Nesting with the Quilt Magician
- Audition Your Quilt: Before placing the quilt onto the frame consider which pattern you would like to use. Measure the length and width in order to determine how many repeats will give you the desired effect (both horizontally and vertically).
- Create the first Pattern Box: Using the information from auditioning your quilt, create the first pattern box. Mark the first point (left most point of the baseline) and the second point (right point of the baseline) with calk or other removable marker. This will save time in the next steps.
- Add a Pattern: Now you have created your pattern box choose a pattern. Choosing a panto style pattern will be easier to learn nesting, but any pattern will do. (Pantograph patterns begin and end on the same plane making it easier to have a continuous stich if you are repeating a pattern, creating an edge to edge design.)
- Edit, repeat, scale: Repeat, edit, rotate, scale, space your pattern as desired. It is best if you see only one start and one stop if you have repeated your pattern to eliminate multiple tie offs or jump stitches.
- Stitch out the first pattern: If all looks right stitch out this pattern following the prompts on the screen. When the pattern is finished, tie off, bring up the bobbin thread and cut.
- Touch the Tablet icon on the upper left of the screen: Choose NEST from the drop-down menu.
- Move the machine and MARK: IF YOU ARE GOING TO ROLL THE QUILT move the machine to the lower left of the quilt area. Mark this point with chalk. (At the prompt “Mark” the machine will not be able to be moved. As soon as you touch OK it will be released.) Move to the bottom right of the quilt area and mark this point. The Quilt Magician will tell you to roll the quilt. MAKE SURE WHEN YOU ROLL YOUR QUILT YOU LEAVE THE MARKS VISIBLE AND FAR ENOUGH AWAY FROM THE TAKE-UP RAIL THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO PLACE THE NEEDLE OVER THE MARK. IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO ROLL THE QUILT move the machine to the left mark of your pattern box from step #2. Touch OK. Move the machine to the right mark from step #2 and touch OK. Your machine must be on these marks when you touch OK. (If you make a mistake start over from step #6.)
- Choose a nesting point: Notice there is now a blue cross bar visible on the screen near your pattern. The Quilt Magician needs to have a reference point with which to know where to adjust the placement of your next row. Putting the cross bar over the highest point works well. Press ok.
- Position your new pattern: There are now two patterns visible on the screen. One is the pattern that has already been stitched. The other is the new pattern to be stitched. You are able to move the new pattern around to your liking. When you have the pattern looking as you desire, press okay. The screen now shows only the new pattern ready to stitch out.
- Keep in Mind:
- If you are planning to stagger the nesting rows you will need to create the initial pattern box larger than your quilt width. This requires that the batting and backing be large enough to accommodate this larger pattern box. Your pattern will stitch off the edge of the quilt top. If not, there will be a gap with no stitching on each row as the pattern is staggered.
- When the pattern box is larger than the quilt top the presser foot often will catch the edge of the quilt and turn it back as it stitches. Basting the quilt edges as close to the edge as possible helps. Also, you may use a stiletto or bamboo skewer to hold the edge down while the machine is stitching in that area.
- When repeating patterns sometimes there are multiple stops and starts. This is not desirable for convenience sake. This may be resolved by using the spacing feature under the Edit icon and then in the Repeat option. Move the patterns closer or farther apart until the unwanted stop and starts disappear. This will not resolve the issue if the pattern’s stop and starts are not place to the left or right of the design, but centered etc.
- If the start and stops are positioned such that a continuous pattern can’t be stitched you may simply touch the OK button when the prompt says to bring up the bobbin thread and the machine will drag the thread to the next start position creating a jump stitch that can be trimmed later.
- It may be desirable to mark the approximate location of each pattern box on your quilt before it is loaded onto the frame. In this way the stitch out can be monitored more closely.
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