Helpful information on tension you won't want to miss.
Nolting Club Newsletter
Welcome to 2017! I hope you are entering the new year with anticipation and energy to accomplish new things in your quilting journey.
We are excited to be opening our new studio - showroom and to have space to offer classes. I hope you will be able to take advantage of them to increase your longarm skills.
This issue we are addressing one of the more stressful longarm issues, tension. And, if you have trouble working with pantos the article below may help. See the new feature, Bright Idea, at the bottom of the page for a helpful longarm tip. Please help us do a better job with the newsletter by completing the survey. Click on the button at the bottom of the page.
Have a delightful time quilting.
Studio - Showroom Opens
Our spacious, well lighted showroom is the perfect place to leisurely try a longarm or see computer guided quilting in action. Several machines on frames are available along with both Quiltmagine and IntelliQuilter.
As education is the key to success, we are scheduling hands-on longarm classes to start soon.
Longarm supplies are also available.
We are by appointment, so call ahead before you come. 585-226-2577
Learning to adjust the machine tension is the biggest learning curve in longarm quilting. Quilters often become more comfortable with quilting pantos and free motion quilting before they are comfortable adjusting the tension. We aren't used to...
Pantos are designed in two ways, squared off or with uneven edges so that one row nests into the one above and below. Squared off pantos make good choices for placement as a border because the quilting density is even across it and the pattern would fill out to the seam lines. Pantos with uneven edges, when properly placed and nested, cause the rows to disappear and pattern to look more all over.
Look for registration marks on paper pantos. They help you move from one row to the next leaving the correct space between the rows. Registration marks may be a portion of the last row and next row in dotted lines or lines of another color, or a bulls eye or "x" in a circle placed strategically at the top and bottom of the pattern row.
After quilting the row, the registration marks are used as a reference point to place the needle in the down position, then advance the quilt until the laser is on the comparable registration mark. This advances the quilt the correct distance keeping the rows just the right distance apart.
Instead of using thin batting, use batting that is just a little thicker, a mid-weight batting, such as Quilter's Dream Select. It is much easier and less frustrating to adjust tension when the batting is thick enough to allow for a slight variation in tension.