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DIRECTIONS

Assemble the EQ2 OR  EQ3/EQ4.1/EQ5.1   frame 

according to the directions that came with your frame.  

 

QUILTING INSTRUCTIONS

 

These directions are the same for EQ2 and EQ3 track system.

The machine moves easier with EQ3 track system.

 

EQ2 set up with the EQ4.1 Track System on a 2' x 4' table

EQ5.1 is mounted on a 2 1/2' x 5' table

         

Sit down and quilt, moving the machine with  the handles on the front of the cart which holds the sewing machine.

Half of the basted quilt is rolled inside the opening of the machine and the other half rests in the front aluminum arms.  Clips hold the quilt to the frame on the sides and front.  The quilt is rolled on 2 sticks to help support the roll.  The roll inside the machine can be rolled forward and backward to increase the sewing area.

 

 

 

Basting the Quilt

 

Baste the quilt using your desired method.  The back should be 8” larger all around.

We recommend spray basting.  The more pins you use the heavier the quilt is to move.

 

Sewing Machine

 

You may use any portable, free arm, “standard size” sewing machine. It may also be used with the longer arm machines such, as the Juki 98, Brother 1500, etc. With the larger machine a table at least 30” deep is required.  Turn it so the front end of the machine faces the front of the table.  The electric cord and foot pedal cord should be hung over the back of the table. 

 

Feed dogs

 

You must lower the feed dogs (the teeth under the foot that move the fabric).  Check your sewing machine manual. If you do not have this feature, you may have a plate that covers the feed dogs.  If neither is available, set your stitch length to zero.  The feed dogs will still go up and down, but they will not interfere with the movement of the fabric.

 

Needle Down

 

Set your machine to stop needle down if you have that feature,  if not you may want to turn your hand wheel toward you, to sink the needle, when you stop sewing so the machine does not move, so you don’t loose your place.

 

Presser Foot

 

You must use a darning or free motion foot on your sewing machine.  Check your sewing machine manual or ask your local dealer about this accessory.

 

Tension

 

Most machines have a tension dial. Check your manual.

 

Sew a sample to check the tension of your stitches and adjust your tension dial as needed.  The faster the machine is sewing, the better the bottom tension will be. The longer  stitch lengths tend to result in loops on the bottom.

 

Sewing Speed

 

For more even stitches, sew at full speed while smoothly moving the sewing machine on the EQ2/EQ3  cart/trolly.

 

Preparing and “Hooping” the quilt  

 

Plan the quilting area.    

 

EQ2/EQ3 has a quilting area of about 36” maximum width and from 10” to 14” maximum depth, depending on the dimensions of your machine and the depth of your table.  You may need to work in 2 to 3 strips of quilting depending on the size of your quilt.  When you have a large roll, you may not get 10” of depth until the roll gets smaller.

 

Plan your quilting area in quadrants. Work from the center toward the edge farthest from you, within the 36” width.  Reposition the quilt on the frame and do the next section, then turn the quilt around and repeat the process on the remaining area. 

 

Borders - When the center is complete, roll most of the quilt on the front dowel/stick so the far raw edge is along the back of the frame.  Begin on the left corner, sew along the border as far as you can, pull the roll and the quilt to the left and continue quilting to the right corner. Reroll the quilt to repeat the process on each side.  If you don’t have enough backing overhang, you may have to quilt the corners without the frame.

 

.Rolling the quilt on dowels or sticks

 

Buy two ½” dowels ( it will help to glue sandpaper to it so the dowel  turns less inside the quilt ) –or-  two sticks ¼” x ¾”  ( wood counter top molding from the  lumber  department  may work ).  The length of each should be as wide as your frame  - 48” at normal width. It helps to use small office supply clips to hold the quilt to the sticks.  The wire silver handles on the clips will come off if you squeeze them together where they connect to the black part.  If you take off these little wire handles, it eliminates some of the bulk of the roll.  

