Machine Quilting Terms

Unless you have been a machine quilter for awhile, some of these terms can be confusing when hearing them for the first time! Educate yourself and your customers so we can all be on the same page.

edge-to-edge – also known as pantograph, all over quilting, continuous line quilting. This is when a specific design is repeatedly quilted in rows across a quilt. Edge-to-edge is quilted over the entire quilt without a separate border or block design.

freehand quilting – also known as free motion quilting. The quilter guides the machine by hand. The quilting design is a result of the quilters skill, rather than a computerised quilting design.

computerised quilting – a computer is used to guide the quilting machine to stitch out a design. Computerised quilting can be used for edge-to-edge designs as well as custom quilting.

stitch regulator – most longarm quilting machines have stitch regulators to maintain even stitch length during quilting.

basting – when a quilt sandwich is held together with large, easily removed stitches or pins. Some quilters offer a basting service for hand quilters

longarm quilting machine – a sewing machine, usually greater than 15 inches of throat space that is mounted on a machine quilting frame

rollers – the quilt backing is attached to the rollers on a longarm machine quilting table so that the quilt may be rolled up and kept in position for quilting

custom quilting – quilt blocks are individually quilted as well as the border has a separate quilting design. Custom quilting can include, but is not limited to stitch in the ditch, cross hatching, outlining of applique and /or background fill.

tension – the relationship of balance between the top quilting thread and the bobbin thread. The two threads should overlap within the middle layer of the quilt when the tension is balanced

Happy quilting

Tracey Browning

How to start a business

Starting your own business is a big decision and undertaking. You will need to research your market and educate yourself on all the legal requirements that you will need to adhere to. The following are just a few pointers on where to start your research and find the information that you may require.

This site will give you nearly all the information for Australia (plus lots you might not want to hear): www.business.gov.au

You will need to educate yourself on the following requirements:

Registering your business name (if you choose to have a different name to your own)* Registering for an ABN to enable you to legally purchase wholesale *Registering for GST. Please ask for advice from your accountant to fully understand the requirements of GST and tax returns etc

• Checking with your local council regarding running a business from your chosen location.

• Business Insurance – public liability insurance. (your homeowners policy will NOT cover you if you are running a business from home)

Once you have achieved all this however, you will be ready to fly high and run your own business to suit YOUR personal time constraints and those of your family. Running a business from home is hard work but can be extremely rewarding.

• Just imagine being able to be home with your children, husband, parents etc for whenever they need you.

• Being able to go to work in your jammies if you choose to do so.

• Set your own working hours that suit YOU rather than an employer.

This is a simple work order that you can develop your own from. You are welcome to download this pdf and use the parts that suit you and your business to create your own work order for use in your business.

Simple work order

ADVERTISING

Now that you have commenced your own machine quilting business, you need to let the world know that you are open for business. You have probably been practicing madly to ensure that your quilting skills are sufficient to ‘put your work out there’ to encourage positive word of mouth advertising. This truly is the BEST form of advertising that you can have……

The following are some further suggestions – in no particular order – that you can do to promote yourself and your business:

  • Advertise in your local guild newsletter
  • Advertise in your local school newsletters
  • Approach your local quilt shop to offer to quilt a sample in exchange for them displaying your card/brochure and your name on the sample on display
  • Advertise in appropriate National Magazines
  • Setup your own Business Facebook Page, which is free, that customers might find you or you can direct them to it. www.facebook.com
  • Setup your own website to show the type and quality of work that you are doing, with information for potential customers to work out pricing and contact details. Only needs to be a 5-7 page static site that gets updated with quilting photos as you grow!
  • Setup your own Instagram business account & share all your amazing photos of quilts & quilting  www.instagram.com/app

Happy quilting in business!

Tracey Browning

IQ maintenance & troubleshooting

Merry Christmas – Happy holidays to all! 

Tomorrow is the final LIVE webinar session for 2020 and I’m squeezing this in at the last moment between customer quilts, harvesting our crops and preparing for multiple family celebrations. 

Many, many times I see IQ owners struggling with common issues and frightened to look further into the mechanics of their system and how it works and how it can be adjusted by yourself to get that perfect stitch out. When it is first setup by your dealer it is perfect – UNTIL is is not!

