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  1. Robin; It looks gorgeous, and goes well with your green walls. Thank you for sharing. Cagey
  2. Sue; You transformed a basic table cloth into a work of art. The crosshatching and the feathers are outstanding. Great job. Cagey
  3. I have the old style table, and do not have an issue getting to the bobbin. If I am going to do a WD40 treatment, I am going to remove the machine from the table, to keep everything clean. But loading and unloading the bobbin with the machine in the table is not an issue for me. I have no idea of how the old style, new style, and Tracy tables compare to each other, but I cannot believe they are all that much different when it comes to getting to the bobbin. Are you having issues getting to your bobbin, and is that why you are getting rid of your George? Cagey
  4. First, I would like a make a piano key border using 12 - 2 and a half inch strips. My question is, what the most accurate methods of making the piano keys? My thought is to sew the 42-inch long strips all together and then cut the desired width strips from the joined pieces? I am guessing this would give me the straightest border than cutting the strips to the desired length and then sewing them all together. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Second, I would like to know what is your "go to" quilt book that you reference the most when you are piecing quilts. One of my guild members recently suggested Sharyn Craig's "Great Sets: 7 Roadmaps to Spectacular Quilts". She says she references it all the time, as it describes how to incorporate those different sized orphan quilt blocks into a finished quilt. The back of the book has all the math calculated out for you, so you do not have to be a math genius to put the blocks together. So I would like to know what one book you would buy if you could only have a one book library? Cagey
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  6. Debbie Unplug the cord from the side of the machine, and see if it still "drifts" to the center. If it stays put, it is the cord, if not I would suggest using a different level to ensure the table is actually level. I remember my dad doing wood working and having issues getting something square. He aligned and reset the saw over the course of a few days, with nothing giving him square results. It was only when he was discussing it with another woodworker that they suggesting purchasing a new "square". My dad learned quickly that his longtime faithful square was no longer square. If the table is truly level, do you by chance have a ceiling fan or other fan on that could be blowing the head to the center?. Is the house AC vent blowing on you keeping your cool, just might be moving the machine in one direction. If it is not that, I am out of help. I wish you the best of luck. Let us know what you find. Cagey
  7. Sharon; Yes, I already purchased Sharyn Craig's "Great Sets". I was wondering what the quilters on this forum believe is the one quilting book that they would suggest every quilter own. The lady in my guild suggested "Great Sets" for the reasons I shared earlier. After starting reading the book, I believe it will help me use some of the orphan blocks that I have found at my guilds recycle table. The blocks always look so nice laying on the table, when you only have seconds to scarf them up, before someone else grabs them. When you get home, you discover just how distorted they truly are, and then you understand why they were on the table in the first place. I'm sure they are the ugly duckling ready to be used in a wonderful family quilt. Now with Sharyn's book, I will know how to put them and some of my own to good use to make a nice snuggly quilt for family use. If you were to ask me what book would I suggest for quilting feathers? I would tell you it is not a book but a DVD. The two DVD set of Kimmy Brunner's "Twirly Whirly Feathers". I believe Kimmy's instructions video is best, as she goes into how to practice draw the feathers, and then she shows you how to fill all the empty space with feathers, verses simply showing your one or two quilt outs of the design. For me it is filling the funky weird shaped areas with any motif that is the difficult part of quilting. Thank you for your suggestions. Though I will ask you again....what is the one quilt book in your library that you repeatedly re-read to help you in your quilting art? Cagey
