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ImageStitch Regulators
by : Marcia Stevens

Let me first explain a stitch regulator. The concept of a stitch regulator is that the quilting machine will automatically speed up or slow down based on the quilters movement of the machine in order to achieve the chosen stitch length. The quilter initially sets the machine at the specific stitch length they desire; 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 stitches per inch (length settings vary with each model of quilting machine, ie. Nustyle, Proto, APQS, IntelliStitch). more..

by : Shannon Hicks

The I/S Turbo has a unique basting stitch capability of both 1" and 1/2" "firing stitch". What this means is that if you have the stitch set to one stitch per inch for basting, a stitch will be fired and then the needle will return to the up position and wait there until you have moved the machine for 1" in any direction. Compare this to a speed controlled machine where your needle is in the fabric for half of the time, and out of the fabric for half of the time. more..

ImageIntellistitch Mini Lessons
by : Carol A. Thelen

Precision Quilting™ for Stitch in the Ditch and Outlining

I love to use the Precision Quilting™ mode on my Intellistitch. It is perfect for those times when I need to place the stitches just where I want them. This mode slows down the speed of the motor and the force of the needle as it enters the fabric.

A perfect example is when stitching in the ditch or outline quilting. I set the stitch length to ten stitches per inch because I like the look of that length. more..

ImageRaw Edge Appliqué on the Longarm Machine
by : Elizabeth Williams

Most of us are familiar with the basic raw edge appliqué technique. The rough cut exposed edges of the appliqué designs have a primitive "folk art" style, and were exactly the look that I required for my most recent art quilt project, "Dancing With My Mother".
(You can find high resolution close-ups of the quilt on http://community.webshots. more..

by : Helen Baczynski

Here is a series of lessons to help you familiarize yourself with your IntelliStitch. For best results, complete one a day and repeat the sewing exercises as necessary. The lessons begin by being very detailed in their instructions. more..

December 4, 2001

The newer and newer entries in the "stitch regulator" arena sometimes confuse wannabe customers, as some recent posts show. One confusion is the name of the feature itself. There are two different methods to automatically control the motor movement, both called "stitch regulator". more..

January 15, 2003

Up to this day there were two distinctly different stitch regulator designs on the market. Major brands like the Gammill Plus, the APQS Millennium, the A-1 Elite, etc. use speed regulation, while the IntelliStitch design, which is standard on Nolting machines and available as aftermarket conversion for Gammill, APQS and A-1 machines, utilizes stitch length regulation. more..