Things can change simply with accidental bumps, catching of cables, knocking your machine off its tracks, too much vibration of your longarm machine, changing in the floor that your machine sits on, bolts getting loose on your table and so many things.

We all know we have to maintain our longarm machines and regularly service them to keep them running in top condition and therefore we also need to service our IQ systems. Maintenance and troubleshooting by the person that runs the machine is the BEST thing you can do as you will know when something is awry.

Don’t be frightened to both be really observant and understand how to communicate what you see and hear, clearly and concisely. This will then result in getting things working again much quicker. As always, document what you have checked, observed & heard in a support ticket if the problem persists. 

All of what we will discuss is available in IQPedia or support documents at www.intelliquilter.com. I’ve also done/doing some videos so you can visually watch me adjust motors and perform some tests.  

So next up is a reminder of our next class with Tracey Browning 
IQ Troubleshooting & Maintenance
on Saturday 19th December at 9am AEST
Click here to find out the time in your own time zone. 

YES this is one day earlier than our normal Sunday morning time slot, so it will be Friday afternoon/evening for those in the USA/Canada. (I have one of our family Christmas celebrations in the city on Sunday)
https://iq-machine-quilting-academy.heysummit.com/talks/iq-troubleshooting-maintenance/

Please note that you can ALWAYS watch for FREE – the live session. You just need to show up…just like when you purchase a class at a show and you don’t get a replay or do over later.

Click on the IQ Summit link on the top navigation bar of the website

UPDATE FOR EVERYONE!

This webinar has now been reformatted into a step by step FREE course for anyone to work through to help you with maintaining and troubleshooting your Intelliquilter. You can participate for FREE here

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Tracey

November IQ Summit!

Join us once again for the following sessions this month!

Time sure flies and it is already 10 days into November! The world is still crazy, but we can turn off the crazy and simply enjoy being a machine quilter and hide away safely at home or online. Though online can be pretty crazy right now as well.  

We have lots planned into next year, but do not always make them live on the IQ Summit way in advance. The aim (not the promise) is to have 2 webinars each month with a 10 min Tute thrown in somewhere as well.

However December and January, Tonia will be taking a well deserved break ready to come back with already planned sessions in February 2021. I’ll still prepare some content during this time, but take note that this time of year is ‘our’ summer and I’m also at the beach in our caravan taking time out from the farm and quilting for a few weeks, as well in January. 

Today is an extreme fire danger day here in my area. All farmers are on standby for fires and a total harvesting ban due to high winds and high temperatures. I’m hoping all stays quiet and we can get back to harvesting our crops again soon. 

So onto what is planned for the next week! 

First up is a 10 min Tute – Clipping Block for the last row(s) of a panto. 

If you have a slightly wonky quilt top and not a lot of backing fabric then use a ‘clipping block’ to ONLY stitch exactly where you need to. 

This is being made available on Thursday 12th November at 9am ACDT 

This quick lesson is available to Paid subscribers only – not for Free Pass holders. To work out what time in your own time zone use this link.
Then next weekend is a LIVE webinar where everyone can join in whilst I show you how I solved a problem and saved some $$ for my daughter. 

Intelliquilter Design – Not just for Quilts!

Tracey will show you how she created an insert into the revealing neckline of a dress to allow her daughter to stay comfortable.

Using many tools on the Intelliquilter: Pattern editing – distort, rotate & more. No sew zones Clipping blocks Split, combine, echo, repeat.  

This will be held live on Sunday 15th November at 9am ACDT 

Everyone is welcome to join live for FREE to participate in this webinar to see other ways and reasons to create with your Intelliquilter. 

To work out what time in your own time zone use this link.
Add to your schedule here
 Please note that you can ALWAYS watch for FREE – the live session. You just need to show up…just like when you purchase a class at a show and you don’t get a replay or do over later. 

Join our Partner Program

Have a list of IQ associates, friends or customers, that you think would benefit from our content? Our Partner Program is for you!

Our affiliate cookies last for a full 90 days, maximising the chances that you’ll be rewarded for the referral.We also pay out a 10% commission for each referral. And if they purchase a recurring subscription, we’ll also pay you for each month they pay us!

Payouts are made at the beginning of each month for accounts that have a balance of at least $50. So jump on board to help subsidise your own subscription/Pass!  

Chat on Sunday – and be prepared to learn more on the amazing Ultimate tool – our Intelliquilter system. 

Tracey