  8. Do you have the different hopping feet for your George?
  9. Glaze; Thank you for the input. While I like books, I do not want a library full of them. Thus I am looking for that go to book, that a quilter finds themselves referring to over and over again during their years of quilting. LASLady; Thank you for sharing. I was considering using the walking foot, and reversing the direction of piecing, like I was taught to do when SID to stabilize my quilt sandwiches. Linda; Just so I understand correctly. After I stitch my first two strips together, do I measure two inches from the sew line to ensure I have the exact 2 inch spacing when I sew my next strip on? I am not a paper piecer, but am willing to try the method it if both gives me nice equal spaced keys and helps stabilize the quilt. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge. Cagey
  10. Have you checked local libraries or had your library do a national search? You may have to pay for the shipping of the book, but you possibly find it that way. Also, you might write the author(s). Maybe they have an old copy that they are willing to part with. I don't have the book, but will do a search of my library's card catalog. Cagey
  11. Sylvia and Micajah; Thank you both for the information. I will see what I can find in my area. I just found that one of our not so local for me Walmart's has a full sewing center. Had to kill time there getting a nail removed from my tire. They have lots of fabrics, and stabilizers (some name brands). Now knowing what to get, it will be much easier to get the proper stabilizer. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. It is what makes this site, and quilters in general so wonderful. There is no "Quilt Police" and everyone does their best to assist others in our art. Have a great day. Cagey
  12. What stabilizer have you found to work best on your T-shirt quilts? I would like to learn from your experiences, so I have a good outcome on my first T-shirt quilt. Thank you for the information in advance. Cagey
  13. Terry; It turned out beautiful. Great job. Cagey
  14. Terry; Great job piecing and quilting. I am sure that Mom is going to love it. I have to say when I first saw your doodle for the quilt design, I thought you had done the back in green and wondered how you had the threads balance so well. Thank you for sharing and inspiring. Cagey
  15. Penny; Beautiful!!! I really like the wavy lines next to the star points. It softens the sharp lines of the quilt design. Great job, and thank you for sharing. Cagey
  16. Pamela; Set the date, January 18-21, 2018 Ontario California; Road to California; Take all of Jamie Wallen's classes, and I think you will be more than happy with the new skills you learn. While it may not be an APQS class, I believe you will be able to transfer any/all instruction over to your machine. All of us sit-down quilters have to exactly that when we take long arm classes. Cagey
  17. Here is a link to the different types of UPS systems (line interactive verses double conversion); It explains the two systems better than I did. Cagey
  18. This is from APQS. I cannot attach the actual .pdf file, so here is my best rendition cutting and pasting the images. Edited to include images from pdf file. Cagey ELECTRICITY AND YOUR APQS MACHINE With more and more electronics being used in quilting machines, electricity supply is more important than ever! If the incoming power fluctuates, the circuit board will starve certain functions in order to keep the boards powered, and the motor can be affected as well. The printout below shows the incoming power here at the APQS factory. Notice how much the power dips towards the end of the printout – we are on the same power grid as Pella Windows, and at the time the power dipped in this printout, Pella had a large motor blow up. You can see how much we were affected by this, and it wasn’t even in our building! Even different types of power supplies can vary the incoming voltage to your home – solar, hydroelectric, wind – these types of power vary greatly, and the circuitry on your machine will suffer the consequences. The next printout is from a customer of ours in Colorado. He was having problems with his needle positioner acting up at times. He asked for this printout of the power supply to his home over a 4 day period, and was greatly surprised at the varying voltages and amperages that was powering his home. Purchasing a battery back-up or UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) for your APQS machine is a great ”insurance policy”. APQS has done extensive testing on battery back-ups and found one type that is capable of running both the motor and supplying the needed power for the circuit boards as well. Most battery back-ups or UPS’s output is a square wave. This wave type will not keep both the electric motor and the circuit boards running in a voltage drop situation. It will keep the circuit boards powered, so it is fine for other electronic equipment. The UPS systems that are recommended for our machines are able to output a pure sine wave, which is capable of keeping the electric motor running and keep the circuit board powered at the same time. With these UPS devices, you are able to even unplug the cord from the wall outlet, and run the machine for a period of time – which can be very handy during power outages!! Technical information from the UPS devices we tested is on the next page. There are several companies on the web that sell these specific devices, and prices vary from site to site. The models listed on the next page show a variety of options; however, one is NOT pure sine wave so it is not recommended. The others are Dual Conversion backup systems, which are slightly different than the standard ‘Standby UPS’ battery backup systems. Dual Conversion On-Line UPS is the same as the standby UPS, except that the primary power path is the inverter battery instead of the wall outlet. The incoming power from the wall outlet is stored in the battery, and the battery supplies the power to the machine – this keeps the incoming power consistent, without having the delay that is caused by normal battery backup systems when they ‘kick in’ to supply power. The Dual Conversion On-Line UPS provides nearly ideal electrical output performance. Be aware that UPS units can look very similar so it can be easy to select the wrong one. Look for a unit that is a PURE SINE WAVE output. For added advantages, choose one that is DUAL CONVERSION. The CyperPower CP1500AVRLCD unit above left does NOT have a pure sine wave output and would not be a good choice. Lower priced units typically are not pure sine wave units. Read the product descriptions carefully before buying. End APQS pure sine wave pdf. I spoke with SYCOM, and they told me that they do not have any Dual Conversion / Double Conversion units that would meet the price points above. Theirs would be more in the $1000 range. They did review all three items above, and suggested the Tripp Lite as having the best power factor. That is to say that how much power does the unit use to provide electricity to the quilting machine. The Tripp Lite is 0.8, the Minuteman is 0.7, and the CyberPower is 0.6. To clarify what I just wrote, the Trip Lite uses about 20% of the power to provide the pure sine wave coming into the unit. The Minuteman would use 30% of the power to produce the same sine wave, and the CyberPower would use approximately 40% of the incoming power to produce the pure sine wave output. Their units run in the 0.9+ power factor range, which increases the cost. They did go on that by using the device you would hypothetically extend the life of anything plugged into the device by 50%. This is because unlike with most surge protectors with battery backup, there is a lag time for a surge or lag to be experienced before the unit switches to battery power. With a pure sine wave generator, the item plugged into the device is somewhat always being run off the battery. The unit is constantly soothing out the highs and lows of the electricity coming out of the wall plug, and providing a very pure power source to the output plug and the quilting machine/anything plugged into the unit. The battery backup run time is to allow you time to shut the item plugged in, without damaging the device.
