Quilting

Fabric Corner Bookmark

In this blog we will show you how to make your very own Fabric Corner Bookmarks. They are super simple so, perfect for kids to make as gifts for teachers and family.

 

Step 1.

Begin with 3 squares of coordinating fabric and 2 squares of Heat n′Bond Lite, 1″ smaller than your fabric. We made two sizes, one using 5″ squares and the other using 4″ squares. Moda charm squares are perfect for this project as they are pre-cut to 5″. We loved using Balbao with its beautiful flowers and vibrant colours for great contrast. https://www.quiltdirect.co.uk/acatalog/Balboa.html 

Step 2.

Take the fabric that you would like the corner triangle to be  made from and iron Heat n′Bond Lite onto the reverse side. Once it has cooled remove the paper backing, fold in half diagonally and press again. 

Step 3.

Sandwich the triangle between the other two layers with both right sides facing in. 

Step 4.

Pin together (we used Clover Wonder Clips) and using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch around the sandwich leaving a small opening for turning (see the second picture below, the opening is marked with Wonder Clips).

Step 5.

Turn the correct way  (we love the Purple Thang for jobs like this). Fold in the open seam and topstitch the edges. Bernina lovers, don’t forget your foot 10 for perfect topstitching and the height compensation tool helps you to stitch smoothly over the lumps.

Job done!


  • Heat n’Bond Lite 
  • Moda Balboa Charm Squares 
  • Clover Wonder Clips 
  • Lynn Graves Purple Thang
  • Aurifl Chalk (2026) 50/2 1300m
  • Olfa 45mm Rotary Cutter 
  • Olfa 12″ x 18″ Cutting Mat
  • Omnigrip 6″ x 12″ Ruler

This amazing Star Struck (25″ x 28”) star will puzzle even the most experienced quilter as to how it is pieced, but it is really pretty straightforward.  Make it in pretty pastels for a little girl or deep darks for the man in your life.  There are six colours in the star and a contrasting background.  Having made three (addictive?) I realized it is the perfect project for one of Quilt Direct’s Moda Grunge jelly rolls.  These fabrics are almost plains but with subtle splashes and streaks of other colours.  A jelly roll includes ten colours, so plenty of choice.  You will need 32” x 2 ½” from six of the 2 ½” strips and a background fabric 44” x 22”.  If you wish to use other fabrics you may substitute an 11” square of each colour and the same amount of background. 

Here are my choices, light and bright with a navy background.

 Requirements:

  • One small jelly roll, Moda or other, or six 11” squares of fabric for the star.  
  • Background fabric 44” x 11”.  
  • Lightweight card for templates.
  • Rotary cutting set including a ruler with 60 and 30 degree lines.
  • Wadding and backing fabric to fit.
  • Optional: Best Press starch. 

Preparation:  Download and print the three sheets with the coloured diagram of the star, the centre hexagontemplate one for the star pieces and template 2 for star pieces. You may want to print the templates on light card.  Cut out the hexagon and templates exactly on the lines using a rotary cutter and ruler.  You do not need it yet, but if you do not have a quilting ruler with the 30° and 60° lines on it please beg, borrow or steal one, or even buy one. 

Templates and hexagon

Press and starch (use Best Press for best results) your six jelly roll strips.  This will make them much easier to use and less likely to stretch.  Lay them out all together to save spraying starch everywhere.

Cutting: Please, please do not use the templates for the actual cutting.   They are only paper and will get cut and change shape.  They are only for measuring.  Place the template on the fabric.  Place the ruler against the template edge (preferably with the 60° line on the edge of the fabric, so now you need that ruler).  Remove the template and cut.

You have both the template and the 60° line on the ruler to assure you the triangle is being cut properly.  Hang onto that ruler so it does not budge and move the card template all the way off the fabric or at least ¼” away before cutting. 

Put the template back on to measure for the next cut.  You can just turn that small cut piece of fabric around before replacing the template.   Then move the template and make the cut.

