AnnaH

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  1. Thanks, Dawn. So if a quilt is on the thick side, I should use size 19/20? I never even thought about changing the needles size as I never had a problem until now. If that's the case, I'll put it on my Superior Threads shopping list. --Annabelle
  2. Hello, everyone! Thank you for your replies. What Dawn told me now makes perfect sense about the bulky seams and starch. And to answer Mrs. A., I use Groz Beckert 134 MR San 11 #18 (MR 4.0) 10 Nm 110/18 needles. Those are what came with my machine and I have been buying them from Superior Threads. Which is the larger size? I see there is a #19 also for sale at Superior Threads. Thanks a lot! --Annabelle
  3. Hello, I had the day off from work today for President's Day and was looking forward to finishing up two kid quilts for charity. The first one went smoothly. Then the second quilt after lunch--a totally different pattern from the first-- caused me and George great headaches. I broke the tip off two brand new needles. I have to admit that the quilt I was working on had thick seams because it was foundation-pieced on muslin. I also used spray starch on some of the fabrics to keep them crisp while cutting. Do any of you think that might have been the problem? Anyway, I think I will finish the second quilt this coming weekend using my Bernina until I can figure out (hopefully with your expert advice) what is going on with George and the needles. Any advice you can share would be appreciated. Thanks! --Annabelle PS: I have been away a long time from this forum and am glad to be back. I took a couple years' break while I went back to school and then my husband and I moved to a smaller house after our youngest child went away to college last fall. I now have a sewing studio on the ground floor overlooking the lake. I was hoping George would be very happy there. But now I am not so sure!
  4. Thank you very much for your replies and advice. I will try them out!
  5. Hi, I have a lot of lap quilts to sew for Christmas presents. I took time off from work yesterday so that I could get started quilting. My local dealer suggested that I buy polyester thread from Superior Threads in Utah. I ordered So Fine (50 wt) and Hollis Chateleine's thread (40 wt). George did fine with So Fine, but I ran out of it and tried the other thread, but it kept breaking on me! George definitely did not like the finer thread! I tried loosening the tension and putting a new needle in. Same results. So I quickly ordered more of So Fine, but it won't arrive till next week, probably Tues or Wed. So not to lose any time and although it's slower, I am quilting on my Bernina. Can other George owners tell me which threads work for them? I did notice that the finer 40 wt thread almost looks like the YLI silk embroidery thread used for hand applique. Seems to me that it's just too delicate to be used on a longarm. Any advice, observations, feedback, etc. are welcome. Happy Thanksgiving! --Anna
  6. Hello, everyone: I am happy to report that I received the plexiglas insert Friday afternoon and have been trying out George. Everything seems to be working well and I'm enjoying getting to know him. I had pieced some scrappy quilt tops while waiting for George and am practicing on one of them. I am trying different motifs. The feather design has been the most challenging for me. When I am done, I will give the quilts to charity. Thank you to everyone for their advice, especially to Mrs. A of Arizona! --Anna
  7. Hello, everyone: I am happy to report that I received the plexiglas insert Friday afternoon and have been trying out George. Everything seems to be working well and I'm enjoying getting to know him. I had pieced some scrappy quilt tops while waiting for George and am practicing on one of them. I am trying different motifs. The feather design has been the most challenging for me. When I am done, I will give the quilts to charity. Thank you to everyone for their advice, especially to Mrs. A of Arizona! --Anna
  8. Hello, I just watched the maintenance DVD which came with my George. It showed that there is a red dot on the tension disk, so that someone would know the regular setting and if it is on the tighter side or the looser side. (On my Bernina there is a red slash at the #4 and higher numbers mean tighter and lower numbers mean looser, etc). But my George doesn't have any red dot or any other marking. So now I'm confused about how am I going to know it it's too tight, loose or just right? Does everyone else's George have this red dot? Thanks. --Anna
  9. Hello, I just watched the maintenance DVD which came with my George. It showed that there is a red dot on the tension disk, so that someone would know the regular setting and if it is on the tighter side or the looser side. (On my Bernina there is a red slash at the #4 and higher numbers mean tighter and lower numbers mean looser, etc). But my George doesn't have any red dot or any other marking. So now I'm confused about how am I going to know it it's too tight, loose or just right? Does everyone else's George have this red dot? Thanks. --Anna
  10. Hello, I received the bobbins and oil today. Thank you! --Annabelle:)
  11. Hello, I received the bobbins and oil today. Thank you! --Annabelle:)
  12. Thanks for your replies. Unknown to me, my husband ordered George for my 50th birthday last month. So he didn't do any or much research. And I was very surprised! --Anna
  13. Thanks for your replies. Unknown to me, my husband ordered George for my 50th birthday last month. So he didn't do any or much research. And I was very surprised! --Anna
  14. Hello, George just arrived at my house yesterday afternoon. But he didn't have the plexiglass insert When I called APQS, they said it was backlogged, but they hadn't told me this when they shipped George. I was all ready to sit down and use him last night, but the customer service person told me I couldn't without the insert. So already I was not a happy camper. Here are my other questions/concerns. I tried calling APQS, but they had already closed yesterday evening. Also, my local sales rep is on a quilting cruise right now and so isn't available to answer questions. 1) I thought George had a stitch regulator. Can someone confirm this for me -- or if he doesn't have it. 2) I didn't get any metal or aluminum bobbins, only pre-wound ones. But APQS sent me a Sidewinder (I already have one and will send this new one to my mother) so I am scratching my head: why the Sidewinder and no bobbins? Do I have to buy the metal or aluminum bobbins from my local sewing store? I was surprised there weren't any included as even basic sewing machines have empty bobbin spools included. 3) Am I missing a toolkit with little screwdrivers, seam ripper, small cleaning brushes, etc. which come with sewing machines? I expected one and so again am puzzled whether, like the plexiglas insert, it's missing. Or is there no toolkit at all with George? Although George isn't as expensive as the other models, he is still a big outlay of money for me and my husband (as we just sent a son off to college out-of-state) so I am more than a little disappointed with what was missing. If anyone out there can answer my questions, I'd appreciate it. I'm sure I'll have more questions once I am actually able to use George! Thanks. --Anna
  15. Hello, George just arrived at my house yesterday afternoon. But he didn't have the plexiglass insert When I called APQS, they said it was backlogged, but they hadn't told me this when they shipped George. I was all ready to sit down and use him last night, but the customer service person told me I couldn't without the insert. So already I was not a happy camper. Here are my other questions/concerns. I tried calling APQS, but they had already closed yesterday evening. Also, my local sales rep is on a quilting cruise right now and so isn't available to answer questions. 1) I thought George had a stitch regulator. Can someone confirm this for me -- or if he doesn't have it. 2) I didn't get any metal or aluminum bobbins, only pre-wound ones. But APQS sent me a Sidewinder (I already have one and will send this new one to my mother) so I am scratching my head: why the Sidewinder and no bobbins? Do I have to buy the metal or aluminum bobbins from my local sewing store? I was surprised there weren't any included as even basic sewing machines have empty bobbin spools included. 3) Am I missing a toolkit with little screwdrivers, seam ripper, small cleaning brushes, etc. which come with sewing machines? I expected one and so again am puzzled whether, like the plexiglas insert, it's missing. Or is there no toolkit at all with George? Although George isn't as expensive as the other models, he is still a big outlay of money for me and my husband (as we just sent a son off to college out-of-state) so I am more than a little disappointed with what was missing. If anyone out there can answer my questions, I'd appreciate it. I'm sure I'll have more questions once I am actually able to use George! Thanks. --Anna