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  • You must have a paid registration in order to be counted as a participant.
  • Registration should be paid within 72 hours of the class.
  • Placement on the list may be made at the store or by phone (pre-payment requirement still applies).
  • We are unable to accommodate unregistered drop-in participants.
  • Supply lists are provided upon your paid registration.
  • Class participants receive a 10% discount on all regularly priced class supplies at the time of registration and on class meeting days.
  • You may cancel a class for a full refund 72 hours (3 days) before the class meets.
  • If you cancel a class less than 72 hours before the class meets, you forfeit your class fee. Because our teachers are not full time employees of the store, the forfeited class fee will be paid to the teacher.

Embroidery with Barbara


September 2018 -Needs 200 x 300 Hoop (8 X 8)

Largest Book Cover for Spiral Notepad Size 10.5 Inches x 8.5
Class Date:  Saturday, September 1, 2018
Class Time:  10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Class Fee:  $25.00
Instructor:  Barbara Devlin



3 Hoopings using Tear-Away Stabilizer– LAME FABRIC WILL BE PROVIDED


NOTES:   14 inches is the height of the notebook fabric and all pieces have 14 inches as their height



Two 14 x 17 pieces of fabric for OUTSIDE COVER(Fold in half- right side out to 14 x 8 1/2)


*Iron one piece of SF 101 13 x 7 1/2 to each piece (one side only)and put one piece of cut-away stabilizer 13 x 7 1/2 inside each cover for strength 


Two 14 x 14 pieces of fabric for INSIDE LINING (Fold in half – right side out to 14 x 7)

One 14 x 10 piece of fabric (middle of inside cover – last piece sewn)

One 14 x 7 piece of fabric (for spine) – Iron 13 x 6 piece of SF 101 to back of this piece

One piece of fabric (lame or other fabric) 8 ½ x 12 for applique – iron 987 fusible fleece or other batting on back to make a trapunto effect.


Adhesive spray and scissors for cutting applique


Bring 8 x 8 or 9.5 x 9.5 Hoop Poly-Mesh Stabilizer
Lame will be provided.




Ruler Work Using Westalee Rulers
September 8, 2018. 9:30-1:30

This class is intended for the intermediate quilter who does free motion on a sit-down home machine. It is not intended for long-arm quilters using stand-up models.  

The participant will practice learning how to control the rulers while doing free motion work with them. The Westalee brand of rulers and the related ruler foot, appropriate for the shank height of the machine being used in class, must be purchased ahead of time unless the participant already owns it. The ruler feet are not interchangeable between low and high shank machines. Please ask for Robyn at robyn@austinsewing.com, who can help you purchase the correct foot. This is an additional cost. Notify Robyn no later than 3 weeks before the start of class.

  • A clean machine in good working order. 
  • Spool caps if needed
  • Scotch tape and a thin permanent marker. The tape will be placed on top of the ruler and you will write on the tape on occasion.
  • Electrical cord and foot control.
  • If your machine requires it (usually front or side loading machines), make sure you oiled the bobbin area if your manual requests that you do so.
  • Required: The Westalee (R) ruler foot for your specific machine and the provided template that comes with the foot and the Template Sampler Set ($75). You can only purchase these through a dealer. If you already own the foot, purchase the Template Sampler Set appropriate to your foot and machine. Robyn will place the order on March 20. Advanced payment of template orders is requiured as the set is specific to the model of your machine. We do not carry inventory.
  • Optional: We will also experiment with feathers. If there is a feather size you'd like to play with and not test on the instructor's machine, consider asking Robyn to order the Feather ruler set at https://www.sewsteady.com/products/feather-templates-select-individual-size-or-4-piece-set. They would also need to be ordered prior to March 20.
  • An extension table if you own one, or buy one before class takes place. If you do not own one, you should have a large sized accessory box that you add to your freearm. The freearm, by itself, may not be large enough to support the rulers!
  • A teflon sheet or "slider" made for free motion work-- adds extra "slickness" to the bed of the machine so you do not get sore shoulders sliding the sandwich around. This is especially true when using the rulers and the slight extra tension you are going to add with your hand to keep the ruler stable.
  • Machingers (R) gloves or other gloves meant for free motion quilting
  • New size 12 or 14 needles, universal, sharps, or top stitch. Sharps or top stitch are preferred. Whatever normally works on your quilt sandwiches during free motion.
  • Dark thread of your choice (you are working on white tops on the quilt sandwich-- contrast is needed)
  • Two prewound bobbins in the same thread you are using on top.
  • Your machine manual.
  • Lint removal brush- no canned air!!!
  • Trimming scissors
  • Paper and pen to write notes (handouts will be given)
  • Marking pen (preferably one with a sharp point). As these are samples, it does not matter if they are Sharpies, pens, or Frixion-- whatever will work on fabric to give a nice line. You may want a permanent marker to write notes on your samples, though!
  • Your reading glasses, if needed. You are doing close work.

