Performance icon: built-in tutorials keep you learning and safe at home! by Sarah Vanderburgh December 16, 2020 written by Sarah Vanderburgh December 16, 2020 610 This year has been unlike any other for most quilters. With large quilt shows canceled, quilters have had to access online tutorials or find new ways to learn quilting techniques. In yesterday’s post, I used scraps I had on hand to create a new pincushion for myself. In today’s post, I’ll take using what you have on hand one step further, suggesting you take yourself to class – without leaving home! What am I talking about? Well, the PFAFF performance icon is set up to guide you through successfully creating with several specific built-in features. I encourage you to schedule time with the machine to simply learn something new. PFAFF performance icon Help Center The Help Center is available from the home screen as soon as you turn on the performance icon. Let’s take a quick tour through it and see what learning opportunities we can discover. Help Center main menu User’s Guide The User’s Guide is so much more than just a manual; the ability to figure things out is literally just a finger touch away. The larger multi-touch screen makes it easy to read the information too. The User’s Guide is available as a PDF, as well. User’s Guide menu The guide clearly leads you through important information about taking care of the machine and sewing successfully. It also includes sub-sections about the PFAFF exclusive feature, Stitch Creator. Stitch Creator submenu Techniques and Tutorials There are technique instructions included in the performance icon including garment and sewing techniques (yes, you could learn how to hem!) There are also some quilting techniques including free-motion quilting. Quilting Techniques submenu Not only are the instructions easy to read and follow – there are videos included too! You don’t even have to leave the performance icon’s screen to watch them. In the photo below you can see the video icon on the right; just touch the arrow and watch the video. Notice you can also adjust the size of the text font by pressing the A icons at the bottom of the popup screen. Video included in technique instructions See what I mean? There’s a lot to learn just from turning on the PFAFF performance icon and exploring the Help Center. You can stay home and learn something new! This is part 3 of 5 in this series Go back to part 2: Floating stitches make a strippy pincushion sparkle! Go to part 4: Make it personal with PFAFF Stitch Creator Program Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs342cushionsfree patternsperformance iconpfaffsewing machine reviews FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Sarah Vanderburgh I love to play with color and *quilts* are my playground! A self-taught quilter, I've been designing quilts for almost 20 years. I'm inspired by happy fabrics, selvages, traditional blocks and nature. I'm also a wife, mother, and elementary school teacher, and enjoy drinking coffee on my front porch in northern Ontario. previous post Floating stitches make a strippy pincushion sparkle! next post Make it personal with PFAFF Stitch Creator Program YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... Stitch in the ditch AND grid quilting with... On-point quilting: Where to start with cutting and... Create or edit your stitches with the PFAFF... Creating custom stitched fabric is FUN with the... More is more with a quilted maximalist cushion... A two-panel backing completes the quilted ‘Sunshine’ cushion... A FUN way to blanket stitch with the... Stippling with different size stitches is OK [Defining... The ‘Radiant Stitch’ on the PFAFF performance icon:... Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.