Tips, hints, and information for owners of Nolting longarm quilting machines and Quiltmagine computer guided quilting system from Nolting.
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JUNE 2016


Summer has finally arrived with both some very warm days and some very cool ones, too.  The nesting pair of geese on our pond had seven babies, four are still alive.  They are now in their teen phase, not quite as tall as Mom and Dad, and venturing further and further away from their protection.  They have been fun to watch.

Quiltmagine owners, I am teaching two half-day workshops on Friday, July 15 at the Nolting factory in Hiawatha, Iowa.  The classes are nearly full.  If you are in the area, don't miss this opportunity to learn more about using Quiltmagine.  Click for more. 

I am super excited to announce that Nolting has come out with a new longarm that is totally different from the other models.  More.

Just released, " Guide to Quilting with Your Nolting Longarm."  Many of you have been requesting this type of guide.  Finally available, it is a comprehensive guide that you may find helpful to your longarm journey with your Nolting.  More.

We will be at two show this summer.  Even if you don't need any longarm supplies or Nolting parts, drop by our booth and try the new Nolting NV machine and say, "Hi."

Enjoy the newsletter and happy quilting,


Resources for Nolting Longarm Machines  
It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  If that is true, then a video with commentary is worth even more. 

The day your Nolting was delivered was an exciting day, but if this was your first Nolting, probably a bit overwhelming.  The dealer gave instruction on the machine features, stopping, starting, and perhaps even helped you load a practice quilt.  After the dealer left, you tried to remember, but probably forgot some things, too.  Then, there was technique, or how do I wind the bobbin? 

I have collected videos and placed them in several playlists on YouTube for easy reference.  When you have a question that relates to your Nolting, perhaps one of the videos will help and walk you through the steps.

Nolting Longarm - videos on threading your machine, winding the bobbin, making adjustments on the Pro, quilting with the Pro, how to safely remove the machine from the frame, and much more.

Longarm techniques - videos on tension, quilting, using templates, and more.

Nolting NV Longarm - videos on the new Nolting NV machine, screens, and features.                                        
Selection of Templates
Questions & Answers - How To Use Templates & Rulers

Q.  What longarm feature do I need to use templates?
A.  Stitch regulation is almost a must to easily use templates and keep the stitch length consistent.

Q.  What equipment is needed for template work?
A.  A template or ruler base is a must to provide a larger, flat surface around the needle area.  The 4" wide throat of the machine is not adequate and does not safely support a template.  The template or ruler base provides several inches more in every direction around the needle to support templates of most sizes.

Q.  What are the best templates to start with?
A.  I have been asked that question many times.  There are four that I started with, used often, and still use often.  Circles, ovals, straight line, and a four-in-one that has a different curve on each of the four sides.  The circles and ovals are nested sets offering a range of sizes, which makes them quite useful.  We sell these four in our Starter Set for $83.95.

Q.  How do I hold onto the template? 
A.  For flat templates (without a handle), it depends on the shape of the template.  With templates that you are stitching along a side of, place the hand flat and stitch 4-5" at a time, stop and re-position the template and hand.  For templates that you will stitch around, like a circle or oval, position the template, pull the thread up at the 7 o'clock position, place your left hand to the right side of the needle and move the machine with the right hand stitching clockwise around the template.  It is easy to move the hand slightly to stitch continuously around the shape.  You should not need to stop and start.

Q.  How do I keep the template from sliding on the quilt?
A.  An easy solution is to roll painters tape with the sticky side out and place it on the bottom of the template.

Templates offer a fun and precise way of adding design to a quilt.  I hope that you will give them a try.  We carry a wide variety of templates.  The Starter Set as well as our complete selection of templates are available at the upcoming shows.
guideGuide to Quilting with Your Nolting Longarm

We have been asked often if there was a manual or guide for working with the Nolting Longarm.  Until now, the answer was, no.  Several years ago the idea for a guide to quilting with a Nolting came up at a dealer meeting at the Nolting factory.  After thinking about that idea for awhile, I decided to take on the project.  The guide is now available!

The guide is comprehensive, filled with a lot of information, not so much on the machine, as that is available in the machine manual, but contains information to answer the "how do I" questions of using your Nolting system.  Topics include tension, quilt preparation, loading, working with different threads, and much more.  Maintenance, repairs, and an extensive troubleshooting guide are included.  There are over 35 Bright Ideas (tips) and 50 color photos, pages of resources, and helpful reproducible pages.

The guide is available at shows at our booth and on our website.  Price $29.95
Quiltmagine - Pattern Margins    
It is easy to size the block pattern either larger than or smaller than the space you want to place it in by adjusting the size in Pattern Margins found in Settings.
Sometimes you may want to have the pattern 1/4 inch in from the block seams.  Tap on Settings.  Pattern Margins can be increased or decreased in 1/8 inch increments up to two inches larger or smaller than the points you index in when stitching.  Tapping on the blue minus or plus sign will change all sides of the pattern by the same amount.  It is also possible to increase or decrease just the sides or top/bottom.  Use the other increase/decrease buttons to change the horizontal or vertical separately.  It is possible to increase in one dimension while decreasing in the other dimension.  Making changes like this can create the custom look you want.

quiltmagine settings screen
Changing Pattern Margins

Select four point placement for the most accurate placement.  After making the changes to the pattern margins and other placement selections, tap OK to return to the stitching window.  Index the machine needle on the corner points of the block and stitch.  No guess work trying to place corners.  QM takes over and resizes the pattern to the changes you made in Pattern Margins.

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 Flier
Delightful Quilting & Sewing Coupon
Save 10% off single packaged templates, books, or longarm notions at June or July 2016 quilt shows. 
Not valid toward Nolting machines, frames, system, or parts. 

Print and present when purchasing.  Offer Expires July 31, 2016