  1. Clean out your bobbin area, especially if you've been using a lot of cotton thread. We have seen a number of machines coming in lately where servicing may not have been needed if the customer would do these simple steps.
    1. Take off the cover covering the bobbin area until you can see everything in the bobbin area.
    2. Take out the bobbin case, making sure you know how it was seated. Take a picture before taking it out!
    3. Look for lint, and using a brush that most likely came with your machine, carefully remove all the lint you see. Just don't sweep it under. REMOVE IT and pitch it.
    4. Look around in other places besides the bobbin area for any lint: by the thread cutter device, along moving parts that are visible, along the feed dogs (sometimes lint is so thick it looks felted), etc. You want a really clean machine in the bobbin and feed dog area (even if your feed dogs will be in the down position).
    5. DO NOT USE CANNED AIR. You dry out the parts that are oiled and force lint into the moving parts. Not good. Just slowly and methodically lift the lint with your brush. 
  2. If you have a front or side loading machine, read your manual about oiling, and please oil your machine.
  3. Put on your Westalee Foot and follow the instructions in the package to ensure that you have the right foot. Set your machine for free motion. Choose your favorite quilt sandwich set up and adjust the foot height while the foot is lowered for quilting. You should have enough room on the foot to slide it up and down the foot post with the screw in place and the fabric should move freely with the foot as close to the fabric as possible, but not restraining it. Icon and Epic users-- if you upgraded your machine, check with Robyn to see if what you owned will work.
  4. Now, look straight at your foot. The needle MAY NOT be centered!!! This is mentioned as a possible problem in the packaging. My Brother 8500 needle IS NOT centered in the foot. I had to move it +2.0 to center it. This is important if you planned to use a single hole foot plate. THE SINGLE HOLE PLATE WILL NOT WORK with a needle that has been moved off of the center. Just in case, bring both your single hole foot plate and your zig zag plate, the latter being a standard accessory for each machine. You cannot continue the class if you bring your single hole plate and your needle has to be moved!!!!! We do not have, in stock, the single hole plate for all the possible makes and models out there!!!

  • Ruler grips/feet added to the bottom of your rulers. You are given a tape in your foot kit that can be placed on the bottom of your ruler.
  • If you are short, some form of boost- up seat to minimize tension on your back when you have to strain your back upward!
  • Your own chair from home if our classroom chairs are uncomfortable. Please be present by 9:00 to set up your chair and find an appropriate seat.
  • Extra lighting if your machine has poor lighting. Lighting is important when lining up light markings on the ruler. Check out the quality of the lighting in the classroom. (By late March 2018 the limited lighting in the classroom should be resolved.)
  • Extra quilt sandwiches. We are using a thin Dream (R) brand batting. If you like a thicker poly or a variety of battings, bring your own samples as well to become used to adjusting the foot height suitable for each fabric thickness. If you wish to practice feathers (my primary motivation for using rulers), you may want to cut 5-6 inch strips, about 2 feet long, to practice on curves. 
  • Extra quilt sandwiches if you are a "perfectionist" or wish to practice a technique a little bit more before working on the store-provided sample sandwich. It is also important to check tensions before working on your piece.

  • View the following YouTube video if you are not happy with your tension and “fix” tension before coming to class. Test with the darker thread you will be bringing to class. As an aside, her advice is counter to what we normally suggest to people. We usually test your upper tension first and if you still cannot get good stitches, then adjust the bobbin as she recommends, and then upper tension. 


  • How to drop your feed dogs! If you are an intermediate level free motion quilter, you know this already.

  • If you have shoulder or back injury or severe joint pain, this may not be the best activity for you. The repetitive nature of moving fabric and hands means you are engaging arm, shoulder, and back muscles, even if it is only 3 layers of "stuff." The additional "tension" of holding a ruler, even lightly, may also aggravate your muscle-skeletal system.

Instructor: Dale Ricklefs, Austin Sewing Machines Staff
Cost: $60.00, including samples to work with