The Husqvarna VIKING DESIGNER EPIC 3 | Using the Projection System by Elaine Theriault January 30, 2024 written by Elaine Theriault January 30, 2024 32 I’m back for another exciting day with the Husqvarna VIKING DESIGNER EPIC 3. Yesterday, while navigating the JoyOS Advisor, I showed you how to use the QR code to open the Design Booklet (embroidery designs internal to the Designer Epic 3). Since it’s a bit small to review on my phone, I downloaded the Design Booklet onto my iPad. Now I can sit and browse! Today we’ll take an initial look at the Projection System and then continue to explore that for the rest of the week. Projection is a phenomenal tool, and I’m always excited to try new things. I briefly mentioned Projection in a previous post, so be sure to check that out. I decided to quilt some placemats using projection. I kept it simple and selected two fabrics for a basic quilt sandwich, one fabric for the front and one for the back with a layer of batting in between. I cut the fabric into rectangles approximately 13″ x 17”, and I cut enough to make four placemats to try some projection stitch techniques. Two coordinating fabrics, one for the front and one for the back of the placemats I needed batting, so I used scraps of fusible fleece. I love using up scraps! The pieces weren’t big enough, so I joined them with a zigzag stitch. Make sure the fusible (the side with glue dots) is on the same side, or it’ll be messy when you press. Trim the edges for a straight finish; overlapping the fusible will make it lumpy. Fusible fleece scraps joined with a zigzag stitch to make the batting for a placemat The Designer Epic 3 has a 9 mm stitch width, but I didn’t need a stitch that wide for joining the batting pieces. I set the stitch width to 5.5 mm. I could have chosen a three or four-step zigzag, but a basic zigzag with a wide stitch width was the quickest option. Set-up for a 5.5 mm wide zigzag stitch I made sure the edges of the fusible were butted, not overlapping. I used the Decorative Stitch Foot B with a red center line, which helped keep the pieces in the right position easily. Joining the fusible fleece with a zigzag stitch Now, I have the components for four placemats, and I’ll cut the binding later. To prepare for quilting, I need to secure those pieces together. Since I don’t baste small items like placemats, and using fusible fleece gives me even less reason to baste, I’ll use the Singer Steam Press to fuse the batting to the wrong side of the front fabric. I love the Steam Press for these jobs. It’s much faster than a conventional iron, and the fusible batting stays put. The Steam Press comes in three sizes, so you can choose one that fits your sewing space. You’ll find the Singer Steam Press at your Husqvarna Viking dealer. Singer Steam Press I don’t have room to keep the press out, but it stores nicely upright, so it takes very little room. It takes seconds to put it on a table when working with fusible products. The amount of time I save is incredible, and I can get to sewing faster! Pressing the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the placemat front fabric My four placemats are ‘basted’ together, thanks to the heat and steam from the Steam Press. The heat and moisture create mild friction, lightly bonding the backing to the fused fleece. While the backing is held in place only by friction and can be easily removed, it’s enough to keep the three pieces together for quilting small projects. If you haven’t done this before, it’s a good idea to check the back periodically for tucks during the quilting process. The four placemats are fused and ready to be quilted One of the advantages of the Designer Epic 3 regarding quilting is that I do NOT need to use the Interchangeable Dual Feed Foot. I simply ensure the Integrated Dual Feed (IDF) is engaged, and I can start stitching. I love that I can choose from an assortment of presser feet that have the cutout for the IDF and I can easily use the IDF for piecing and other sewing techniques. The Integrated Dual Feed (IDF) Another small detail to consider is the color of the thread. I wanted the stitch lines to show on the yellow fabric as the quilting will add to the decorative element on that side. I chose a blue that shows up well on the yellow but blends into the blue on the back. I’m good with this. Be sure to audition your quilting thread before you start. No one wants to rip out quilting. Auditioning the thread I used the edit options to change the stitch length to 3.0 and chose a 50-weight cotton quilting thread. It’s perfect for quilting. Using the Edit Stitch tools to adjust the stitch length Before the innovation of Projection on the Designer Epic 3, quilters and sewists resorted to using masking tape, the Multi-Line Decorative Foot, or the Edge Quilting Guide to know where to stitch our parallel lines of quilting. While those methods work OK, a faster alternative is the Projection system. It’s great because I never have to worry about marking multiple lines or removing the lines, and best of all, it’s fast. I mark one diagonal line on the fabric to ensure I’m stitching in a straight line. I use the white Chaco Liner as my marking tool of choice, and I use it on almost everything I need to mark. I’ll mark a 60-degree line rather than the typical 45-degree. Notice the line is in the middle of the placemat. Marking the first line of quilting with a Clover Chaco Liner To access the functions for Projection, I open the Projection menu by using the toggle button on the side menu. The toggle button for the Projection menu The toggle opens the menu but does not turn the Projection on. I toggle the ON button, and the lights on