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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.

Here are all my posts about layering and basting your quilt, and the final round of quilting.

Here are all my posts about hand quilting and Big Stitch quilting. I don’t use these techniques with fusible applique or Quilt As You Go, but I LOVE using Big Stitch Quilting with my cheater fabric.

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Move on to the lessons about binding and finishing your quilt.

Happy stitching!


  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! 🙂