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Handi Quilter Longarm Training Event - October 2023

Looking for Longarm Quilting Classes? Take Your Skills To The Next Level At our 3rd Annual Handi Quilter Event

Are you curious about longarm quilting and looking to expand your skills? Whether you are a current longarm owner or looking to learn about longarm quilting, this is the perfect event for you. Join the Handi Quilter Longarm Training Event and learn everything you need to know about longarm quilting from machine and frame elements to loading a quilt and vital facts about thread, needles, and tension. Designed by quilters, for quilters, Handi Quilter longarm machine and frame systems come in various sizes to fit every budget and skill level.

The advanced event will focus on using Pro-Stitcher Designer, but there will also be a brief recap of the basics for those who haven't used their designer in a while. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced quilter, this event is for you!

At the Handi Quilter Longarm Training Event, you'll gain hands-on experience and learn valuable techniques from expert instructors. You'll also have the opportunity to network with fellow quilters and discover the latest trends and innovations in the world of longarm quilting. Don't miss this chance to take your skills to the next level!

Class Time: 9AM - 4PM


During these two-day training events, participants will learn from more about longarm quilting with hands on training from Handi Quilter training experts.

You can choose from two dates;

October 3-4

October 6-7

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Class Time: 9AM - 4PM


This 1-Day Advanced Longarm Training Event is perfect for current Handi Quilter Longarm owners and will provide hands-on tutorials and instruction. Dive deeper into Pro Stitcher to explore the capabilities of the Pro Stitcher Designer software.

This event is only available on the following date;

October 5

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What is included?

All classes will include a FREE Gift Bag for each attendee and special event pricing on Handi Quilter products!

All Classes will take place at Stitchin' Heaven!

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With Handi Quilter National Educators:

Lori Brothers

Lori started sewing in her early teens. Her parents both worked, so she was enrolled in summer school to stay busy-- and to stay out of trouble. The classes ffered as electives were ssewing classes, and Lori discovered she had a natural gift for sewing.

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Mary Yoder

Mary started sewing at the age of 12, when her mother allowed her to sew on her basic domestic sewing machine. mary quickly figured out how to put things together and loved creating. Over 40 years ago, Mary made her first quilt from leftover scraps.

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The Schedule

Day 1

AM - Getting Started with Longarm Quilting

Are you interested in learning more about longarm quilting? This incredible class is a show and tell of all the best features of the Handi Quilter machine lineup. The basics being taught will include machine and frame maintenance, loading a quilt, setting your tension, and picking the perfect thread to stitch out the ideal design. Questions about everything quilting related – from pantographs to stencils – will all be answered in this excellent back-to-basics class.

Topics Include:

    • The basics of machine and frame maintenance
    • Tensioning bobbins and longarm quilting machines
    • How to load a quilt onto a frame
    • Quilting pantographs, Groovy boards, and stencils
    • Rulers, basic free motion, and Handi Gadgets

PM - Free-Motion Quilting. You Can Do It!

Ready to tackle free-motion quilting? It’s as easy as starting with a few simple shapes! By beginning with drawing, you can develop an inventory of free motion designs that you can stitch out continuously. Fun fills, creative borders and easy blocks will all be demonstrated. Quilting out beautiful designs using free motion techniques will take your skills to the next level.

Topics Include:

    • Drawing basic free-motion designs in a continuous line
    • Scaling fills for backgrounds
    • Creating your own edge-to-edge designs
    • How to fill borders evenly
    • Micro quilting and using different feet


Day 2

AM - Introduction to the Pro-Stitcher

Pro-Stitcher is an intuitive computer-guided quilting system designed primarily for use with Handi Quilter longarm quilting machines. User-friendly and simple to operate, the step-by-step process for each function is easy and fun. Whether finishing your own quilts or considering a quilting business, come see the elegant and precise quilting you can accomplish with Pro-Stitcher. New owners - start here!

Topics Include:

    • Overview of support recourses available online
    • Overview of menu and basic functions and design catalog
    • Place a block design using Skew, Resize, XForm, and Align
    • Demonstration of the Pro-Stitcher Simulator
    • Overview of PS Designer

PM - Can't Have Enough Rulers

Do you love rulers? But are you still looking for new ways to use them? This class will focus on building an inventory of design ideas using the HQ VersaTool and other HQ rulers. Point-to-point quilting using markings already on your quilt – like seams or corners – is a cinch with rulers. We’ll start with ruler basics, then move on to creating beautiful designs for your entire quilt.

Topics Include:

    • Ruler basics: the right foot, ruler base and ruler
    • Point to point quilting using the markings on the rulers
    • Using a ruler for a design base on an entire quilt
    • HQ VersaTool®: stitch-in-the-ditch, cross-hatch, piano keys, clamshells, and arcs
    • Quilting around applique or embroidery with rulers.


October 5, 2023

Pro Stitcher Designer

During this class, you will explore specific areas of Pro-Stitcher Designer. These are not entry level classes and will assume you know the basic skills of the program and your computer.

First, we will focus on lettering. This is such a simple way to customize your quilt tops and takes minutes to learn the process. Once you have this down, all the doors to letters will open to you. We will digitize our own words, talk about how to make any word stitch out in one pass by closing the gaps between the inner and outer sections, and put them on a curve. Now those baby quilts, or memory quilts can have an extra touch of personalization.

Second, we will talk about creating a whole design family. We will start with one element and expand off that one piece to create a full family of designs. One border, one block and one corner can be created with ease when you take a step back and look at the big picture.

Combine to Make It Mine! - Advanced Pro Stitcher

We will talk about how to take a design already loaded into Pro-Stitcher and make it something new. Once you understand the process, you will see how easy it really is. Let your mind go crazy creating new and fun designs for all your quilts. The best part, you can do this anywhere using the Pro-Stitcher Simulator program. It’s a new world out there once you master the steps of combining designs.

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