Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 45

Thread: Classes? what classes?

  1. #1
    Super Member Sandygirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Midwest
    Posts
    4,825

    Classes? what classes?

    I have purchased 4 machines in the last decade. I have yet to attend any dealer classes. Time, travel, having to pack up to attend, etc. Never convenient. I have learned machine embroidery, techniques, etc thanks to YouTube videos and forums like QB. I am learning how to use the Silhouette cutter on You Tube and blogs.


    Anyone else prefer online instruction vs attending dealer instruction?
    sandy
    Sandygirl

    Janome 9900 / Janome 9700 / Janome 3160 QVC/ Janome 1100D serger, Juki 2020 Mini
    Singer Centennial model (inherited from my late, fav aunt!)

  2. #2
    Power Poster ManiacQuilter2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    18,937
    I am old school quilter and I like a person to be there to answer any questions I may have.
    A Good Friend, like an old quilt, is both a Treasure and a Comfort

  3. #3
    Power Poster PaperPrincess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    11,157
    Blog Entries
    2
    I'm pretty lucky in that I can follow written instructions, even without illustrations. Having said that, I almost always learn something important from live instructors. They can observe you and comment which a video can't! When I first started FMQ, I had a hard time. An instructor watched me for like 30 seconds, gave me a couple suggestions and the light bulb went off.
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

  4. #4
    Super Member DebraK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    West Coast
    Posts
    9,264
    Self taught, but I value good instruction in every form.
    I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health - Voltaire

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    NW Illinois
    Posts
    558
    I take advantage of everything I can find. I have not tried the Crafty classes, I find enough free info on U tube.

  6. #6
    Power Poster Onebyone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Southern USA
    Posts
    11,210
    I doubt I would ever buy a machine I had to take more then one class to learn to use. It just isn't worth that much of my time.
    I believe giving what I can will never cause me to be in need.
    Being cheap is not a badge of honor.
    My heroes are working people, paying their own way, taking care of their children and being decent human beings.

  7. #7
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Sonoma County, CA
    Posts
    4,294
    I've only bought Janomes from a dealer, and they're really so easy to use I haven't really learned anything from the dealer classes. My dealer doesn't like to let you leave with your new machine until you can show that you at least know how to thread it (using their shop machines). When I was picking up my 6600 I sat down, grabbed the thread and had the machine perfectly threaded in about 3 seconds. It's pretty standard, and there are even arrows on the machine to help and a needle threader...how hard could it be? I still have something like 3-4 hours of free instruction time available on their books, but I'll never use it. The manual tells me pretty much everything I need to know.

    If I had bought my embroidery machine from a dealer I might have learned something, but I bought mine on Amazon and have learned online and from the manual. Again...pretty basic as far as machine function goes. I still get mixed up on figuring out proper stabilizer for the fabric & design but some of that I think is just a learning curve that people have with these no matter what. There are general embroidery machine classes available locally that I could take for a nominal fee but I haven't bothered. I don't mind learning from experimenting - I remember things I've discovered myself better than I remember things I've been told anyway.

  8. #8
    Senior Member lfletcher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Texas Hill Country
    Posts
    944
    When I purchased my Gammill longarm, I started playing with it before I took the class 2 months later. I had videos that I used, but the class was invaluable. The instructor taught me so many little tricks that weren't in any of the written or video materials. It was a 2 day class and very well worth my time!

  9. #9
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Rapid City, SD
    Posts
    4,956
    Each person learns in a different way-- I like to take classes with an instructor -- many times the little tips and tricks aren't included in a book or a video. I always like the interaction with teachers and students.

  10. #10
    Super Member rvsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    McKinney TX
    Posts
    1,147
    Blog Entries
    103
    I prefer a live presentation but have learned much from QB and youtube. For anyone owning the Phaff Expression 4.2, there is an excellent presentation on youtube, explaining absolutely everything about the machine and all it's tricks. It's over an hour long, but worth every minute. I'm a slow learner so have watched it 3 times, learning something with each viewing.
    rvsfan
    A Ricky Van Shelton fan

  11. #11
    Super Member Snooze2978's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Carroll, Iowa
    Posts
    2,410
    Yes, same here. My dealers have yet to give me any training. When I got my quilt machine, all the setup guy did was make sure it was working correctly. Otherwise I was on my own to figure things out. Thank goodness for YouTube videos or I'd be in deep up to my elbows scratching my head. Even learning how to make a quilt has been by videos. I download them and watch them at my convenience and even go back to check out how to do a certain step at times. I'm so glad those who have taken the time to make these videos for us or I probably would have given up years ago.

    Thank you all.
    Suz in Iowa
    Designer EPIC, Brother XR3140
    Babylock Evolve, Innova 26" LS, MQR
    ProQ Designer, EQ7, Embird

  12. #12
    Super Member thrums's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    25 yrs in TN; now back home in MI
    Posts
    1,493
    Blog Entries
    5
    I'm also a hands-on learner. You may want to attend sewing groups or quilting groups in your area. I've had good experience meeting new friends who are happy to help me learn new techniques. Quilt shops may be able to give you references too.

