This course was designed so beginners and advanced quilters alike could run all types of exciting threads, not just the boring ones. From sit down machines to stand up, because we are all by ourselves and often consider giving up on that gorgeous thread. You know that frustrated feeling. We have all been there. Take heart, it is all about to change for you. You don't have to settle anymore.
Learn how the cone relates to the thread guides, relates to the running speed, relates to the bobbin tension and more...whether you machine quilt with a traditional machine or a long arm machine.
This course was conceived at Houston Market when everyone was complaining about their machines and how bad they were. Many were really considering getting different machines or using them for boat anchors. Imagine! Then it dawned on me, they were using the wrong size needles, and the wrong stitching speed.
And that stitching speed is something the thread manufacturers don't tell you! And with today's high speed machines that can be a problem that you may never had considered. Especially when you are about to use your sewing machine for a boat anchor.
This course was designed so beginners and advanced quilters alike could run all the threads, not just the boring ones. Because we are all by ourselves and often consider giving up on that gorgeous thread, you know that frustrated feeling. We have all been there. Take heart, it is all about to change for you. You don't have to settle anymore.
Let's get stitching.
And did you know, there are no rules.
Yes it is okay to skip thread guides, see how.
In Part One:
We go over each one in detail and how if affects the different threads.
Just think of all those fabulous threads that are just waiting to see the light of day, for that wonderful scrappy strippy quilt top, for Show Quilts or Grandma's Flower Garden.
Let's get them out, dust them off and finish that project.
Oh HAPPY Quilty DAY!
Running Pesky Threads, what could be more frustrating?
We will help you learn the tiny adjustments through the needle, thread guides, threadpath, cone, batting, bobbin case, tensioners, fabric tension so you can get the perfect thread tension in seconds.
Are you ready?
You can do this. And it won't take long for you to catch on. Grab some paper and a pen for note taking. This is how it gets into your brain faster and stays there for when you really need it with that pesky little thread.
Here is more in depth information on needles and why they are so important to our success in running pesky threads.
You can skip guides without worry as long as your stitch stays pretty and you are hugging your machine. There are no rules as long as your are happy with the stitch quality.
Cones and cone positions are easy to adjust and can make a huge difference...just by turning them over.
There are more little tweeks that you can make, just be aware of all that you can do.
Batting has an enormous effect on threads. So here are some handy tips to make the threads happy and you even happier. Whoo hoo
Cones and cone position are easy to adjust.
To keep things easy we will adjust the bobbin first then we can add or subtract our top tension without a lot of problems.
Who would have thought? Who would think that how loose or tight the fabric is can change your stitch quality, and make mysterious skipped stitches appear. Now is the time to take care of that adjustment for better stitch quality with all types of threads.
It might just be the smallest of adjustments that make the biggest difference when adding or subtracting tension. Now you will know what to look for and if it is a wee bit off, you will know whether to add tension or subtract for the perfect stitch.
Remember, sewing machines are timed everyday. It is a simple adjustment and one not to be afraid of doing. In fact, we are wonderfully made to make small incremental adjustments and somehow always remember how to return to where we were originally so if it is not quite right we can start over again to get that perfect stitch.
Now that you really know your way around your machine, these small adjustments can save your hours and hours of frustration.
We are almost there, one last lecture and you will be ready to tackle the threads you have been wanting to run, but were afraid to even try them. Well, now you are ready. Dust off your machine, here we goooooo!
You may have been aware of the different twist directions but not aware of how they effect how the thread behaves. And now you will get all the great info on WT, TEX, and DENIER.
Now you can see the Metallic Threads close up. Also you will find out what the manufacturers won't tell you, and why you may think you need to use your machine for a boat anchor. This section on thread should be really eye opening.
You can run ribbon, find out how.
Remember, silk thread is the benchmark. Soft, supple and high sheen are the characteristics to strive for in characteristics. There are exceptions with a purposefully dull surface.
This could not be more fascinating. Hope you agree and it is my wish that you really learn to love all those fabulous threads.
Oh yes, this is a big one. And don't have to continuously re-thread and re-thread. You will get this and get to know your machines.
Thread breaks more ways than one would think. Hope this helps!!!
Because the adjustment are so minute, it may just be a little thing that you are not aware of that can make the difference.
This is where you can really change everything. It may only take a little tweak. Don't give up yet.
Be sure to download and print your Certificate of Achievement. YOU DID IT!!!!
Sew Happy, Sally
Sally is an innovator and award winning machine quilter, Honored as Teacher of the Year by International Machine Quilters Association. Her "ah ha" techniques are industry standards. Sally's top selling books, Pathways To Better Quilting, Hooked On Feathers, and Pathways From Quilt Top To Quilted published by AQS echo her philosophy "you don't have to copy me to be successful, it's within you, we will show you where to find it within yourself and give you the tools."
Most students feel she has a relaxed way of teaching machine quilting which encourages confidence and a joy of learning. Sally approaches the information in her classes from the student's point-of-view with in-depth knowledge that is creative and inspirational.
Take heart, her machine quilting techniques work for sit down and stand up machine quilters everywhere.
She specializes in “wiggle room" patterns and designs that appear intricate, yet are simple to execute without a lot of marking. “I feel that we could spend hours quilting to cardboard and never be rewarded for the time and effort. With my techniques you can quilt small closely spaced beautiful designs without a lot of planning and the outcome is spectacular, as if you used lots of ruler work and tiny time consuming fills."
Sewing since the age of three and machine quilting and instructing over 14 years with numerous TV appearances, she has quilted for Better Homes & Gardens, and published articles and how-to's in many books and magazines, plus offers her own line of patterns, stencils and templates and instructional videos for all machine quilters from traditional sitdown machine to standup. She has attended 100's of quilt shows and taught thousands of passionate machine quilters. After experiencing one of Sally's classes, every class after that the student takes is so much more meaningful, no matter who the instructor. An expert in marketing strategies her business classes are never boring.