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Extra lift in the presser foot allows thick items like the binding corner to be inserted under the presser foot with no shoving.

Maximizing on the features of the Opal 690Q to wrap up the sewing marathon

It's the end of the week already. Amazing how quickly times flies when you're having fun. I've had a blast ...
One finished placemat with reversible binding.

How to make and apply reversible binding on your quilts

Hello again! How are you making out with your five bobbin marathon? It takes a lot of sewing to use ...
Try to "open" up the ditch when you're stitching in the ditch.

7 tips to speed up the quilting process

Welcome back! How's the sewing marathon? It's amazing how much work you can get done when you have sewing space ...
Using an ender/leader at the end of the seam to not break the thread

10 tips for sewing a variety of quilt seams

Welcome back! How did yesterday go? Did you get any part of your space tidied up? We've got a marathon ...
Five bobbins are wound and ready to sew.

7 excellent tips for a productive sewing marathon

Welcome to another fun and very productive week. This week we're exploring the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q. This is a ...
Using the quilter's awl to ensure the two fabrics are lined up with each at the end of the seam

7 tips for sewing accurate seams

The week just seemed to fly by. I hope the post from yesterday has cleared up when and how to ...
Mitered corner

Anchoring seams on your quilts using the FIX function on the Opal 690Q

Did you find a mat to anchor your foot pedal? I'm still getting used to the fact that my foot ...
The when, why, and how to use your sewing machine foot pedal

The when, why, and how to use your sewing machine foot pedal

Welcome back. Did you make any string pieced blocks from yesterday's post? Today's post is all about control. I'll be ...
String pieced quilt with bright prints. Eight blocks wide by eleven rows

3 key steps to string quilting an eclectic beauty

I hope you're as excited as I'm today. We're going to be using the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q to make ...
Partially completed blocks on the newsprint foundation

How to make a string quilt block using foundation piecing

Welcome back. I'm going to spend another exciting week chatting about the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q. I'll be exploring some ...
Rag quilt sewn together, it's ready to be clipped.

Making a rag quilt

It's the final day of the FIVE bobbin sewing challenge with the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q. I've managed to get ...
Partially completed string pieced quilt blocks

Techniques for buttons, batting and string piecing

Welcome back to another day of the FIVE bobbin sewing challenge with the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q. I started the ...
Using the Quilter's ¼" Piecing Foot P to piece the blocks

Chain piecing saves time, thread and stretching

Welcome back. Yesterday post was about sewing the bindings to the quilts and sewing on a hanging sleeve. Today is another ...
Quilt, with the binding ready to be stitched in place by sewing machine

2 questions before you sew binding by machine

Welcome back to my FIVE bobbin sewing challenge. I'm using the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q to see how much sewing ...
Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q sewing machine

The FIVE bobbin sewing challenge

Welcome back! I've got something a bit different for you this week. Normally, I go through an in-depth review of ...
The elegant line of the Extension Table

Top TEN reasons why I love the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q

After spending a lot of time with the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q, it was hard to choose just ten reasons ...
A friend of mine made this zippered pouch for me. While we were at a quilting retreat, I was working on a paper pieced project. She took some of my scraps and made this cute pouch which was lightly quilted instead of interfaced. A scrap of fabric was used as a zipper pull. It now holds the letters for my magnetic Scrabble board which goes on retreat with us!

Crazy about Zippered Pouches

Once you've mastered the pattern basics for the zippered pouches - the sky is the limit. You'll be crazy about ...
Zippered Fabric Pouch

Zippered Pouch Tutorial

Today I'm going to use the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q to show you a zippered pouch tutorial. You can modify ...
As that thread comes up from the needle it rubs against the surface of the sewing machine. Those two metal bars protect the surface of the sewing machine. Running that thread along the surface at high speed would soon wear a groove in the plastic surface. The metal bars prevent that from happening. Who knew!

How to Use a Sewing Machine and its Features

Whew - we've had an amazing overview of the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q, it's important to know how to use ...
My LARGE spool of thread in the upright position.

Free Motion Quilting Options and Spools?

It's my second week guest blogging about the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q. There's lots more to explore this week. Today ...