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What Needle Do I Use?

Posted by on September 18, 2017

I was sewing for literally decades before I knew that there is a groove running down the front of every machine needle!  What is the groove for?  It is where the thread “hides” when the needle is moving in and out of the fabric.  The groove protects the thread from friction, which is a big… Read More

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What Causes a Skipped Stitch?

Posted by on September 12, 2017

A skipped stitch looks like a long stitch when compared to the other stitches.  There are two main causes of skipped stitches.  One is a problem with your encoders.  Encoders are little wheels that roll left to right and back and forth to tell the machine how fast you are quilting.  These are used when… Read More

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Thread Weight or TEX?

Posted by on September 6, 2017

When using different threads in the needle and bobbin we stand by the rule of using the same or lighter weight thread in the bobbin as is being used in the needle.  Following this rule helps the quilter achieve the best tension.  Since a 40-weight cotton thread has more drag because of the exposed fibers… Read More

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Pattern Management with the Quilt Magician Android

Posted by on August 28, 2017

Here’s a quick tutorial on adding patterns to the Android Quilt Magician. Place the USB with the patterns into the ports next to the Android. NOTE: You may import patterns from your Android ONLY if they are unzipped. When the Quilt Magician recognizes the USB, there will be a window showing a folder (to open… Read More

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Loading the Quilt onto the Phoenix Frame

Posted by on August 23, 2017

We will be using three of the rails.  Each rail has a ratchet-type action that keeps the quilt taut.  The rail at the back of the table is called the Take up Rail.  Eventually, most of the quilt will be rolled up onto this rail as it is finished.  There are two rails in the… Read More

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How to Best Maintain My Longarm

Posted by on August 16, 2017

Daily Needles:  Your needle should be changed every sewing day and even twice a day if you are sewing heavily.  Keep in mind that artificial fibers are harder on needles than natural fibers.  Needles develop burrs and the tips become dull.  The quality of your quilting will depend on using a fresh and sharp needle. … Read More

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Free Motion Option of the Original Linux Quilt Magician

Posted by on August 7, 2017

  Using the Free Motion Option on the Quilt Magician you can create and save your own original designs.  These designs can then be edited in the same ways that other patterns are edited. While in the Quilt Magician Mode: Touch the House > then Free Motion You will see a field with crosshairs indicating… Read More

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Obstacles to your Creativity

Posted by on July 31, 2017

by Lynn Bell, TinLizzie18 Educator #facesoftinlizzie18 Hi again, and thanks for joining me for this article.  So, hmmm, obstacles to your creativity.  I’m not talking about you having to climb over a pile of fabric to get to your quilting machine, I’m talking here about SELF-IMPOSED obstacles, aka rules, attitude, etc. I have found that… Read More

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