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Learn informative machine quilting tips and techniques the second and fourth Thursday of each month as Connie Fanders, director of education and training for Bernina of America, provides a variety of helpful hints and demonstrates techniques that will improve your quiltmaking skills. From what quilting features to look for in a sewing machine to quilting with a serger to learning how to make perfect prairie point and much more, Quilters Newsletter Machine Quilting Tips & Techniques offers comprehensive information for fun, efficient and successful quiltmaking.

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2015 T&T Season: Designing Quilts with Bernina Embroidery Software

Design quilts using the quilt design program built into the Bernina Embroidery Software 7. Connie Fanders, director of education and training for Bernina of America, walks you through the easy-to-understand process of designing quilts of all sizes.

Past Episodes

2015 T&T Season: Rolled Edge Prairie Points

Aired on Thursday, Mar 12, 2015

Learn how to use a serger to quickly and easily make prairie points for your quilt project. Set up the machine to make a rolled hem which leaves less bulk when folding the fabric into prairie points.

2015 T&T Season: Quilting with a Serger, Part 3

Aired on Thursday, Feb 26, 2015

Quilt patterns with straight lines are excellent for making with a serger. Simple, quick quilt projects, including those made with charm packs, are great serger quilting projects. Learn how to prepare the serger for making quilts.

2015 T&T Season: Quilting with a Serger, Part 2

Aired on Thursday, Feb 12, 2015

Learn how to quilt as you go with the Bernina L220 serger.

2015 T&T Season: Quilting with a Serger, Part 1

Aired on Thursday, Jan 22, 2015

Learn to use an overlock serger to make a rag quilt. This machine has a cover and chain stitch and has no blades to cut fabric. The heavy-duty chain stitch is perfect for rag quilts.

2015 T&T Season: Why You Need a Serger

Aired on Thursday, Jan 08, 2015

In addition to being fast (1,300 stitches per minute) and giving you the ability to serge raw fabric edges before pre-washing, a serger provides you with a variety of options for making quilts. Learn what they are from Connie Fanders, director of education and training for Bernina of America.

2014 T&T Season: Quilting with an Embroidery Machine, Part 3

Aired on Thursday, Dec 25, 2014

For perfectly placed quilting designs, especially for borders and large blocks, use Bernina’s Jumbo Hoop and select an appropriate embroidery design from those built into the machine, or use designs you have available on a USB stick. The Bernina 750 QE sewing machine allows you to move the design to the desired position.

2014 T&T Season: Quilting with an Embroidery Machine, Part 2

Aired on Thursday, Dec 11, 2014

Learn how easy it is to place your quilt sandwich in an embroidery hoop, select an embroidery design built into the sewing machine and quilt by randomly placing the embroidery designs on the quilt.

2014 T&T Season: Quilting with an Embroidery Machine, Part 1

Aired on Thursday, Nov 27, 2014

Using an embroidery sewing machine and placing your quilt block in an embroidery hoop allows you to place the quilting design precisely where desired on the block. You can also adjust the size of the design to fit the desired stitching area. A straight stitch needleplate helps stabilize the needle.

2014 T&T Season: Free-Motion Quilting with the Bernina Dual Feed

Aired on Thursday, Nov 13, 2014

Machine quilting with the dual feed feature built into the Bernina 750 QE helps secure quilt layers to keep them from shifting during quilting. A variety of dual feed feet are available, including patchwork, clear and edge stitch. Learn how the edge stitch foot allows for perfect placement of straight stitches when stitching in the ditch.

2014 T&T Season: Free-Motion Quilting with the Bernina Stitch Regulator, Part 3

Aired on Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

Learn to thread paint using a zigzag stitch and the Bernina Stitch Regulator. The stitch width can be adjusted in order to add the desired texture to your quilt project.

2014 T&T Season: Free-Motion Quilting with the Bernina Stitch Regulator, Part 2

Aired on Thursday, Oct 09, 2014

The Bernina Stitch Regulator can be used in two modes. See part 1 for information on Mode 1. In Mode 2, the sewing machine won’t start stitching till the machine senses the motion of the fabric. See how the machine stitches consistently as it senses the speed of the movement of the fabric.

