Every time I mention the Wiggle Stitch, someone asks me what it is and how to do it. I have posted on the topic before, so I hope those of you who visit here regularly aren't bored with the subject.
First of all, this stitch undoubtedly has a proper name, but I don't know what it is. It is wiggly, so I call it the Wiggle Stitch. You can see in the photo above that I am using my walking foot, with the measuring bar attached to it. The bar is set about two inches from the needle. This is a little wider than I typically like it, but I had it set this way for one of the charity quilts I was quilting. Normally, I'd do around 1 inch.
Depending on how close together your rows are, you can have a quilt that is densely quilted, or not, if that is your preference. You can also do a cross hatch design which will result in a pattern that looks like chicken wire or jig saw pieces. It is very forgiving, easy to do, and fast. Pretty error proof.
My sewing machine is a Bernina 153 Quilters Edition. The stitch setting is number 4 on my machine. If you do not have a Bernina, it may be some other number on your machine. If you have a stitch that looks squiggly, try it out, it may be the same one.
See? When I press that number 4 stitch button, it shows in the digital screen on the front of my machine. Here is something else I want to point out:
You must increase your stitch length to about 2.5, or you will have teensy weensy wiggles, which is not what you want for this type of quilting. Just play with it until it looks right to you.
Here I go, finishing up the charity quilt. This went quite fast, and I was super pleased with the result. I am no expert at machine quilting, but have been practicing a lot lately, and love this stitch for those projects I tackle myself. It first came to my attention in a post written by Camille Roskelley on her Simplify blog on Jan. 20. Turns out, as usual I was late to the party, and lots of quilters tell me they use this stitch. Give it a go, you may like it too!