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    lisae

    Freedom VS Lucey

    I went from a Millie to a Freedom, with Glide. I love it! I don't miss the channel locks and I never used the thread cutter. I honestly didn't think Glide was that big a deal until I REALLY used it. Now I use it on almost every quilt. It is fabulous for small fill work. Go for it, you won't be sorry!
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    kkey1030

    Question washing

    I prewash everything by running it through a regular cycle with a little Synthrapol. In the case of your dress shirts, I would DEFINITELY pre-wash/shrink the backing because that shirt fabric has been washed a lot and is not likely to shrink when the quilt is washed. But the muslin will shrink, which could make some issues. my goal is always to have the batting, backing and quilt top shrink in unison.
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    kkey1030

    APQS road show

    It's a good chance to try other options for your Lenni if you are thinking about upgrading anything. They also do a nice introduction to threads--at least they did at the road show I went to when I bought my Millie. I sat next to a woman who already had one machine and was in the market to add another so she could have the computerized system doing edge to edge stitching while she did freehand quilting on the second machine. I learned almost as much from her!
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    sewingpup

    Freedom VS Lucey

    yes I know....I was thinking of trying a Freedom with glide and comparing how it moves with a Lucey on Bliss ....also if you can work without the stitch regulator turned on, it moves easier on the small stuff like pebbling. Lin
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    Cagey

    Freedom VS Lucey

    Linda: I would suggest you compare the options of the New Lucey/Freedom against your 2008 Millie. Then answer a few questions as a business owner. I quilt for fun, but am in the process of paying off all my debt so I am looking at your questions from a different angle. A business will always suck every penny it can from you. You have to decide that "I will only allow it to take X percent of profit per month, and I keep to live off of the remaining Y percent." That being said here are few questions to ask yourself. They are not fun to answer, but I believe you have to look at them to run a profitable business. 1. While I love custom work, how long will the custom work going to pay for the upgraded machine $1,250 just for Glide? 2. How much improvement in my actual quilting will the new machine bring about, and will I be able to charge more for this improvement? 3. What is my return on investment in my business by purchasing this new machine, and will it continue to allow me to withdraw Y percent in profits each month? 4. Could I purchase a used machine with all the bells and whistles I want in a new model saving money, and still improve my quilting results. I wish you the best of luck in your business decision. Cagey
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    tootsquilts

    Little Monsters in Pink

    Now thats what I call cute. Love it, and I bet he will too.
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    Sue E.

    Little Monsters in Pink

    Cute!
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    sewhappy

    Back in the saddle (almost)

    Well the past year still has my head spinning. Husband took a new job in Oregon. We had to sell our house in Montana & buy a house in Oregon. We have most (some) of the boxes unpacked, My sewing room is close to being set up. I had to get a new password to get back on here-it has been so long since I had any time to do much on any computer. I am back!
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    kkey1030

    Question washing

    When I bought my last wide backing fabric I was told to expect it to shrink UP TO 7%. That's quite a lot, so I pre-washed it. Glad I did--what started out as 108 inches wide ended up being only 104 inches. I usually pre-wash every fabric I use.
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    Beachside Quilter

    Little Monsters in Pink

    So darn cute, Annie!!
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    LisaC

    Little Monsters in Pink

    Super cute quilt and quilting!
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    JenniferBernard

    Little Monsters in Pink

    This quilt should win a cuteness award for sure Quilting can just be so much fun!
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    I don't think this is correct. While the line of stitching may look like it's buried more when it's off the frame, as opposed to when it's tight on the frame, the actual tension doesn't change much. If the tension is bad, it may be disguised a bit, especially with lofty batting. But if the tension looks good on the frame, it won't change to bad when the quilt is removed. Have you found this to be a problem?
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    cegates

    Matchstick quilting

    SID always makes the quilt look better, but as Lynn said, it needs to be within the budget allowed for the quilt. Cindy Roth posted a comment from another blog that I just loved. It went something like " your fabric store won't give you batiks for the price of muslin just because it will make your quilt look better." The curvy SID would look good and might be a good compromise. Carol