the Designer Epic 3 dim to view the projected lines better. I have four options – Stitch Preview, Grid, and two Stitch Guides. I always engage Stitch Preview to visualize my stitch on the project, and in this instance, I’ll use one of the Stitch Guides. The toggle button for the Projection and the four menu selections A toggle switch will activate the four options, independent of each other. I activated Stitch Preview and Stitch Guide 1. You’ll notice the arrows on the right-hand side. Each will open a drop-down menu providing options for that function. The Stitch Preview and Stitch Guide 1 are activated Depending on the fabric color I’m working with, I may need to change the color of the projection lines to another color. That’s easy to do, and you’ll have an entire colour wheel to select from, or you can choose one of the preset colors. Options to change the color of the projection lines The two Stitch Guides can be moved between 0mm and 30mm, either to the left using a minus sign or to the right. Other options for changing the lines include the angle and the width. The Stitch Guides are very flexible, and you should be able to position the line to suit your needs. Flexibility is one of my favorite things, and this projection function is amazing. Moving the Stitch Guide to the left by 30 mm Rather than keep tapping the plus and minus signs on the screen, you can also touch and hold briefly between the plus and minus for the number you want to change until a numeric keypad pops up. Enter the number (remember to use the minus sign if you want the lines to be to the left), and you’re ready to start sewing. It’s so easy! The numeric keypad Now, we can start stitching. I’m using a blue thread on the yellow fabric so you can see the quilting lines. I’m using the center of the Utility Foot A to follow the chalk line. Stitching the first line of quilting I drew that first line in the middle of the placemat so we could work from the center out. So, the first line is centered on the placemat and then I’ll work from that line towards the right. I ALWAYS start on the same side instead of pivoting at the end and going back in the opposite direction as the latter can cause ripples on the underside. Even though the fabric is on an angle, the Projection line (red) works just fine. The green line is the Stitch Preview. Even feeding the fabric on an angle, the red Projection line is clear and easy to follow For every row from the center line to the right side of the fabric, start back at the top and then along the right-hand side. Keep stitching equidistant lines until you get to the bottom right-hand side of the placemat. Any excess backing eases from the center out on the placemat as you go, which helps prevent tucks. Check the back periodically, especially if you ‘basted’ with the Steam Press. Once you understand this concept, it works exceptionally well and is fast. The first set of quilting lines using projection The Projection lines work great even at the end of each row of stitching. In this instance, the Stitch Guide (red) is crucial. Note: I won’t see the Stitch Preview line when I’m sewing. But it’s there when I stop, so it’s easy to readjust if necessary. The Projection lines work from the top to the bottom Next, rotate the placemat 180 degrees and start stitching from the center line to the other side of the placemat. Remember to always start back at the top or right side rather than pivoting. One-half of the grid quilting is complete. I must say these lines look straight and even! And I only marked one line. The quilting only took a few minutes! I didn’t bother to anchor the stitches at the beginning and end with back stitches as I’ll trim the placemat to size later. The grid lines in one direction For the alternate grid lines mark a chalk reference line in the opposite direction. Remember to use the 60-degree angle to get that diamond shape. Marking the reference line for the second set of grid lines Sometimes with other tools or methods, we may get good reference lines in one direction but not in the other. I had zero issues with the Projection lines and the angle in any direction. I love this! The Projection lines work like a charm Repeat the same process working from the middle outwards to the right-hand edge. Then, rotate the piece and work from the center to the opposite side. Again, I’m always starting at the top. I do not pivot at the bottom and work my way back. The projection lines work well at the ends of the lines in all directions. The Projection lines work well at the end of the lines And now the piece is quilted! I only had to mark two reference lines, and the stitching took about 20 minutes. It was probably less, but taking pictures along the way slowed me down. The lines are neat, even, and very consistent. I’m thrilled with the results. The grid quilting using projection lines Remember that the Designer Epic 3 is a Wi-Fi-enabled machine. What does that mean? Well, it connects to the internet, and when I turned it on to quilt my placemat, I got a notification that there was an update. I had the choice of using a USB stick or downloading the update directly via the Wi-Fi. I have pretty good Wi-Fi, so I did the update that way. It took about ten minutes, and I was ready to sew. You must love these new tools! Updating the software via Wi-Fi And that ends the excitement for today! I had so much fun playing with the Projection feature and I’ll be back tomorrow with more projection fun on the Husqvarna VIKING DESIGNER EPIC 3. After all, I’ve got three more placemats to quilt! Be sure to come back to check it out. Have a super day! Ciao! 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