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  1. Do you have the different hopping feet for your George?
  2. Glaze; Thank you for the input. While I like books, I do not want a library full of them. Thus I am looking for that go to book, that a quilter finds themselves referring to over and over again during their years of quilting. LASLady; Thank you for sharing. I was considering using the walking foot, and reversing the direction of piecing, like I was taught to do when SID to stabilize my quilt sandwiches. Linda; Just so I understand correctly. After I stitch my first two strips together, do I measure two inches from the sew line to ensure I have the exact 2 inch spacing when I sew my next strip on? I am not a paper piecer, but am willing to try the method it if both gives me nice equal spaced keys and helps stabilize the quilt. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge. Cagey
  3. Have you checked local libraries or had your library do a national search? You may have to pay for the shipping of the book, but you possibly find it that way. Also, you might write the author(s). Maybe they have an old copy that they are willing to part with. I don't have the book, but will do a search of my library's card catalog. Cagey
  4. First, I would like a make a piano key border using 12 - 2 and a half inch strips. My question is, what the most accurate methods of making the piano keys? My thought is to sew the 42-inch long strips all together and then cut the desired width strips from the joined pieces? I am guessing this would give me the straightest border than cutting the strips to the desired length and then sewing them all together. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Second, I would like to know what is your "go to" quilt book that you reference the most when you are piecing quilts. One of my guild members recently suggested Sharyn Craig's "Great Sets: 7 Roadmaps to Spectacular Quilts". She says she references it all the time, as it describes how to incorporate those different sized orphan quilt blocks into a finished quilt. The back of the book has all the math calculated out for you, so you do not have to be a math genius to put the blocks together. So I would like to know what one book you would buy if you could only have a one book library? Cagey
  5. Sylvia and Micajah; Thank you both for the information. I will see what I can find in my area. I just found that one of our not so local for me Walmart's has a full sewing center. Had to kill time there getting a nail removed from my tire. They have lots of fabrics, and stabilizers (some name brands). Now knowing what to get, it will be much easier to get the proper stabilizer. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. It is what makes this site, and quilters in general so wonderful. There is no "Quilt Police" and everyone does their best to assist others in our art. Have a great day. Cagey
  6. What stabilizer have you found to work best on your T-shirt quilts? I would like to learn from your experiences, so I have a good outcome on my first T-shirt quilt. Thank you for the information in advance. Cagey
  7. Terry; It turned out beautiful. Great job. Cagey
  8. Terry; Great job piecing and quilting. I am sure that Mom is going to love it. I have to say when I first saw your doodle for the quilt design, I thought you had done the back in green and wondered how you had the threads balance so well. Thank you for sharing and inspiring. Cagey
  9. Penny; Beautiful!!! I really like the wavy lines next to the star points. It softens the sharp lines of the quilt design. Great job, and thank you for sharing. Cagey
  10. Pamela; Set the date, January 18-21, 2018 Ontario California; Road to California; Take all of Jamie Wallen's classes, and I think you will be more than happy with the new skills you learn. While it may not be an APQS class, I believe you will be able to transfer any/all instruction over to your machine. All of us sit-down quilters have to exactly that when we take long arm classes. Cagey
  11. Here is a link to the different types of UPS systems (line interactive verses double conversion); It explains the two systems better than I did. Cagey
  12. This is from APQS. I cannot attach the actual .pdf file, so here is my best rendition cutting and pasting the images. Edited to include images from pdf file. Cagey ELECTRICITY AND YOUR APQS MACHINE With more and more electronics being used in quilting machines, electricity supply is more important than ever! If the incoming power fluctuates, the circuit board will starve certain functions in order to keep the boards powered, and the motor can be affected as well. The printout below shows the incoming power here at the APQS factory. Notice how much the power dips towards the end of the printout – we are on the same power grid as Pella Windows, and at the time the power dipped in this printout, Pella had a large motor blow up. You can see how much we were affected by this, and it wasn’t even in our building! Even different types of power supplies can vary the incoming voltage to your home – solar, hydroelectric, wind – these types of power vary greatly, and the circuitry on your machine will suffer the consequences. The