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LongArm Techniques

Want more than just a taste? This class teaches all the longarm techniques, without spending a lot of time on machine-specific issues. It's great for people who own a different LongArm or MidArm machine. Upon completion of this course, you will be competent to quilt tops with the LongArm using a full range of quilting styles and techniques.

LongArm Techniques

Trains the student in a broad range of techniques and styles of LongArm Quilting. At the completion of training, the student, on passing a final exam, is qualified to use the Moon Star Studio longarm on their own, without supervision, at a reduced leasing rate.

Topics to be Covered

  • Orient on Machine
    • Quilt Rollers
    • Table
    • Sewing Head
    • Sewing Area
      • Bobbin Race
      • Stitch Length Regulator
      • Controls
      • Indicator Lights
    • Accessories
      • Bobbin Winder
      • Thread Spindles
      • Thread Lubricator
      • Rulers
      • Hartley Fence
  • Machine Management
    • Power Up
    • Threading
    • Bobbin Threading
    • Controls
    • Stitch Length Regulation
    • Loading
      • Check Quilt Top
        • Common Problems
      • Prep Quilt Top
      • Check Quilt Back
      • Sew on Leaders
      • Load
        • Zip In
        • Tension Quilt
  • Quilting
    • Common Topics
      • Locking Thread Ends
      • Monitoring Thread Tension
      • Common Problems
      • Correcting Errors
    • Freehand Quilting
      • Doodling a Quilt
      • Sources for Patterns
      • Developing “Styles”
    • Channel Lock Quilting
      • Grid Quilting
      • Basting for Hand Quilting
    • Pantograph Quilting or All-over Quilting
      • Learning a Pattern
      • Aligning Pantograph Rows
      • Sources for Patterns
      • Designing Your Own
    • Using Rulers
      • Expansion Plate
      • Sources for Rulers
    • Stitch-in-the-Ditch
      • Using Rulers to Stabilize Lines
      • Using Channel Lock to Stabilize Lines
      • Stitching on the Low Side
    • Pattern Quilting
      • Marking Patterns
      • Paper Patterns
      • Using Rulers to Stabilize Lines
      • Sources for Patterns
      • Designing Quilt Patterns
  • Unloading/Finishing
    • Unload/unzip
    • Remove Leaders
    • Trim Loose Threads
  • Recommended Resources
    • Books
    • Websites

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What's Included?

This complete course takes you from knowing nothing about running a longarm quilting machine to mastery of a variety of quilting techniques. Included in the course is:

  • 10 individual 4-hour lessons, mostly spent hands-on with Moon Star Studio’s APQS Millenium LongArm.
  • While some of the training is done on muslin, students also work with practice quilts, or can elect to complete several of their own quilts during the course of the training.
  • Study Notes identifying the topics to be covered in each lesson.
  • Access to Moon Star Studio’s quilting library, including books, videos, patterns, etc.
  • Customization of the training to focus on areas of special interest to you. For example, if you favor pattern quilting over pantograph work, more emphasis will be placed there.
  • Training should be scheduled on a regular basis, e.g., every Thursday evening. Training can proceed faster if desired by scheduling more than one session per week.

What's It Cost?

The complete course costs $799.

A $99 deposit plus $200 for the first two lessons is due at commitment, with an additional $100 due at each of the third thru seventh lessons.

Add the Kitchen Sink kit for $195.

Kit includes:

  • 1 set Pocket Freehand Guides
  • 1 copy Freehand Feathers
  • 2 sets Zippered Leaders
  • 2 additional 4-hour sessions with the longarm.

Required Books:

Trillium House's Pocket Guides to Freehanding: $49.95

Recommended Book & Supplies

Linda Mae Diny's Freehand Feathers: $34.95

Zippered Leaders (if you plan to lease, you will want 2 sets): $24.95 /ea

Practice Quilts

A descriptive list of quilts you will use to practice on in the course of mastering the LongArm.


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