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Husqvarna Viking New Machine Owners Class 101 (Machine Familiarization) With Jo

This first class, Machine Familiarization, encourages new owners to develop new skills and confidence by spending time hands-on with their new machine, and showing them where to find additional information. There will be four major segments to our Familiarization Class:

1) machine set-up and basic interaction–threading, bobbins, wi-fi logins, screen navigation,
additional resources;
2) basic hands-on stitching opportunities:
SEWING MODE – seams, hems, patching, decorative stitching
EMBROIDERY MODE – download and stitch a free design from the mySewnet library
3) discussion of notions (needles, bobbins, threads, stabilizer, scissors, and hoops); and
4) initial demonstrations (feet, attachments and other tools) to showcase additional possibilities.

HOMEWORK will be to do a stitch catalog for your new machine. Benefits of the stitch catalog are
seeing the stitch out possibilities (possibly different sizes for the same stitch) and knowing where to find specific stitches on your machine (if there are multiple menus).

We plan a quarterly “Show and tell” of the homework projects that get completed and presented to the instructor for display in the shop. Projects chosen for display will earn the student a discount for the month as well.


Materials/Equipment for Owners to bring
1. Laptop and cell phone if available
2. Machine as applicable (Sewing/Embroidery or Serger/Overlock Machine depending on the class)
3. Embroidery Arm (if appropriate)
4. Guides: User Guides, Accessory Guide, and Sample Book
5. Other accessories that came with the machine (e.g. needles and bobbins)
6. Threads for stitching – student’s choice

D. Supplies for Instructor to provide for class use
1. Paper Stock for name tags and star packaging
2. Fabric (various thicknesses of woven, knit and other - leather or vinyl; unique per class)
3. Stabilizer – multiple types
4. Batting – multiple types

Instructor Name:
Jo Tate
Instructor Bio:
Ms. Jo Osborne Tate: I've enjoyed quilting for over 30 years and now love learning new things to increase my creativity. Growing up, I always considered my sister to be the "creative" one, where I was supposedly the "analytical" one. Turns out that as adults we found that can both of us can be analytical and creative at need, and I suspect that is true of many of people--we just need the right challenge.

My prior life as electrical engineer, specializing in software design, makes it easy to connect my interest in machines and software. But even that software intensive background would not have led me to teaching in a quilt shop. Luckily a close friend encouraged me to attend a quilt show in the early 1990s with her and I reluctantly agreed. I am no longer reluctant and am constantly look for ways to stretch. (I love taking new classes from the talented instructors at Quilters Haven!!!)

My first machine was a Husqvarna Viking Rose embroidery machine, after which I graduated to a
Husqvarna Viking Designer 1 (which I recently let go), so I could do larger embroideries. And when simply stitching designs from other people was not enough, I found Husqvarna Viking's 3D Embroidery Software (upgrading as opportunities arose thru 5D). When we moved to Florida, I bought my "retirement" embroidery machine from Quilters Haven, the Designer Diamond Royale (also in the Husqvarna Viking line) and upgraded my software to the 6D Premier Plus--felt like heaven with a new home, new machine, embroidery software and lots of quilts on the drafting table. Then surprise, the EPIC 2 enticed me to invest one more time--the laser guidance and wider stitches hooked me. And software enhancements (with mySewnet as the latest offering from Husqvarna Viking) keep me interested in developing my own designs, or at least tweaking purchased designs for my own efforts.

I look forward to teaching new machine owners how to get the most out of their specific machines and their embroidery software. I also encourage each of you to explore the technique and project focused classes to enhance your creative expression as well. You will be amazed at the variety of techniques used and types of projects offered.

Husqvarna Viking New Machine Owners Class 101 (Machine Familiarization) With Jo