 Do I need to make you promise not to cut with the template in place?  Or can I trust you……

Cut this small triangle first since it is the only piece that is actually 2 ½” and just fits on the jelly roll strip.  You can probably manage to cut off the points on the pinked edge of the fabric if they bother you, but not much else. 

Move on to the next template, the diamond. The rest of the templates are 2 ¼”, so you will need to trim your jelly roll. You may want to remove just the jagged pinking on one side and then trim more off the other side.  It is very important to get that strip exactly 2 ¼”, so spend some time doing it.  Don’t worry,  you have another strip if you mess it up. 

From each colour you need to cut 1 triangle, 1 diamond, 2 small trapeziums and 3 large trapeziums . 

Here are the seven pieces cut from one colour strip.  Cut these same seven pieces from your remaining five coloured strips.  Your one remaining template is background and will be cut in the next step.

Cut a bit off a scrap of each colour and tape to a card.  Number each colour from 1 – 6.  On scraps of paper write 1 – 6 and put those numbers on your pile of cut pieces as you cut and stack them.  You need these desperately for the construction of the star.

From your background fabric (my navy) cut two 8” strips across the 44” width (the bottom two strips in the diagram).  Cut off 28” on each and set aside.  From the smaller pieces cut the centre hexagon and the six background parallelograms that will finish your star (using the remaining template).   Be sure the parallelograms are cut like the ones in the diagram.  It makes a difference if you turn the template over and cut a mirror image.

For the parallelograms cut three 2 ¼” strips and then use your template to cut the shapes.  Cut the hexagon with scissors or carefully with a rotary cutter and ruler.

Time to sew:  From now on you will need the sheet with the coloured star pattern on it.  This is a puzzle you are putting together, and the diagram shows where the pieces go.  Sorry my colours do not match yours, but you have your numbered card of scraps, and every pile of cut pieces is numbered.  You will be matching numbers to numbers.

 

Sew the long side of a large trapezium of your colour 1 to the large background hexagon. It is too long and does not fit, but that’s fine.  Sew only about half the length of the seam with your stitching ending exactly in the middle of the V formed where the two pieces meet.

This may take some practice, but it will be used in almost every seam.  The point of the V must be exactly ¼” in from the edge of the fabric, and your stitching must end exactly at the point of the V.  A bit of fiddling will always be necessary.  Sometimes it is easiest to stitch from the side where only the two little sticking out triangles show and you can attempt to keep them exactly the same size.

 

Press the sewn part of the seam away from the hexagon.   You should have a lovely straight line where the two fabrics meet with a little triangle sticking up.  Perfect!

Continue adding large trapeziums around the hexagon in numerical order.  Sorry I changed colours here and confused you.  The blue piece on top is colour 2.  They will all fit beautifully from now on with two little triangles poking out evenly at the edges.  Press away from the hexagon.  Sew the unsewn bit of piece 1 to piece 6. 

Press your new hexagon carefully.  Do not stretch any of the sides or angles. 

 

Time to add another row to the hexagon.  Check your coloured star sheet and go back to fabric 1, where you started the first row.  Sewn to that yellow 1 is a yellow diamond 1 and a pink trapezium 5.  Pin, then sew, these units together:

 The first number in each of those is the diamond and the second a large trapezium. Check your sheet for numbers and placement.  Mind those tiny sticky-outy triangles again.  Press the seam towards the diamond. 

 

 Sew only about half of the first seam again, the diamond end.  Continue around as you did for the first row, but you will be going in the opposite direction.  Your diamond in the second row and the large trapezium in the first row will match by colour. 

  Now for some triangles.  There are six outer triangles to add to the centre hexagon.  Sew a triangle to a small trapezium.

The first number is the triangle:

1 – 3

2 – 4

3 – 5

4 – 6

5 – 1

6 – 2      

Press seam under the triangle.

Sew a large trapezium, the same colour as the small one, to the triangle made in the step above.  Be sure they are in the same orientation as the one shown here. Press seam under the trapezium.

For the last side you will sew a background to the only remaining small trapeziums.  And sew that pieced strip to the large trapezium   If large trapezium is 3 then the small one sewn to background is 5.  Press seam toward large trapezium.

