I am teaching a Long Arm Quilting Skills class at Sew Modern in West Los Angeles on Saturday, October 20. The class is for students who have some experience on the long arm, but are ready to move beyond basic stippling and other edge-to-edge quilting designs. It's not necessary that your prior long arm experience has been on Sew Modern's long arm machine. You should just be aware that the term "long arm" does not refer to an upper body extremity. Honestly, we just want to know that you've actually used a long arm machine and are basically comfortable pushing the buttons.
I'm really excited and looking forward to teaching this class. I've been talking with Lauren Hawley, the owner of Sew Modern, for a while now about this class. At Sew Modern, they have a Gammill Vision V-8 long arm quilting machine they've affectionately named Harley. Sew Modern customers rent out time on Harley for their own projects. But before you can use Harley on your own, you're required to take the Meet the Longarm with Lisa class taught by Lisa Alexakis. I think Lisa is a very talented long arm quilter herself, and many people I know who have taken her classes tell me what an excellent teacher she is. Again, for the purposes of my class, you don't need to have taken Lisa's class. However, if you do not have a long arm of your own, you may want to take Lisa's class so that you can take advantage of Harley on your own time. Sew Modern's rental rates for the long arm are very reasonable, and Harley is pretty darn comfortable.