mitzi

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    Spa Treatment

    Oh boy, sounds like I should tackle this - and I do believe it will help me feel confident about taking care of my own machine. Okay - I have blocked out most of August thinking I was going to send my machine down to Carroll. I think I will save the money and try this myself. It has been a few years when I took a basic maintenance class at a quilt show, and Amy made it sound so easy. I guess I thought there was more work done when it was sent down to Carroll, such as repacking the machine. Thanks for your replies and suggestions.
  2. I have seen people mention their machines getting a "spa treatment." Can someone please enlighten me of what is included in a spa treatment? I have never sent my machine down to APQS for any type of service, and I am not looking forward to the day I have to as I just don't have the time to take my machine apart, get it ready for shipping and then be without the machine for any length of time. Does the "spa treatment" include everything that is done at the factory for service? And if so, is there anyone qualified to do the spa treatment on a machine in Lakeville, MN (near Minneapolis)? Thank you. Mitzi
  3. Thank you all for your suggestions. I am at my day job now, but will look into these suggestions tonight or tomorrow evening. Have a great day.
  4. I hope someone can help me with an issue I have been having on the last two quilts, which have been computerized edge-to-edge. I have been having issues where the bobbin thread breaks. When I pull out the bobbin to pull out the thread tail, I see that my bobbin thread has totally loosened up and I end up pulling about half of the bobbin thread off of the bobbin to get to a point where the thread is wound normally again. I have cleaned the bobbin case, cleaned my machine between quilts, and changed the needle. Both times I have wound my own bobbins. I have never had this happen to me before. I have used the bobbin genie rather than the bobbin spring for the last two-three years. What is frustrating is that when I started quilting yesterday, two rows quilted out just fine (changed the bobbins a couple of times), but then started having issues after that. What I should have gotten donr in about two hours took me all day! Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? I will appreciate hearing from you. Thank you.
  5. I am sorry for the delay and did not get back to you. Unfortunately, it did not sell, but I am no longer in the position to upgrade. I need to wait until other major expenses are dealt with.
  6. For sale - 2005 Millennium, Serial Number A03581. Includes a 12' table, motorized feed, stitch regulator, separate bobbin winder and laser light. Also includes edge-rider wheels. Asking $11,000. I am located in Lakeville, Minnesota, just south of the Twin Cities. Buyer is responsible for all shipping costs. I am looking to upgrade my system. Possession of the machine would not be until December 17 due to customer/holiday demand; however, I need to have this sold by November 28 in order to move forward on the upgrade.
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    Would anyone like to share?

    I also have the Machine Quilters Business software, and I do use the worksheet as my intake form, and like it. The essentials are included, plus it leaves a lot of space for notes or little sketches, especially useful when working on a custom quilt.
  8. For sale - 2005 Millennium, Serial Number A03581. Includes a 12' table, motorized feed, stitch regulator, separate bobbin winder and laser light. Also includes edge-rider wheels. Asking $11,000. I am located in Lakeville, Minnesota, just south of the Twin Cities. Buyer is responsible for all shipping costs. I am looking to upgrade my system. Possession of the machine would not be until December 17 due to customer/holiday demand; however, I need to have this sold by November 28 in order to move forward on the upgrade. If interested, please contact me at mpiepho2@gmail.com or call me at 952-215-4828. Thank you. Mitzi Piepho Lakeville, MN 952-215-4828 mpiepho2@gmail.com
  9. To my knowledge, ipad is not a computer - more like an oversized ipod - has applications that can be downloaded, but I am not sure how well it works with computer programs and saving our own work. I could be totally wrong, but just wanted to mention that. Perhaps you want the notebook, which is smaller than a laptop, but it is a computer.
  10. I have used, and have had very good results, with Essential Thread from Connecting Threads. Very affordable, and lots of colors. Have used it for top and bobbin.
  11. mitzi

    Flooding in Iowa

    Just spoke to my son, who attends Iowa State in Ames. He and some others are living at one of the fraternity houses. They are okay, except there is no drinking water in Ames and it is very difficult to go anywhere due to road closures. I guess Walmart, where they buy everything, is flooded, part of I-35 is flooded. Only essential workers are to report to work at Iowa State due to no drinking water, and summer classes were canceled for the same reason. And more rain is expected. And the guys went to volunteer to bag sand, but now the place where they bag sands is now flooded. Not good My prayers are go out to all those personally affected.
  12. I am not attending the show, but I just returned from Milwaukee where I attending IQ classes on Monday. If you are still looking for a place to go, there was a group of 7 of us that went to a Mexican restaurant called El Fuego at 909 W. Layton Avenue - very close to the hotel. They have a patio seating area that was really nice to sit out at - waterfall and pond and wonderful lighting. Food and drinks were great and the price was good. The only thing to be aware of is that they do not do separate checks - all orders on one, but you can pay with separate check cards, etc. (not sure if they take personal checks). Enjoy your evening wherever you go!