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  1. ffq-lar

    SCRIM on bTTING

    With all batting, the scrim goes next to the backer---so it faces down. With that said, most scrimmed cotton batting has the scrim buried within the layers. The fibers are needle-punched into the scrim (a sheet of very strong and very thin polyester) and the key to placement is the direction of that needle punching. Your machine needle should go through in the same direction as the needle punching. So look at the batting---one side is smoother and has tiny visible holes (dimples). The other side will be rougher-looking and a bit raggedy (pimples). So the rule is "show your dimples---up---and
    5 points
  2. This is one I just finished for a friend. She pieced the quilt and I quilted it. I thought it turned out really well. I used Quilter's Dream Batting, and light gray thread on top with white on bottom.
    4 points
  3. Originally envisioned for the QUILT TULSA 2020 quilt show. Turned into my stay-at-home project. Took much longer than anticipated. Used left overs, class samples, rejects, cheater cloth, test blocks, random fabric, etc. Quilted in 6 parts on my APQS Millennium.
    3 points
  4. harcathy

    Baby Quilt

    Baby quilt I made for a friend. Nursery is done in these colours and theme is sheep
    3 points
  5. Gator

    Batting storage

    Have you tried searching this forum? There have been many storage ideas throughout the years. Here's my favorite, easy to move and fairly cheap to make:
    3 points
  6. i found a stack of over 50 vintage hankies for $10 this am wow, when I sorted through them there is enough to make three nice size quilts in three colorways. That said, a few of the light ones need stain removal. Does anyone know the name of the product ypunuse to soak vintage linens. i cannot remember it.
    2 points
  7. Thank you Linda. I will check it out. And find a source for the cleaning product. You are always so knowledgeable. I appreciate it. I see a handkerchief Quilt in my near future.
    2 points
  8. Hi Nancy Jo! Use Retro Clean to soak the hankies. It's not expensive and easy to find. It takes hot water and if there are heavy stains, more than one treatment. Works like a charm! If you haven't seen (Quilting Vintage) on Facebook, join to see lots of projects and advice for backing and stabilizing the hankies for use in quilts. Fun!
    2 points
  9. Just straighten the eye holding the bearing so it's at a right angle to the shaft, put a drop of oil on it, and you should be ready to go. Jim
    2 points
  10. Long day, completely forgot to check the carriage fuse! All is well, no damage. Thank you.
    2 points
  11. I call myself the 'cobbler with no shoes' because I quilt for everyone else except me! So my goal was to make a quilt for our new house, our new bed.... I wanted calm neutral colours reminding me of sand or pebbles.....I made this quilt using the pattern "Sweet Garden" from Carolina Patchworks. I was intending to make the entire king size with this pattern - and I did. Then I hated it, so I chopped 2/3s of the pattern off and added white for some neutral breathing space. Simple quilting in between the blocks. And then I got carried away in the white. [
    2 points
  12. ffq-lar

    Baste a quilt

    I do this about twice a year--mostly for my hand-quilting friends. I charge a half-cent per square inch with a $50 minimum for this. But if you want, you can charge her by the hour. It may take you longer to load it than to stitch it, but you still need to be paid for your time. A moderate-sized quilt may take 2 hours total, so the $50 minimum is fair. No way is it a 10 minute job. Attached is a diagram of my quilting path for basting. It's a grid without long verticals and is very fast. Use a heavier, contrasting poly and a long stitch-length for ease of stitch-removal. Don't cross at the cor
    2 points
  13. PattyJo

