Wednesday, January 30, 2013

APQS Beginner's Class in Raleigh, NC



With the beginner class offered at APQS, our goal is to teach you the skills you'll need to accomplish a typical quilting project on your new longarm machine. This class is designed to be an introduction to machine quilting after you have made yourself familiar with your machine controls. Whether you intend to start a business or just want to get your quilts done faster, you'll learn valuable techniques to accomplish your projects creatively and efficiently. This class is mostly "demonstration" so we can squeeze in as much information as possible.

We will cover specific topics during each class, however, each class is unique and based on the needs of the students. We encourage questions and active participation -- you're here to learn!

Bring all your questions about operating the machine, business practices, thread, tension and anything else you can think of. This is a demonstration/lecture class. No hands on time will be available. Information we will cover includes:

  • Starting a business
  • Thread, tension, batting
  • Deciding how to quilt a quilt
  • Dealing with problem quilts
  • Different methods for loading quilts
  • Pantographs
  • Borders
  • Stitching a block
  • Marking quilt designs
  • Ruler work

 *Free to qualified new APQS owners or $200

When: Friday, February 15, 2013 or Wednesday, April 17, 2013
9:30AM- 4PM
Where: Thread Waggle Quilting
Lunch will be provided.
Space is limited so, call Angela to reserve your space.  919-576-9897
If this is not a good date, call me so that we can arrange a future date for you to attend.


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tech Sunday - Thread Tension Gauges

When I first started longarming, there was a new gadget that had just come out and was taking the quilting world by storm... The TOWA tension gauge.  I bought one and used it faithfully for the first couple years.  It is great studio tool.  While I don't use it all the time anymore, I do occasionally use it when I just can't get my tension to balance the way I want it to. 
A lot of my longarm friends use their TOWAs on every bobbin.  I like to do a pull test on my bobbins most of the time.  But I still think there is a place for this tool in my studio.  
IT is easy to use, click the bobbin in place, wrap the thread under the first wheel, over the second wheel under the little plastic finger and pull toward the slit on left.  I normally want my bobbins set between 150 and 170.  I like a loose bobbin tension.  The slit is actually a thread cutter which is handy.  You can even adjust your tension without removing the bobbin case from the gauge. 
All in all, it is a very well thought out tool.  

I also bought the Superior Top Thread Tension Gauge from Superior Threads when it first came out.  I really wanted to use and like this tool.  
You attach the top thread to the hook on the bottom and then pull thread using the ring on the top as your grip.  It works, but I waste way too much thread and it is kind of quirky.  It has always felt awkward and I can affect the reading by changing the speed I am pulling the thread at.  I never use this gauge.  It is just so much easier to just pull the thread and set the tension by feel.  

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tech Sunday - Stitch in the Ditch Rulers

I have a Stitch in the Ditch Ruler that I love.  I bought it right after I got my machine and it has become a part of me.  The problem is as much as I love my ruler I know that I can't get another one.  The company that produced the ruler went out of business.  My favorite ruler is the Itty Bitty by Off the Edge.
I love the size, shape and easy to see color.  It is marked with quarter inch registration lines and 45 degree lines.  It also has the tabs that you line up with your ditch and put your needle in the correct place.
Notice that my thumb and third finger can comfortably hold the edges of the ruler and my pointer finger can be use for control.  I love this ruler and will use it until I loose it or break it.

Since I do A LOT of Stitch in the Ditch I know that I need a back up ruler.  I have tried a couple, but the one I like best is Deloa Jones' Little One.
It is clear which makes it harder to see int he picture and harder to see if I lay it down on the quilt.  That is the downside.  But it does have the quarter inch lines and 45 degree lines.  It has the off set tabs.
It is little bigger then my Itty Bitty, but it is still very comfortable to use.  My only really wish is that it was not clear.  And I will just have to get over that.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Tech Sunday - APQS Turbo Bobbin Winder

Did you know you can make adjustments to your Turbo Bobbin Winder?   There is a tension knob so that you can control the tension while winding your bobbin.  And yes sometimes you do need to play with the know to get that perfectly wound bobbin. You want the bobbin to wind tight and neat.  If your bobbins look loose and sloppy, make sure the thread is actually between the tension discs.  If it is then tighten you tension.  (righty tighty, lefty loosey)  You bobbin tension can also be too tight.  

One of the most helpful adjustment being able to adjust how full your bobbin loads.  It is the most common adjustment I make when setting up new machines.  Normally they load a little less then I would like them to.  See the bar that goes through the part that you push toward the bobbin to start the winder.  The screw on the part that is inserted toward that bar is what holds the bar in place.  If you loosen that screw, you can slide the bar back and forth to adjust the fullness of the bobbin.  If you pus the bar toward the bobbin is will be less full, if you push it away from the bobbin it will let the bobbin fill more.  You want the thread to be just slightly inside the sides of the bobbin.  If you over fill the bobbin it will not fit into the bobbin case. 

     

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Used Machines for Sale!!!


Woo Hoo!  APQS has some used machines for sale.  Call right away to reserve your dream machine!  919-576-9897

Millenniums
2004 - Was $10,500  - Now - $9,800  
2006 - Was $11,300  - Now - $10,500
2007 - Was $12,000  - Now - $11,000
2011 - Was $14,000  - Now - $13,000
2012 - Was $15,000  - Now - $13,500 
  
Freedom SR 
2006 - Was $11,000  - Now  - $10,000
2007 - Was $11,500  - Now  - $10,500
  
Lucey 
2012  - Was $10,500  -  Now $9,500 

Lenni
2010 - Was - $8,900 -  Now $7,900

George
2012  - Was $6,000  -  Now $5,000

A $500 fully-refundable deposit is required to secure the machine. All customers must take possession of the machine within 30 days or order will be canceled and deposit refunded. Machines are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
** All used machines include a one-year warranty and a new table. (Millenniums can choose from a 10, 12, or 14-foot table; Lenni is the 10 or 12 foot standard table.)
 

PRICES GOOD WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! 

For more information on this offer contact APQS at 800-426-7233 or contact your Local APQS Dealer

Monday, January 7, 2013

APQS Beginner's Class

There are now two January classes to choose from.

Saturday, January 16, 2013
Or
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

There are spaces available in both. Call today to reserve your space 919-576-9897

Thursday, January 3, 2013

APQS Beginner's Class in Raleigh, NC



With the beginner class offered at APQS, our goal is to teach you the skills you'll need to accomplish a typical quilting project on your new longarm machine. This class is designed to be an introduction to machine quilting after you have made yourself familiar with your machine controls. Whether you intend to start a business or just want to get your quilts done faster, you'll learn valuable techniques to accomplish your projects creatively and efficiently. This class is mostly "demonstration" so we can squeeze in as much information as possible.

We will cover specific topics during each class, however, each class is unique and based on the needs of the students. We encourage questions and active participation -- you're here to learn!

Bring all your questions about operating the machine, business practices, thread, tension and anything else you can think of. This is a demonstration/lecture class. No hands on time will be available. Information we will cover includes:

  • Starting a business
  • Thread, tension, batting
  • Deciding how to quilt a quilt
  • Dealing with problem quilts
  • Different methods for loading quilts
  • Pantographs
  • Borders
  • Stitching a block
  • Marking quilt designs
  • Ruler work

 *Free to qualified new APQS owners or $200

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
9:30AM- 4PM
Where: Thread Waggle Quilting
Lunch will be provided.
Space is limited so, call Angela to reserve your space.  919-576-9897
If this is not a good date, call me so that we can arrange a future date for you to attend.