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  1. Linda, That is correct. Char, If you go to the IRS wedsite and download a copy of Pub 17, you can find all of the details.
  2. Classes are a great way to start. After taking several classes, I purchased a vintage machine and then took more classes. I wanted to be well along my learning curve before getting my dream machine. It has worked well for me because I feel completely comfortable with tinkering with my machine. The two things I consider most important in my decision - performance and protecting the quilt from inadvertent harm. Your judgement of performance can only come from hands on experience. I wanted a table that did not put me in the position of leaning into the quilt top or exposing the quilt top to casual contact. For me that meant a table that did not allow the quilt top to be exposed over the side of the table. There are many more considerations but, in my opinion, if these two are not met it doesn't matter what was welded, what was molded, or what bells and whistles are available.
  3. This sounds like the fiendish work of the phantom dust bunnies again. Check the bobbin case, and all surrounding areas, for lint clusters. They will shift in and out of the thread path, leaving an irregular pattern of havoc. Smooth stiching to you!
  4. Tracey - If you have a smokefree and/or pet-free quilting environment, say so. But let me caution you, if you are going to guild smelling of smoke or sporting animal hairs don't expect the other guild members to overlook the evidence. Sorry - this may sound tough, but there it is.
  5. Check nooks and crannies under the footplate for a phantom dustbunny. This critter can hop out just long enough to cause a problem and then get bumped out of harms way, where it lurks plotting the next attack.
  6. Tina, SUE IS RIGHT. Stand by your prices. Customers know that you get what you pay for. Your style, quality, and customer service will keep you busy soon enough. Also your turnaround time will continue to improve - even with your multi-tasking lifestyle. If or when the quilt shop brings in another longarm quilter you can bet their prices will be the same as they were before - or higher.
  7. Dry marker works for me as a pretty good way to mark the beginning and end of the pantos.
  8. Hi Mary- I too am new at this and some of the best advice I have received so far is to practice doodling on paper - a lot. Warm-up is just as important a step in this physical acitivity as iin any other. Doodling on paper (or drywipe board), then doodling iin air with a silent machine have been great warm-up activities for me and are helping train muscle groups to respond with practiced ease. The muscle groups I use for longarming have always been allowed to snooze through my previous quilting activities. The next point is - How are you at drawing straight lines on paper? Most of us do a lot better with swirls and curves than with rulerless straight lines. So, I suggest you use tools and gadgets for straight lines and free your spirit for the enjoyment of gliding around like an ice skater. When you load up the practice piece as Jean suggests, try some penmenship exercises. If you are concerned about wasting supplies, take the opportunity to stitch a giant soft postcard to your aunt in Utah. Take wing,
  9. Thank you everyone. This has been very instructive and validating for me. My husband, an extremely supportive person, found me swirling my silent machine through a wild tango and wanted to know if everything was alright. I explained I was giving the panto a couple of test runs. He looked relieved. Then this discussion started and I knew I was not the only one.
  10. Darlene and Sue- Thank you for your good advice and the great points you made.
  11. Hi Sue- I have considered making my longarm available for rental to friends and have puzzled over fees. Any suggestions?