    A baby quilt

    This small quilt is a gift for a new mom to be's baby shower next weekend. I've known this lady for about 25 years since she was about 12. It took her a long time to meet Mr Right and now they are expecting their first - a little boy. This pattern is a MSQC and is in the tutorials. 2 charm packs used with poly blend batt and glide threads.
    2 points
  14. You are doing the right thing. Douse it again with WD-40 and let it sit for a while. That will soften the thread even more. Continue to pull out the visible threads with tweezers and try to rock the assembly manually. If necessary, douse again and let it sit overnight, keep working, and you should be able to loosen things up. When the assembly turns, start it at a slow speed to twirl out any thread that's left. Make sure you haven't blown a fuse with the jam. Wipe out and re-oil well with machine oil. Good luck, Jacque.
    2 points
  15. Turning you needle will help with skipped stitches, but not with tension issues. If you're using equal ruler tension in all directions, then I think it's a matter of tension adjustment. The direction you are sewing affects stitch tension by drag on the top thread. e.g. more tension in some directions, less tension in others. With very light tension the direction tension variables become magnified. My suggestion: Tighten your bobbin tension to 200 on you TOWA, then tighten your top tension enough to balance your stitches. With this tighter stitch, the direction tension differences will b
    2 points
  16. I use glide thread top and bottom not problems. Do you ask your customers where they bought the minkie? There are some really terrible copycats out there. I have problems with the cheap brands. I prefer "cuddle" over minkie, it comes out perfect every time.
    2 points
  17. katquilter

    Needle hitting

    Hi - Thought I would update - I spoke with the Amazing Amy and it might be I can just do a belt adjustment ! She sent me videos, and once I find Allen wrenches and do a little Yoga to slow my heartbeat down, I'll be doing this chiropractic adjustment on my machine …
    2 points
  18. ffq-lar

    Take up roller brake

    You have several things to look at---it doesn't have anything to do with the brake. First, make sure the backers you load are perfectly on-grain. This can be done with tearing the fabric instead of rotary cutting. If it's always on one side, your rollers may not be perfectly parallel or level. Just a small bit high on the right side will cause that side to roll tighter, which magnifies with every advance. Use a long level to check for horizontal level. Then adjust the bolts that attach the roller to the frame until the roller is level. Unfurl your leaders when you check for level so you are on
    2 points
  19. JustSew

    3 at once

    I mounted 3 baby quilts at once. I used the same length of backing fabric for all 3 but used different battings. Used my faithful 2002 Millenium.
    2 points
  20. Here's the last quilt of the year off the frame. It had lots of fullness issues so I had to heavily quilt it. I also got to use my quiltazoid to make the stars. I also meant to put a star in the middle but I forgot. There's so much fabric under there though that its probably best that I didn't try. Jess Mariners compass by butterflyjess03, on Flickr image by butterflyjess03, on Flickr image by butterflyjess03, on Flickr image by butterflyjess03, on Flickr
    2 points
  21. I have my customers put the parts in a seal-able bag (like a big Zip-loc) and drop it in front of my garage. I put out a wire bin on a small table that is under cover. We may talk at a distance. They put any instructions in the bag. I wear protective gloves, wipe the bag thoroughly with a disinfectant, then it goes into an un-used, un-heated shop for three days (or longer). I phone to discuss choices of thread and quilting. After quilting, she picks up in the same way and she uses whatever method she's comfortable with to assure it's safe. I'm in Washington State where people are advised to d
    2 points
  22. sewingpup

    roller brake

    Yep as Sharon says. You need to release it to advance or roll the quilt. I did some adjusting of mine at first without loosening the brake....yikes....what a mess.....the Velcro did move out of place leaving a goopy mess.....I cleaned it with rubbing alcohol I believe...it took a while....then ended up applying a new valcro strip.....good news though....I haven't had to replace it for several years.....I have had to take my Allen wrench and tighten the handle a few times though.....I bought one of those multi sized allen wrenchs that had the same size in it.....I like it better because you h
    2 points
  23. Sharon Deming

    roller brake

    The purpose of the brake is to keep the roller from moving, so be sure to release the brake before you advance or "rewind" your quilt. You should have received an angled "Allen" wrench with your APQS machine. You may find that over time, the brake handle doesn't hold the rollers as firmly as it once did. The angled wrench is used to set the handle in a position that will enable it to hold firmly. If you purchased a used machine, you may or may not have the instructions for this, but you can find info with a quick forum or google search. And you are correct, there are NO stupid questions.
    2 points
  24. PamelaG

    Ruler work

    I agree, people DO think that is easy. I got a last minute quilt last year, for a parent's 50th wedding anniversary. All blocks with photos or drawings. She wanted a "quick" "simple" stitch in the ditch. She was shocked when I explained that this was a custom job and how difficult so called simple stitching is. Super king size and she'd budgeted only $100. LOL Wanted me to bind it too. When I gave her the cost, she almost fainted. Finally took it on after she talked to the rest of the family and they helped with the cost, but she decided to bind it herself too. She still had to pay over $600.
    2 points
  25. quiltmonkey

