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LongArm Competency

Do you love quiltmaking but hate trying to stuff your bed quilts through your sewing machine? This 4-week course will teach you how to use Moon Star Studio’s LongArm to finish your quilts.

Competency with the LongArm

Trains the student to competent operation of the APQS Millennium longarm quilting machine. At the completion of training, the student, on passing a final exam, is qualified to use the Moon Star Studio LongArm at a reduced leasing rate.

Topics to be Covered

  • Orient on Machine
    • Quilt Rollers
    • Table
    • Sewing Head
      • Sewing Area
      • Bobbin Race
      • Stitch Length Regulator
      • Controls
      • Indicator Lights
    • Accessories
      • Thread Spindles
      • Rulers
  • Machine Management
    • Power Up
    • Threading
    • Bobbin Threading
    • Controls
    • Stitch Length Regulation
  • Loading
    • Check Quilt Top
      • Common Problems
    • Prep Quilt Top
    • Check Quilt Back
    • Sew on Leaders
    • Load
      • Zip In
      • Tension Quilt
  • Quilting
    • Common Topics
      • Locking Thread Ends
      • Monitoring Thread Tension
      • Common Problems
      • Correcting Errors
    • Freehand Quilting
      • Doodling a Quilt
      • Sources for Patterns
      • Developing “Styles”
  • Unloading/Finishing
    • Unload/unzip
    • Remove Leaders
    • Trim Loose Threads
  • Recommended Resources
    • Books
    • Websites

Plus, pick one of:

  • Freehand Feathers
    • Doodling Feathers
    • Marking Spines
    • Using Rulers
  • Stitch-in-the-Ditch
    • Rulers & the Expansion Plate
    • Using Rulers to Stabilize Lines
    • Using Channel Lock to Stabilize Lines
    • Stitching on the Low Side
  • Pattern Quilting
    • Marking Patterns
    • Paper Patterns
    • Using Rulers to Stabilize Lines
    • Sources for Patterns
    • Designing Quilt Patterns
  • Pantograph or All-over Quilting
    • Learning a Pattern
    • Aligning Pantograph Rows
    • Sources for Patterns
    • Designing Your Own

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What's Included?

This course trains you in two quilting techniques using the LongArm quilting machine. Included in the course is:

  • 4 individual 4-hour lessons, mostly spent hands-on with Moon Star Studio’s APQS Millennium LongArm.
  • Study Notes identifying the topics to be covered in each lesson.
  • Access to Moon Star Studio’s quilting library, including books, videos, patterns, etc.
  • Training in freehand quilting, and your choice of either Freehand Feathers, Pantograph (or allover) quilting, stitch-in-the-ditch, or pattern quilting.
  • Training should be scheduled on a regular basis, e.g., every Thursday evening. Training can proceed faster if desired by scheduling more than one session per week.
  • Upon successful completion of the course and passing a test, the student will be qualified to lease the Moon Star Studio LongArm at Competency rates.
  • Upon completion, the student will receive a non-transferable credit of $175 applicable towards an abbreviated version (three weeks shortened) of the LongArm Mastery course, provided it is taken within 2 years of completion of the Competency course.

What's It Cost?

The complete course costs $379.

A $79 deposit plus $150 for the first lesson is due at commitment, with an additional $150 due at the second lesson.

Practice Quilt

A description of the quilt you will use to practice on in the course of acquiring competency with the LongArm.


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