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Dear Jan,
When I'm using my machine to sew all three quilt layers together, the layers shift and my quilt comes out warped. How can I prevent this? -Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,
A well-basted quilt is vital to the success of machine quilting. Use safety pins instead of straight pins to baste your quilt, because straight pins come out. Secure the bottom layer of fabric to the table with masking tape, and then add the batting and quilt top. Smooth out the layers and pin every 2 3/4-4". Start pinning in the center and work out towards the edges. For machine quilting, use a walking foot as it is designed specifically for feeding layers evenly. Reduce the presser foot pressure. Uneven fullness in parts of a pieced top may need extra handling - straight pin along the line to be quilted, removing the pins as you approach.