When Elizabeth asked me if I’d like to borrow her Baby Lock Crescendo to use while working on a few projects and write some blog posts about them – I was pretty excited! I’ve used her Crescendo before and it sews like a dream!
Today, I wanted to share a bit about using the Baby Lock Crescendo for quilting.
I recently completed piecing the Mystic Path Quilt (pattern by Rose Petal Quilt Shop) using my own machine. I decided to use Elizabeth’s Crescendo to machine quilt it.
Here are some of the features that I like best for machine quilting on the Crescendo.
Large Throat Space
The Mystic Path Quilt is a pretty good size quilt. It finishes at 75” x 75”. I had absolutely no trouble quilting this on the Crescendo because of the large throat space. There are 11 inches to the right of the needle providing plenty of room to maneuver the quilt as I was quilting.
I chose to quilt a 3-inch grid set on the diagonal. There was quite a bit of quilt to fit through the throat space (especially in the middle of the quilt) – but I had absolutely no issues. I feel like I could have quilted an even larger quilt just as easily.
Duel Feed Foot
The dual feed foot on the Crescendo worked like a charm to move all the layers of the quilt through the machine. I did not have any issues with the quilt top or backing not feeding through evenly. This means my finished quilt is free from puckers! Yay! The combination of the large throat space and the dual feed foot made quilting a breeze. I was able to complete all of the quilting in about 4 hours – and I was going at a slow to moderate speed.
Large Extension Table
I love the large extension table that Elizabeth has on her Crescendo. It’s perfect to help support the weight of the quilt while also providing a smooth surface for the quilt to move across.
Lock Screen Feature
This may not come to mind at first when thinking of amazing features. But I love it! I can get all my settings set how I want them and lock the screen so I don’t accidentally change something while I’m quilting.
With a large quilt, it’s easy to brush against the screen while quilting – providing the opportunity to inadvertently change something. Yep, that happened. I accidentally changed the stitch length while quilting Mystic Path before I figured out the lock screen feature. So there is a small section with smaller stitches. Oh well!
3 More Tips for Quilting on the Crescendo
- Start in the middle of your quilt and work out towards the edges. Check to ensure the quilt top and quilt back are smooth as you quilt.
- Always pull the bobbin thread to the top when starting a new section of quilting. This will prevent tangling (or nesting) of threads on the back of your quilt.
- I used a stitch length of 3.0. I found this to be the perfect length for me. The stitches weren’t too tiny or too large.
With all of these features, the Baby Lock Crescendo is an amazing machine for quilting your finished quilt tops! Look at how beautiful my Mystic Path Quilt turned out!