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    Aimee Losee

    Hi Mary,

    You want to start by making a plum line across the top of your quilt and base your quilt top to the backing and batting on the top as well as the sides.

    There are two methods available for stitching a plumb line and basting your quilt top: channel locks and the Move feature. 
    To keep your quilt top square and straight as you are quilting, always do this first and baste your side every time you advance your quilt. 
    Also, be sure to baste your quilt top bottom before stitching the bottom of the quilt. 

    Here are the steps to Basting the top using the Channel Locks.

    •    Align quilt top about ½” down from the top of the batting. 
    •    Move machine so the needle is even with the top left corner of the quilt top. 
    •    Select Pro-Stitcher tab. 
    •    Press Baste on the ribbon OR in the Quick Access Toolbar – we recommend a ¼” or ½” stitch for basting. 

    •    Select the Horiz button from the Quick Access Toolbar OR select Pro-Stitcher tab, Channel Lock on the ribbon, then Horizontal in the sidebar. 

    •    Fold quilt top back about 6” from the top. 
    •    Push the Start/Stop button on the right handlebar to turn on your machine. 
    •    Stitch across just the batting and backing, from left to right, stitching a straight line. 
    •    Pull up your bobbin thread and trim. 
    •    Touch Horiz in the Quick Access Toolbar to turn off channel lock. 
    •    Move machine back to the left side of quilt top. 
    •    Align the top edge of the quilt top with the plumb line you just stitched, matching the center with the center mark on your leaders. 
    •    If desired, you can place a few pins a couple of inches down from the top edge of the quilt to hold it in place. 
    •    Move machine to the top left corner of quilt top, then move it a scant ¼” down. 
    •    Press Horiz in the Quick Access Toolbar. 
    •    Stitch across the quilt top, securing the quilt top in a straight line. While stitching, you can manipulate the fabric, so it stays straight. 
    •    When you reach the top right corner, stop your machine a ¼” away from the right edge of the quilt. 

    • Push the Vert button in the Quick Access Toolbar.
    • Stitch down the right side of your quilt.
    • Press Vert again to turn off.
    • Clip threads.
    • Repeat the vertical process on the left side of the quilt.
    • Press Baste again to turn off.

    Using the Move Feature

    • Align batting to the top of backing fabric, just below the pins.
    • Align quilt top about ½” down from the top of the batting.
    • Move machine so the needle is about ¼” down from the top left corner of the quilt top.
    • Select Pro-Stitcher
    • Press Baste on the ribbon.
    • Press Move on the ribbon
    • Fold quilt top back about 6” from the top.
    • In the sidebar, select Continuous and Stitch.
    • Press the arrow pointing right. Your machine will stitch in a straight line across the top of your batting.
    • Press the + or - buttons to increase or decrease speed.
    • Press the Stop button when you reach the end. Clip your threads.
    • Move machine back to the left side of the quilt top.
    • Pull quilt top up to align the top edge of the
    • quilt top with the plumb line you just stitched.
    • If desired, place a few pins a couple of inches down from the top edge of the quilt to hold it in place.
    • Align machine with the top left corner of quilt top, then move it a scant ¼” down.
    • Press the arrow pointing right in the sidebar.
    • Your machine will stitch in a straight line across your quilt top.
    • Press the Stop button when you reach the end.
    • Press the arrow point down and baste the right side of the quilt.
    • Press the Stop button when you reach the end. Clip your threads.
    • Repeat on the left side of the quilt.
    • Press Baste to go back to a regular length stitch.
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  • robingardner

    Hi, Mary,

    I also have PS Lite on a Moxie, and it doesn't have a Baste option as described above.  Plus, it only goes down to 4 stitches per inch -  you can't do 1/2" stitches that way.  So far, I used a stand-out color to baste at the 4 per inch when experimenting with a full quilt baste before quilting, but it's kind of a pain to rip those as you go because they're not big basting stitches.

    I have also discovered that it works best for me, when basting, to use the Precision mode on the Moxie home screen - it will stitch once it's in run as I move the machine - has little to do with the PS software.

    A friend who does longarming for business recommended the following:  with or without the channel lock, using your fingers to gently move along the edge of your top, just do a stitch, move the machine as far as you wish and do another - you're basically basting by hand, if you know what I mean.   I haven't yet tried it but plan to try today - I have a Lone Star that I've quilted the star itself on my domestic, and loaded the quilt to finish on the longarm.  I'm going to try the 'baste by hand' method and see how it goes!

    Good luck!

    Robin

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