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  1. 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.
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  2. 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!
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  3. 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
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  4. Nosy me wanted to help your sale (what a great price!) by noting that this is a "Green Millennium". Those are traded-in machines that are gone over completely at APQS, worn parts replaced, spiffed up, everything checked out, etc. So while the age of the body and some parts is 20 years, and seeing that she had a recent spa treatment, it's lots better than a used machine of the same vintage that hasn't had that treatment. Good luck with your sale!
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  5. 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.
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  6. I would email the above picture to APQS, and then call them in the morning. The upper joint (I think it is actually a bearing) looks like it is not fully seated together. APQS can give you the best method to fix. If you have to quilt tonight, I do not believe it would cause any issues to used sparingly. Tell us what APQS tells you. Best of luck with your repair. Cagey
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  7. Janice H

    Timing?

    I hit the backbar with machine & needle down. Didn't hurt the quilt but couldn't move the needle. We got the book out(that came with the machine) and had no problem timing the machine. The instructions are good. Machine works great now.
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  8. PKS, Do not be afraid to ship a machine. You can find a packing company in most cities that will come to the home of the seller, remove the item, and then pack/ship the items to you. They will normally use a freight company to do this, and the items will be delivered to your driveway. You are responsible from there for moving into your home and assembly. I would hope most sellers would work with a buyer to complete this process. I shipped a large George table from Detroit to Florida, and it was approximately $400 for the entire process. You can ship cars across the county for
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  10. Sorry I’m late to this conversation. If this is happening with full bobbins it could be they are slightly too full or egg shaped and rubbing on the side of the case. Quite often I would have to pull off a few yards until the tension ran smooth. I guess a bent bobbin case would also cause this. Nigel
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  11. RunningThreads

    Check spring

    Yes that check spring does need changing occasionally. It will get a groove worn in it just like the pigtails but not nearly as often. The check spring’s job is to prevent the thread from getting wrapped around the needle. It does this by taking up any free play between the tension and the needle when the needle is out of the quilt. Some will disagree but it really should have no effect on tension unless the thread is snagging on the spring. Have someone record the thread path with your cell phone camera as you are quilting. When you review you may see your problem is further up the thre
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  12. Thank you Cagey, Betsy, Sue, and Sewingpup for your thoughtful responses. I have been checking for used machines as well. I guess that I am leaning toward the Lucey (with the deluxe table, bliss, and auto fabric advance.) My husband thinks that is the one I should purchase as well. Now I just need to find a spot for her. Pam
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  13. Cagey

    Anti fatigue mat

    Gerald, You do understand the post if over 10 years old. Plus, Matt; the individual you quoted, has not visited the forum since 2016. If you hover over the poster's name you can see when they last visited the site. If you do an internet search for "anti-fatigue floor mats" you will find a number of possible solutions. Best of luck shopping. Cagey
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  14. Janice H

    What to do about pokies!

    I am (most definitely) the pokey queen. It happened again. Quilt backing is pieced with two different fabrics. One finished with no pokies. The other fabric had a zillion pokies. I threw it in the dryer on delicate for 15 minutes. The small pokies disappeared completely. I took a marker close to the color of the fabric with the pokies and lightly touched the pokies. It looks great. How lucky can I be!! The fabric that is fine is 100%cotton. The fabric with the pokies is a mix of cotton and polyester. She is a fairly new quilter. I will be more careful with the batting I use
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  15. I would use a wool batting. I find it more drapeable and softer than any of the cotton varieties I have used. It also is lighter when covering you.
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  16. 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.
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