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APQS Beginner Longarm Class

The APQS Beginner Longarm Class is designed to give new longarm quilters the foundation of knowledge they need to start quilting with confidence.  This class is the perfect jump-start for new owners of all brands of longarm quilting machines!

You will learn all about:

  • Thread, needles, batting, and backing fabric
  • Multiple ways to load a quilt on the frame
  • Machine operation and safety
  • Adjusting and balancing thread tension
  • Basic quilting techniques
  • Paper pantographs
  • Blocks and borders
  • Marking tools and methods
  • Rulers and templates
  • Machine care and maintenance (APQS-specific)
  • Troubleshooting common issues
  • Longarm quilting as a business
  • Resources for continued learning and support
  • And so much more!
This 6-hour class is primarily lecture/demonstration and is taught in small group settings that allow everyone the opportunity to ask questions and participate.  We’ll take a lunch break around noon, so please bring a sack lunch or plan to enjoy one of our local eateries!

Tuition is $200. This class is FREE for those who have purchased a new or factory-certified used/demo APQS longarm quilting machine in the past year.  If you've recently purchased an APQS machine, please call us at (217)732-4112 so we can help you register.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: No longarm quilting experience required.
Instructor: Heather Barrick
Instructor Bio: Owner/Quilter of Indigo Quilt Studio; APQS Dealer and Certified APQS Technician

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.

Contact Us

Indigo Quilt Studio
129 S Kickapoo Street
Lincoln, IL 62656

Shop Hours

Monday: 10 - 5
Tuesday: 10 - 7
Wed - Fri: 10 - 5
Saturday: 10 - 2
Sunday: Closed