sewingpup

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    mainly utility quilting, cairn terriers, reading, bird watching!

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  1. sewingpup

    What is your style?

    Hi, I agree to go slow with the "extra's and gadgets......I would get the ruler base....I don't use it all that often...but I do occasional to do things like "stitch in the ditch".....I also got the extra feet packet...and I have found that a nice addition......I did buy red snappers a few years ago...but have yet to use them.....ummmm......pinning is faster than making the channels for the red snappers....and I actually don't mind the pinning....yep...investing in those corsage pins is a good idea as they are a bit longer and stronger than the regular long pins......I also got a magnetic pin bowl....it just sits on my leader bars so getting the pins is not a hassle. I also got duplicate rulers, rotatory cutters, scissors ...etc as my Lucey and big cutting table is downstairs and the sewing area is upstairs....saves time....and I also made a batting cradle out of an old sheet and selvage edge strips....just pinned the selvage edges to the four corners of a folded in half sheet, tied them to the legs of the frame....then I can throw my batting in there to keep it off the floor. I got a mirror to check the bottom of the quilt for good stitches and a really cool flashlight that has a flat square light about 4inches by four inches that I can use to see better under the quilt....oh..I have one of those little plastic boxes that has little drawers that slide out to keep extras in like bobbin cases (you may want to get a few extras of those....I adjust them to the threads I use most often so I don't have to fiddle much with bobbin tension....just change the bobbin case to match the bobbin thread I am using....and I got one of those hex wrench sets with the size that I can use to tighten the brake screws with as it has a bigger handle than the one that came with my machine....Oh, and don't forget the box of Band-Aids....seems I like to stitch my fingers.......Lin
  2. Thank you for the prayers and thoughts.....I do appreciate them. The chemo port goes in on Monday, a PET scan on Friday, and chemo is scheduled to begin the following Tuesday. Still a bit confused about everything.....the appts and scans have been crazy....I guess they are still gathering info...supposed to be getting more info on all of this next week....Lin
  3. HI, I have been to one.....the quilter who passed away did a lot of business at a local quilt shop who happened to have a good sized "clubhouse" used for classes......they measured and folded just about everything except large bolts....I can not remember what fat quarters were priced at....but yardage was priced basically at $2, $3 and $4 per yard. Most quilt shop fabric of fairly good quality but a lot was more of older material. they did group it by size of fabric...fat quarters in boxes or baskets so you could easily sort through it. Most threads were bundled by type. The only measuring and cutting that was done was of the bolts of fabric.....if you get a good turnout....it will be crowded and you would need a dedicated measuring and cutting person if she had bolts....Just try and organize everything by type I think....thread with thread, rulers and cutters, etc...you might want to look at etsy or craig's list and do a search for "fabric" to see what fabric is being sold for....also check with the guilds to see if they know the pricing of materials around you. Hope this helps. I may be needed to think about this for myself soon as I have just been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.....Lin
  4. sewingpup

    Should I own a longarm quilting machine?

    HI, congratulations on your new Freddie......glad you are liking it.......I got a Lucey a few years back and I have an L bobbin....at the time I got mine, the APQS machines were just starting to offer the M bobbin.....I decided to stay with the L bobbin because some folks thought you had fewer tension problems with the L bobbin....I think folks now don't seem to worry as much about that.....I do have to say...that I like using thread that is thinner like "so fine" or "bottom line" as you can wind more on a bobbin....it really doesn't take that long to reload a bobbin and I usually wind several before I start......pre-wounds hold even more thread and lots of folks like to use them too......Lin
  5. sewingpup

    Quilting help for a newbie

    Hi, I would try loosening the quilt sandwich a bit.....I do believe you want it so all three layers are flat....but you can still see the base of the machine moving ...kinda of like a little mole crawling under there....I usually like it so the top of the quilt looks flat.....but not snug so there is little stretch on the actual fabric...there are some tips on this board and on the APQS website....I would look under "loading the quilt"...for ideas on how snug you want it.....as usually...more experts will probably chime in....Lin
  6. sewingpup

    Channel locks won’t release

    Hi, it would help if you added what machine you have.....I am assuming you have a Millie? I don't have auto channel locks on my Lucey....what I would do however is to turn the whole system off and then turn it back on....this often works when my cell phone, computer etc messes up....I would also check and make sure that all cable connects are secure....more experienced folks will chime in I am sure.....Lin
  7. sewingpup

    Using double batting

    Hi, Not an expert, but I see no one has chipped in here...more experienced people will I am sure....all I can suggest is to increase your stitch length....I know when I have quilted layers on my DSM, I have had to adjust my stitch length to account for the vertical thickness of the quilt sandwich.....Lin
  8. Hi do you have a manual? or can you download one from the Viking website? I am thinking you really, really need to look at how you have threaded the machine....follow the directions exactly....also make sure you have put the bobbin in the case correctly.......I have sometimes when in a hurry put it in upside down so it is unwinding the wrong direction and that for sure....will result in thread nests on the back......I am assuming that you have cleaned out the bobbin area? otherwise...there are various yahoo groups I believe for Viking machines....
  9. sewingpup

    Troubleshooting Stitches

    It looks to me like the tension in the bobbin is going from loose to tight? Check and see if the bobbin thread pulls smoothly from the bobbin.....I had a bobbin that was kind of out of round .....also...if I fill the bobbin too full, sometimes it catches on the bobbin case...are you winding your own bobbins or using pre-wound ones? I've had a few pre-wound ones that did not flow smoothly for some reason...also maybe check your top thread path to make sure you haven't missed anything in the thread path...If the top tension gets too loose, it wouldn't pull up the bobbin thread....
  10. sewingpup

    Millie Sweepstakes

    Hey all you without machines.....If I win, my Lucey will be available at a really good price!!!!! Lin & 2012 Lucey
  11. sewingpup

    NQR...New Addition

    I agree...she is adorable......she does need a quilt.....I would recommend one made of blue jeans with the seams turned to the inside! My pups always chewed up anything else until they were done teething! Have fun...and keep your patience Lin......( and Freddie, a 7 year old cairn terrier who sometimes thinks he is a puppy)
  12. HI, I think I would ask the quilter for ideas.....she probably has some and she knows what she can do.......and you can pick from her suggestions ....if you have your budget in mind...she hopefully can give several ideas in that price range to select from....
  13. sewingpup

    Millie Sweepstakes

    I think it may be millions and trillions.....who would not want to win!!!!!! however, you only need the one lucky entry to WIN
  14. sewingpup

    Brake issues

    HI And if it is truly stripped...you need to order parts....I would call and describe what is happening....
  15. sewingpup

    Brake issues

    Hi, I had the padding on the inside of the brake come loose...if that is what happened...you need to peel it off and replace it....I ended up using GooBeegone to clean the adhesive off...you can actually buy the stick on Velcro at a fabric store to replace it with....so now I always make sure I loosen the brake before tightening the rollers....