3 – 5

4 – 6

5 – 1

6 – 2

1 – 3

2 – 4       

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sew two pieced triangles to opposite sides of the pieced hexagon.  You will be matching the small triangle (blue inside the pink on the left side of the photo) to the diamond of the same colour on the outside edge of the hexagon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for some background.  Fold one of your 8” x 28” pieces of background in half making it 8” x 14”.  Lay your quilting ruler over the fold so that the fold lies under the 30° line on the ruler.  The edge of the ruler at the end of the 30° line must be exactly at the edge of the fabric (just move the ruler up and down until it is exact.  Cut along the edge of the ruler, as usual.  Unfold the triangle you have just removed.  It is the same as the triangles you have just pieced.  Cut the other 8” x 28” piece just the same.  Remove the folded triangles.

From your 5 ½” strip of background cut two pieces 15 ½” x 5 ½”.  Fold each in half so you have folded pieces 7 ¾” x 5 ½”.  This time you will lay your ruler over the fabric with the bottom edge of the fabric under the other 30° line, but again with the 30° line ending right at the top left corner.  Notice your ruler is about 1” above the bottom edge of the fabric on the right.  Cut along the top edge of the ruler.  This gives you a long skinny triangle when unfolded. Remove the triangles cut off the top of the strip.

              

 

Lay out your whole star with all the pieced triangle star points in the right places.  You will have to refer to your colour card of numbered scraps now to identify the right puzzle pieces, or just match small triangles in the pieced triangles to the diamonds in the centre hexagon.  Add the background pieces. You might feel most secure pinning the pieces as you go, right here where the whole star is, one set at a time.  Then you are sure the right pieces are being matched up. 

Begin with the long skinny background pieces on the sides which will get sewn to a single star point.  You can see I have already sewn the one on the left in this photo.

 

Sew a pieced triangle to each of the long skinny background pieces, the ones that look like coat hangers.  The background pieces are bigger than the pieced triangles, which is good, better to cut too large rather than too small.  You are matching the point of the pieced triangle to the point on the “coat hanger”, so the pieced triangle point will be the one sticking out ¼”.  It is just overlapping the other “coat hanger” long edge in the photo. Sew and press. 

Add these background and triangle pieces to the centre.  Notice the background is larger than the centre, so you cannot use those corners for matching.  Instead use the small triangle and diamond as you did for colour matching.  You have two straight seams you can use.  Match and pin carefully.  The one on the left has been sewn.  Once they have been added you can trim off those nubs on the ends of the coat hangers.

Add triangles to the large background pieces.  The pieced triangle is smaller than the background, again.  Do not try to match the two background points.  Match the ones on the straight edge.

 

 

Add the other side, sewing all the way to the edge of the background at the tip.  It may not come out even, but it all needs trimming at the end, and that is why we added a bit extra.  But that top edge does need to be nice and straight, as shown.

 

Match the small triangle and diamond (and colour) yet again, and sew the long seam.  Again, the background is larger and will get trimmed.  Do both ends and press.  Trim all the outside edges so they are nice and even and square.  I am going to add a border from the other strips in the jelly roll simply because I think it needs something light around the outside.

So here it is finished, or almost finished.  The borders are on, but now it needs some quilting.

Good luck from all at Quilt Direct and let us know how your Star Struck Quilt turns out.

 

The perfect Christmas present for the quilter in your life (even if it’s you!)

Quilting is all about creativity and creativity requires inspiration. So how about inspiration, a quality product for your quilting stash and the opportunity to help a really worthwhile cause – all in one package!

Quilt Direct and Aurifil are offering you the opportunity to grow your selection of threads with the addition of some stunning, vibrant and inspiring 40w threads sent to you every month from January to December 2021. Imagine 12 mini collections featuring 12 irresistible hues broken out into 36 delightful spools of Aurifil thread delivered directly to your doorstep every month for the whole year! Nothing could be more simple, more convenient, or more useful!

Aurifil have drawn their inspiration from  Earth League – a charity that works to fight environmental crime and protect endangered species.  Aurifil hope to help create valuable awareness of and fundraising for 12 species currently in dire need of support.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The 2021 Colour Builder Subscription is a capsule of 12 mini-collections, each containing three large spools of Aurifil 40wt thread — a warm, a medium, and a dark.

