Pg 6: Sewing the Quilt Kit
The ray-way Quilt Kit is a very straightforward project, even for someone with little sewing experience. The continuous filament insulation is easy to work with, compared with goose down, and the type of seams used are very simple. Yet the finished quilt will out-perform even the most expensive and complex sleeping bag. It will keep you just as warm, and will save you money. You can easily customize your quilt for a perfect fit, something not possible with store-bought gear. And like any item you make yourself, it will free you of the usual dependence on commercially manufactured items and their glossy magazine hype. Making it yourself is all about freedom and independence, and as many home sewing enthusiasts would likely affirm, the results will be something you can be truly proud of.
How long does the sewing take?
We have designed our quilt kits for ease of construction. Novices at our sewing classes typically made their quilts in five to eight hours. You can complete your quilt in a single session, or spread it out over several relaxing evenings. Either way, every minute spent on your quilt is quality time invested in yourself and your future outings and adventures.
What type of sewing machine?
Our quilt kits use very lightweight materials that are easily sewn. The sewing machine need not be robust.
Our quilt kits require only a straight stitch and a reversing lever which virtually all sewing machines have. Special types of stitches, including the zigzag, are not used on our quilts.
For your sewing convenience we recommend using our Thread
Pro. This thread is easier to use; it does not skip, it leaves very little lint in your sewing machine and therefore your machine will need less frequent cleaning and fewer adjustments. Our thread produces superior results, so your sewing will look more professionally done. This thread is not included in our kits, but is a separate item listed on our Order Form
Ray-Way alpine quilt sewn by Magnus O., U.K.
Ruedi Anneler, Switzerland
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