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Enhancing Your IQ (Visionary/Designer)

Do you have a sewing machine that offers the IQ Designer feature but rarely use it?  This class will familiarize you with basic IQ Designer features and provide suggestions on how to incorporate those features into your creative sewing. Students are encouraged to bring their sewing machines featuring IQ Designer/IQ Visionary capabilities.  Alternately, students electing to not bring their own machines may attend the lecture and use the provided project instructions for at home practice. Demonstrations will be based on the Baby Lock "Enhancing Your IQ" Digital (flash drive) series by Salima Jeffer (purchase available but optional).  We will take a break for lunch.  Feel free to bring your own or plan to go out to get something to eat.

Topics included in this 4 session class:
Tuesday, January 23, 2024

  • Fancy Fills and Shapes- Use shapes and fancy fills to create your unique embroidery design.  Hands on project: "I Scream for Ice Cream" dish towel

Thursday, February 15, 2024
  • Simply Scanning- Create your own embroidery from existing artwork.  Hands on project:  Student created digital samples of background scanned, line scanned, and fill scanned images.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
  • In the Hoop Fun- Create your own In the Hoop Project sequence.  Hands on project:  In the Hoop Teddy Bear Shower Favor

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
  • Applique and Beyond- Create your own applique, embossing, border designs and more!  Hands on project:  Student created samples of stacking fills, creating stamps and appliques, embossing, quilt block using fill feature, and quilt block using applique feature.

Needed supplies for ALL sessions:
  1. Sewing machine that offers the Baby Lock IQ Visionary/IQ Designer feature, power cord foot, control pedal (optional)
  2. Embroidery arm attachment, embroidery foot (optional)
  3. Scanning tray, stylus, computer mouse (optional)
  4. Sewing machines requiring an installed app for scanning must have the app installed prior to class
  5. Embroidery sewing machine needle sized 12 or 14
  6. General sewing supplies; thread clippers, scissors, seam gauge, seam ripper, etc. 

Additional Needed Supplies Session 1
  1. 5" x 7" or larger machine embroidery frame
  2. Solid colored, blank dishtowel for embroidery; avoid terrycloth
  3. Water soluble stabilizer, at least 10" x 12"
  4. Machine embroidery thread; suggested colors: medium pink and dark pink (for strawberry ice cream), light brown and dark brown (ice cream cone) and black (lettering)

Additional Needed Supplies Session 2
  1. 3 pieces, 8" x 10" solid colored scrap fabric
  2. 5" x 7" or larger machine embroidery hoop
  3. 3 pieces stabilizer, at least 10" x 12"
  4. Machine embroidery thread; suggested colors: white, pink, black, green
  5. USB
  6. Black sharpie

Additional Needed Supplies Session 3
  1. 2 Brown felt squares at least 6" x 6"
  2. 2 Red felt squares at least 6" x 6"
  3. 4" x 4" or larger machine embroidery frame
  4. Machine embroidery threads; suggested colors pink, red, white, brown, blue, and black

Additional Needed Supplies Session 4
  1. At least 5" x 7" machine embroidery hoop
  2. At least 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" machine embroidery hoop
  3. 2 pieces of solid, plain fabric, at least 8" x 10"
  4. 2 pieces of machine embroidery stabilizer, at least 8" x 10"
  5. 1 solid colored terrycloth hand towel
  6. 1 piece water soluble stabilizer, at least 8" x 10"
  7. 1 piece of water soluble topper stabilizer, at least 8" x 10"
  8. Machine embroidery thread to match color of hand towel
  9. At least 5 or 6 complimentary colors of machine embroidery thread
  10. 40/50 weight neutral colored cotton thread
  11. 3 coordinating patterned pieces of quilting fabrics, enough to make a 9 1/2" square block
  12. 1 piece 11" square batting
  13. 1 piece 11" backing to coordinate with selected block fabrics

Skill Level: Advanced
Skill Details: You must have a machine that offers IQ Designer
Materials Included: Instructional handouts
Requirements: Basic knowledge of machine use
Instructor: Andi Bechberger
Instructor Bio: Andi holds a BA in Home Economics from Adrian College and an MS in Education Technology from George Washington University. She has been sewing since she was a teenager and brings 27 years of teaching experience to this sewing classroom. She teaches several other classes at Maggie's.
Includes all 4 sessions

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.