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  1. It felt so good to get on the longarm again and quilt this up! This is my scrappy 30's reproductions version of Eleanor Burns' Stars and Four Patch quilt. I pieced the backing and used three extra blocks in there. Quilted with a simple medium stipple as this will be used and washed often. I'll be making a scrappy binding as well since I'm trying to use up my stash and not buy anymore fabric! Measures 98"x98".
    10 points
  2. I finished the wedding quilt for my friend's daughter. Very pleased with the way it turned out. I used a pattern that Karen Miller designed on Moda Bakeshop, (right now I cannot think of the name and too lazy to go back upstairs). She has several different layouts but I liked this one with more open space for quilting. I did change her applique. I wanted a house because it is a wedding quilt and a house to me says family and home. I quilted their names and year (didn't know the exact date). Quilted on my APQS Millie. Two layers of batting, Hobbs 80/20 on the bottom and Tuscany wool on top. My favorite combo. SoFine #402 in the light areas and Glide Leather in the dark. More on my blog http://dewquilting.blogspot.com
    3 points
  3. SOLD!!! My husband and I retired and moved from central Iowa to north central Missouri. We drastically down-sized, and I now have no room for the Millennium which I purchased new in 2005. Since I was still working full-time outside the home, the Millie was gently used in a small, home-based business. The Millie has a stitch regulator; auto advance; lower thread cutter; 12 foot table; and comes with micro drive handles; Quiltazoid; 50-60 pantos; thread; longarm quilting books, etc. This machine has worked very well for me, and I have kept it in good condition. It is currently in storage, but worked very well when I last used it in April. I'm asking $4500 for all. Nancy Hanna 515-290-7723 nkhanna62@cvalley.net
    2 points
  4. Marti: Consider this just another lesson in your continuing long arm education. You've crossed one more maintenance/repair issue. Each time you have to fix something, you become more self sufficient. What would be horrible is if you had to throw the machine away and get a replacement each time you encountered a problem. I for one, am glad APQS makes their machines so that the owners can repair most problems. It's empowering. Hope you're up and running soon. Jim
    2 points
  5. Made my own charm pack from 6 inch assorted strips of batiks, used Sewbatiks blender for background. I was inspired by Kathy when she shared this easy pattern, thank you. Used Earth, Wind & Fire by Darlenne Epp digital pattern.
    2 points
  6. I bought this machine in 2002, set it up in my house but never used it. It's a complete Millennium system with 14 foot universal table. It has motorized fabric advance and foot pedal, laser light, stitch regulated, lower thread cutter, Hartley base expander, foot adapter, and all bobbins and patterns that came with the machine. The machine is located in Southern California (Dana Point). Buyer is responsible for shipping expenses. I will crate the machine for shipping if needed. Selling price is $7,500.00. Contact Rusty Skinner at (310) 631-1532 or email: rustythejet@gmail.com. This machine has been sold.
    1 point
  7. Gigi59

    dreaming of a Lucey

    I recently got a new lenni, with a 10 foot table, in my dining room with no room on one end and about 24 inches on the other, it's perfect!
    1 point
  8. Batty: You need to hold the top thread and bobbin thread until you've locked them by hand (several manual stitches) before you hit the "go" button. If you let go of it before it's locked it's like you didn't do it to begin with. It's tedious, but necessary. Your speed control doesn't seem to be working properly. Your machine should stitch from very slowly to very rapidly as you turn the speed control dial. Remove the bobbin case, unthread the machine (just past the take up lever), and press the "go" button. Turn the speed control knob from beginning to end and gauge how fast or slow the machine stitches. If there isn't a great deal of difference, there is something wrong with that control. Proper speed control will help you get started. Good luck. Jim
    1 point
  9. Don't forget to set the tension on your bobbin case! That in itself can cause issues.
    1 point
  10. That is to bad Marti my machine is the same vintage touch wood I have not done anything to it yet fingers crossed hope she purrs like she used to soon
    1 point
  11. Dont give up Batty it can seem like a hassle but definitely worth it. Hugs
    1 point
  12. I completed this Judy Niemeyer Mariners Compass Quilt on July 4th. I started piecing this quilt as part of a technique of the month class in April 2013. The top was completed November of the same year. This is the first quilt that I marked for quilting before putting it on the frame. I'm quite happy with the results! The quilt was quilted on my Ultimate I.
    1 point
  13. We had two ladies in our guild lost their spouses about a month ago. So a few of us got together to make each a quilt. The pattern is Fat Quarter Anonymous by Touchtone, We made the Cream back ground quilt first but it had the grey solid fabric and was not pretty. So we went back to the quilt shop and bought the the cream fabric. I Frogged the quilt and kept the grey and used my stash to make the second quilt. The panto on the cream is Star Spangled Support by Jessica Shick and the other is Dew Drops in the Garden by Patricia Ritter. Used Glide thread and Fil-Tec bobbins. Thanks for looking. 20150718_101515 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr 20150718_101527 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr 20150718_182639 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr 20150718_182648 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr
    1 point
  14. Riding with my brother and friend Xande (also a quilter) yesterday. We had made a wrong turn somewhere, and were coming down a lovely hill. Joe was in front, but standing in front of this sign saying "Nothing to see here. Just keep riding." Sadly, it was Monday, and the shop was closed, but the lovely owner of Canby Quilts in Canby, OR came out to get her mail right then. Probably also to see why these 3 strange people were hanging outside her house and shop. She started a conversation, offered us water. On a hot day, a long way from the next stop, this was MUCH appreciated. So, next time you're in the area, be sure and stop by and say thanks for the water! http://canbyquilts.com/index.php
    1 point
  15. Extra loft for quilting definition is really the only reason for double batting...rarely, someone wants a very warm quilt, but the trend among custom quilters right now is double batt. I suspect there will be a well known batting company that will come out with a nice loftey batt sometime in the near future with all the double batt users right now. I use 80/20 and wool for show quilts or applique quilts - it gives a trapunto look without all the work!
    1 point
  16. lkl