next printout is from a customer of ours in Colorado. He was having problems with his needle positioner acting up at times. He asked for this printout of the power supply to his home over a 4 day period, and was greatly surprised at the varying voltages and amperages that was powering his home. Purchasing a battery back-up or UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) for your APQS machine is a great ”insurance policy”. APQS has done extensive testing on battery back-ups and found one type that is capable of running both the motor and supplying the needed power for the circuit boards as well. Most battery back-ups or UPS’s output is a square wave. This wave type will not keep both the electric motor and the circuit boards running in a voltage drop situation. It will keep the circuit boards powered, so it is fine for other electronic equipment. The UPS systems that are recommended for our machines are able to output a pure sine wave, which is capable of keeping the electric motor running and keep the circuit board powered at the same time. With these UPS devices, you are able to even unplug the cord from the wall outlet, and run the machine for a period of time – which can be very handy during power outages!! Technical information from the UPS devices we tested is on the next page. There are several companies on the web that sell these specific devices, and prices vary from site to site. The models listed on the next page show a variety of options; however, one is NOT pure sine wave so it is not recommended. The others are Dual Conversion backup systems, which are slightly different than the standard ‘Standby UPS’ battery backup systems. Dual Conversion On-Line UPS is the same as the standby UPS, except that the primary power path is the inverter battery instead of the wall outlet. The incoming power from the wall outlet is stored in the battery, and the battery supplies the power to the machine – this keeps the incoming power consistent, without having the delay that is caused by normal battery backup systems when they ‘kick in’ to supply power. The Dual Conversion On-Line UPS provides nearly ideal electrical output performance. Be aware that UPS units can look very similar so it can be easy to select the wrong one. Look for a unit that is a PURE SINE WAVE output. For added advantages, choose one that is DUAL CONVERSION. The CyperPower CP1500AVRLCD unit above left does NOT have a pure sine wave output and would not be a good choice. Lower priced units typically are not pure sine wave units. Read the product descriptions carefully before buying. End APQS pure sine wave pdf. I spoke with SYCOM, and they told me that they do not have any Dual Conversion / Double Conversion units that would meet the price points above. Theirs would be more in the $1000 range. They did review all three items above, and suggested the Tripp Lite as having the best power factor. That is to say that how much power does the unit use to provide electricity to the quilting machine. The Tripp Lite is 0.8, the Minuteman is 0.7, and the CyberPower is 0.6. To clarify what I just wrote, the Trip Lite uses about 20% of the power to provide the pure sine wave coming into the unit. The Minuteman would use 30% of the power to produce the same sine wave, and the CyberPower would use approximately 40% of the incoming power to produce the pure sine wave output. Their units run in the 0.9+ power factor range, which increases the cost. They did go on that by using the device you would hypothetically extend the life of anything plugged into the device by 50%. This is because unlike with most surge protectors with battery backup, there is a lag time for a surge or lag to be experienced before the unit switches to battery power. With a pure sine wave generator, the item plugged into the device is somewhat always being run off the battery. The unit is constantly soothing out the highs and lows of the electricity coming out of the wall plug, and providing a very pure power source to the output plug and the quilting machine/anything plugged into the unit. The battery backup run time is to allow you time to shut the item plugged in, without damaging the device.
  13. Penny; Outstanding job. Keep up the great work. With results like that, you are going to have people knocking down your door to quilt for them. Can you say job security? Thank you for sharing. Cagey
  14. Shana; While I do not have a home business, I suggest you find an independent insurance agent in your area and have them shop insurers and polices for you. I had to this with some rental property I have, and I was shocked how much I was being charged by a national firm. While I am no longer with a well known company, I am still covered by an A+ rated company, but more importantly I have more coverage at a reduced cost. Be sure to verify with USAA that your new insurance meshes with their coverage. Best of luck to you. Cagey
  15. Heidi; The two quilts came out gorgeous. I like the detailed and tight quilting you put into your works of art. Funny how some say that tight of work makes the quilt stiff. I say it shows how much love and care went into the project, which will hold it together for years to come. Great job. Thank you for sharing. Cagey