  19. Penny; Outstanding job. Keep up the great work. With results like that, you are going to have people knocking down your door to quilt for them. Can you say job security? Thank you for sharing. Cagey
  20. Shana; While I do not have a home business, I suggest you find an independent insurance agent in your area and have them shop insurers and polices for you. I had to this with some rental property I have, and I was shocked how much I was being charged by a national firm. While I am no longer with a well known company, I am still covered by an A+ rated company, but more importantly I have more coverage at a reduced cost. Be sure to verify with USAA that your new insurance meshes with their coverage. Best of luck to you. Cagey
  21. Heidi; The two quilts came out gorgeous. I like the detailed and tight quilting you put into your works of art. Funny how some say that tight of work makes the quilt stiff. I say it shows how much love and care went into the project, which will hold it together for years to come. Great job. Thank you for sharing. Cagey
  22. VL; Living in Florida the lightening capital of the US, I might suggest protecting your entire house and then protect our machine. I did this a number of years ago. While almost nothing will protect your home from a direct lighting strike; there is just too much power for a protector to absorb, you can protect your home and your electrical devices from surges caused by lightening hitting a power line down range from your home or other surge sources. I found SYCOM to have the best surge protectors. At the time, SYCOM was the fastest to react (nanosecond) and absorbed the largest surge load This is the model I installed on my home; Series.pdf . You should install one on your main circuit breaker panel (if you have more than one panel you need one for each), one on your outside breaker panel for your air-conditioning unit, one for you pool pump or any other large motor you might have on a dedicated circuit. You or your hubby can do the install if your into this type of project. SYCOM tech support will answer any and all questions you may have. While you are protecting your new Millie, is your AC unit or refrigerator protected? I for one would not enjoy quilting on my George while waiting for a new outside AC unit during the Florida summer. So consider whole house protection. While your power company may sell a "meter treater" for whole house protection, I believe you will find that it does not react as quickly or absorb as much surge as the SYCOM, and you will also be stuck paying around $15 per month as long as it is installed on your electrical meter. They also sell "point of use" surge protectors. I have them on my computers and my George. I am not sure if they meet the sine wave protection recommended by APQS, but I have not had an issue with them. I like the fact they have a lifetime warranty, and you can find the batteries at most electrical stores or online. Here are two models they sell (these are only surge protectors and not double conversion protectors); I hope this helps you decide on how to best protect your Millie and possibly your home. Take care, and best of luck with your new baby. Cagey
  23. Cairns; When you say, "pre-printed stenciled blocks", I take that to mean a block where the fabric is printed with ink as if a panel. If that is the case, why not simply use the design in the block to quilt around. Use an invisible thread, or a matching thread to highlight the design be it a flower, bird, or other item. Make the picture/stencil the highlight of the block. When I searched for "quilting+panels", I could only a few threads. Here is one, that somewhat shows using the fabric picture to set your quilting design. Terry has another one for her son with vegetable and fruit as I remember, but I cannot find the thread. I thought she used the design in the fabric to be the outline for her quilting.
  24. Jim; Do you believe it is the needle/deeper scarf that is giving you the better stitch quality or the fact that you timed the machine for the specific needle? I ask this, as I was wondering if a quilter decides they like needle X, then would it be a good idea to time/setup the machine for that specific needle to get the best stitch quality? Thank you for the original post and the update. Great information to keep for our records. Cagey
  25. Bonnie; It turned out gorgeous. The square blocks help draw your eyes to the negative space and the outstanding quilting. Thank you for sharing. Cagey