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About mamu

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  • Birthday 07/10/1952

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  1. What a beautiful quilt! Love
  2. Trimming Question

    I always ask if they want it trimmed... some want it trimmed flush with the edge, others an inch away and others don't want it trimmed. Usually I know who wants what and those that want it trimmed are very thankful because they can get right to the binding without trimming first and many do not have a large area to trim. It is a perk I offer.
  3. Price? Pictures?
  4. Deciding on a Pantograph Size

    i have all sizes so that i can look at the top and decide what would look best on it. Some tops require more intricate dense patterns and others simple and open designs. The size indicates the width of the design from highest to lowest points. Your machine will accommodate a wider design easily. My recommendation is to have several different widths available so that you can 'audition' designs to the quilt top.
  5. Loyal customers. ???

    I agree with Linda. You upgraded to a computerized system but your customers are not interested in that, they just want a nice design on their quilts that do not cost them so much. I have found that if a person is wanting a panto or all over design, they want this because they do not want to add more cost to their quilt. The only time I have had customers ask for custom or more detailed all over designs is that they are either gifting as a special gift or wanting to place the quilt in a show. Quilters are looking for the best deal they can get and the best quilting they can get. You have lost some of your clients because of your increase in price. You were wanting to off set the upgrade cost and hoping to get your clients to pay for this upgrade, hoping they would appreciate that computerized will make the designs more perfect for them. I do not have a computerized system and exclusively do panto's for my customers. I use to offer both custom and pantos, but found that my bread and butter was in the pantos, so I only do custom for myself now. There are other longarmers (some computerized) in my small rural area that do custom and some of my customers go to them for custom when that is what they want. However, they always come to me for their pantos because I offer lower price and a fast turn around time. These things are very important to them. I have often thought of upgrading to a computerized system, but only to shorten my time at the machine and produce a better stitch line in designs. It would help me do more quilts in less time I think, thus the volume of quilts done would actually help pay for this upgrade. As Linda said... offer some incentives to get your clients to come back. With more people getting their own quilting machines, we need to keep our businesses going with incentive marketing. Know what your quilters want, know what is being offered out there from other longarmers and adjust your pricing accordingly.
  6. You know 'It takes all kinds'... I wouldn't quilt for her again. No one needs negativity directed at them. I have to relate an incident that happened to me..... I had (note I said had) a client that I quilted several quilts for. She called me one day asking all sorts of questions on borders. I spent some time with her helping her out with suggestions and the application process. So, we set up a day and time for her to come over and leave her quilt. Day comes and I am in my busy time with several quilts to do. I stayed downstairs waiting for her to arrive. My quilting studio is upstairs and I can not hear the front door when I'm waiting for her. Our agreed time was for 1:45 I decide to go do some quilting, but still trying to listen for the front door. When it was 2:45 I sent her a text message asking if we were still on for today's drop off. I got a response from her at 4:30pm saying "I think I'll pass" then went on saying she might have another quilt at a later time. Not only did I feel the response was rude, but the fact that she didn't contact me prior to let me know she wouldn't be by was rude. Then I find out that she had been talking to a local quilt shop and the gal there said she would quilt her quilt for her...she decided to give it to her instead. So, next time she contacts me to quilt for her I will be letting her know "I think I'll pass"
  7. Finding clients

    What I did when I first started out was I made up coupons for a Free quilting, edge to edge I choose the design, lap size or smaller, to be used within 3 months and handed them out to our sew group ladies. I also made sure my prices were very competitive fact I was less than the norm when first starting out and then after my clientele was established I gradually increased my price. I do have another perk for loyal clients... 8 paid bed size quilts, gets a Free quilting for a lap size or smaller. Doing this I was able to pay off my longarm within 10 months!
  8. Really enjoyed your pictures and of your process! Thank you for sharing and your work is just wonderful
  9. I agree.... a test sample. You do not want to damage your machine forcing it to stitch through this stuff repeatedly. I wonder just how this is going to wash up? I have never heard or seen this type of stabilizer...very strange.
  10. Pink Halloween Quilt

    What a Clever idea! Very cute
  11. Where are you located and what is the price of machine and Intelliquilter?
  12. This is a lovely quilt. I think the only way to fix this issue is to replace the inner red fabric with a different fabric. OR if she has more of this red fabric she might want to take it and make sure it is straight of grain before cutting new borders and try that. The inner red border seems to be the one causing the problems.
  13. I have never heard this before and I have used Warm and Natural batting alot. The only problem I have had with this brand of batting is that occasionally I will get bearding on the backside of the quilt. Otherwise I have never had an issue with it and my machine has not had any problems with it either. I wonder what type of machine these people were using that had problems and is there any documentation to back this up with??
  14. Vintage Quilt