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  3. When I had sent in my 'special' quilts for custom work, I was always asked what my budget was. Then they would work accordingly. If my budget was too low then, they would tell me that this quilt needs a $600 or $900 custom job and that would let me know what I was looking at for cost. So, ask them what they are thinking they want to pay for custom on this quilt. Their expectations could be quite low dollar wise and that will open the conversation up for you to let them know that this quilt is going to be in the ..... range for light custom or this .... range for heavy custom
  4. I made a massive mistake

    Judi, I too, had a run in with Mr.Jones. was told I was the second owner... nope , probably the fifth owner! I was told he went through and cleaned and tuned her up...again, nope. We bought her Feb. 2014 I'm sure he's been fleecing quilter for a long time. maybe you should talk to someone at APQS main office to help you get your Millie working properly. Through the goodness of ALL the very good people at APQS, I managed to work through the Millie issues I bought. I had her for almost two years and finally bit the bullet and sent Millie for her Spa. I now have a wonderful machine. You're not alone. Good luck. Bon in CO
  5. QM; I would charge by the hour, which you can convert to your personal PSI, depending on how fast your quilt and how many thread breaks will be involved. I took a class with Claudia Pfeil once, and she told us how she charge by the hour. More importantly, she said it normally cost between $2,000 to $3,000 for her to complete a large quilt. If it was very detailed, it could cost more. The customer that pieced a once in a lifetime quality quilt, expected the same when it came to the quilting. Claudia said her skill set earned that sort of charge. While many would not pay for it, the ones that truly respected the quality and craftsmanship of her work would. For this reason, I recommend you do not sell yourself short, and charge by the hour. Be up front with the customer, and questimate that it will take "X" hours to complete the quilt, and give them a high expected cost. Tell them you will keep track of every minute you spend working on the quilt. Then use a stop watch to keep track of every minute you are quilting, and record your start and stop times. This will help show your customer how much time went into the quilting, and help you come up with a better estimate of how much time you will take to finish a quilt, and if you are earning the cost or your craftsmanship. I would guess the piecer put in 200+ hours to complete quilt. With that many hours in the project, you should be able to explain your hourly rate to quilt the top. Best of luck. Cagey
  6. Kathy; As always, you quilting is gorgeous. I like the swirls, and how it helps break up and cut the end to all the straight lines and points. Wonderful job. If you get board, I still have room in my stocking and under the tree.... Cagey
  7. Pfaff grand quilter on grace frame

    Still available?
  8. Dear quilters, I don't get the opportunity very often to do custom quilting. If you were me, what would you charge for custom? She wants it to have specific block designs and motifs in certain areas around the outer borders and inner areas of the top. It's approximately 98" x 98" This is a Judy Niemeyer pattern called Paradise in Bloom.
  9. Christmas Lonestar

    Lucky in-laws! That looks fabulous~!
  10. I just put this one in the mail to my in-laws yesterday. It’s a Moda Bake Shop quilt pattern using a Jelly Roll, which gave me a little trouble and I ended up doing some creative piecing to get it finished. I used Superior Monopoly to ditch it, beside the ditch, as the seams are all pressed open, then completed the rest with a Glide 40wt. Lenni worked really well with the Monopoly, thank the quilting gods! ;-). It’s about 60” square after washing. And I need to give credit to Tracey Russell from Whirls n Swirls Quilting who came out with the background full video the day I put it on the frame!
  11. I made a massive mistake

    I purchased a used Millie from Dave Jones I was put in contact with him by someone I never suspected would do this to me.... but I was wrong My husband got 1 certified check not 2 ....I cannot explain why he did.I do not live close to the bank. Dave delivered a used Millie to me with a table that was to be able to be raised/lowered..... I had up graded to bliss( at full price .... was never told that all the things included included with this machine would be useless once the bliss was installed) I got the whole snow job DeLoa stated things were not working right and that was not including the height of the table I have 35inch inseam on my pants...without the ability to raise the table as it was delivered it is set for someone with a 25-27 inch inseam DAVE NEVER CAME BACK I am so heart broken that I was taken judi
  12. I made a massive mistake

    I purchased a used Millie from Dave Jones I was put in contact with him by someone I never suspected would do this to me.... but I was wrong My husband got 1 certified check not 2 ....I cannot explain why he did.I do not live close to the bank. Dave delivered a used Millie to me with a table that was to be able to be raised/lowered..... I had up graded to bliss( at full price .... was never told that all the things included included with this machine would be useless once the bliss was installed) I got the whole snow job DeLoa stated things were not working right and that was not including the height of the table I have 35inch inseam on my pants...without the ability to raise the table as it was delivered it is set for someone with a 25-27 inch inseam DAVE NEVER CAME BACK I am so heart broken that I was taken judi
  13. 14 Dec - 5 PM CST

