10 Ways to Use the Channel Lock on the Quilting Machine

Posted by on December 11, 2015

Note: You must have a Quilt Magician attached to your machine in order to use the Channel Lock feature.

Clicking on the H would command the quilting machine to lock onto the horizontal cable so that the machine can only be moved vertically. Clicking on the V would command the quilting machine to lock onto the vertical cable so that the machine can only be moved horizontally.

  • Use the channel lock when floating a top onto the backing.
    • Create a straight line on the batting once it is laid into position on the backing and awaiting the placement of the top fabric of the quilt.


  • Use the channel lock to keep rows of pantograph straight.
    • Baste a straight line across the quilt while you have the channel lock on. Then double check your pantograph layout to see if it appears to line up with the basting line accurately.


  • Use the channel lock to create grids
    • Mark the top and left hand side of the quilt with chalk marks is the spacing you which your grid to have. Choose either to channel the horizontal lines or the vertical lines first and the other direction second.
  • Use the channel lock to create channels as wide as 9 inches apart with really deep batting to create an English comforter.
  • Use the channel lock to create channels that you can stuff with feathers for a feather comforter and then sew the opposite channel to create the squares that will lock the feathers into position.
  • Use the channel lock to create a vertical line of basting along the starting edge of the quilt when you are running rows of pantograph. The quilt may not be straight but the line will be straight. You can easily adjust each row when you match up your starting point to the line.
  • Use the channel lock to run a basting line across the quilt after you have rolled your fabric to see if you have rolled the fabric evenly. Your patchwork should line up with the line.
  • You can put the channel lock on and put the computer in record mode and record
  •        straight lines that then can be run as a computerized pantograph.
  • For whole cloth quilts you can mark off the boundaries for blocks and borders with the channel lock. Then with the computer pick your box and set in your patterns.
  • You can put the channel lock on and stitch alone the edge of the quilt in a perfect line. This line will be used to trim and add a nice straight binding.

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  1. Lynn says:

    Regarding manual channel locks, we have a video posted on our website, http://www.tinlizzie28.com on how to even out your leaders. In that video we demonstrate how to use clamps on your wheels as manual channel locks if you don’t have a quilt magician.

    Lynn Bell

  2. Linda Bartolotta says:

    I forgot to ask: if I can use the vertical and horizontal locks for border designs and center designs, how do I do it? I have read the SSII manual and don’t understand what to do.

    Thank you.

    • Myrl Breinholt says:

      The channel locks hold the machine locked so the only stitching that can be done is in a straight line going vertically, or horizontally depending on which lock you have engaged. You are not able to stitch out a design with the channel locks engaged.

  3. Linda Bartolotta says:

    I use a TinLizzie 18 DLS and Shirley Stitcher II. Can I use the vertical and horizontal lock to make sure border designs are straight? I just got an uphill and downhill border design…..

    Thank you.

    • Myrl Breinholt says:

      I use the vertical lock to stitch out a perfectly straight line on the batting before I baste the quilt top down. Then I use the stitched out line to place my quilt top edge against so it will be straight as well and parralel with the take up rail This is a good way to get the patterns to be straight with the quilt top.

  4. Donna Taylor says:

    Can you use manual channel locks on the Tin Lizzie 18?

  5. Linda L Rosenbaum says:

    Do you have to have a special model of tinlizzie to attach the quilt magician?

  6. Sue Tuck says:

    My machine won’t shut off.

    • kelleyn says:

      Hi Sue,

      I’m sorry your machine won’t shut off. Please contact me at your convenience and we can go over what’s causing this issue.

      Thank you,
      Brian Fredenburgh
      888-784-5818 ext. 650

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