    Ruler work

    Custom work using rulers - this is a highly specialized skill that take months, if not years to perfect. If it were me, I would charge by the hour, not by square inch. Don't underestimate your time and skills. I rarely do ruler quilting for customers because it's so expensive. I find other ways to quilt, or I choose to use minimal amount of rulers and then freehand the rest (combination) Find the going rate for custom heirloom quilting in your area, or ask other quilters in your area what they charge for ruler work. If I were doing ruler work, I would charge at least $35 per hour. For estimate
    2 points
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  27. I have decided that I am going to leave FB in the next week or two. I have had enough of the spewing hate there from both sides. I also do not believe in the censorship there and other sites. I have none of our kids or grands on FB. Most other family members are not on either, or rarely ever post. I have never posted much here but I read. Somehow this did not get transferred when I got this new computer and I could not get in under IQuiltToo. I had to sign in as a new user. Looking forward to being here again!
    1 point
  28. Get the delux. Better to have more than you need than to need more than you have. Jim
    1 point
  29. Thank you! I got the joints back in alignment easily by loosening the hex nut just underneath and then retightening. A drop of oil fixed the awful squeak! APQS said to use WD-40.
    1 point
  30. If Jim's suggestion didn't solve the problem, the case is jammed probably because there is thread snarled around the spindle. If you advance the hand wheel, does the needle go up and down? Can you see any stray thread in the area? Before deciding to remove the bobbin assembly (which might be a last resort) do a saturation with WD-40. Remove the needle plate and the needle so you can spray from all directions, put down a cloth to catch dips, and spray from the top and from the front. If the hand wheel moves, advance a couple of turns and re-spray. If it doesn't, try to rock it so you can get th
    1 point
  31. jimerickson

    Lenni

    As I think more about it, I have a question. Is the quilt top or back a batik fabric? Due to the usual tight weave, and some of the coloring agents used on this type fabric, stitching can sometimes be a problem. If you are using batik fabric, got to a larger needle, and use sewer's aid, or some other silicon lube for your needle and thread. Good luck. That just might solve your problems. Jim
    1 point
  32. RunningThreads

    Broke needle

    Linda always give good advice. Here is a link to the timing video. Nigel https://www.apqs.com/timing-apqs-machine-video/
    1 point
  33. Heywyre

    Heywyre

    I have just finished a wall hanging that is approximately 40 inches square. It is a pattern called "Mexican Stars" and now the quilting part and I don't have a clue of where to start or what pattern to quilt. Do I keep it simple (and safe) and just do stitch in the ditch or something a little more challenging? Help!!
    1 point
  34. Heywyre

    Heywyre

    Thanks for the compliment Sue. This is the second one I have done but I kept it REAL simple - basically stitch in the ditch and nothing more - as far as the quilting in the first one The first thing I thought about was try and find others that had done this quilt but I really haven't been successful in that regard to give me any ideas. I know there are some great spaces and before my mind starts wondering off too much, I really don't want to take away from the "stars" either so perhaps do some quilting in a white thread in those blocks or perhaps a very light blue so as not to distr
    1 point
  35. APQS Hydraulic table lift 500.00 obo Taken off machine we bought like new price new completely nuts 1600+
    1 point
  36. I find myself doing quite a few embroidery quilts lately for some reason. This cute little bunny quilt is the 2nd one I've done. I tried to keep it simple, but she wanted it to be used decorately instead of for her grandbaby to actually use it so I could quilt is tighter than I normally would a quilt that will be used by the youngster. Quarter inch echoing in the blocks, SID around the blocks, something featherish in the outside border and a simple sashing treatment. You know, cute quilts are just fun to quilt! Thanks for looking.
    1 point
  37. Gail O

    Baby Quilt

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love the sheep.
    1 point
  38. 2008 Lenni with 10ft table. Includes zipper leaders, micro handles, hydraulic legs, bobbin winder and more. He is in perfect working order. I just finished quilting a queen size quilt! I am upgrading to a Freddie and must part with my Lenni. Can deliver and set up locally for an additional fee. Asking $8,500. Contact Dee at 817-228-8024 or drramirez65@gmail.com.
    1 point
  39. Inadefal

