You can bead BEFORE you quilt as you embellish the top of your applique quilt. “But…but…but…..” I hear you stuttering with panic. Dear fellow quilter, knots on the back are not necessary (and ugly) and the excuse that they are part of the “artistic intention” doesn’t fly with me. I do say this with the best intentions for your success and my sanity.
The normal presser foot height causes you to snow plow and catch beads creating an impossible situation:
Machine quilting after beading is just a matter of adjusting your presser foot pressure. A quick flick of the wrist on a Bernina. You know this dial on the left side of your machine?
Just turn it up this high (or higher if need be) as shown in the picture. As you approach the beaded area, stop, adjust the dial up, and then float over your bead(s) as you quilt going slow one stitch at a time. After you pass the beaded area, turn down the dial to the normal level you previously had and continue as usual. Voila! Now wasn’t that hard?
For those of you with different machines there should be something similar for adjusting the presser foot pressure. This trick also works very well for areas that are hand embroidery stitches, trapunto, stuffed applique, etc.
So lets review… beads sewn on securely, no ugly knots on the back, and all it took was a flick of the wrist that takes less than a second. I will let you draw your own conclusions which looks better and is easier when all is said and done. No creative excuses are needed.