How to Use This Blog

Since we have lots and lots of videos here, you will need to know the best way of finding what you are looking for. Each post has the video(s) of the topic it is about. Sometimes there will be more than one video that is a continuation of the previous one. These videos will be posted together within the same post. To find what you are looking for, either use the search box or the list of categories posted in the right column.

The IQ system is constantly evolving, so please keep in mind that some of the older videos may show features that have been replaced by newer ones, or buttons that have changed position or names. However, the videos have not been removed because the methods demonstrated are still valid.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

No-sew zones within a panto.

These two videos, produced by Shirley Higginbotham, teach setting up a pantograph, adding a no-sew zone around an embroidered area of the quilt, and adding a frame (circle) around the embroidered area of the quilt.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Background fill using echo and path pattern.

This video shows how to use echo and path pattern to create a background fill. This method eliminates all the jump stitches that go across a motif when you use pantograph pattern for a filler (if you don't split the rows). It works best for patterns with a fairly smooth outline. You need to choose the fill pattern with care, checking all around the motif to see how the fill turns corners because sometimes they become too distorted.
Try this and see how you like it.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Working with a "Pictogram" pattern.

One of my customers needed help with this type of pantograph. You can find these types of patterns at Judy Lyon's website of

Linda Lawson
IQ - 3 star dealer

Monday, August 30, 2010

Setting up Panto's to Fit Inside Borders (revised)

I have revised my method of stitching pantographs within borders. There are 3 videos for this.

This is also a great way to make a neat background fill so there are less tie-offs or jump stitches.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Calibrating IQ

If you suspect your IQ is not measuring correctly or you know it isn't, then you need to calibrate. It's a very simple process. If you get a message telling you to repeat the calibration, do it again. On one machine I had to do it three times before it was correct.
You should calibrate if you've changed your motors, drive wheels or sensor wheel 'o' rings.

Going to manual

This short video shows how we switch to manual control and back again to computer control - don't blink, you might miss it!
This process is the same no matter which version you have.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Cleaning up recorded patterns.

This is a series of 4 videos by Helen showing how you can clean up recorded patterns using line pattern and smooth.
Thanks to Mindy Skinner for telling us about this slick method. Have a good laugh at my wonderful recordings - but be inspired to try this yourself.
Software version 12.24.09.

Part one shows a simple pattern being recorded and cleaned up with line pattern.

Part 2 shows using smooth to complete the clean up.

Part 3 shows a more complex pattern.

The continuation of part 3.