(PIC FROM THE HANDI QUILTER WEBSITE)
I wanted to rent time on the Avante, prior to purchasing it. Therefore, I had to take a beginner's long arm class. I was glad that I could get the class when it was more convenient for me. I found out later that Saturday's are not good rental days due to her not always being available. I was not happy because this is the only day I am available and I live 1 1/2 hrs away.
Anyway, first we watched an hour long video on thread. It was very informative, but I had already watched it on YouTube several times. This time, I took notes and enjoyed watching it again. Then we loaded a quilt on the frame in between customers walking in and needing to be served. I still don't know how to load the quilt on the frame. ;o( I was told, that when I come to rent, that she would be there to assist me, foo-we!
The rest of our time was spent doing some FMQ'ing, quilting with pantographs paper using the laser light, and talking about most of the accessories.
I knew I would not walk away from the class quilting like a pro or even half way decently. To be honest, all of our samples were pretty horrible. I feel once you are home or in a comfortable environment, the outcome is much different because you are relaxed. I did expect to leave knowing the parts of the machine and how each part worked or at least how to thread the machine. I know these machines don't differ much from sewing machines, but still it should have been addressed. If I would have walked away learning the features on each machine...I would have been more happy. I had to revert back to Internet/Youtube to learn about the features of the Avante.
So, I can't wait to get my machine and then I will be able to sit and play with it as much as I want. I was glad I took the class, but it was a waste of money and not worth the $150.00 it cost.
Have anyone else taking a class prior to renting a LAQM? Please share your experience.
Until next time, I hope you'll be Blessed 2 Quilt today!