Sign up here. You can sign up to pay monthly, 3-monthy, 6-monthly or yearly – just select your option from the dropdown.

  • Sign up for 3 months and receive 1 free Aurifil storage box to keep your threads clean and tidy
  • Sign up for 6 months and receive 2 free Aurifil storage boxes
  • Sign up for 12 months and receive 4 free Aurifil storage boxes
(For those who choose to pay monthly, 3-monthly or 6-monthly your first payment will be processed immediately, and our accounts department will be in touch to set up a direct debit for further payments)

 

Aurifil 2021 Color Builer Collection

View the full collection here

 

WHAT WILL YOU GET?

A set will be mailed to you every month and will include:

  • A set of three large spools of Aurifil 40wt thread — a warm, a medium, and a dark
  • A monthly foundation paper pieced Block that can be finished as 12 individual mini quilts or pieced together to create a full quilt
  • A series of 12 machine embroidery patterns – each block or pattern serves as a tribute to an endangered species
  • An exclusive Facebook Group for members of the 2021 Colour Builders Club so you can follow along with us throughout the year to learn more about the animals and get involved

 

WHEN WILL YOU GET IT?

Order before 29th  of December and your first collection will be shipped on January 10th and then monthly until December 2021. We have limited stocks of this collection and we expect it to be popular, but if you’ve missed the deadline please get in touch, we will attempt to source more kits.

 

A CHANCE TO WIN YOUR SUBSCRIPTION

Subscribe today with the chance to win your first instalment on our Facebook page.

If you sign up for a monthly, 3, 6 or 12 months subscription to our 2021 Colour Builders Club, you have the chance to win back that respective membership for that term for free! 
To enter into the free draw:-

  1. Subscribe to your chosen membership.
  2. Go to our Facebook Page and Like, Share and Comment.

 

WHO ARE EARTH LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL?

Earth League International (ELI) is an innovative non-governmental, non-profit organization that fights environmental/wildlife crime by merging the worlds of conservation, intelligence, analysis, whistleblowing, and media production. They are building the first intelligence agency for the planet.

 
Quilt Direct look forward to  being a part of this fun and worthwhile club and we really hope that you (or the quilter in your life) will join us on this journey. Goodness knows, we all need something to look forward to in 2021.
If you have any questions or queries about the Aurifil 2021 Colour Club please drop us a line. We’re here to help.
Happy quilting!

 

 

 

Quilt Direct are really excited to introduce the Amanda Murphy range to our catalogue.

For those of you who don’t know her, Amanda Murphy is a passionate designer, quilter and Bernina lover.

Her expertise includes:

• BERNINA Quilting and Longarm Spokesperson
• Pattern designer and a fabric designer for Contempo of Benartex
• Creator of Good Measure Quilting Rulers featuring a non-skid backing and two colour markings
• Author of some great quilting books

Amanda Murphy Fabrics

Benartex Amanda Murphy Jubilee Fabrics

Amanda Murphy was asked by Bernina to create fabrics to celebrate 125 years in business, and to add an embroidery panel for a new Jubilee free motion project. The result? A truly majestic group of fabrics.
See details

 

Benartex Amanda Murphy Cotton Shot Harmony

Cotton Shot Harmony is the perfect mini-collection; it coordinates with Amanda’s Cotton Shot basics line is designed with the quilter in mind! The Free-Motion Feathers print features stunning large scale paisley and feather shapes with wide subdivisions to quilt within to enhance the design; these are excellent for practising free-motion and come in four different colour stories! The colourful Lollipop Block print coordinates with her Good Measure Lollipop Quilting Rulers, available here on our website, and is available in three colours.

See details

 

Benartex Quilting Panels

A collection of Amanda Murphy Quilting Panel Guides featuring Beanrtex fabric and Amanda Murphy rulers.

