Academy Frequently Asked Questions
Can I just do 1 or 2 days of Longarm Academy 2020?
Our Longarm Academy is our Premier training event and is a fully-immersive multi-day event. We find that this provides the optimum environment for learning and interaction. Pinhole Quilting runs other training events during the year that are bookable on a daily basis.
How can I guarantee getting a place at Academy?
Our first Academy in 2018 was fully subscribed and sold out very quickly. Although the 2020 event is much bigger, we have lots of new owners and the level of interest has been very high. We think that the only fair way to allocate spaces is to prioritise existing Handi Quilter owners on a first-come, first-served basis.
What level do I have to be to attend Academy?
We carefully select top international teachers who are able to cater for all levels of ability within each class. This is also one of the reasons we restrict class sizes.
Will I be able to use the same machine that I own?
We will have all machines in the Handi Quilter range at Academy, but we cannot guarantee you will be able to use the same type of machine. For hands-on sessions, wherever possible we will try to match the machine you use to the one that you own.
Can I bring my own machine to use at Academy?
All the machines at the Longarm Academy 2020 will be provided by Pinhole Quilting. There is limited time for set-up and break-down with a bigger event and each machine will be used by multiple delegates
Do I have to stay at the Hogarths Accommodation?
Many delegates will choose to do so, as it adds to the collegiate nature of the event and reduces travel time, so Pinhole Quilting has reserved all available rooms at Hogarths Hotel.
How do I reserve the accommodation package at Hogarths?
This will be done through Pinhole Quilting as an optional part of the Booking process, again on a first-come, first-served basis. You can choose to share a room with another delegate or bring your significant other, resulting in a cost saving on the per person price.
Can I stay for Dinner at Hogarths if I do not book their accommodation?
If you wish or need to stay elsewhere or live locally there is an option to just pay for the Dinners in the evening. The cost is £105 for the three dinners on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in our private dining room. Hogarths has very good quality food and this is for a three course reduced choice menu which you can select each day.
I am not a Handi Quilter owner – can I attend your Academy?
If there are still places available, we will open bookings to non-owners at a later date. One of the key reasons customers choose to purchase a Handi Quilter machine from Pinhole Quilting is for the unrivalled support and education opportunities provided. It is only right that we reward that loyalty when it comes to our premier training event.
How many spaces are available at Academy?
Due to space constraints at the venue, places are limited as follows:
I am a standup user. How many people will there be using each machine in the hands-on sessions?
The majority of sessions will be one user per machine for standup and sitdown quilters, which is why the number of places is limited to 15.
Do I have any option on the ‘core classes’?
The core classes are mandatory for each Programme (Sitdown, Standup or Pro Stitcher), but you are free to choose between the optional classes available on the timetable.
What happens next?
We will be sending out full details of the timetable and further information by 15th September 2019 so that you have all the information you need before the booking date.
Will I be emailed further information?
If you have received an email from us regarding Academy and it says you are a "Qualified Handi Quilter Owner" (at the bottom it will also say either Pinhole Quilting Customers or Handi Quilter Owners list) then you will receive our email on how to book by 15th September.
What is the timetable? How long is each session?
A summary timetable can be downloaded as a pdf.