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Groovy Board instructions?
Posted: July 1, 2009, 7:44 PM
I ordered and have watched the 3 instruction DVD's I purchased from HQ. I expected some info on how to use the groovy boards, it wasn't there. Pantograms yes, the product HQ sells nothing. The DVD's were informative but there were products that HQ does not carry on their web site. The clear Quilting grid, Quilting preview paper, Quilter's pounce and chalk. I have had my HQ 16 since the Des Moines Quilt show last Oct. but I am still a "newbie" to longarm quilting. I did do an internet search and found some items but maybe HQ could do another DVD that would teach one how to use the products that HQ sells. Is there anything out there that explains how to use the groovy boards? I know there is another board maker and stylus maker by reading this chat forum. I am looking forward to the Expo again this Oct. because there were booths with longarm accessories, I just didn't pay that close of attention because I didn't think I would be buying one.
Any help would be appreciated. Thank you, Kathy
Re: Groovy Board instructions?
Posted: July 7, 2009, 2:27 PM
I am sorry to say that we do not have anything posted on our website on how to use the groovy boards at the moment. That is, however, a good suggestion for us to do. I am attaching some tips on how to use them and hope this helps you. Once you have used them, you will find that they are very easy.
Handi Quilter Studio Educator
• Use the white rings to anchor boards together.
• Use blue painters tape to secure the boards. Even though they have non slip material on the back of the board they still can move. Place the tape along the edge and corners of the board. A good place to place tape is on the white track and groovy board together. Be careful not to interfere with the stitch-regulator wheel.
• When advancing the quilt, if there is too much space left unquilted, echo one side or the other of the design to fill the space. Leaving the area unquilted is much more noticeable than doing an echo.
• To decide the appropriate spacing, look at the established spacing on the groovy board and then mimic that spacing when you advance the quilt.
• As you do groovy boards, hug one side of the groove or the other. You need to transfer from one side of the groove to the other as you go around curves or in and out of retraced points. There needs to be play in the groove so it doesn’t bind when you go around the corner.
• Pause when you come to corners or points to avoid rounding off and to anchor the stitch.
Placement of stylus: Place the stylus on the adaptor as far back as you can so when you stitch out the entire design so that you are utilizing the entire area.
Groovy Board placement: Line your groovy boards up against the back track. This gives you extra stability to anchor the boards so they won’t move around. If you are going to leap frog the boards, lay them out across your entire pass and then mark your parameters with blue tape, so when you actually stitch out your design and leap frog (move your boards from place to place), you line the boards up in the same position each time.