Can the Shirley Stitcher quilt a continous Design?

Posted by on August 31, 2010


I would like to know which designs in SSII can be extended to quilt the whole width of the quilt in one stitching such as a pantograph continuous design?


The answer is simple the start and end of a pattern must be on the same horizontal plane. The start and end must also be equal to or extend past the edge of the design. This makes it a pantograph pattern. You can identify this just by looking at any pattern and identifying the start and end. You can purchase an infinite number of designs off of the web just look up on the web the names on the folders that say “designs by” in the pattern list on the Shirley and they have a huge number of patterns to choose from. You are not locked into just the patterns in the Shirley and stuck waiting for more to come from Tin Lizzie 18, that is what is so great about the Shirley just go get more and quilt away!

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  1. Merita says:

    One the shirley stitcher 1 when I touch the needle up the needle will go down why

  2. merita says:

    are their any videos to show you how to nest your quilting designs using Shirley stitcher 1

  3. Cara says:

    Having trouble with SSII I was quilting and had to stop in the middle of a pattern. I thought I could stop leave the machine on and come back and start again. however when I finally came back the SSII was locked up. I shut it down and restarted but now the calibration is off and after several attempts am not able to recalibrate.

  4. Donna Rae says:

    When you want to use a pattern that came with the SSII how do you know what size it is? I want to use a pattern and when I pull it up it is either way to big or way to small.

    • kelleyn says:

      The patterns need to be resized once you have picked your pattern. When scaling the pattern you will be asked if you want to keep your patterns proportioned. If you select YES, the pattern will resize to fit and remain proportioned within the selected quilt area. If you select NO, the pattern will be stretched to fit the entire quilt area selected. Hoping this helps!

  5. Donna Rae says:

    I am trying to set up to do a panograph, but the stitching continues to go beyond the end line of my pattern box. I have followed all the instructions, but the pattern continues to sew beyond where it should be stopping. I am doing something wrong, but I don’t know what it is. Help please.

    • kelleyn says:

      See reply to your previous comment. I think the same applies here. Thanks for the question!

  6. Donna clary says:

    Can someone please explain nesting to me ?

    • sabrina says:

      Donna, Nesting is when you are alligning two panto pattern rolls. If you need help to set this up please call 888-Quilt 18 you will be routed to a TLRC location to help.

  7. shannon tharp says:

    I am getting x motor failures after getting my hopping foot stuck in a hole in the quilt top. I removed the hopping foot and then it was to low and the needle holder slammed on it. I have lowered the hopping foot and tested it with a dimebut now it won’t finish my pattern as it keeps giving me the x motor failure

  8. Merita says:

    I am having trouble nesting with my Shirley stitcher .I can do the first line ok but the second won’t line up

  9. Debra says:

    I have the Shirley Stitcher (not SS II) and I’m wondering if there is somewhere to access online the designs that came on it. I would love to have access from my computer to view available designs to chosse from. Or is there a way to print copies from the Shirley Stitcher itself? Thank you.

    • Cameron says:

      Debra, You can access the patterns by going to Go to Support and Service on the left. Select Instruction Manuals. Scroll toward the bottom and you will see Shirley Stitcher Pattern Overview. I hope this helps.

      • Ronda says:

        They are no longer there. Only Quilt Magician Pattern overview it there. If more designs are available, how can I get them? I purchased my Tin Lizzie 18 and Shirley Stitcher in 2009. There weren’t nearly as many as it shows for the Quilt Magician. Thanks.

      • kelleyn says:

        Hi Ronda,

        I am a little confused on your message. Are you looking for an overview of the Shirley Stitcher patterns that are preprogrammed in the Shirley Stitcher? I believe the Quilt Magician came with more built in patterns but are only available if you purchase the Quilt Magician. I am researching this and will get back to you. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me at 888-784-5818 ext. 650 or email me at

        Brian Fredenburgh
        888-784-5818 ext. 650

  10. Ginette says:

    Can you help me to nest my designs?

    • sabrina says:

      Ginette, I have sent your email informatio nto our Shirley Stitcher Instructor to be able to mae contact ad asssist you with the nesting process. Please do not hesiate to let us know if we can help in any other way. The TinLizzie18 Team

      • Pat says:

        could you please send me this information also.
        My sister has a tin lizzie 18 and I purchased the SSII but we are also having trouble with nesting process. Also is there a instructional DVD that shows you how to set up computer to do continuous designs.

  11. Sandra says:

    I downloaded several new designs yesterday. it was so simple. They also stitched out very nice.

  12. Sandra says:

    I have been trying to get the pantograph design but I am struggling with it. I am having to cut threads after the first design. I guess I need a walk thru on how to set it up to do a pantograph with out having to cut threads all the way thru.

  13. kelly says:

    Can you tell me what file extensions I should look to buy? And is there a video or tutorial or other information available to help me know how to load designs onto my Shirley Stitcher 2? I’m looking forward to getting Shirley some new tricks! 🙂

  14. Perfect answer Sabrina! Thanks for posting it..someday, when I have a SSII I’ll have this saved in my SSII folder.

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