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    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 corners so the fabric can be manipulated by the quilter if necessary. Don't let your friend make the decisions ---she doesn't know what's involved. This technique and attaching binding on the longarm are services you can advertise. Not everyone offers them.
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    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.
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    Janice H

    Baste a quilt

    Thank you, Linda, for your answer. It is very helpful. I like the drawing. I will use it. I talked with the friend this a.m.. She picked up a quilt. She is a lovely person and a good friend. I am happy I can help her. Thanks
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    Thanks Sharon! I have not tried it yet, but Longarm quilting is mentioned in the instructions. I’m planning to make four Power Up cases for gifts and I was hoping it would save a lot of time by using my Longarm. I will definitely post again after I try it. Your instructions are very helpful. Thanks for your help! Carolyn
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    Carolyn, welcome to the forum!! My life has taken a shift and I have suspended quilting for others until next year --- but .. I had a chance to speak to the woman who quilts the Soft and Stable sandwiches for Annie (of by Annie). Now, I have not tried this yet - too many other things ahead of it. But, she uses the 52" wide S&S and trims it to about 48" wide. Then loads the "backing" along the cut width of fabric with the selvedges (left on) on the sides. Centers the S&S over the backing and the top fabric and the top fabric centered on top. anchors the edges and quilts with a low density design. She said she uses the clamps on the S&S. I have trouble actually picturing all that, so after I quilt the charity top that stares at me every time I go into the studio, I will see how working with S&S works out and let you know on this thread. Have you tried quilting with S&S yet?
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    Compuquilter Motors for sale

    yes it is.
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    PFAFF PowerQuilter 16.0 Sit Down Longarm Quilting Machine. We have one with a stitch regulator, one without. Location - Lancaster, PA $2995 with Stitch Regulator $2495 without. Shipping is an option depending where you live. We can freight ship these machines.
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    Stitch Regulator

    Thanks Shana, I tried thoses things with no success. I called Angie and she is sending me some circut boards.
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    No. What you're experiencing is normal. As you roll up the quilt on the take-up roller it takes up space in the "harp". Each pass you make will shorten your "stitching field". Just plan accordingly. If you're stitching a panto, make sure that it is no deeper than the smallest stitching field will be. Probably 2 or 2 1/2 inches less. Good luck. Jim
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    Stitch Regulator

    Thanks Shana, I tried those things with no success. I worked today and will call tomorrow. My thread cutter is also on the fritz. Probably a circut board even though I changed them both out last year.
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    thread jam in hook assembly

    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.
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    Reduced price - I’m selling my Babylock Tiara III Sit down quilter with Koala table and lots of extras. It is a floor model I purchased last Christmas. I’ve just downsized from 4 bedroom home to 2 bedroom condo and no longer have a space for the quilter, even though it has a very small profile. I’ve only practiced a little on a test piece. I live in West TN so would deliver within 150 miles or you could pick up. Reduced Asking price is $4200 which includes: Tiara III quilter Koala table Creative Notions free motion grip Tru Stitch stitch regulator Baby Lock Glide Foot Bobbin winder for large bobbins Extra bobbins if interested please send me a private message. Thanks! Michele
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    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 be a much smaller percent of total tension, and stitch balance will be easier to achieve. Jim
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    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.