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  1. Hand Quilting Thread

    I've done this sort of thing with 3-5 graders and it can be a challenge. Bottom Line will be difficult to handle and to make a decent knot with. Tying knots was a bigger hurdle than threading needles for our kids. I would choose hand quilting thread, or even button twist. Providing larger needles with large eyes will also make this project go much more smoothly. Good luck!!!! Carol
  2. I love the way the CC's in the green hexagons line up to echo the petal shape. Beautiful!! Carol
  3. Customer Service

    I agree that having the option of someone coming to you to fix your machine is a missing piece in the APQS support system. I am comfortable with working on my machine and have had good experiences with APQS support working with me until the problem is fixed. But not everyone wants to work on their machine, and this process takes a long time. If you have a robust quilting business, you can't afford the down time while you figure things out. I am fortunate enough to always have quilts waiting in line, so often it would make sense to call in an expert to get the problem fixed quickly, pay for it and then keep on quilting. Most of us don't hesitate to call in a plumber or electrician when we need help, because you want the problem fixed quickly and correctly. I think if there were more qualified APQS service people available, they would stay pretty busy. Carol
  4. What threads are you using? I had to give up on using Bottom Line in the bobbin because I could never get the tension just right. What you are describing is what I experienced with Bottom Line. I know tons of people have lots of success with BL, just not me and my Millie. Carol
  5. I have a policy with State Farm - the premium is around $25 a month. It protects my Millie and IQ, plus provides liability coverage for unhappy customers or damaged quilts (material costs only). I don't meet customers at my house so I wasn't worried about coverage for someone being injured on my property. It is a separate policy from my homeowners. Carol
  6. I'm an NC garage quilter! I had my garage doors insulated a couple of years ago and it has made a huge difference in being comfortable in the heat and cold. Now that the doors are insulated, I will leave the door to the main house open while I'm quilting so I can get a little heat or A/C in there. I mentioned to Angela Clark that my needle up/down speed would be terribly slow some days and regular speed on others, and it didn't really seem to be related to the temperature. She said that the humidity was the culprit, and that does seem to be the case. It takes longer for the needle up/down to get up to speed as the machine warms up when it is really humid outside. Carol
  7. Rainbow Butterflies

    It is beautiful!!! What a wonderful gesture. Carol
  8. I can't believe I did this

    Nice work!! I am always so much forgiving of wonky customer quilts after quilting one of my own. Carol
  9. Sheridan is my Intelliquilter dealer and all that was said about her is true! She is professional, knowledgeable, and kind. She goes to great lengths to answer any and all questions. I feel very lucky to have her! Carol
  10. Breaking the rules

    The name of this panto is Twinkling Swirls. I bought it from Intelligent Quilting. Carol
  11. My customer requested "pretty but on a budget". The panto we chose was pretty, but I just couldn't stand how the stars looked. My customer agreed to pay extra for SID around the stars - I love the results!! The SID really didn't take very long, and without all the other work that goes into a custom quilting job, it was budget friendly. This could be my new "in-between" quilting for those who don't want full custom but want something a little better than E2E. Carol
  12. I use manual mode for freehand edge to edge quilting, but SR for ruler work, pantos and SID. I think all of it can be done in manual with practice. Carol
  13. Were you using the pre-wound So Fine bobbins? I bought a box and found that not all of them unwind smoothly. It looks like the bobbin gets too tight when you have your hiccup, and then it's fine again. If that's the problem, then that would explain why you haven't had a problem with quilts you finished after this one. By the way - I can't remember which way I'm supposed to turn the needle. Is it 5:30 or 6:30? Carol
  14. Machine sewing binding

    To Rosemary - The stitching does go on and off the edge of the binding. I adjust the stitch width to flatten out the the serpentine so that it doesn't have big gaps. Carol