( 2 thin sticks have been included in some models )

 

 

 

Roll each end of the quilt around the dowel, or sticks, toward the center of the quilt.  It should look like a scroll.  Make the roll as small and tight as possible because this will affect your sewing area. 

 

Place the quilt on top of the frame by sliding the edge of the quilt under the needle. Insert the front rolled edge into the front quilt holders.  The back roll will rest inside the machine arm and on top of the side of the frame, wherever the machine is standing.  

 

 

 

 

 

The frame and the clamps are the “hoop”. 

 

Adjust the quilt so your quilting area is in the center of the   frame -  roll the machine, on the EQ2/EQ3 cart, around on the table to test the sewing area.

 Place three clamps, over the quilt, on one side of the frame.

Stretch the quilt toward the other side of the frame and put three clamps on that side. 

 Pull the quilt toward the front of the frame and place three  clamps on the front of the frame.   

The excess of the quilt will hang over the side of the frame.

 

The quilt does not have to be drum-tight to work.  There will be some sagging.

 

                                                 TOP VIEW

 

           

                                                                            FRONT VIEW

        

If the clamps that come with the frame are not strong enough you may use 2” binder clips that come from an office supply store.

 

 

Increasing your sewing area

 

On other quilting systems that use your standard sewing machine, your sewing area is limited to the depth of the arm of your machine, about 6” to 7”.  On EQ2/EQ3 you can increase that by moving  the back roll of  fabric forward and backward as you quilt.  Adjust the side clips as you move the roll. You can get from 10” to 14” of quilting depth, depending on the depth of your table and the size of your sewing machine. As you get near the roll, stop sewing and move the roll, then continue sewing.  Plan your quilting area so you are not moving the roll continuously.

 

 

 

 

                                                                B                                                                             A

 

( A ) When you begin to quilt, have the sewing machine as close to the front of the frame as possible.  Secure the sides of the quilt to the frame with 2 or 3 clips.  The back roll will be as far back in the machines opening as possible.

 ( B )  As you need more space, roll the back roll and the machine, toward the back, open part of the frame.  The needle of the machine will be further away from the front of the frame.  Think of this action as rolling a pencil back and forth on a table top.  By rolling the quilt roll back and forth, you gain a deeper quilting area.

 

Always have at least 2 clips on the side ( A ).  As you roll the quilt roll back on the frame move the third clip to toward the back of the frame  ( B ).

 

                               

 

 

Re-hooping

 

Work from the center of the quilt toward the edge of the quilt furthest from you or from one side to the other.  When you complete an area, stop with needle down as close to the back roll or raw edge as possible, remove the clamps.  Roll the front roll up to the front of the sewing machine.  Pull the front roll and the sewing machine forward to the front rail of the frame.  Set the roll into the aluminum arms. Put the clips back on and continue sewing.  When one half is complete, turn the quilt around and repeat on the other side.

 

 

Sewing area

 

 

 

As you move  machine  around you will become aware of the machine coming in contact with the sides and front of the frame…this is your sewing area.  Because of the dimensions of various sewing machines, the sewing area varies.  Plan your quilting patterns to fit within your sewing area.  It is recommended that you work from the center of the quilt, toward the far edge away from you.  The quilt unrolls easier toward you, than it rolls up in the back.  Plan to quilt a 36” wide strip at a time from the center, working away from you, to the far raw edge of the quilt.

 

Quilting patterns

 

At first you will want to practice on quilts of less importance than your masterpiece.  Charity quilts or baby quilts make good learners.  Try large loops or large stipple motions.  Remember your old penmanship exercises making  eeeeeeeees.   Find a fabric with large shapes and use that as your backing; quilt from the back using the shapes as your pattern.  As you gain confidence, use patterns from quilting stencils and books.  Continuous quilting patterns will work best.  You may mark the pattern on your quilt or pin on a paper pattern an stitch over the paper.

 

Assemble the EQ2 OR  EQ3/EQ4.1/EQ5.1   frame 

according to the directions that came with your frame.

   

                                   HAPPY QUILTING!

 

 

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