See details

 

Diamonds Quilt-Along with Amanda Murphy

Amanda Murphy’s My Diamonds Quilt is a Free Quilt-Along from Bernina.  This quilt is super-simple to piece, with all the detail is in the quilting. Amanda gives four monthly step-by-step guides from October 2020 to January 2021. They will remain available after this time for anyone who wants to complete the kit later.

 Purchase the kit from Quilt Direct and find out more about accessing the blog posts from Amanda

 

Good Measure Amanda Murphy Rulers

A range of low shank ruler templates including

  • Lollipop Templates
  • Every Star Template
  • Every Feather Plume Template
  • Every Angle Template Every Clamshell Templates
  • Every Curve Template
  • Every Line Template
  • Every Feather Spine Template
  • Every Circle Templates
  • Every Wave Templates
  • Every Oval Template

 

Amanda Murphy Books

Amanda Murphy The Ultimate Guide to Rulerwork Quilting

Amanda starts by showing you how to use 6 basic shapes of machine quilting rulers to lay a foundation for your quilting, then moves on to teaching you 59 different designs.

Amanda Murphy Organic Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book

This book is full of creative free-motion ideas for traditional quilt blocks, borders, and more.

Amanda Murphy Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book

Amanda pairs unique free-motion designs with 30 well-loved quilt blocks, such as the Sawtooth Star and Drunkard’s Path.

Amanda Murphy Ruler Work Quilting Idea Book

This book offers a basic introduction to ruler work, with tons of helpful information on using quilting rulers and ruler feet

 

 


Zappy Dots Magnetic Needle Tins

Zappy Dots Magnetic needle tins – a fun and practical way to store needles. Makes a great gift!

 

Amanda Murphy is an ambassador for Bernina so if you’re thinking of trying any of these products and need a machine that is worthy, have a look at our Bernina range or give us a call for a good old-fashioned chat!

 

Autumn is well on its way now and we’re looking for reasons to stay indoors for the next few months.

How about starting with the Moda Block of the Day challenge. Moda Fabrics have created this 30-day challenge starting on 1 October 2020 to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Stitch Pink 2020 Quilt Along

CT Stitch Pink Logo

The quilt along begins October 1 and Moda will release a new block pattern every day until October 31!

The quilt along begins October 1 and Moda will release a new block pattern every day until October 31!

Using Moda Grunge Basics this Sampler Quilt will be created one block a day from 1 October to 30 October 2020, and then on Saturday the 31st, Final Assembly!

Moda are using the Stich Pink Grunge Assortment but Quilt Direct have created our own collections based on the beautiful Devon countryside that surrounds us.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Stitch Pink was created to raise awareness of breast cancer, remind us of the risk factors and bring us together as a community who will stand together to support one another. This is particularly poignant for us a Quilt Direct as we have someone within our community facing that battle right now!

Every breast cancer diagnosis is an individual journey, and everyone responds differently when faced with it – the one thing that is constant is the support and care provided by friends, family and some inspirational organisations! At Quilt Direct we would particularly like to express our support and gratitude for MacMillan Cancer Care, and we will be making a donation to support breast cancer awareness month.

Happy sewing and we hope you enjoy this challenge. Please share pictures of your progress via email or on our Facebook page

Tools

Technically, all you need is a sewing machine, rotary cutter, mat and one or two rulers as the patterns were written using “old-fashioned” techniques. But we are are quilters, and we like any tool that gives us better results.

To that end, here are a few tools that Katherine has used to make our blocks  here at the Bernina Studio.

  • Omnigrid 24” x 6” ruler and a smaller 3”x 18” or 6” x 12”. Square rulers for cutting. If you have a 6½” x 6½“ruler, you’ll probably use this the most.
  • ¼” patchwork foot, straight stitch needle plate & Schmetz Microtex 70 needles.

  • Neutral coloured 50wt Aurifil & 60wt Mettler 100% cotton for sewing by machine.  

  • Quick quarter for adding a sewing line to your fabric and some hand piecing needles  and Aurifil 40wt thread if you prefer hand piecing.

