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Video – How to Sew or Quilt Perfectly Parallel Lines

How to Sew or Quilt Perfectly Parallel Lines - video

In this video I show you how to install and use the quilt guide – a mysterious-looking tool that comes with most sewing machines. It’s really easy to use and lets you sew or quilt perfectly parallel lines.

You can do quilting that looks like this. . .

Buttonholes Quilt with parallel line quilting

Buttonholes Quilt with simple parallel lines quilted

Or you can topstitch on plain fabric to give it pinstripes. I did that on this Mighty Casey baseball jersey I made for my husband.

Mighty Casey baseball jersey

You can click on it to get a closer look.

Want more info on machine quilting? Click here for the basics. And click here to see how to quilt a BIG quilt on a standard sewing machine.

And if you want to make that quilt you see up there (it’s super easy to make!) click here to get the pattern.

Have a great day, everyone!

applique wendi




  1. Claudia Espinoza SAYS...

    Thank you for this demo! Now I can use that mysterious sewing tool that has been in my sewing toolbox for months. 😉

    • I have heard the exact same thing from So Many People! It really is a mysterious-looking tool, isn’t it?

  2. vonnie SAYS...

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! It’s been three years since you posted this and it’s still helping quilters! Blessings!

  3. Cheryl M SAYS...

    I need to know what it is called — so that I can find one online and order it. Can you tell me, please? Thanks.

    • I’m sorry – I don’t know what it’s called. And my manual doesn’t say either.

  4. Kylie SAYS...

    It’s called a guide bar

  5. Both Janome and Brother call it a “Quilting Guide Bar” and it comes with all standard “quilting” models of their machines, just like a buttonholer does. Combined with a walking foot, this is one of the most powerful tools in my toolbox! 🙂