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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Helen's iQ - using a digitised alphabet.

In this video I show how to use the complete alphabet pattern from Laurie Thomas ( to make a word.
This method works for any alphabet that comes as one pattern that has all the letters joined with jump stitches.

As with every video I make, I say the name of the button I am touching so if you miss seeing me touch a button, don't worry - just listen.

Helen's iQ - stitch length

In this video I make a test piece that helps in understanding, and remembering, how to set my quilting machine and iQ to get the stitch length I prefer. This can be a challenge for new iQ owners so taking a little time to do this is well worth it. I am using IntelliQuilter on my Gammill Premier whic has the IntelliStitch stitch regulator. I am stitching on an old sheet with scrap batting.

After doing these simple lines, sew a few more lines where you change both the settings on iQ and your machine speed. Make clear notes on the fabric.

I encourage you to stitch many samples - more than I show in the video. Label them so you have a quick reference guide. With experience you will get to know your settings but this is a good way to start out.

Helen's iQ - cleaning the drive wheels.

In this video I am cleaning the drive wheel on my Y motor. The video is a bit choppy right at the end where the camera was turned off by mistake, but nothing important was missed. This was also a hand held camera which got the best view of the drive wheel. After cleaning the Y motor drive wheel, I would go on and clean the X motor drive wheel.  Do this at least once a month, but more often if you are quilting a lot, or know that your tracks oxidise like mine. I also have to clean my EdgeRider wheels frequently, along with the tracks, to remove the black.