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August 30, 2019
Playing with the Quilting Border Patterns in the Brother Luminaire from Quilt Social

I’m an embroidery geek. (Surprise!) It started many years ago when my mom, whom I was working for at the time, announced to me that a few days hence we were running an embroidery class. And I was teaching it. Gulp! For me, the embroidery ‘thing’ just escalated from there.

That was back in the days when domestic embroidery machines were just becoming available, when a 4″ x 4″ embroidery area and a glorified calculator-screen were state-of-the-art technology. Do you remember those days?


One of the first Brother home embroidery models… and still going strong!


We’ve come a ...

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August 29, 2019
Pattern Connection By Camera on the Brother Luminaire from Quilt Social

Today’s the day! Pattern Connection By Camera on the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1, herein referred to as the Luminaire (doesn’t that make me sound official?). You know, when I had initially set up my outline of what Luminaire embroidery features to show off this week, in my head I had a progression of the camera-based tools, starting from easiest to hardest. So I sequenced the Snowman Positioning first, the Scanner Function second, and yesterday we saw how easy the Projector made setup. Now, having not played with Pattern Connection by Camera in a while, I actually thought scheduling ...

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August 28, 2019
A wonderful innovation in design positioning: the Luminaire projector from Quilt Social

Hi! Folks… thanks for taking the time to pop in today, as I continue exploring some of the basic-yet-not-so-basic camera features of the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1. “Basic-yet-not-so-basic” – sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? But think about it: all this camera stuff (on a sewing machine, no less!) is pretty darn revolutionary, don’t you think? A mere few years ago, that would have fallen into the category of “What will they think of next?” But really, looking at them, weren’t they so very easy to use?

Yesterday, I looked at the Luminaire’s scanner function, and the day before ...

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August 27, 2019
Design positioning by scanning with the Brother Luminaire from Quilt Social

Oh – I’m so glad you’re back! The Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1 feature I covered yesterday, scanning the “Snowman” sticker was so easy – you gotta love it. It’s perfect for getting the design exactly where you want it, such as a chest crest on a t-shirt, or a design smack dab in the middle of a quilt block.

But…(yeah, there’s always a but, isn’t there?) what if I kinda want to decide as I go? Like maybe I want to embroider a butterfly design on fabric printed with flowers, and I want the butterfly just ...

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August 26, 2019
Automatic design positioning on the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1 from Quilt Social

Hey, Everyone – I’m excited to explore some more of the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1 embroidery toys. Last month when I started playing with some of the very cool embroidery features of the Luminaire, I notably left out any use of the camera functions. But you may also recall me mentioning “Method and Madness” or was it “Madness and Method”? So, this week’s method is to showcase the camera options as applied to embroidery. Over each of the next five days, I’ll experiment with a different camera application. Ready to play along?

Today I’ll take a look ...

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August 18, 2019
SINGER Professional 5 Serger Review from Quilter's Review

The SINGER Professional 5 14T968DC serger allows you to sew seams, finish seams and trim seam allowances in one step. The Singer Professional serger sewing machine offers 2, 3, 4, and 5 thread options for a variety of finishes. The coverstitch capability allows for a professional finish, and the color-coded threading system makes threading a […]

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August 16, 2019
Tidy topstitching makes the Sew Joy quilted banner sparkle! from Quilt Social

This has been such a fun week for me! I enjoy learning something new and trying free motion quilting with the PFAFF quilt expression 720 has been a rewarding experience. In yesterday’s post, I tried free motion quilting with the quilt expression 720. Today I’m finishing the quilted banner.


Quilted banner


To finish the banner we first need to sew the backing fabric to each of the sections. If you haven’t already, cut a backing for each fabric using the banner template.

To sew the backing fabric to each section I used my neutral thread.

The quilt ...

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August 15, 2019
User friendly free motion quilting with PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

It’s time to lower the feed dogs! This week I’ve been building my confidence using the free motion quilting features on PFAFF quilt expression 720. In yesterday’s post, I used the built-in stippling stitches to quilt several of the several sections of a banner I’m making for my sewing room. Today I’m free motion quilting!

What’s the difference between quilting a quilt and free motion quilting? Quilting is the term for stitching through three layers of fabric to secure them. Free motion quilting is when the quilter is fully in charge of moving the ...

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August 14, 2019
Free motion the easy way with the PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

Sometimes you need someone to hold your hand when trying something new. The PFAFF quilt expression 720 is definitely user-friendly when it comes to starting the free motion quilting journey.

In yesterday’s post, I prepared fabrics for quilting by fusing batting to them. Think of each color, or piece, as a sample for trying out a new stitch. To make things even easier, let’s try out a few stippling stitches with the feed dogs engaged!

That’s right, you can use the stippling stitches on the quilt expression 720 just like regular stitches. Select a stitch then attach ...

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August 13, 2019
Making a quilted banner for your sewing space from Quilt Social

I’m finally doing it! I have wanted to make myself a banner for my sewing space – forever. In yesterday’s post, I talked about the free motion quilting features on PFAFF quilt expression 720 and how they increased my confidence to try out this skill. I combined my desire to create with my determination to learn something new and am really happy with the results. Maybe you need a quilted banner too?!


Quilted sewing room banner


Did you guess it would be in rainbow colors? Of course yours doesn’t have to spell what mine does; in fact there ...

