Tool Tips

November 23, 2021
Tips for quilting with metallic thread
Any time of year is the right time to add a little sparkle to your quilts, but it’s especially fun to use metallic threads on Christmas quilts, holiday table runners, tree skirts, and even stockings and ornaments. Though metallic threads have a reputation for being unruly and a bit difficult to work with, there are several tricks you can use that can help move it from the naughty list to the nice list in time for the holidays.
November 16, 2021
Ten great uses for batting scraps
We all love scraps but using up your batting scraps can be tricky! In this article, APQS Dealer and Educator Angela Huffman shares ten ways to use batting scraps.
August 31, 2021
Rule your quilt – tips and tricks for quilting with rulers
Machine quilting with rulers can add spice and variety to your quilt tops. The best news is that it isn’t hard to do! In this blog post we’re sharing four articles that help you develop and refine your ruler skills.
August 3, 2021
Needle tips for longarm quilting machines
One of the biggest differences between quilting on a domestic sewing machine and quilting on a longarm quilting machine is the needle. In this article, APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh helps you navigate the change with her best tips and tricks.
December 15, 2020
Accessories and gadgets for sit-down quilting
In this video, APQS Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh shows you several gadgets that make sit-down quilting easier, from basting the layers to moving the fabric, as well as how optional accessory feet on our sit-down machine George make ruler work, stippling and applique outlining easy to do.
December 1, 2020
Useful tools for APQS George machines
New gadgets pop up all the time to make quilting easier. In this article, Education Director Dawn Cavanaugh shares some useful tools for APQS George owners.
May 14, 2019
Rule your Quilt: Adding spice with scallop and arc machine quilting templates
Machine quilting with templates can add spice and variety to your quilt tops. The best news is that it isn’t hard to do!
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.
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!