    Double Batting??

    I often double batt using 100% cotton or an 80/20 (cotton/poly) base with either Hobbs polydown or Pellon Legacy poly overlay. It makes a nice substantial and warm quilt. Leslie
    1 point
  17. Is the needle appropriate for your machine and is it in correctly? Bump goes toward the front. Wishing you good luck and an easy fix.
    1 point
  18. If you can't pick up the bobbin thread, your timing need adjusting. I imagine it would be best to have someone familiar with the machine show you the ropes. If it isn't a hardship for you to take the head to a dealer, they could get you squared away and confident that you made a good decision. You might arrange for them to come to you, if you're willing to pay for time and travel.
    1 point
  19. So many things to check before you pack up your baby for a road trip, Battynurse. Are you bringing your bobbin thread to the top and making some securing stitches before you take off? Are you able to easily bring up the bobbin thread? Does it pull easily through the needle plate hole? Have you done a drop test or used a Towa gauge to test if the bobbin is too loose? Is the hook retaining finger properly positioned? It's that metal piece that is screwed to the underside of the base. It should be slotted in only far enough to stop the rotation of the bobbin assemble. How is your top tension. A pull on the top thread through the needle should deflect the U-shaped tension assemble spring down between a quarter-inch and a half-inch. A firm pull on the thread should show that the thread rides smoothly through all changes in direction--through pig tails, the tensioner, L-guides, and the eye of the needle. How is your timing? Was it ever stitching OK after you bought it? If not, timing might be your problem. I won't go into that here---there are great videos and instructions for correcting timing accessible on the home page. Wishing you good luck and an easy fix. Have you had a beginner class? It's invaluable.
    1 point
  20. I bought the Qbot with a Pfaff Grand Quilter a few years ago. I have out grown the Pfaff but not the Qbot. I think the Qbot was my best purchase ever. I have no ability with free motion quilting. When contacting Gammill I have gotten only one reply. "Statler Stitcher". I ask about Intelliquilter... they said "Statler Stitcher". When I asked about Qbot... they said "Statler Stitcher". I have talked to 7 different Gammill dealers from Arizona to Virginia and they each and everyone tried to convince me that anything but Statler Stitcher was a waste of time and effort. When I talked to Qbot dealers they just didn't know. When you go to the website and try and look at the compatibility list it bounces you to a blog that does not seem to work well with internet explorer 10. was able to view one of the compatibility lists from that site but Gammill was not listed. Several people said there were other compatibility lists and after downloading a different browser today, I did find a compatibility list that did say Gammill but it does not list any models. It says nothing about parts needed to connect it to a Gammill. Every Qbot dealer seems to sell a specific brand of quilter (Pfaff, Tin Lizzie, Nolting, etc.) and only knows how to attach it to the quilters they sell or brands they have sold. None of them seem to have sold Gammill's. The Gammill dealers only want to sell "Statler Stitcher". At this point I am reaching out to the quilting community because someone has done it. I am sure sooner of later I will find someone who knows someone. I found a picture of a Gammill with a Qbot on it. It was on a website in France. I have written the webmaster and hope to find out how they did it and what kind of a Gammill it is. Thanks so much for replying to my post Marci.
    1 point
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