Education

July 31, 2018
A guide to needles for longarm quilting machines
An APQS longarm quilting machine is an industrial grade quilting machine firing upwards of 3,500 stitches per minute and it requires an industrial needle. It is critical that the needle you use in your machine is capable of sewing at high rates of speed in 360 degrees.
July 10, 2018
Bulky Intersections
Quilters on one side of the iron insist, “Always press toward the dark fabric!” The other side chants, “Always press to reduce bulk!” As a quilt piecer, I want it all—I don’t want my dark colors showing through my light fabrics; I want my patchwork to be accurate and I want it to be flat. But as a longarm quilter, eliminating bulky intersections that can break needles or distort quilting lines tops the list.
June 12, 2018
Bobbins 101
Whereas many companies offer only one bobbin size option, APQS customers can select the bobbin size that best fits their quilting style. In this article, we've outlined the characteristics of each size below to help you decide what’s right for you.
April 17, 2018
Tips for the APQS Turbo Bobbin Winder
In this video, APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh shows you how easy it is to assemble and use the APQS Turbo Bobbin Winder...
April 10, 2018
Thinking of buying a longarm quilting machine? Here are some tips from APQS owners…
We recently asked our APQS family on Facebook what tips they would give to somebody interested in purchasing a quilting machine. The response was tremendous. We’ve received lots of comments that were full of thoughtful and useful advice.
February 20, 2018
How to assemble the APQS laser
Once in a great while a customer will contact our service department and say they accidentally turned a knob too far and had the entire laser assembly come apart in their hands. In this video  APQS National Education Director Dawn Cavanaughwe shows you how to put it all back together.
February 13, 2018
Machine quilting with black light
Why have black light on your longarm? Try quilting with white thread on white fabric without losing your place, and you’ll quickly find out how valuable it is! New APQS machines come standard with bright LED light, plus a built-in LED black light for ultimate versatility.
January 9, 2018
How to use your APQS laser on the front of your machine...
The versatility of the APQS laser light stylus lets you use it on the back and the front of your APQS machine. In this video, APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh shows you how it can save you from marking your quilt designs!
December 12, 2017
Using invisible threads on an APQS longarm quilting machine
In this video, Dawn Cavanaugh, APQS National Education Director, share her tips and tricks for using invisible thread on your APQS longarm quilting machine.
November 21, 2017
Quilt shows – judging curves and straight lines
This is the fourth article in our series about quilt judge expectations and solutions to the most commonly cited areas for improvement...
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