You can't just go from having a quilt top, batting, and back to machine quilting. You have to baste the quilt first. A well-basted quilt will make a HUGE difference in the level of success you have quilting.
|I used clear tape so it's hard to see here, but look closely! I tape all the sides of the quilt back down.|
|Do the same thing with your quilt top, only taping the top edge.|
|Here's what the layers should look like, give or take.|
|After you've smoothed it all down, slowly and carefully roll the top up. Then roll the batting up behind it. Two separate rolls and the quilt back underneath.|
|Keep smoothing out the best you can until you have one smooth quilt. This quilt didn't get completely smoothed because I didn't do a super careful job but it was good enough to still come out fine after I quilted it.|
|For smaller quilts, I can get away with using only the spray. But with bigger ones, like this twin-sized quilt, I wanted a little more reinforcement, so I put in large quilters safety pins every foot or so.|
|And I rolled it down as I went, to make it easier to reach my hand underneath to pin.|