  13. #13
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Birmingham, AL
    Posts
    130
    I have never taken a "real life" class. I have relied only on my machine manuals, Craftsy classes, Missouri Quilt Company tutorials, other You Tube videos, books, and boards like this one for everything i've learned - and i get a lot if compliments on my quilts so i guess it's working out well for me!

  14. #14
    Super Member AliKat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Phoenix, AZ
    Posts
    2,944
    When I bought my last 3 sewing machines I made sure I could go back to the LQS's where I bought them if I need help & it would be free. Well, one LQS closed shop. The other 2 are the closer ones to my house & I still go back if I have a question &, yes, the help is free.

    For me it was part of the price negotiation.
    Have fun quilting! If it isn't fun, you will miss a lot.
    ali

  15. #15
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    15,687
    Blog Entries
    1
    I do both. Classes were included with the purchase and I am glad I went. I learned a lot about setup, using the different feet, and so on. It helped me really get to know my machine.

  16. #16
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    howell, Mi
    Posts
    2,341
    When I bought my Janome 7700, they said I could have classes forever if I needed them. I had a Janome 4800 before and they are very much alike. The threading is almost the same. The only thing different is the walking foot. They showed me how to use it and I forgot by the time I got home. The second time I didn't have my machine but they were going to show me what to do, but someone moved part of the foot. The third time was the charm. I took a class so my machine was there and they showed me again. This time I think I can remember (senior memory). The only thing I have a problem with is the self threader, and it works every time when they use it. It must be user error. If the only thing I have to do is thread the needle, I can live with that.
    Sue

  17. #17
    Super Member Dolphyngyrl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    6,104
    I am a craftsy addict.I like both but seeing as my work schedule doesn't fit quilt class schedules since they seem to cater to retired people time wise I am left with doing online things
    Brother (XL-3500i, CV3550, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D), Juki MO-2000QVP, Handiquilter Avante

  18. #18
    Super Member mom-6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    6,497
    Due to location and schedule I have not attended any classes since college. Lol! I learned all the basics back then as I was a home ec major.

    However I've learned ever so much that is quilt specific from this board! And any questions I might have are answered promptly and often with several different options for how to (whatever).

    At some point I would like to have some personal instruction on several aspects of machine quilting that would require someone watching how I'm doing it and then telling me how it would work better if I ???? Scheduling that could be a bit of a challenge however.

  19. #19
    Super Member DOTTYMO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    England Alton Towers
    Posts
    6,639
    Blog Entries
    1
    I like to go to any class as it is the social part meeting and finding new friends. I can follow written instructions and hate illustrations although I know many work the opposite way. In classes you make friends and chatter about anything which is very good for myself who lives alone.
    Finished is better than a UFO

  20. #20
    Super Member Girlfriend's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    San Clemente, CA
    Posts
    1,176
    I love live classes. I always learn things I know I wouldn't have known I could do with my machine, without the class(es).
    Creative clutter is better than idle neatness.

  21. #21
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    1,132
    Quote Originally Posted by rvsfan View Post
    I prefer a live presentation but have learned much from QB and youtube. For anyone owning the Phaff Expression 4.2, there is an excellent presentation on youtube, explaining absolutely everything about the machine and all it's tricks. It's over an hour long, but worth every minute. I'm a slow learner so have watched it 3 times, learning something with each viewing.
    I wish I had time to learn from the dealer about my machines, but classes are almost always held during the work day..
    Kitty

  22. #22
    Super Member EmiliasNana's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    4,020
    I have never attended a class from my dealer. It either wasn't offered, the machine was used, or I couldn't attend for some reason or another (distance, vacation, etc.) The only one I eventually took at another LQS was a serger boot camp. When I was learning to sew back in Jr. High..........NO ONE was allowed to touch the tension. Learning how to use the serger and constantly adjust the tension was a big ah-ha moment and later helped me FMQ on my mid-arm. No long afraid of tension adjustment LOL

    I have also never taken a quilting class. I have learned everything I know from previous sewing experience, books, this board (a big part), friends in guild, or YouTube. I have so many projects, either purchased or in my head, that starting a new project in a class, just for the sake of learning a new technique, seems counterproductive for me. I never make the same quilt twice (hardly ever LOL) and try to stretch my knowledge and techniques that way. I admire all you class attendees, but it's just not me. I am slow and methodical, take my time, read directions and would probably quickly fall behind in class. I attend many retreats with friends however, enjoying the social aspects there and the exchange of ideas and techniques, but I work on my own projects.

  23. #23
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Posts
    151
    Blog Entries
    1
    I have 3 Berninas and have taken full advantage of their Mastery classes. They showed many ways to fully use the machines. When I bought a used updated Bernina, they let me take classes pertaining to that machine. What a help.

  24. #24
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Sonoma County, CA
    Posts
    4,294
    I do like classes where you're with a group. The social aspect, as mentioned, is always fun. I've taken classes I didn't really need just to meet people.

    My dealer does one-on-one classes for purchased machines though - they don't have any room for anything more than that, it's a TINY shop that is crammed full of machines. I like her, but not enough to hang out for 1-1/2 hours to be taught things I already know. I'm always too antsy to get my new toy home and play! And she probably has better things to do, too.

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    553
    I really like the convenience of You Tube and DVD's - can learn on my own schedule. In person classes are fun but sometimes not convenient - time - location.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.