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August 12, 2019
Free motion quilting with the PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

There’s always something new to learn! I’ve been quilting for a few decades and am just feeling finally ready to learn how to free motion quilt. The PFAFF quilt expression 720 is a big part of that reason. This machine not only makes sewing together a quilt top precise and easy, it’s also set up for finishing quilts too. What a concept! In today’s post I’m doing a quick overview of the features on the quilt expression 720 that made me a confident free motion beginner.


PFAFF quilt expression 720


User’s Guide

The manual ...

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August 2, 2019
Making your own appliques on the Brother Luminaire from Quilt Social

Welcome, back, everyone – looks like this is getting to be a habit, LOL. I’m just having so much fun playing with the toys tucked into the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1, and I’m so glad you could join me again. Yesterday I played with Auto-Stippling on the Luminaire, and today’s playground will introduce yet another toy – one I intend to apply in a bit of a non-traditional use.

Ready to dive in and play? I hope so – because I’ve a fantastic little project I want to show off – a personalized key fob using the Appliqué Creator.

This ...

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August 1, 2019
Create stippling-in-the-hoop with the Brother Luminaire from Quilt Social

Hi, again, folks…Welcome back! When I left off yesterday after meandering through some of the Brother Luminaire embroidery editing tools, I was dithering whether my finished design needed stippling. I love the Design Preview option on the Brother Luminaire…it helps bring “what you imagine” to life with a pretty good picture of a “possible reality”.

If you’ll recall, just before stitching yesterday, I saved my design compilation to the machine’s memory. So today, when I booted up my machine, I recalled yesterday’s design, tried to add stippling to it…and ran into a roadblock: I ...

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July 31, 2019
Playing with the Brother Luminaire embroidery editing tools from Quilt Social

I’m ba-ack! And…obviously, so are you! I’m so glad you’re here to share in the discoveries as we step beyond yesterday’s initial run-through of the Brother Innov-is XP1’s embroidery screen workflow. This machine, also known as the Luminaire, is already proving to be very user-friendly and intuitive. It was an easy process to set a design and carry it through to stitch completion. Choosing only one was the hard part! So today we’ll look at some of the Luminaire‘s on-screen editing capabilities. Not all of them though – there truly is a method ...

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July 30, 2019
Embroidery screen workflow of the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1 from Quilt Social

Thanks for joining me again today as I continue to explore the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1 embroidery features. I’m so glad you’re back because now is when the fun stuff begins! I’ll start with a bit of a warning though – I’ll start with the basics, and work up to some of the more “advanced” features over the next couple of days. Gotta pace ourselves, y’know, or the excitement could get overwhelming!

In yesterday’s post I admired the outside of the machine, the cool thread stand, and the huge 10⅝” x 16” embroidery area. You ...

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July 29, 2019
Exploring the vast embroidery capabilities of the Brother Luminaire XP1 from Quilt Social

When asked to write about embroidery on the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1 (aka the Luminaire), my first thought was, “Um…wanna narrow that topic down a bit?” Fortunately, or unfortunately, that task was left to me. That’s a good thing, because I’m kinda a bit of a control freak, so getting to decide what to play with and discuss is right up my alley. But the challenge, came in that very “thing”: I know the Luminaire does so much – so how do I distill its potential into anything less lengthy than an epic novel? With pictures?

If you ...

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July 26, 2019
How to use the exciting technology of mySewnet file sharing from Quilt Social

What do you think of the bobbin work from yesterday’s post? It’s a super way to embellish your projects and I can’t wait to do some more.

Today, I’m looking at a couple of things as I finish off the week of playing with the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q. I’ll be sharing advice on sewing with small things, getting creative with leftover bits, and best of all is how you can access the Square in a Square project file.

Let’s check it out.

Time-saving tip

Earlier this week, we chatted about getting and staying ...

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July 25, 2019
10 tips to successful bobbin work from Quilt Social

Welcome back! Now that your space is tidied up and you’ve way more time to sew, did you make some square in a square quilt blocks from yesterday’s post?

Today, I’m using the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q to do some bobbin work. Since the bobbin is used every time we sew, what is bobbin work? Essentially, it’s working with thick threads in the bobbin to get some very interesting texture in the stitches. You’re going to love this.


Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q


We’ve been told by our dealer and our instructors to never touch ...

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July 24, 2019
Tips for sewing the perfect square in a square quilt block from Quilt Social

Yesterday, I shared with you the importance of easy sewing machine maintenance that should be done upon the completion of every project, which helps to maintain it in proper working order.

Today, I’ll work on a project to show you how the amazing features of the Opal 690Q make sewing a snap.

For those of us who’ve been in the industry for a few years, we know that having a good sewing machine can make or break a project. A good sewing machine can also dictate whether you’ll come back to sewing after you finish your first ...

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July 23, 2019
Easy sewing machine maintenance from Quilt Social

Did you enjoy the time-saving tips from yesterday?

Simple stuff, but once you’re organized you’ll have more time to play with the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q. Seriously? I want to sew more and by eliminating all those time-wasting elements from my sewing space – I’m much more productive.

While sewing machines today require very little in daily maintenance, there are some things that we must do to keep our sewing machines in top working order. These tasks are simple but crucial. Best of all? They’re easy!


Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q


Lint in the bobbin case – Oh my ...

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