    Daughter bag

    My daughter has such bag. She made it with her own hands.
    1 point
  40. Gator

    Piecing with dress shirts

    Personally I would leave the starch in the shirts. I starch all my quilting fabric. When piecing the fabric holds its shape better, less shrinkage, etc. As far as becoming a wrinkled mess when the quilt is washed, it depends on many factors? What was the shirts made out of, cotton, polyester, silk, etc? What type of batting are you planning on using? Are you quilting it dense or light, this will probably be the main factor in how much it wrinkles. If the batting is made out of the same type of fabrics, you should be able to wash the quilt like you would the shirts. It's a quilt so a
    1 point
  41. Lauralorene

    Ruler work

    The above suggestions are the best I’ve seen so far. I too have struggled with pricing. By the inch at .015-.02 should be only for the most simple edge to edge pattern PLUS a fee for loading, squaring up, winding bobbins and machine set-up. If all that is done right you get great results but not if you rush it. So my thought after 25+ years is anything other than edge to edge simple stippling (or similar) should be at least triple that amount. I think if you run the figures it makes sense. Our work is skilled, artistic and valuable.
    1 point
  42. barbm

    Millennium Manual PDF

    If you go to Facebook and search for the "We Love APQS" group, there's a Millie/Freddie manual in the Files Section.
    1 point
  43. Kueser

    Ruler work

    I still find it amusing that folks think stitch in the ditch is an easy and cheap way to get their quilt quilted.
    1 point
  44. For Sale: Gammill Vision 2.0 30-12 with 12 Foot Frame. $12,995. This machine has a 30 inch throat, gam guide, laser light, upgraded breeze track, ruler base, rear handles, and various accessories. Machine has been professionally serviced and is in excellent working condition. Freight shipping available for an extra fee. Otherwise, you may come test it out and we will help load it into your truck or van. My email is tweid04@gmail.com. Thank You!
    1 point
  45. I do not believe you can delete your thread. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing. Good if issues were discussed that may not directly address your issue or sale, then those posts or informational tidbits can still be found. It also gives both buyers and sells what items are going for on the site. Bad if your item has sold then your thread may continue to bump to the top of the page as individuals ask it the item is still for sale. I would suggest that "edit" the thread you wish to delete. You can edit the title and any items in your posts under the thread. For in
    1 point
  46. QM; I would charge by the hour, which you can convert to your personal PSI, depending on how fast your quilt and how many thread breaks will be involved. I took a class with Claudia Pfeil once, and she told us how she charge by the hour. More importantly, she said it normally cost between $2,000 to $3,000 for her to complete a large quilt. If it was very detailed, it could cost more. The customer that pieced a once in a lifetime quality quilt, expected the same when it came to the quilting. Claudia said her skill set earned that sort of charge. While many would not pay for it, t
    1 point
  47. I charge .12 per linear inch to just sew it on one side with my DM, .25 per linear inch if I sew it on and then hand sew it down, so to do it entirely by machine I'd go somewhere in the middle...? I'd rather spend my time either longarming or doing my own quilts so I charged what I thought was more to try and discourage people from asking, I still get one now and then.
    1 point
  48. Anna, You probably could loosen your bottom tension a smidgen too. Actually, the Trilobal thread (40wt) is a heavier thread than the (50wt) So Fine. The trilobal thread actually has 3 diagonal cuts (tri) making it a triangular shape and this is what weakens the thread. I had no problems running the 40wt on George. You just need to play around with that top tension and you will probably need to go a little slower. You will need to loosen your tension A LOT. Also, try going through just 2 holes in the 3 hole pre-tensioner guide. You can also move that guide to adjust tension. Go back
    1 point
  49. Zeke, move your pictures into Paint program.. or click on them and select Öpen With" then select Paint. They are usually built into computers.. there click on Ïmage" then on "Resize and Skew", you can use the first two boxes, both have 100 in them, to reduce the picture size.. try various sizes from 60% to 30%, depending on the pixels your camera is using.. if it's not the size you want, go to Edit and click on Undo.. go back to pict and try a diff. size. also the extra posts whic didn't bring up the pic t. you can go into ëdit" in the top right corner of your posts, one at a time, and s
    1 point