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Adjusting the Hopping Foot on the TinLizzie18

Posted by on March 24, 2017

  There are a variety of presser feet to choose from for the TinLizzie18 long arm.   The original presser foot is used for general quilting and comes with each TinLizzie18.  In addition to the original foot there is a template foot that has a higher fence and a consistent clearance around the entire foot for… Read More

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Coping Strips

Posted by on February 23, 2017

“Sadly these strips are called coping strips because we have to ‘cope’ with the fact that all blocks are not equal…” What to use coping strips for: Make all blocks equal Make your quilt larger quickly Easiest way to keep your points Fabric Yardage*: ½” Finished Coping Strips (13” finished block) – 7/8 yard –… Read More

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Free Motion Option of the Quilt Magician

Posted by on December 8, 2016

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 > Free Motion. You will see a field with crosshairs indicating where the… Read More

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Getting an Accurate ¼” Seam Allowance

Posted by on November 7, 2016

Sewing an accurate ¼” seam while piecing quilts is vital to your success.  Even a very slight difference can determine whether the pieces of the quilt fit together or not.  Consider a row of 16 simple 4 ½” squares.  If sewn together with an accurate ¼” seam the row will measure 64 ½”.  If the… Read More

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Loading the Quilt onto the Table

Posted by on October 10, 2016

We will be using three of the rails.  Each bar has a ratchet-type action that keeps the quilt taut.  The rail at the back of the table is called the Take up Bar.  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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Coping Strips

Posted by on September 30, 2016

“Sadly these strips are called coping strips because we have to ‘cope’ with the fact that all blocks are not equal…” What to use coping strips for: Make all blocks equal Make your quilt larger quickly Easiest way to keep your points Fabric Yardage*: ½” Finished Coping Strips (13” finished block) – 7/8 yard –… Read More

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Wandering Patterns while Nesting

Posted by on May 13, 2016

When nesting patterns start to “wander” there are a few issues to consider. 1-First is to note before putting the quilt onto the frame if the quilt is square and if the borders lay flat. If borders are stretched or not attached appropriately they will be “wavy” and cause problems rolling the quilt evenly. 2-Second,… Read More

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How to Put Borders on a Quilt

Posted by on April 14, 2016

Here’s a quick tutorial for those who want step by step instructions on perfect borders.  Determine the width of your border or borders. It is generally best to increase the width of each succeeding border. An example would be the first border could be 3” wide the second 5” and the third 8” wide. Of… Read More

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