Master Your Machine: Secrets for Beginner Quilters (DVD)

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Discover foolproof tips and tricks to make any sewing machine run like a dream!

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What You Get

  • DVD with 7 video lessons
  • Full-color, printed reference materials booklet, including a supply list and tips for setting up your workspace and maintaining your sewing machine
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Includes closed captioning


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Class Overview

Get the knowledge you need to turn your quilting sewing machine into your most valuable tool! Join instructor Cyndi Souder for step-by-step guidance through setup, operating and troubleshooting essentials, starting with how to properly thread your machine. Next, find out how to quickly diagnose and solve thread tension issues and achieve smooth, even stitches every time. Speaking of stitches, isn't it time you dared to go beyond your machine's default settings? Cyndi will show you how to adjust stitch length and width before revealing several stitches that every quilter should know. Then, explore presser and walking foot options, and learn how to choose the right foot for any project. Along the way, you'll discover foolproof tips to prevent and address common problems so you can keep your machine running smoothly for many years, and quilts, to come!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Setting Up Your Machine
Meet machine mastermind Cyndi Souder and dive into your class with an overview of the kinds of sewing machines you might use as a quilter. Cyndi shares tips for creating a functional, ergonomic workspace that will maximize your speed and comfort.
2. Threading
3. Fixing Tension
4. Stitch Adjustments
5. Presser Feet
6. Getting to Know Your Walking Foot
7. Troubleshooting Free-Motion Quilting

Taught by

Cyndi Souder
Cyndi Souder
Cyndi Souder is a Bernina ambassador and has been teaching free-motion quilting for more than 10 years. She is the author of Creating Celebration Quilts, and her work has been displayed at numerous quilt shows, including the International Quilt Association Festival in Houston, the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and the Quilt Odyssey.

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