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Handi Quilter Longarm Training Event - October 2022

Looking for Longarm Quilting Classes? Take Your Skills To The Next Level At our 2nd Annual Handi Quilter Event

Don't own a machine but want to learn about longarm quilting? This event is for YOU!

Own a longarm machine and want to improve your skills? This event is for YOU!

Class Time: 9AM - 4PM

Complimentary Breakfast: 8AM - 9AM


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 11-12

October 13-14

Take a look at the schedule for information on what topics will be covered. In addition to that....

What is included?

Continental Breakfast 8AM-9AM - Scones & Coffee

FREE Gift Bag for each attendee

Special event pricing on Handi Quilter products!

Exclusive Discount - Register today and purchase a machine during class to get the class credited toward your machine purchase.

All Classes will take place at Stitchin' Heaven!

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With Handi Quilter National Educators:

Handi Quilter Instructor: Jeannine Grabowska

Jeannine Grabowska

Having a mother who was a wonderful seamstress exposed Jeannine to the joy of sewing at a young age. But she didn’t discover that joy for herself until, as a young mother, she acquired her first sewing machine.

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Handi Quilter Instructor: Micki Chappelear

Micki Chappelear

Micki Chappelear resides in Hillsboro, Illinois, a rural farming community where she has lived her entire life. She was introduced to her love of sewing through 4-H and doing alterations at a men’s clothing store at the young age of 16.

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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 - 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

PM - 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

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