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We are excited to have Lana Russel at Walla Walla Sew, Vac and Spas to give you hands on training to help further our education and to see if purchasing a longarm is in your future. This class is designed to help you understand longarm quilting and Pro-stitcher better and to give you the knowledge you need to know what longarm would be best for you.  Financing and special will be offered at this event.

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Classes are limited to twelve students - two students per machine.
2 day class $299.00, early bird special $200.00 (before Sept 30th)

Day 1 Morning Session (9:00) - Longarm Machine Quilting Basics

Objective:  Learn skills that will help you manages your long-arm machine with confidence

Does longarm quilting interest you, and you’d like to learn more about it? Or do you just want a review of longarm quilting basics? This class removes the mystery of longarm quilting by explaining machine and frame elements and features, how to load a quilt, and vital facts about thread, needles and tension. Handi Quilter longarm machine and frame systems come in various sizes for every budget, and are user-friendly because they are designed by a quilter, for quilters – just like you!

Topics Include:

  •          Basic machine and frame elements and features
  •          Bobbins, tension, needles and thread
  •          How to load a quilt onto a frame
  •          Quilting with Groovy Boards and pantographs
  •          Rulers, Adjustable and Micro Handles, and basic free-motion 

Lunch is 12:00-1:00 (you can bring a sack lunch or grab something quick)

Day 1 Afternoon Session (1:00) - Fast, Fun, and Fabulous Free-Motion Quilting

Objective: Learn to create free motion designs that can be used to finish any quilt.

Quilters everywhere LOVE the excitement and fun of free-motion quilting – and it’s easier than you think! Create flowing designs by connecting simple design elements with continuous lines, traveling across the quilt or filling in a specific area. Learn how drawing and muscle memory contribute to beautiful free-motion quilting, and how you can create stunning designs.

Topics Include:

  •          How to develop an inventory of free-motion designs
  •          Proper scaling and spacing of design elements
  •          Edge-to-edge free-motion quilting
  •          Adjusting your quilting path to create your own new designs
  •          Using Micro Handles and adjustable handlebars for free-motion control

Day 2 Morning Session - Pro-Stitcher Premium™ Basics Hands on

Objective: Students will set up a design in an area and quilt it and set up an edge to edge design and learn the basics of advancing and repositioning designs 

Pro-Stitcher is an intuitive computer-guided quilting system designed especially for use with Handi Quilter longarm quilting machines. User-friendly and simple to operate, the step-by-step process for each function is easy and fun. Whether finishing your own quilts or consider a quilting business, come see the elegant and precise quilting you can accomplish with Pro-Stitcher. New owners – start here!

Topics Include:

  •          Basic overview of how to use Pro-Stitcher
  •          Create an area and place a block using Skew, Resize, Xform or Align
  •          Use the modify tools to make a design fit in any space
  •          Demo how to set up an e2e design
  •          Basic repositioning and advancing an e2e design

Lunch is 12:00-1:00 (you can bring a sack lunch or grab something quick)

Day 2 Afternoon Session - Hands On Ruler Essentials

Objective: Learn the safe way to use rulers & templates. See ways that you can incorporate these tools in your quilting

If you love precision and consistency in your quilting designs, you will love using design rulers and templates! These handy tools assist in placing designs accurately and stitching them out precisely. Learn to handle rulers and templates safely with the ruler base and Sure Foot, and how to achieve accuracy with the markings. The wide variety of Handi Quilter rulers will inspire you to new design heights.

Topics Include:

  •          Handle rulers safely
  •          Understand and use ruler markings for precision and accuracy
  •          Use piecing lines and marking tools to build ruler design confidence
  •          VersaTool quilting: stitch-in-the-ditch, cross-hatch, piano keys, clamshells and arcs
  •          Apply binding with the HQ VersaTool 
Skill Level:
Skill Details:
*** You do not need to own a HANDI QUILTER machine to participate! ***
Instructor Name:
Lana Russel
Instructor Bio:
Lana learned to sew at age eleven at her local sewing store. While garment sewing was her foundation, once she discovered quilting in 2001, while taking a year?s sabbatical from her career as a sixth-grade teacher, she found her zeal. Her creativity using textiles continued and she began teaching quilting classes at local quilt shops. Before she knew it, she had a hefty stack of quilt tops awaiting the finishing touch of quilting. She didn?t want someone else to complete her projects, so she set about learning all types of quilts as you go and free motion quilting methods using a domestic machine.

She retired from teaching in the public schools in 2014 and soon after discovered exactly what she had been looking for: the HQ Simply Sixteen? on the HQ Little Foot? frame. It was a smaller, more affordable, movable longarm machine with a small footprint. She fell in love with its ease of operation, and learned to free motion quilt and do ruler work and pantographs while making a dent in her UFO stack. It didn?t take too long before her curiosity about Pro-Stitcher led her to upgrade to the HQ Forte? with Pro-Stitcher, Pro-Stitcher Designer and Catalog, and has enjoyed learning to use them to their fullest potential.
Lana?s lifelong love of learning and teaching is now expressed by educating and training other
quilters. She truly has a passion for sharing her knowledge so that others can share in the joy of quilting.


$ 299.00
Cash or check only please. Early bird price $200 if paid by September 30th
Walla Walla
Sew & vac and spas

Walla Walla Sew & Vac and Spas has been providing Washington communities with home sewing, cleaning, and relaxation solutions for over 24 years.

Contact Us
  • 509-529-7755
  • 900 W Rose St.
    Walla Walla, Wa 99362
  • Mon - Fri 9:30am - 5:30pm
    Sat 10:00am- 4:00pm