Cagey

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  1. I have the old style table, and do not have an issue getting to the bobbin. If I am going to do a WD40 treatment, I am going to remove the machine from the table, to keep everything clean. But loading and unloading the bobbin with the machine in the table is not an issue for me. I have no idea of how the old style, new style, and Tracy tables compare to each other, but I cannot believe they are all that much different when it comes to getting to the bobbin. Are you having issues getting to your bobbin, and is that why you are getting rid of your George? Cagey
  2. These might help; http://forum.apqs.com/topic/41249-lenni/#comment-538012 http://forum.apqs.com/topic/37239-need-some-help-for-my-mombeeping/#comment-509016 http://forum.apqs.com/topic/40483-got-my-new-freedom-a-question/#comment-531076 http://forum.apqs.com/topic/17557-beeping-noise-with-sr-on/#comment-238838
  3. Debbie Unplug the cord from the side of the machine, and see if it still "drifts" to the center. If it stays put, it is the cord, if not I would suggest using a different level to ensure the table is actually level. I remember my dad doing wood working and having issues getting something square. He aligned and reset the saw over the course of a few days, with nothing giving him square results. It was only when he was discussing it with another woodworker that they suggesting purchasing a new "square". My dad learned quickly that his longtime faithful square was no longer square. If the table is truly level, do you by chance have a ceiling fan or other fan on that could be blowing the head to the center?. Is the house AC vent blowing on you keeping your cool, just might be moving the machine in one direction. If it is not that, I am out of help. I wish you the best of luck. Let us know what you find. Cagey
  4. Sharon; Yes, I already purchased Sharyn Craig's "Great Sets". I was wondering what the quilters on this forum believe is the one quilting book that they would suggest every quilter own. The lady in my guild suggested "Great Sets" for the reasons I shared earlier. After starting reading the book, I believe it will help me use some of the orphan blocks that I have found at my guilds recycle table. The blocks always look so nice laying on the table, when you only have seconds to scarf them up, before someone else grabs them. When you get home, you discover just how distorted they truly are, and then you understand why they were on the table in the first place. I'm sure they are the ugly duckling ready to be used in a wonderful family quilt. Now with Sharyn's book, I will know how to put them and some of my own to good use to make a nice snuggly quilt for family use. If you were to ask me what book would I suggest for quilting feathers? I would tell you it is not a book but a DVD. The two DVD set of Kimmy Brunner's "Twirly Whirly Feathers". I believe Kimmy's instructions video is best, as she goes into how to practice draw the feathers, and then she shows you how to fill all the empty space with feathers, verses simply showing your one or two quilt outs of the design. For me it is filling the funky weird shaped areas with any motif that is the difficult part of quilting. Thank you for your suggestions. Though I will ask you again....what is the one quilt book in your library that you repeatedly re-read to help you in your quilting art? Cagey
  5. Do you have the different hopping feet for your George?
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Terry; It turned out beautiful. Great job. Cagey
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Pamela; Set the date, January 18-21, 2018 Ontario California; Road to California; http://www.road2ca.com/faculty.html 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
  15. Here is a link to the different types of UPS systems (line interactive verses double conversion); http://www.qpsolutions.net/2015/06/line-interactive-vs-double-conversion-ups-which-ones-best/ It explains the two systems better than I did. Cagey