    Supper happy for Roberta......pretty sad it wasn't me but it is wonderful reading the forums everyday and entering the giveaways everyday and I can't wait for the next chance to enter. APQS and their staff are wonderful people. Merry Christmas everyone and especially to Roberta.
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  15. 14 Dec - 5 PM CST

    Congratulations to Roberta in Idaho!! That's awesome, and she was SO excited!!!!
  16. True 1/4" foot

    http://forum.apqs.com/topic/42017-new-true-14-foot/?tab=comments#comment-544602 The link should help. Cagey
  17. Pantos on a Millie 30

    It doesn't mean you can't work freehand on a 30 inch throat. My point was the 30 inch throat with a computer system would be awesome, especially of the majority of my business was computer based! If I wasn't able to get a computer system with a machine and my business was going to be freehand and hand-guided only, it would be a waste of space for me as I'm not tall enough to reach to the back. It all depends on what style of quilting you do and how you're going to set up your business. If you're mostly doing computer based work I would definately get the 30. I think it would speed up the process because it would be a more efficient way to work. We all do a little freehand, here and there, even with a computer system. At least, everyone in my area. So, depending on how you work and what your business model is, there's a a lot of options with APQS machines to get the right fit for your needs. Isn't that great! Have fun trying out the machines and ask a lot of questions. There's a lot a good experience to draw from.
  18. I'm considering getting the True 1/4 inch foot for ruler work. I have a 2014 Millie. Can I just get the foot, or do I need something else with it to make it work? I notice that the foot surrounds the needle and I'm wondering if those who have it already can see their work since the foot seems to come up so high? I'm still not 100% sold on the idea. Thanks for your help!
  19. Bobbin thread won't pull up on Millie

    My suggestion, remove bobbin case, and clean it. Then ensure that the bobbin moves freely, and thread pulls easily from bobbin case when outside of machine (would be great if you could test in TOWA gauge). After that is working fine, reinstall bobbin case with bobbin, and manually rotate needle bar to bring up bottom thread. Then see if you can easily pull on bobbin thread tail, and stripe off thread. If not, you need to look for possible burs on the hole where the needle and thread go through, and then the hook assembly. I have no idea about the thread cutter, but you need to see if you can get it to retract or be off to the side so that it is not part of the possible issues preventing the bottom thread from pulling freely from the bobbin. Best of luck to you, and resolving your issues. Hopefully, a good nights sleep makes it easier to find the problem. Cagey
  20. Baby gift

    You did a wonderful job! Your coworker should love it! Deb.
  21. 14 Dec - 5 PM CST

    So your sayin' there's still a chance.....
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  23. Pantos on a Millie 30

    Just because a longarm is 30”, shouldn’t mean one couldn’t work, free hand, in the center or closer to the front of the table, but a a 30” head for computer work, would seem to me to be a total time saver. The fortunate thing is, I’m 5’10” with very long arms, so it really shouldn’t be an issue for me, though the resale value might be affected.
  24. My bobbin thread is long, my needle is facing the correct way, lint cleaned out, bobbin thread pulls easily. When I try and pull up bobbin thread it feels like it is stuck and will not come up. If I just start the machine the bobbin thread will work. I tried the thread cutter and it will not cut. It tries and just makes a sound like it us stuck. I am quilting 2 wall hangers I am giving as presents, due Saturday.
  25. Pantos on a Millie 30

    Merry Jo made a good point about the size of the head. When you are testing the machines (I doubt there will be a Millie 30 for you to try), see how far you can reach. You will need to be able to see and reach to the very top of the quilt if you want to be able to align smaller rows or see where to set your needle. I was told (this was long before the Millie 30 was developed and introduced) not to get something that was too big for my arms! Yes, now I would love a bigger quilting area but I don't have the width space in my quilting room. Have fun trying the machines at the APQS roadshow in January.
  26. BOM quilt pic

    I would start with asking what the customer budget is? Does she want custom or e2e? If she can only afford the e2e then deciding what all over design you want to do. If custom I would do a light custom with cc in some of those block sections and treat each block on its own using just two or three stitch designs repeated in all of them as they fit the piecing. Pretty quilt, let us see the finished work.
  27. 14 Dec - 5 PM CST

    So everyone is not worried about carrying around their phones; Cagey
  28. 14 Dec - 5 PM CST

    Yep - I'm carrying my phone with me everywhere today and tomorrow. Like a lovesick teenager! I never win anything, but sometime my luck has to change - I rearranged furniture in the spare bedroom to make room for Millie moving in! Fingers crossed.
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