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Machine Quilting Essentials - Sue Nickels (Sewing Class Review)
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Posted by: Mufffet
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Posted on: 6/27/11 0:02 AM
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The website above is actually the teacher's site. She gives classes at various quilt shows as well as in her own area. She is excellent. I enjoyed the class very much because as a beginner in the techniques of machine quilting, I had a lot to learn and she had a lot to teach! her handling of the flow of the class was excellent. She kept it on course and we covered all the material we were supposed to cover in the day long class. To do this and answer questions and remain very friendly and pleasant the whole time isn't easy. Sue has tons of interesting stories that all work into the teaching, and she comes with lots of her own quilts to illustrate the techniques and the whys and wherefores as well. Encouraging the students is another of her strong points. She doesn't think talent is involved - she told us anyone can learn if they set their mind to practice until the skills are learned and I think we all appreciated that very much. We covered all the basic techniques - stippling, meandering, and traced designs. We actually had 12x12 inch quilt "sandwiches" to practice on that we had made up in advance of the class after getting out materials lists and our instructions by PDF after our registrations were finalized. That meant we could go ahead and sew when we started the class, after an introduction. Sue uses a camera on her Bernina to illustrate the various techniques she is teaching, and the result is a nice large projection of her sewing that really is a great help. Much better than just a book or a lecture. Sue also gave us so many good tips for everything from how to roll a quilt to do it on your home machine, to cutting fingers off rubber gloves to use to hold the quilt while doing free motion, lots of information on threads and needles and assorted handy items to have. Sue is also very good with the sewing machines, and was able to troubleshoot anything that came up, not that there were a lot of problems with the Berninas we had to sew on. They all seemed like extremely nice machines. All in all a terrific use of $65.00 and a day at the Vermont Quilt Festival!
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Learn To Sew said...
I can tell you had a really great time at the Quilt Festival. Cutting off the fingers of rubber gloves holds the quilt better? Interesting idea. I imagine seeing her sew on a large projection was indeed very helpful. Wonderful review, Muffet.
6/27/11 11:19 AM
Mufffet said...
Well, you use the little fingers you have cut off the gloves to slide on your fingers so that you have a grip. That way you don't have to have those pesky dish washing gloves on. I already had bought a pair of quilting gloves for under $3 at Joann's and they are great, so that's what I used. :) And it helps to use something for the purpose for sure! :)
6/27/11 11:59 AM

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