates the process in a step-by-step manner.
  4. What if I have questions?
    We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with the downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Michele will get back with you via email. Please do not contact iquilt instructors by telephone.
  5. When can I start the class?
    We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have the Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!

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Student Gallery

  1. Lisa Maguire


    Brand new to machine quilting and I absolutely LOVED this class. Michelle--I am a former public school teacher, and I must say: well done! You explained the mechanics so well and you were great fun to watch. I was sorry when the class ended. There were many extremely helpful tips and methods that you explained clearly, and your demonstrations were inspiring, as are your examples. Thank you!
  2. Millie Shenton


    Love, love, love the tomato idea and expect to have one delivered today. I popped this class into my library because I noticed from the trailer that it was on a domestic machine. Viewed it today, and truly, what a hidden gem for me to find. I am "one of those" who NEVER touch the tension on my machine...well, now I am ordering a second bobbin case for my brand new Bernina! Who would have though

    t my thinking could change that much in two hours? Well, Michele, obviously; and she will change your thinking, too! Even if you don't intend to add this type of embellishment on your quilts, there's still so much great information that works across the board on any project - you don't want to miss this class. It's fun, easy to understand, and literally, sparkles! Michele, what am I to do with all my white/beige thread? I need to make room for something glittery....LOL! Can't wait to get some new beautiful threads to try.
  3. Barbara Wood


    Loved this class. I learned so much. I've been sewing for years, but there's so much that I didn't know. I can't wait to try out all the fun extras you can do with your quilting.
  4. Sandra Borgschatz


    Absolutely loved this course! I can't wait to go out and get a bunch of decorative thread and topstitch needles. Why?---because I have the confidence now to do so and play around with it and just have fun! Michele is really down to earth and infectiously fun!
  5. Anne Hyde


    Michele gives you the confidence to be a machine quilter step by step. She explains everything you need to know to be successful. She explains thread, tension, needles and design and gives many tips for even a novice to get started. The most important message she gives is to start small and you will be a successful machine quilter! Great course, Michele!
  6. Judith Brack


    Refreshing Teacher with great ENthusiasm who is so down to earth and authentic!
    She is flexible and fun!
    She shows many ways to consider the same end result!

    THANK YOU for making my hobby so fast, fun and easy for me!
    Judy Brack

  7. Helen Marshall


    Love the pen and ink notes on handy to have! BTW I still tack kids' quilts and charity quilts rather than tie off. This is VERY comprehensive. Michele is a TEACHER with a capital "T"! What you do adds magic to quilts and fun to quilters. And yes, I said "OOOOOOO and AAAAAAH", though I have been using these methods for awhile. It's fun and informative to watch you work and mak

    e corrections as things don't work out perfectly the first time. (I hate those over-edited videos that have everything coming up roses, when you know it doesn't always happen that way. Can be discouraging.) Cheerleading is a good thing. New quilters are often so self-critical. I like the fact that you show the design in more than one size, something one might not consider. LOVED the course.

    Now, if only there were course covering the many stabilizers and fusibles that are in production. You know...with the pros and cons of various kinds for various applications.

  8. Linda Colahan


    Very good class with lots of tips for using all types of thread, adjusting the tension and using the correct needles. Michele encourages all levels of quilters that they can machine quilt with practice. She has lots of tips to make it easy. You will want to head to your machine and use her ideas after watching each lesson!
    Linda Colahan February 9, 2016
  9. Deb Kelley


    What a great class. Michele is a great instructor that is easy to follow no matter what level quilter you are. Really takes the mystery out of machine quilting.
  10. Barbara Berdy


    Terrific class. Michele Scott's enthusiasm for her topic is confidence building. She offers great tips and techniques. She has inspired me to try it all. This is a wonderful resource for all quilters of all levels from beginner to expert.

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