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A New Look at Longarm Quilting

with Mandy Leins
A New Look at Longarm Quilting
Love your longarm! Get into a quilting groove as you enhance your longarm skills. Plus, learn longarm techniques for binding, appliqué and so much more.

Stitch projects of any size without tiresome quilt wrangling, and finish more fabulous quilts yourself! Alongside professional longarm quilter Mandy Leins, you'll discover tips for setting up your longarm machine and positioning your body so you can quilt longer without fatigue. Learn a simple yet ingenious way to audition designs and stabilize a quilt sandwich quickly, before taking a tour of fun quilting games that make building your longarm skills a joy. Working with two included patterns designed by Mandy, or your own quilt top, you'll also see how to handle quilting in narrow bands, sharp corners and areas of negative space. Plus, learn to appliqué and bind quilts using your longarm.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Welcome to Your Free Mini-Class!

  • Overview of how to use your FREE mini class!


Lesson 2. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Mandy Leins, as she discusses what you'll learn in the class and offers an introduction to creating designs with your longarm machine.


Lesson 3. Ideal Quilting Environment

  • Discover professional tips on how to avoid discomfort when operating your longarm, learn helpful advice about what marking tools you can use on sample and final quilt projects, and start practicing stitching out your designs.


Lesson 4. Building Confidence

  • Shed any feelings of hesitation or nervousness as Mandy walks you through various techniques you can use to build confidence and practice stitching. You’ll be amazed at how relaxing, fun and creative your stitching sessions can be!


Lesson 5. Sample Project

  • Make a sample project along with Mandy as you learn how to replicate and improvise any designs of your choosing. You’ll learn how to work in small and large areas as you continue building your confidence.


Lesson 6. Taking Longarm to New Places

  • In the final lesson, you’ll discover how to attach binding neatly and efficiently, and create gorgeous appliqué on projects of any size. You’ll look at longarm projects in an entirely new light when you’re done!

"I love taking longarm classes through Craftsy, and this one did not disappoint. Though I've been longarming for a few years, this class is a great introduction to freehand techniques, something which can be difficult to master. But (Mandy) breaks things down easily, and above all, allows the student to get comfortable with the quilting, and to relax about it. Great class!"
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