Education

December 11, 2018
Smash your bulky seams with a Tailor’s Clapper
A tailor’s clapper is a flat block of hardwood, often rounded on the ends with routed grooves along the sides for finger holds...
October 30, 2018
Scariest longarm quilting mistakes - Halloween edition
We share lots of tricks about longarm quilting in our blog, and owning an APQS machine is definitely a treat! We love seeing the boo-tiful quilts that our customers share! Sorry, couldn’t resist! I’ve donned my Maleficent outfit for Halloween to reveal some of the scariest longarm mistakes quilters have confessed to our Customer Service team...
October 9, 2018
How to quilt embroidery on quilts
Over one-third of quilters own an embroidery machine, and about one-third also do embroidery on quilt tops. That leads to a big question - How do you quilt them?
September 18, 2018
Piecing trick to reduce bulk seams
I’ve learned a piecing trick over the years that reduces that bulk and helps the block lay flat. Here’s how to do it…
August 21, 2018
Do I "have" to stitch in the ditch?
Quilters can make a case for both a “yes” and a “no” answer. Quilts that are quilted “edge to edge” will not have stitching in the ditch...
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.
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