Tool Tips

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.
November 7, 2017
The definitive guide to longarm quilting machine needles
Needles are one of the most critical tools in a quilter’s sewing box. Choosing the right needle for the thread, fabric and batting you’re using can mean the difference between a fabulous quilt and one filled with tension issues, broken threads, and batting pokeys!
June 6, 2017
Our most popular Pinterest posts ...
Pinterest is a great place to find quilting inspiration. Whether it’s color combinations, patterns, quilting designs or images of quilts, the social platform will inspire you and help you successfully complete your next quilt project...
September 20, 2016
How to change the hopping foot on your longarm quilting machine
Changing out the different hopping feet couldn’t be simpler. There are two small allen screws on the back of the hopping foot. To remove the existing foot, unscrew them with the small allen wrench provided in the foot kit. Or, if you don’t have the kit you can certainly use a small allen wrench you already own.
April 12, 2016
How to organize your paper pantographs
Storing and organizing your collection of paper pantographs is important. After all, you want to protect the investment you’ve made into your paper pattern collection.
January 19, 2016
APQS Video Tutorial: Longarm ruler tips
Discover how to use longarm rulers to stitch in the ditch and guide your APQS quilting machine.
January 5, 2016
No-mark method for stitching complicated quilting designs
With so many tales of caution about marks that won’t go away, or marks that went away and then came back later, the idea of marking a quilt top can be scary.
June 30, 2015
Strip cutting quickies
Here's a handy chart to use to help you cut the patches you need for your project using a 6" x 24" cutting ruler and long strips of fabric.
March 10, 2015
"How-to" articles for beginners
We’re diving into some of our favorite “how-to” articles for longarm newbies!
February 10, 2015
Favorite quilty things
Everyone has their own favorite quilty things that make the creative process easier. We share some of our favorites in today's blog post.
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