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    Farmer's Wife Quilt

    I just completed a client's Farmer's Wife quilt: It took 19 bobbins of decobob thread. LOL I love the colours she chose, and her piecing was outstanding. I'll post more photos on my blog in the next few days when I get a chance. The lighting outside was just perfect to show the texture today. More details are on my blog now. :-)
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    I have to show off the binding on this quilt. Stitched it on today and the back by hand. Yes my hands hurt, but I love this quilt!!!! Wish I could keep it. The fabric is printed stripes and made it easy to do. 20160124_175930 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr
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    I love striped bindings. I made one once for a red and white quilt, really set the quilt off I thought. The judges didn't seem to like it much though...however, that was 20 yrs ago so I'm thinking I was just ahead of things a bit. The quilt sold and has been displayed in several places.
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    Andrea I feel your pain!! There are not a lot of Canadian shops that sell longarm supplies but here are a few. - Erie Quilt Art -Canadian Longarm Supplies -Sparrow Studioz -Wonderfil
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    The Aussie dollar is worse. Whatever the price is in the US double it then add postage to get to Australia.
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    Using a Towa Gauge for better Tension

    Hi All, For those of you that are new to using a longarm and are struggling with tension, I posted a YouTube video on using the Towa gauge as a guideline to ease/understand tension problems . I hope this helps some newbies out there as my relationship with George certainly improved this past year when I started using a Towa . Best, Debbie http://www.thequiltjournal.com/using-towa-gauge-better-bobbin-tension/ https://youtu.be/bmW6qwotQGQ
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    Using a Towa Gauge for better Tension

    So far I have found the least expensive place to buy a Towa is if another member is selling theirs, rarely there is a good deal on eBay, but sometimes you get lucky. New I have found Superior and Amazon are pretty close in price last time I looked. Yes Superior has a tension chart, but they are for DSM as it is focusing on top tension. Superiors does have a thread chart that does give needle suggestion for each thread that is useful. I agree with Cagey, there are several posts about the Towa and setting your bottom tension, and Linda is a huge wealth of knowledge that shares so freely. Linda does point out that with certain threads you may have to tweak more then others. Keeping a note book helps . You really only have to tweak a lot in the beginning to figure out where your machine likes to live( mine is around 150, others are 180 or 200 ) Once you know what your number is, setting each bobbin to that number becomes quick and easy - for most threads, adjusting the rest of the tension from the top by changing my threading or lowering the tension dial or both- again the notebook helps.... I go to sleep and forget my the next day what I did lol! For me the Towa has made bottom tension so much more straight forward. Hope this helps
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    If your model has only one plug on the left side of the head (for the handle controls) than the fluorescent bulb connection runs up behind the handle assembly and connects behind the front control panel. We came up with a thin 1/4" spacer that goes behind the handle assembly allowing the new power supply cable to run up behind the handle assembly to it's connection. It's a simple fix now. Regarding power supply options: Most common is the in-line power supply that uses the existing fluorescent plug. Some after market components like the IQ use this light plug so another option for the LED power supply is the plug-in version that uses the laser receptacle at the back of the machine. Heidi, thanks for your nice review on our LED light system and installation comments for your model of Millie! Sheri, you should have yours any day now. Let me know how it works out. Mike http://www.mcautomationinc.com/led2
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    Burying Thread Tails

    One way to secure your beginning and ending stitches is with tiny locking stitches. Use the needle up/down feature to place several stitches very close together before engaging your stitch regulator. Try to put 10-15 stitches within 1/4-inch for best results. If you want to compete in quilt shows, or are looking for a way to hide threads that begin in open spaces, then try burying your thread tails. Hand quilters have buried their threads for decades, and several methods exist to accomplish the same task. In the following video I demonstrate just one way to bury your threads...you may find others that work for you, too!