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  1. 2 points
    mswings

    Spiro attachment

    My DH got me the spiro attachment for my QZ. I can hardly wait to give it a try. Any ideas on what I should do first?
  2. 1 point
    Hi Everyone, I've been noticing that a lot of people use the wacom tablets to help with designs and drawing on quilts in order to help others with quilt design and layout. I think that would be a really useful tool, especially since I am just learning about quilt design and could use some practice and opportunities to experiment. It could be useful to communicate ideas with customers as I don't plan having customers over to the house do to county business laws/guidelines. I also wondered if you could use the wacom to draw a design and save it, ultimately uploading it to another program to be digitized for computer quilting...or is that too much work and really involved? I have an Innova with Autopilot. How do you use your wacom and would it just be smarter to use the iPad since I already own one? Would it be worth it to purchase one, or should i just stick with what i have? Thanks, Jen Thanks, Jen
  3. 1 point
    delld

    NQR~ Stroke Signs! Do you know???

    Thank you all my quilting buddies!!!! Yes God does work in mysterious ways and he always has a plan! I'm glad He used me!
  4. 1 point
    RitaR

    using edge rider wheels on Millenium

    Thanks Vicki, am glad to know the diff. Penny rode quite well, but the feel of the Homesteader on these edge riders and that is what changed my mind, and am glad I did. It still improved the ride, though mine are verticle. Rita
  5. 1 point
    Hi Jim, Judging the life span of a hook assembly can be tough, because it does depend on the machine's use and other factors such as needle size and even thread (not to mention how well the hook is cleaned and maintained.) The very tip of the hook strikes the needle with every stitch. Eventually it wears down and becomes dull, like the blade of a knife. Unfortunately you can't sharpen the tip of a hook like you can a knife. Any change in the angle or profile of the hook tip will affect how it meets the back of the needle. It could end up missing the thread altogether or can snag the thread instead of grabbing the entire loop. That will cause thread shredding and snapping. Once the hook tip is worn, the best solution is to replace the hook. Another part of the hook that develops wear over time is the joint between the bobbin basket and the rotating hook assembly. This is very obvious when the hook is off the machine but harder to detect when the hook is still in place. When the hook is off, if you grasp the inside "post" of the bobbin basket and give it a spin like a top, the bobbin basket should spin smoothly. A wobbly or grinding basket will cause problems. A person can damage the bobbin basket with a dandy needle jam, as well as the rotating hook portion. Signs that the hook is wearing out include inconsistent stitch quality no matter what you do with thread tension, skipping or shredding stitches even after retiming the machine (and after removing any hook shaft collar play), and/or rotational difficulty after a needle break or jam. Hooks can last several months to several years depending on use. Teflon and steel hooks wear at very similar rates. We prefer Teflon hooks mainly due to the reduced noise they produce, not necessarily different wear. For a period of time we were unable to get Teflon hooks from our suppliers due to vendor supply shortages down the line, so we incorporated steel hooks as necessary. They function the same. We are now back to Teflon hooks on our Smart Bobbin machines. I hope this helps, Jim!
  6. 1 point
    jimerickson

    Spiro attachment

    Virginia: I guess I should have added that I drilled a small hole (about 3/16" between the clamping knobs of the actual spiro assembly, drove a stout finishing nail into the wall, and hang the assembly on the nail. I have a similar arrangement to hold the QZ unit itself. Everything hangs on the wall, so I always know where it is, and it's out of harms way. Jim
  7. 1 point
    Merryjo2003

    Disappearing ink

    Kinda like grabbing the wrong thread and quilting with water-soluble thread!
  8. 1 point
    I have been making a Peanuts quilt for my husband for years. The blocks cut and sewn one year in a Turning Twenty. Then delayed for a plan to separate the color riot better. Finally just sew them together to start to get it done (retreats are wonderful!) I had enough of just Christmas fabrics for one side, and enough of the "other winter holidays" for a second quilt. I chose to put them together so you only needed to flip the quilt instead of store one. Finally got it layered and quilted on George this month. The man was happy with it. Guess what we slept under last night. I said I wanted a picture of the other side--look what I got!