  • Clover patchwork pins & Clover wonder clips

  • Quilter’s Rule Quick Quarter tool        

  • YLI Invisible thread, Mettler 60/2 to match background fabric & small pieces of lightweight interfacing (or Steam a seam or Bond a web if using  fused appliqué )

  • Clover white marking pen & Frixion pens

  • Design board

  • Best Press & Nifty Notions Spray Bottle & Oliso Iron

  • Clover seam ripper

  • Karen Kay Buckley small scissors

  • Clover stiletto

  • Purple Thang.        

    Of course we stock all of the above items at Quilt Direct.                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Create Your Own Selection

CT Stitch Pink Grunge Assortment
• Grunge 30150 101 – White Paper/Background – 3-3/4 to 4 yards
• Grunge 30150 64 – Duchess – 1 yard
• Grunge 30150 327 – Calypso Coral – 1/4 yard
• Grunge 30150 253 – Raspberry – 1 yard (also used for binding)
• Grunge 30150 377 – Peony – 1/2 yard
• Grunge 30150 82 – Maraschino Cherry – 1/2 yard
• Grunge 30150 325 – Apple Blossom – 3/4 yard (also used for binding)
• Grunge 30150 365 – Scarlet – 1/2 yard
• Grunge 30150 332 – Rocacco – 1/2 yard
• Grunge 30150 328 – Paradise Pink – 1/2 yard
• Grunge 30150 254 – Flamingo – 1/2 yard

It’s not too late to create your own collection. Have a look at our Moda Grunge Collection and let your imagination go wild.


CT Stitch Pink Grunge Sampler

#ModaStitchPink

How to make your own headband for PPE or homemade masks.

As several of my friends work in the care sector, I am aware that it is very uncomfortable wearing a face mask for long periods of time, so I decided to make some comfortable, buttoned, headbands to improve their days/nights. I wanted to use products which were easily available to me, in fabrics which suited their wearers. This design works well with fabrics from our stash of cottons. While they are quick and easy to make, I have had great feedback from everyone I’ve gifted them to.

You will need:

  • 1 piece of fabric – 5”- 6” x 14” (13cm-15cm x 36cm)
  • 1 piece of fabric – 2¾” x 11” (7cm x 28cm)
  • 1 elastic 1” x 7” (2.5cm x 18cm)
  • 2 large buttons

and…. we stock everything you need: https://www.quiltdirect.co.uk/acatalog/Face-Masks.html

Method

Fold each piece of fabric face to face, length ways and create a tube by sewing a ¼” seam on the long edge.
Lay tube flat and press. Turn both tubes the right sides out way and press.

Feed elastic through smaller tube and stitch securely at each end.
Lay tubes face to face, wrap ends of larger tube around smaller tube and stitch securely into place. Repeat at other end.
Turn in correct way and attach buttons close to the fabrics joins.
Ta Da!
This design is ‘sew’ simple, a 10 year old could make it!

There is a shortage of face masks for key workers and medics at the moment, so how do we, the public, protect ourselves without contributing to the shortage?
Easy – make your own!

There are numerous patterns available online but there’s no point in making a mask unless it’s effective.

Let’s just qualify that by saying that nothing you can make on your sewing machine at home will be as effective as an N95 respirator which filters out 95% of particles as small as 0.3 microns. It is, however, possible to make a fabric mask that can be up to 60-80% effective.

Scientists have been researching the effectiveness of everyday materials and have tested all sorts of things from HEPA furnace filters, vacuum cleaner bags, coffee filters, fabrics, scarves and bandanas.

Now here’s the good news for quilters.

Tests performed at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., showed good results for homemade masks using quilting fabric. Dr. Segal, of Wake Forest Baptist Health, who led the study, noted that quilters tend to use high-quality, high thread count cotton. The best homemade masks in his study were as good as surgical masks or slightly better, testing in the range of 70 to 79 percent filtration. Homemade masks that used flimsier fabric tested as low as 1 percent filtration, Dr Segal said.

One of the best-performing designs was a mask constructed of two layers of high-quality, heavyweight “quilter’s cotton.

