Quilting 101

Listing of Topics Covered when we deliver and install a machine

These headings formed the basis of a course presented by Lori at the Wellington Symposium in 2009

1. Squaring and size of backing relative to top.
2. Centering of backing.
3. Pinning on (backing upside down).
4. Threading path.
5. Needles (135x5 – 20/18/16/14).
6. Bobbin winding – thumbnail test.
7. Seating bobbin in bobbin case.
8. Bobbin tension – drop test.
9. Top tension – fishing line, pokies, eyelashes
10. Starting, stopping, restarting – direction of movement.
11. Use of controls – regulated, unregulated.
12. Meander/stipple.
13. Patterns – lining up laser, repeats, suppliers.
14. Winding on – height of rear roller, use of pony clamps.
15. Use of templates
16. Backgrounds
17. Freehand.
Scrap fabrics. Alternate threads. Aim for control.
Practice Programme
a.       Meander – smooth, even stitch length. Vary stitch length.
          Regulated/ unregulated. Practice stopping and starting.

b.      Continuous Line patterns – relax, guide – do not force.

- follow pattern until comfortable.
- Repeat, repeat, repeat.
- nb. Interlocking, R to L movement (stitch formation)
- suggested patterns
- use reg. until comfortable, and then change to unreg.
- Continuous Line plus accuracy. Reality check.
- Continuous Line extension – front of machine embellishment.
- Using plastic over panto.

c. Templates – Straight – square, oblong, triangle, diamond, SID.
             - Curve – applique, circle, oval.
             - Special effects.

d. Freehand – direction changes

- Terry’s twist – straight, arc, loop, s-curve, hook.
- Practice movement, then movement plus accuracy.
- Straight
- Arc
- Loop
- S-curve
- Hook

Feathers, leaves, swirls, etc. – become features, background.
- require practice so you don’t get lost.
- use reg. stitch, then try in unreg.

19. Silicone – thread, material, tracks.
20. Morning routine – warming up, wiping of tracks and wheels.
21. Evening routine – cleaning and oiling.
22. Needle changing.
23. Transformer – turn off.


Keryn Emmerson pattern packs.
I’ve Got a Longarm. DVD by Mindy Casperson.
Longarm Machine Quilting by Carol Thelan.
Nolting / Intellistitch notes.
Ultimate Guide to Longarm Quilting by Linda Taylor.