2014 T&T Season: Free-Motion Quilting with the Bernina Stitch Regulator, Part 1

Aired on Thursday, Sep 25, 2014

Free-motion quilting can be challenging, but using a Bernina Stitch Regulator helps keep stitches consistent and even. Learn how to use the regulator in Mode 1, in which the machine begins stitching as soon as the stitch regulator is turned on. The machine speed is determined by how fast you move your fabric.

2014 T&T Season: Applique Basics

Aired on Thursday, Sep 11, 2014

Learn basic applique techniques using an open-toe embroidery foot on your sewing machine. See how an applique heart shape is secured with a blanket stitch and learn why a heart is a good shape on which to practice your applique skills.

2014 T&T Season: How to Make Tucks to Embellish Quilt Projects, Part 3 of 3

Aired on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Learn to embellish your quilt projects with pin tucks sewn with a pin tuck foot and a double needle. To make corded pin tucks, Connie Fanders, director of education and training for Bernina of America, demonstrates how to thread the sewing machine with cording and how the pin tuck foot and double needle work together to make pin tucks. Also, Connie tells why pin tucks should be sewn before cutting the fabric to the necessary size to finish the quilt project.

2014 T&T Season: How to Make Tucks to Embellish Quilt Projects, Part 2 of 3

Aired on Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

In this episode Connie Fanders, director of education and training for Bernina America, demonstrates how to make twisted tucks starting with the basic tucks demonstrated in Part 1 of How to Make Tucks to Embellish Quilt Projects. For twisted tucks she uses the Bernina #34 clear applique foot that allows her to see exactly where she’s sewing. She also uses a seam guide to accurately measure where stitches will be placed.

2014 T&T Season: How to Make Tucks to Embellish Quilt Projects, Part 1 of 3

Aired on Thursday, Jul 24, 2014

Embellish your quilt projects with basic tucks made with fabric cut on the straight of grain. Connie Fanders, director of education and training for Bernina of America, advises which sewing machine foot to use to make basic tucks, along with a seam guide. She recommends using a heavier weight thread with a top stitch needle to make the basic tucks.

2014 T&T Season: How to Add Piping for Quilt Projects, Part 2 of 2

Aired on Thursday, Jul 10, 2014

Learn how to insert piping into a quilt project using a piping sewing machine foot. Connie Fanders, director of education and training for Bernina of America, also demonstrates how to sew around corners and how to join the ends of the piping.

2014 T&T Season: How to Add Piping for Quilt Projects, Part 1 of 2

Aired on Thursday, Jun 26, 2014

Connie Fanders, director of education and training for Bernina of America, demonstrates how to make beautiful piping for quilt projects using a pillow as an example. She shows how to determine the width of the fabric strip needed for the piping and how to join the bias strips. She also recommends with sewing machine foot to use.

2014 T&T Season: Making Perfect Corners for Quilt and Home Dec Projects

Aired on Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

Sew with your needle in the stop-down position to allow pivoting when making corners for your quilt and sewing projects. Learn when to trim the corners and when not to.

2014 T&T Season: Accurate Straight Stitching

Aired on Thursday, May 22, 2014

Stitching an accurate seam is very easy if you have the proper tools. Use a ¼” foot or a patchwork foot with guide to achieve accurate straight stitches in quilt projects and other sewing projects. Also available from Bernina are extended guides and a needleplate with 1/8” markings.

2014 T&T Season: Perfect Top Stitching

Aired on Thursday, May 08, 2014

Learn which needles and sewing machine foot to use to create perfect top stitching. Watch as Connie Fanders, director of education and training for Bernina of America demonstrates two different top stitching stitches using different threads.

2014 T&T Season: Features of a Quilter’s Edition Sewing Machine

Aired on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014

What makes a quilter’s edition sewing machine different from other sewing machines? Quilter’s edition sewing machines include features specifically intended for quilting. For example, a quilter’s edition sewing machine may include a straight stitch needle plate, stitch regulator for free-motion quilting, a ¼” foot, dual feed, an embroidery module and built-in stitches for quilting, among other features. Connie Fanders, director of education and training for Bernina of America discusses and demonstrates some of the features included on the Bernina 750 quilter’s edition sewing machine.

2014 T&T Season: Quilting Features to Consider in a Sewing Machine

Aired on Thursday, Apr 10, 2014

The space between the arm and the needle, good lighting, bobbin size, thread cutter, slide-on table – these are just a few of the features to look for when buying a sewing machine for quilting. Connie Fanders, director of education and training for Bernina of America offers sage advice to guide you in your decision-making process.

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