If you want to be sure you’re using the best fabric available to you, try this simple test:

“Hold it up to a bright light,” said Dr. Scott Segal, chairman of anesthesiology at Wake Forest Baptist Health who recently studied homemade masks. “If light passes really easily through the fibers and you can almost see the fibers, it’s not a good fabric. If it’s a denser weave of thicker material and light doesn’t pass through it as much, that’s the material you want to use.”

Try the Art Gallery range of fabrics

One of the best fabric ranges we have available for face masks is the Art Gallery range. This superior quality fabric has a high thread count and fine weave. 100% premium cotton that is as soft and smooth you can get. An explosion of colour and designto make some eye-catching masks. AGF Fabrics are OEKO-TEX certified which means they only use safe inks for your skin and the planet.

This is the AGF Colourmaster Collection

Please bear in mind that home-made masks are not intended to replace or compete with high-grade medical masks.

Any face mask is better than no face mask! There is little doubt that wearing a mask can help to reduce the spread of coronavirus by blocking outgoing germs from coughs or sneezes of an infected person.

If you’re new to sewing and you need a machine, have a look at the Bernette range. Reasonably priced, reliable, long-lasting and easy to use.

Bernina have created a series of tutorials to help you get the most from your Bernina Q20 longarm quilting machine.

Take a Tour of the Bernina Q20 User Interface

Discover in this video how to use all of the on- screen features of the Bernina Q20 Longarm Quilting machine. This tutorial shows you the power saving Eco Mode, the quick tutorial interface with on-screen help animations, calculator and the stitch counter.

Have a look at Preparing to Stitch

This video will show you how to prepare your machine for the first stitches. You can watch step by step how to attach the upper and optional horizontal spool holders, how to insert the needle and attach the presser foot, how to thread the machine, wind and thread the bobbin.

Bernina have provided a host of other videos to guide you through using your Bernina Q20, but the best way to make friends with your longarm quilting machine is to give us a call and arrange to pop down to Devon for a hnds-on tutorial with Katherine.

Give us a call if you’d like to know more about the Bernina Q20 or the Bernina Q24. We’re here to help.

Bernina have created a series of tutorials to help you get the most from your Bernina Q24 longarm quilting machine.

Start with a step-by-step guide to setting up the Bernina Q24 frame

See how to assemble the frames, how to attach the centre and dead bar, as well as carriage tracks, rail supports and quilt top rail, the backing and take up rails. See the machine placed and secured on the carriage tracks and watch final steps to finish the frame assembly making it ready for use.

Learn how to load the backing fabric

Details of how to load the backing fabric and the quilt top onto the frame leaders.Tighten the backing fabric using the side clamps, followed by step by step instructions to install and smooth the batting and baste all the layers using the BSR3 basting function.

Bernina have provided a host of other videos to guide you through using your Bernina Q24, but the best way to make friends with your longarm quilting machine is to give us a call and arrange to pop down to Devon for a hands-on tutorial with Katherine.

Give us a call if you’d like to know more about theBernina Q24 or the Bernina Q20. We’re here to help.

You want a longarm quilting machine, and you want the best, so we know you want a Bernina! But which one?

Here’s all you need to know about the difference between the Bernina Q20 and the Bernina Q24 longarm quilting machines.

Bernina Q20 or Q24

Both machines offer:

Hook systemM Class Rotary Hook
Colour touchscreen4.3” (109 mm)
Illumination of full arm length50 LEDs
Threaderx
Thread tensionElectronically/digitally adjustable
Presser foot liftElectronic
Upper thread break sensorx
BERNINA Stitch Regulator functionalityDual Stitch Regulators
Connection (basic)USB host / slave
Connection (additional purpose)HDMI
Update-ablex
Sewing speed maximum2,200 spm
Stitch length minimum 1.05 mm (24 Stitches per inch)
Stitch length maximum 25.4 mm (1 Stitch per inch)
User profiles5
Bobbin Thread Indicatorx
On-board bobbin winder x
Compatible with domestic machine needlesx
Compatible with BERNINA free-motion feet x

Read more about the Bernina Q20 Longarm Quilting Machine or the Bernina Q24 Longarm Quilting Machine or give us a call to have a chat about these fabulous longarm quilting machines.

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