Tips, hints, and information for owners of Nolting longarm quilting machines and Quiltmagine computer guided quilting system from Nolting.
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It is January 10.  The sun is out, the temperature is 49.  I am at home in New York State.  Looking to the north and west, the skies are darkening and the wind is starting to pick up as the ominous cold front approaches with lake effect snow (feet of snow) forecast along Lake Erie and the Tug Hill Plateau.  Hopefully we will not see any of this here south of Rochester.  What an unusual winter season so far, warmer than normal and the Great Lakes still with no ice. 

Think of it, only two more months until spring!  And, with each passing day, we are closer to quilt shows starting here in the North.  If you live in the South, you are already attending quilt shows, being inspired by awesome quilts, and shopping the vendors.

Do you have any quilting resolutions for 2016?  Mine include finishing a few more UFO's, working on my longarm techniques (see article), and learning how to do more things with Quiltmagine.  Another resolution is something that needs to be stopped.  You can read about this on our blog page.  If you enjoy this blog, consider reading others and sign up to be notified when there are new posts.
01-05-2016 07:19:06 AM

If you have made a New Year's resolution to work on your quilting skills, congratulations! There are a lot of opportunities out there to do that from guild workshops, quilt shop classes, and even online classes. There are also a ... Continue reading →...»

One final 2016 goal is to improve the Nolting Club Newsletter.  You can help us with that goal by completing a short survey.  To access the survey, please click on the link at the bottom of the newsletter.  Thank you in advance for your help.

I hope that you are trying new projects, taking risks to grow your longarm skills, and enjoying your quilting experience on your Nolting longarm.  Happy Quilting!


Free Motion Longarm Technique  
Where is your attention focused when you are quilting? Several times recently there have been reports and videos on the news of people distracted as they talk on their cell phone, text, or even play games while walking. We all know that doing these things while driving can be deadly, but even doing this while walking has consequences. Videos show people distracted by their cell phone walking into sign posts, falling off curbs and even walking into a mall water feature.

When you first learned to sew on your domestic machine you probably watched the needle and were instructed to focus on the seam allowance guide.
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Pro Series Nolting
Pro Turbo Controller

Maintaining your Nolting is simple with oiling the four red dot oil wicks and oiling the hook every two to three bobbin changes.  There are, however, a few other things that should be checked periodically to make sure they are OK, too.

Check the screw holding the hopping foot to the shaft.  Because of vibration from the motor running, a screw of any type is likely to loosen over time.  When you change the needle (every 8 hours of quilting or when you oil the red dots), take the opportunity to check the screw holding the hopping foot.  At the same time, if you have the high visibility foot (thinner foot), make sure that the foot is level with the throat plate.

Periodically remove the throat plate and check the needle hole for nicks caused by needle deflection.  If these are sharp, they may cause the thread to shred.  The nicks can be smoothed using a thin strip of emery cloth.

While the throat plate is off, clean the lint away from the top and back of the hook area using canned air.

A few minutes spent with these simple tasks can insure your machine is in tip top shape for your quilting projects.
fun quilter Nolting
Fun Quilter Equalizer Controller

As a result of recent chatter on the Yahoo group, I think it is important to talk about some of the differences found between the Nolting machine models that affect their operation and eventual repair.

The Fun Quilter and Pro series are now the most popular models Nolting sells. They have exactly the same internal mechanical operating parts except a slight difference in motor size due to space availability in the machine body. Both machines have a large, heavy duty motor; however, the Pro motor is a little larger.

Other than body style, the biggest difference in the models is the electronics which operate the stitch regulator. The FQ is operated by the IntelliStitch Equalizer. The handle red buttons function as both a single stitch (half stitch) and needle down feature. To complete one revolution of needle down and up to bring the bobbin thread to the top, the red button must be pressed two times. The Pro machines are equipped with the IntelliStitch Turbo stitch regulator, a more expensive stitch regulator that has a faster response. One press of the red single stitch button causes the needle to make one complete revolution down and back up.   Read More
Quiltmagine - Panto - Layout The Quilt  
When stitching a panto using QM, there is a tendency to think like we did before we had QM. That is, set up the panto and stitch row by row. While this does work, there are disadvantages to doing it this way.

A better way of working with pantos in QM is to set up the entire quilt first. Setting up the entire quilt allows for changes in pattern size, the opportunity to visualize on the screen the pattern on the whole quilt, and the option of making modifications and adjustments to your overall design using features found in the Pantograph portions of the software. It may take a few minutes longer to set up the entire quilt first, but you will find it is not hard to do, and opens up many more options.  Read More.

New Quiltmagine video tutorial posted, Design and Create a Basting Line. 

For more information on using Quiltmagine, check out the links on our Quiltmagine Resources page.

If you would like more information on Quiltmagine or want to see it in person, give us a call to schedule a demonstration.  585-226-2577  Quiltmagine is still very competitively priced at $7900.  Your purchase includes the QM carriage with drive motors, belts, and software.  You provide the Windows 7, 8, or 10 tablet (click for tablet requirements).  Quiltmagine works with any stitch regulated Nolting machine on the Nolting commercial (steel) frame. 

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