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About gkazee

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  • Birthday 01/14/1959

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  1. After a lot of research, and a six month delay because I chickened out, I purchased my Millie and had the Intelliquilter system installed. My only regret was the six months I lost out on using this wonderful machine with IQ by being anxious about spending the money! I love my IQ and wouldn't trade it for any other system!
  2. LOL. The computerized designs took almost no time. Just the crosshatching took lots and lots of hours!
  3. Crosshatching with a computerized system is tough because of fabric draw up and matching each point across the quilt after each roll. I haven't crosshatched an entire quilt but did crosshatching on a custom quilt surrounding all the blocks. I used a ruler from quilters apothecary made for crosshatching.
  4. I forgot to answer the part of your question about the color of the batting. For quilts that are primarily white I used the white Hobbs 80/20 on my own quilts. It seems as though the white is dull after washing if I use the natural.
  5. I have not yet tried to use a double batting on my longarm but I think the difference between a domestic walking foot and the longarm hopping foot would make for a better outcome on the longarm. There is no "give" in the needle bar of the domestic walking foot when you lower the presser foot so it would push the double layers of batting. With the longarm the foot hops and if it still pushed the layers you can change the height of the needle bar......or at least you can on the Millie's. Perhaps someone who has quilted with double battings will chime it on this issue.
  6. Sometimes I will get an obstruction message when IQ has to change directions on certain patterns. I have learned that if I slow down the stitching speed just a little it no longer gives these obstruction messages.
  7. I usually pick up and drop off at a local quilt shop.
  8. I have IQ on my Millie and love it. For edge to edge designs I set it up, start the stitching and walk away to do other things. IQ stops and beeps if it breaks a thread, runs in to an obstruction or reaches the end of the row. I think it would be very feasible for you if you have enough business to support a second machine. I would love to have a second machine that I could use for custom work!
  9. I know why you are getting all the untamed quilts........because you do such a wonderful job of taming them! I want lessons on how you do that!
  10. I haven't pinned a quilt top to the quilt top bar since the 2nd or 3rd quilt I did that didn't belong to me when, after pinning to the take up bar, I could roll the top up evenly because there was so much fullness in the sides. I unpinned and floated working the side fullness in as I went. Since that worked out well for me I have continued floating the tops. I haven't removed the top take up bar however because it seems to put some tension on the layers so I don't have to use any clamps on the backing bar to hold the layers together. I also use blue painters tape on the quilt top bar to mark where the sides of the quilt should be after I roll the quilt. I only have the leader grips for loading the backing but in love mine. I really hated pinning. I also have the leader grip side clamps which seems to put move even side tension on the backing.
  11. Perhaps it's something in your settings? I can go back and re-read a topic that I have already read.
  12. Loosing your Mom, especially that quickly, had to be devastating for you. Conflict with your siblings makes it even tougher. If your Mom willed the stove to you and you want it for the memories then by all means take it. Have you filed the estate for probate or does that not apply there? I'm not a lawyer but seems to me that if the trust specifically states control of the house is to move from the trust to the three heirs upon the death of both your parents then your sister cannot prevent that from occurring but you may have to hire an attorney to accomplish it.
  13. I think your throat depth would be limited by the space between the rails on your current frame. Measuring that space should help you determine if you can go bigger than an 18" throat. You might also be limited by the width of the carriage your current machine rides on so check that out too when looking at machines.
  14. I bought my Millie as a demo model. I wouldn't worry much about the warranty. These machines are built to last and if you are buying from APQS they check over the used machines throughly. I wouldn't go with the smaller throat space of the Lenny if you have room for the Lucey. When you quilt a larger quilt you loose some space as the quilt rolls up. Do you have room for a 12 foot table? The leaders are several inches shorter than the length of the table. I went with the M bobbin and while I had some tension issues at first it had nothing to do with the bobbin size........it was operator error......LOL........once I worked through the adjustment period I find the tensions to be consistent throughout the bobbin so I'm glad I went with the M bobbin. I wind mine own bobbins with the Turbo winder that came with the Millie. I think the Lucey and Lenny come with the smaller bobbin winder. It might be worth checking to see the cost of upgrading the bobbin winder to the one that comes with the Millie and Freddie. I started out using cotton thread but have now gone to using Glide from FilTec almost exclusively. No lint in the bobbin area to clean out at each bobbin change and, for me, it is easier to get the tension where I want it with the Glide.