KathyA

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  1. KathyA

    Red Snappers

    I use them on my Liberty and my Millennium (but not the red snapper brand). I do still pin with zippers on my custom quilts. I do find that the backing is just not as smooth for the custom jobs as I need it to be for the 'unquilted' areas on the first pass. I think it's the bulk caused by the rods/clips. Not a big deal at all, I just prefer to pin the top of the backing on the custom jobs. Been using them for over 2 years - wouldn't be without them. Quick and Easy.
  2. If that doesn't work think about blowing out your motor if you haven't. I just had some button issues, checked motor brushes and blew out dust - presto - all is good. I was way over due....
  3. pooping cupcakes....hmmmm, not sure if i'll be eating any of those real soon. maybe these few extra pounds are gonna come off now. too funny.
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    RUSH JOB

    since the decision is mine to make I don't charge a rush fee. But then I don't work my weekend for anyone either, unless I've put myself behind by playing a bit too much. Figure I can say 'no' if I need to, especially if a date is not met by the client. Good Luck. Hope you still enjoy quilting the quilt for her.
  5. beautiful. the quilting makes this quilt. Now I just need to make one of these so I can quilt it with the spiral.
  6. hmmmm, these type of customers always make me nervous. However, usually their friends realize their 'quirks' and also that the likelyhood of a quilt being ruined by an off center backing seam is unrealistic. Glad you're feeling better about it now, no worries.
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    Batting.... :(

    hahaha. i have a 'wonky' peicer as a regular customer and she always brings really bad thin cheap poly batts. when i saw about 6 of her quilts hanging in a local show, with my name mentioned, I just took a deep breath. She loves her quilts and I'm okay with it. But I will say I still stomp my feet when I get those poor quality batts - and I think with the bad economy they have become fairly common with my customers. Sad but true. Bottoms of my feet are starting to hurt.
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    The Machine Whisperer

    HaHaHa. We need to have a shirt made for him. Yes, he's wonderful. Comes and rescues my machines every year - thank goodness. And to all you APQS owners - if he's ever in your neighborhood he is worth every penny x 2.
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    little holes after frogging

    i found that spray starch worked better - especially on batiks. But that's when I've frogged the quilt and the top is OFF. Hate when that has to happen. Frogging today because of skipped stitches - grrrrrr. Hate to think of figuring out the cause of that tomorrow.
  10. very effective. i like this option to keep costs down for my clients that cannot afford full custom. great idea. BTW - my sister had a double lung transplant 7 yrs ago. Other than a few rough spots that first year all has been well. Getting through that first year can be difficult but well worth it. I'll keep her in my prayers.
  11. bought my Millie used with a 1 yr warranty. Issue I had did occur within the 1st year. I'd say save the money. My Libby is 8 yrs old and has never had an issue a warranty would have been needed for. Love the durability of these APQS machines.
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    Tension problem again!

    I use an air compressor and yes, lint caught up in the bobbin area will cause the issue you describe. I always blow out the bobbin area after 2 bobbin changes. It makes a difference.
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    buying a long arm

    you need to go overboard. My husband told me the same thing and I did not listen. 2 Yrs later I really wish I had gone 'overboard' - so do it, do it, do it. I was only quilting for myself back then too. So 6 yrs after that I just went and bought a 2nd machine - a Millie. Go for the bigger one. David Jones and Deloa were here a few weeks back and spoke highly of the Lucy. Do it :D :D
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    Seams in backing

    It's a funny world. Often we obtain information early on and that becomes our 'bible' so I'm not surprised that the horizontal seam information came up as it did. And heaven forbid we 'change' things. Makes me laugh. While horizontal seams will roll better there are cases where I like the hammock affect the vertical seam will give. I look to load it vertical, if possible, when I have very wavy borders. Believe it or not that hammock affect helps manage those borders. Strange but true. My 2 cents - at the very beginning make sure people understand there are many "options" and here are a few that longarmers may look for..... I begin any explaination with that statement, there really are very few rights or wrongs, mostly opinions.... Being only 2 years in business you may have 'fresh' ideas. Don't shortchange yourself. Good Luck on your presentation.