Cagey

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  1. Lora; If you do a search for bobbin winders on the forum, you will find a number of discussions concerning bobbin winders; http://forum.apqs.com/index.php?/topic/37380-bobbin-winder/#comment-510732. Here are a few other winders like Nigel suggested. They are all about the same except for the Quilting Masters which is a lot like the turbo winder http://www.longarmsupplies.net/bobbinwinder.aspx Comes with speed controller, and you can adjust the shutoff point for a L bobbin if needed https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=aaplw&p=quilting+masters+bobbin+winder#id=1&vid=b59275a09a7cefe878bd8254d552fdff&action=click Quilting Masters bobbin. It is a lot like the turbo-winder. I cannot find a link to the price, so give them a call 618-719-5179. It too can be set for L or M bobbins. You can also make your own if you wish; http://forum.apqs.com/index.php?/topic/37644-make-your-own-bobbin-winder/#comment-513440 Have fun finding what works best for you. Cagey
  2. Libby; The piecing and quilting are absolutely gorgeous. Great job on the accolades as the show. Thank you for sharing. Cagey
  3. Lyme; This may help; "The machine is in our store in Holiday Fl. You can test machine in the store. Store phone number 727-232-6718." Cagey
  4. Pam; Start from the power source and work you way to your machine. Is the GFI wall outlet popped, check to see if outlet powered using nightlight. Yes, then is power strip circuit breaker popped, check to see if strip powered using nightlight. Yes, do you have an extension cord to your machine, is there power at the end of the cord? Was the fuse you replaced good? Use a volt meter to ensure it is not broken, do an Ohms check; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iHRESNMFAg All good and you only have one fuse, call APQS come Monday. They will have you up and running in no time. Cagey
  5. Is Carl there, is it put together..., if so be sure to put on a practice sandwich and play with the tension a little with him there. Suck as much knowledge from Carl as humanly possible while he is there. Remember there are no dumb questions. Have fun, and show us your treasures. Cagey
  6. Betty Ann Necessity is the mother of invention....Great job "MacGyvering" a solution to you problem. Now do I cut the blue or red wire when the number eight screw does not fix the problem? Cagey
  7. Myself, I run the bobbin out. I have found I have tension problems when I change bobbins, so why increase the number of possible tension changes. You will probably get a feel for how dense you can quilt and how many times you can go across a quilt top with a single bobbin. Keep notes, that way you can have a good idea when to change bobbins. I have found I like Cindy Needham's (really GiGi Kandler's) method of tying off thread ends and burying them in the quilt sandwich; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n34ggPYamjc Short tails are no problem with this method. Short tails are no problem with this method. Cagey
  8. Oh, the inhumanity of waiting. How can you do it? AAAAHHHHH!!!! I would have to have Randy put it together now, and Carl can tweak it to top performance come Saturday. Your more patient than I. Cagey
  9. Carol; The quilting turned out beautiful. The little extra time you put in SIDing the stars really made them pop. Hopefully you save a few pictures and show them to future customers so they can get a feel for what a little "custom work" will do on their quilt tops. A picture is worth a thousand words as they say. Thank you for sharing your work. Cagey
  10. Judy; I was first taught to do exactly as you described, and then pin baste my sandwich. After one of my guilds member teacher classes, I have started doing it this way. While I have only done it on a smaller quilt top, the instructor taught that with a few different length boards, you can do any size quilt top. Instead of using wood boards, I purchased plastic facia boards at HomeDepot. They are light weight, straight and will not warp, but a little more expensive. Though as much as we spend on fabric, threads, needles, rulers, etc., a few extra dollars on the plastic boards is probably not going to kill us. You can get different lengths and thickness of the faux wood boards. Start small, and see what works best for you. Let me and the rest of the sit-down crowd know what you decide works best for you. I like it the method, as I can see the ability to baste any sized quilt top with the proper length boards, and only need the two folding tables that I already own. Also, there is not bending over the table to close all the basting pins. Here is Sharon Schamber's instructional video for basting a quilt; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyaLsMafElo Checking out her website (https://sharonschamber.com/pages/video-tutorials) after not visiting for awhile, I think the non-sit-downers may enjoy a few of her other videos. Here are the ones that have been of recent discussions; Racking your quilt; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlZxLvwOvrE&feature=youtu.be Rice bags, leaders, and side clamps; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIOGB4Liir4&feature=youtu.be Adjusting your longarm; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFo3RnAu-s0&list=PL4F34D21D34CB8A31 (not an APQS put could use the ideas on any machine) Watch at 3 minutes 30 seconds into the video to discover how to see if you are using the correct needle for the thread. part 2; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUWzRIkwqIg&list=PL4F34D21D34CB8A31&index=2 Sharon goes over picking the correct sized needle at 7 minutes 30 seconds of part two. Three W's of Stipple; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w546l2vnlrE&feature=youtu.be To end with APQS, here is Dawn discussing tension and needle size, and why tension changes going in different directions; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOD5pLcYz3w Needle flex at 1 minute 45 seconds. Have fun learning and being reminded why things are as they are. Cagey
  11. Penny Congratulations on waiting so patently for your first brand new baby. Your going to love it!!! Cagey
  12. Liz; I have no idea how the brakes work, but I hazard to guess if you call 800-426-7233 they can get you up and running in no time. It probably is a very easy fix to get the brake to hold tight. Cagey
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    ChampJr; Call the seller for this machine (http://forum.apqs.com/index.php?/topic/41546-2013-apqs-george-for-sale-in-michigan/), get a Skype look at it, buy it, put the head in the plastic travel box, and have her mail the head to you along with the table. It looks like a great machine at a wonderful price. Cagey
  14. Madelyn Your piecing and quilting look wonderful. I like all the motion in the center. Great job. Cagey
  15. Sharon The rolling lines go well with the straight angular blocks. Great job, and thank you for sharing. Cagey