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Longarm Basics & Free Motion Foundations (Lexington)

Basics of Longarm Quilting:(3hrs)


Class Description: This class removes the mystery of longarm quilting by explaining machine and frame elements and features, how to load a quilt, and vital facts about thread, needles and tension. Handi Quilter longarm machine and frame systems come in various sizes for every budget, and are user-friendly because they are designed by a quilter, for quilters – just like you! 

Objective: Learn skills that will help you manages your long-arm machine with confidence.

Topics Include: 

    • Basic machine and frame elements and features
    • Bobbins, tension, needles and thread
    • How to load a quilt onto a frame
    • Quilting with Groovy Boards and pantographs
    • Rulers, Adjustable and Micro Handles, and basic free-motion 

Free Motion Quilting Foundations:(3hrs)


Class Description: Quilters everywhere LOVE the excitement and fun of free-motion quilting – and it’s easier than you think! Create flowing designs by connecting simple design elements with continuous lines, traveling across the quilt or filling in a specific area. Learn how drawing and muscle memory contribute to beautiful free-motion quilting, and how you can create stunning designs. 


Objective: Learn to create free motion designs that can be used to finish any quilt. 

Topics include:

    • How to develop an inventory of free-motion designs
    • Proper scaling and spacing of design elements
    • Edge-to-edge free-motion quilting
    • Adjusting your quilting path to create your own new designs
    • Using Micro Handles and adjustable handlebars for free-motion control 


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Materials Included: Thomas Sewing Center and Handi Quilter will provide everything for class. Students can bring a notebook and writing utensil if they wish to do so.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
Greenup Location
2027 1/2 Ashland Rd., Greenup, KY
(606) 473-3540

NOTE: It is not recommended that you use this address for GPS. You will end up at a local farm house about 3/4 of a mile away from us. For better results, type "Thomas Sewing Center" into Google Maps or Apple Maps.

Lexington Location
220 Ruccio Way Suite 170, Lexington, KY 40503
(859) 286-5192

Greenup Hours
Mon - Closed
Tues - Sat - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday - Closed

Lexington Hours
Mon - Closed
Tues - Sat10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday - Closed