Letter From The Top
Thank you for your enthusiasm for Accomplish Quilting and our continued growth! Where else can you find the quality of service, classes and quantity of longarm machines for sale than at our locations? Engaging and inspiring full day classes with Jamie Wallen, at both our stores this past month, embody the excitement we love to share with our customers. Our dynamic corporation was recently highlighted in St. Joseph's The Herald Palladium as "a quilt store on steroids". Linda Hrcka, featured quilter and teacher at the MI store this month stopped in recently and proclaimed us "a longarm palace!" Whether you choose our TN store or our MI store, we look forward to providing you with your next machine, great training and support, and all your longarming supplies. Thank you for choosing us!
Accomplish Quilting Sale!
Choose to save $1000 on these great accessories:
Electric Lift ~ Power Fabric Feed ~ Pantovision ~ Lightning Stitch
To add to your new Innova machine purchase!
Save $2000 on a New AutoPilot or Navigator
e're on the road to bring INNOVA machines to you.
Come see us!
Sept 14-17 AQS Chattanooga, TN
23rd -24th Quilter's Showcase - Birch Run, MI
Sept 23rd -25th The American Sewing Expo
Suburban Collection Showplace - Novi, MI
Oct 7-9 Pine Belt Quilters Show
Oct 7-9 Quilts on the Grand,
The DeltaPlex, Grand Rapids, MI
Oct 14 -15 One Stop Shop Hop of the Bluegrass
Oct 14-15 Prairie Star Quilter Guild Show
MQX (Machine Quilters Expo)
Crown Plaza, Springfield, IL
Oct 20th Accomplish Quilting/INNOVA
is hosting a Mixer at the MQX Show
from 5 PM-7PM on Thursday night. Come socialize with the Accomplish crew and the INNOVA team. Talk with the presidents! Contact us for your free ticket.
YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS!
Each used machine from Accomplish Quilting comes with:
1. A One Year Parts and Labor Warranty
2. 3 Days of Free Longarm Training
3. AQ's 24/7/365 Support (better support than offered by the original manufacturer!)
4. Financing is available
The Michigan Report
We are loving our new location! Space for new products and used longarms is filling up our store quickly. We have exciting events planned for you, including Lunch and Learn, a new opportunity to gather monthly with quilters for lunch and a lesson. Check out our event schedule below and if you haven't been to the new location in lovely St. Joe, come see us soon. It's worth the trip!
Educational Events at the St. Joseph Store
(Please call to reserve your spot.)
Sept 17th New Owner Training
(9 AM - 3 PM)
Sept 23rd Lunch and Learn
(12 PM -1:30 PM) - Enjoy lunch and learn paper piecing with designer Eileen Chapman. Cost is $5.
Next Lunch and Learn events will be Oct 28th, Nov 11th and Dec 2nd.
Sept 29th Linda Hrcka Trunk Show
(7 PM- 8:30) (FREE, but please call to reserve your spot.)
Linda will share many of her quilts and the the story of her quilting journey. Come and hear how she started quilting, her business, quilting for
designers as well as quilting for "show".
Sept 30th - Oct 1st
Linda Hrcka Class
(9 AM - 4 PM) ($300 workshop
supplies and lunch both days. Some spots still available.)
Learn an abundant array of techniques and designs that will give you a whole new outlook on quilting. Never fear free motion again! All aspects of the quilt process are covered, from beginning until end. Linda will share the ins and outs of batting, thread, and designs. Learn how to overcome those difficult quilts.
Our Challenge quilts have arrived! Take a look at our facebook page to see the beautiful details of the quilting that was the challenge to make each one special.
The Tennessee Rep
~AQS Chattanooga Show Highlights~
Stop by our booth and see the demos on the Innova:
9:30 each morning: Edge to Edge on the AutoPilot
2:30 each day a different demo:
Wed - Rulers
Thursday - Easy Feathers
Friday - Background Fills
Saturday - Overall Pattern with a Paper Pantograph
Educational Events at the Goodlettsville Store
(Please call to reserve your spot.)
Sept 21st - Top Tenn Longarm Guild (10 am) - Show and tell and so much more for the longarm quilter! Four different overall designs will be taught and quilted during this meeting - come and find your favorite or show one of yours! There are no dues and no rules, just a lot of sharing and information!
Sept 29th - Nancy McNally Trunk Show
(6:30 pm - FREE, but please call to reserve your spot.)
Join us for an amazing evening with quilt artist Nancy McNally! She will be showing her quilts and talking about her journey to award winning longarm quilter and author.
Sept 30th - Feathers and Fillers by Nancy McNally
10 am - 4 pm
($125 workshop includes supplies and lunch. Some spots still available.)
Come join Nancy McNally, award winning longarm quilter, author, designer & teacher as she guid
es you in creating feathers in your own style and flair. Students will also learn how to create different fun and decorative fillers.
Oct 1st - Rocking with Rulers by Nancy McNally
(10 am - 4 pm - $125 workshop includes su
pplies and lunch. Some spots still available.) Learn how to use longarm rulers to their fullest! Traditional rulers from piecing will be used to teach design, in
cluding learning how to connect design lines from block to block, extending the design to the border. You will enhance, add texture and dimension to your quilting! Participants are welcome to bring in one quilt to ask for ideas.
This time around, we're going to take a look at another feature of every long arm quilting system, and that's the take-up roller system. Every brand of long arm has a system in place for how the quilt gets rolled onto the take-up bar, and how you make any adjustments you need to on it.
The take-up bar system is often overlooked when people are considering a longarm purchase, but it's absolutely something you're going to want to keep in mind, as it can directly impact your quilt quality. For a quilt to come out best, you need to have a leveling sewing surface from the backing bar to the take up bar. It's important to keep in mind that the diameter of the take up bar is going to be changing as you roll more and more of your quilt onto it, which means the take up bar has to change heights to give you that level sewing surface.
For the most part, there are 4 systems used across long arm machines for this. The first two we're going to take a look at involve only 1 bar.
With only 1 bar, the quilt goes directly from the backing bar to the take-up bar, so as the quilt rolls, the take up bar has to be raised to account for that. Many frames have adjustable sides (seen in the picture to the left above) for that. You have to raise one side of the take up bar, go around the frame, raise the second side, and make sure you've gotten the take-up bar level again. Another common system is the adjustable take-up bar. On these, there's either a crank or lever that allows you to raise or lower the entire take-up bar at once. This eliminates the need to go to the other side of the machine and the need to make sure the bar stays level, which makes this system considerably less tedious to adjust throughout the quilt.
The other 2 styles use a second bar, often referred to as a "dead" bar. On these systems, the quilt goes around the dead bar before rolling onto the take-up bar. Because it goes around the dead bar, the increased size of the take-up bar doesn't come into play at all, which means no adjusting.
The different styles here are dependent on where the dead bar sits. Uneven dead bars (pictures on the left above) have no adjusting involved, but because they sit unevenly, you lose out on some of your quilting space because the dead bar is sitting in it. Even dead bars have no adjusting involved, and still give you the maximum amount of sew space that particular long arm frame is capable of.
620 Adhesive Spray
Frustrated by Longarm rulers that move while you are stitching? A light spray with 620 gives your rulers just the right amount of friction to keep your ruler steady and where you want it.
Highly recommended by Jamie Wallen
to help keep your longarm rulers from slipping while you sew.
- Non Chlorinated
- Water Resistant
- Conical Mist Spray