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  1. Hi all, Looking for a used George for a friend. Would be great if it was anywhere near So. Cal, but not a deal breaker if it's not. Please e-mail me if you have one to sell! Contact info. is Thanks!
  2. Please contact me with info., I have a friend looking for a used George. Cell 760-212-2523
  3. Pantos on a Millie 30

    It doesn't mean you can't work freehand on a 30 inch throat. My point was the 30 inch throat with a computer system would be awesome, especially of the majority of my business was computer based! If I wasn't able to get a computer system with a machine and my business was going to be freehand and hand-guided only, it would be a waste of space for me as I'm not tall enough to reach to the back. It all depends on what style of quilting you do and how you're going to set up your business. If you're mostly doing computer based work I would definately get the 30. I think it would speed up the process because it would be a more efficient way to work. We all do a little freehand, here and there, even with a computer system. At least, everyone in my area. So, depending on how you work and what your business model is, there's a a lot of options with APQS machines to get the right fit for your needs. Isn't that great! Have fun trying out the machines and ask a lot of questions. There's a lot a good experience to draw from.
  4. Pantos on a Millie 30

    You're correct that the fewer advances, the less time you spend on a quilt, as that's a more efficient way to work. How much time that actually saves may not be a huge amount, but it all adds up. That being said, it also depends on the density of the design you are quilting. Same is true if you're hand-guided. I've done pantos that take maybe 8-10 minutes across a quilt and some that take almost an hour, both freehand or computer. That's why all pantos are not the same price and are also priced by sq/inch. I've quilted some dense pantos were it's taken a very long day to finish one queen quilt, other days I may get 3-5 small ones finished in a day. I also use the zipper system and have lots of sets, so as one quilt is running, I can sit and pin the next 4 quilts. Then I zip one off, zip the next one on and get it started. Then I'm back to unpinning the first and pinning another on the zippers I just took off. Very efficient way to work and save time. I think this is one of the greatest advantages of having a computerized system. I can even sit and piece when I run out of zippers, lol. The nice thing about digital designs vs. paper is that you're able to scale most designs. That's great in my opinion. After years of paper pantos, I've found that sometimes you have the perfect design for a quilt, but the scale is to large or small for the quilt. Computers definitely solve that problem. If it were me and I could afford the new Millie 30 and a computer system (I have a Millie 26 w/Quilt Path), I would go for it! If I were free handing, I would stick to the 26 as the extra space would be wasted as my arms aren't long enough and I couldn't see all the way back to the rail!
  5. Hi all! I’m selling my pantos as I’ve added Quilt Path about a year ago. Slow, but finally willing to give them up. There are 72 pantos, total. It’s a variety that I’ve used for a business for years. Some haven’t even been used. I have a Millie, but the sizes vary. I would like to sell them as a group. At $7 per panto, the total would be $504. That’s less than half of their original price. Great way for someone new to start your business! Listing all for $500. I’m also adding 2 rulers, one for rope (still in package), one for diamond designs. I’ll pay shipping US (only) shipping. Put this on your Christmas list! If interested, email me and I can send you the list w/size.
  6. I get quilts from all over, including out of the country. They pay the shipping to and from. I add shipping w/insurance (required by me for outgoing) to my invoice. You can email and request payment before shipping. I'm so busy I just add it to the invoice and mark them paid when I receive a check or cc payment after they receive the quilt. So far, never had a problem with receiving payment, but it isn't the best way to handle these things. It would be easy for someone to "forget" to pay you and then you would have to consider your recourse. It may cost you more to go after them for payment than it's worth. You really should get payment before you ship and hold the quilt "hostage", especially if you don't have a long standing relationship with your customers.
  7. Quilting Payment

    I use Intuit for or Paypal for credit card payments. Most of my customers pay via check (never got a bad one, so far) or cash. Mostly, I got the chip reader for a yearly craft fair for convenience but use it with my customer quilting also. Works just like the square. There are charges, but the convenience is worth it.
  8. Bargello

    Love it! I'm sure she will, too!
  9. I tell people, rule of thumb, queens start at $1000 for commission quilts. Price goes up or down depending on size of quilt and complexity of the design. That's usually enough to stop them. I don't like working for nothing for people who have NO clue of the amount of time and expense that goes into a quilt. I had one guy ask me why it was so expensive as it was "just sewing." So I educated him on the costs and hours asked him what he made per hour at his job. Then I asked him if he had the equipment, time, or skills to do it himself, because I would be happy to charge him to quilt and bind it when he finished! It just doesn't set well when people want a quilt, but don't want to even pay enough to cover the cost of the fabric. I also sell quilts at an annual craft fair. I sell queens for around $600-$700. Much less than a commission quilt. These are easy patterns and fabric I've found on sale. They are quilts I just wanted to make and don't have someone in mind to gift it to. It's so funny when people say they LOVE a certain quilt, then proceed to ask me if I have it in xyz colors. Clueless. Do I look like a department store? I've had boutique shop owners "kindly offer" to buy ALL my quilts (my whole booth) for 50% off the asking price. I refuse THEM,(I would rather donate them), and ask why I should PAY THEM to work filling their shops so THEY can double their money. One shop owner has come to the craft fair every year for the last 5 years and asked me the same thing. I guess she's hoping to get a different answer. Not in this life....
  10. Design needed

    "Road Trip" by Melanie Caldwell, on sale today at Digi-tech. Really cute. It's a retro trailer with flowers and swirls. Haven't seen one being pulled buy a car. I have seen several love bug cars however. Search transportation or travel.
  11. They can be very convincing. I always tell them I'll have to call the company back and do not use any number they give me. Sometimes I just play along, like I really believe them. I figure, they are wasting my time, so I'll waste theirs. The time I lead them around my their nose is less time they'll have to scam someone else! Sometimes I just feel like messing with people for doing this. Then I lower the boom on them and tell them "Thanks for playing!" One guy threatened to kill me! (I told him he had a long way to go since he was calling from the Carribean!) Also told me to bring it on because most of my neighbors are armed! Laughing at them doesn't win you any friends-hahaha! Can't tell I was a Deputy Sheriff, right?
  12. t-shirt with "plastic" designs

    I usually do these from the front. Don't have many problems with them. One word of caution, the needle will make a permanent hole in the plastic so be sure where you're going! If you change your mind and remove any stitches, the holes will stay and show.
  13. candle wicking baby quilt

    Lovely job. It will be treasured!