Be a Winner Beginner - Terms to know

Sew your new to quilting! Congratulation's you have joined us in a crazy, fun, wild ride of making some of the most beautiful art around!

Do you know your basic terms? Some but not all? Here is a short list of what those acronyms mean AND a guide to needles!
WOF - Width of Fabric measured from selvage edge to selvage edge.
RST - Right sides together - the front of the fabric is places again another front of fabric.
RSD- Right side down
RSU- Right side up
WST - Wrong sides together - sot sure on this one since I have not done it - maybe in a rag quilt?
WSU - Wrong side up
WSD - Wrong Side Down
UFO - Unfinished object - Projects not completed in a timely manner
WOMBAT - Waste of Money, batting and time. Bad idea all the way around.
BS - Basting stitch - used when basting your quilt
D9 - Disappearing Nine patch block
WIP - Work in Progress
PHD - Project Half done
PIG - Projects in Grocery Bags
HST - Half Square Triangle
QST Quarter Square Triangle
BOM - Block of the Month
DSM - Dometic Sewing Machine
FART - Fabric Aqusition Road Trip
FOB - Fear of Binding
FQ - Fat Quarter
LAQ - Long Arm Quilter
LQS- Local Quilt Shop
MAQ - Mid Arm Quilter
TOT - Tone on Tone
EPP - English Paper Piecing
PP - Paper Piecing
SID - Stitch in the Ditch
QAYG - Quilt as You Go - Fun technique to quilt each block BEFORE you stitch (piece) together.
SQUISHY - Receiving envelope filled with swap fabrics or purchases in mail.

And guys this is just a few. We have sew many others, which are redundant at times. However the red highlighted are ones you will hear / use the most.

It can be overwhelming, it is a good idea when you first start to find a list that has them listed for you, print and place it on the wall in your design/crafting area. I still have to look some up at times.

The photo next is on needles and how to use them! I use this one all the time actually. Your needle is your lungs to your heart (sewing machine). Without good sharp and right needles you are setting up for disaster. Since the size is geared towards fabric type, you may end up with a mess of holes left by the needle or a nest of thread because it just cant get through properly to hook underneath to your bobbin thread. Wrong size and high speed means FLYING sharp tips at your face as well. I know thankfully I wear glasses and they have saved my eyeballs more than once!

These suckers can fly at high velocity for sure. Nothing is like the feeling of that teeny tiny tip hitting your cheek or your eye! Scary!

Now you will notice the color chart as well as the numbers and names. 90/14 and 80/12 is the most popular as it is one which will do most utilitarian work, and used diversely in quilting. The European metric sizing system for sewing machine needles is numbered from 60 to 110. The American sizing system is numbered from 8 to 18. For both sizing systems, the lower the number the finer the needle and the higher the number the larger the needle.

Universal needles can be purchased in one size or a variety as pictured above here. We do sell this package at While there are many brand's on market I use the Schmetz brand the most as they are affordable and can be purchased in LARGE amounts for little money example I purchase all one size case (150) per pack for around 25.00 plus tax. It is good to have a variety on hand, and many as we break them, use them and wear them out. You will also find many tips types - blunt, ball point, sharp, extra sharp etc., if you are concerned about purchasing and using the correct needle ask before you buy or use them. Many will be much more versed in them than I for sure.

Seeeeeeewwwwwww - here you go. I hope I have not confused you any more than when we began. Remember - Quit yer Bitchin' and start Stitchin' a beginners guide to quilting will have all this information and more in a much more simple form for those who are just not sure yet. I will keep you updated on publishing date Early Spring 2018!

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