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  1. Just lightly spritz with water and rub over them with a scrap piece of batting and I think they will close up. Batiks are a little more difficult.
  2. I got it with Angie’s help. Very simple fix. The mounting bracket was backwards on the light. Talk about feeling “Duh!” So happy to have such great support from APQS - especially when they don’t make you feel stupid!
  3. I’ve had my machine in storage for awhile. Today I have been setting it up again. The only thing I’m stuck on is installing the front handles with the light. It’s a 2005 model. Any suggestions or help would be very much appreciated.
  4. My best advise is to practice, practice, practice!
  5. You can take off the cardboard side and it will work fine. You may have to adjust your bobbin tension. It happens occasionally to me as well. I think the cardboard may be a fraction bigger in diameter than it should be. Make sure there isn't any shredded cardboard under your spring now.
  6. Try a pumice stone. It might not be as harsh as sandpaper. Good luck!
  7. Are you using the correct size needle for the thread you are using?
  8. I don't charge extra but I totally agree with you that the customer should pay a premium. Some minkie is worse than others but they all take extra time to clean up before being able to start the next quilt.
  9. I have been using the SuperBobs pre wound bobbins for a long time. I used to be able to count on them all to be the same. Lately I have to check every bobbin as they have been different. I adjust my bobbin case with almost every bobbin. I think the issue is with the cardboard sides - some seem to be ever so slightly larger which throws the tension off.
  10. I love it. It's really to cool to cover up with "stuff!"
  11. Can anyone tell me the advantage of purchasing a Quilt Path over IntelliQuilter? In my area I've not heard any comments about Quilt Path but have gotten rave reviews about IntelliQuilter.
  12. Funny you should ask. I had the same question this week. I called Amy and she emailed me the instructions. Couldn't see any slot in a screw looking thru the tiny hole. It ended up that the screw was laying inside my machine and I never did manage to adjust the foot. It would not move. I did put the screw back in. I wonder how long it's been laying inside my machine? I had to return the quilt to my customer.
  13. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the Quilters Dream products. If you only want to purchase two different ones I would suggest Quilters Dream Blend be one of them.
  14. Thanks for the great suggestions. I will experiment more. The owner is a good customer so I hope I can make it work for her.
  15. Has anyone quilted an all wool quilt? I have a customer that pieced a quilt top using 3 1/2" squares. It's only 56 x 57 but very bulky with 1/2" seam allowances pressed open. The real problem I'm having is with the back. The back is pieced as well with a section of 3 1/2" squares going both the length and width of the backing approximately 12" wide thru the center. I can't get the bulk wrapped tight enough around the take up roller in order to get the backing smooth in order to load the top. Does anyone have a trick on how to do this or is it impossible? The seam allowances create so much bulk
  16. Could it possibly be that your quilt sandwich is to tight?
  17. Thanks everyone. I did have to push a couple of threads back under the seam allowance. My customer was really pleased with the outcome. I don't think she would have been happy if there had been red threads under the white background.
  18. Thank you for the great suggestions. I was able to purchase a size 13/14 crochet hook and it worked perfect. Thank you Shana!!
  19. Can anyone tell me what they use to get stray threads out that are sandwiched between the quilt top and batting. I fought red threads showing up under a cream background the whole time I was quilting. I thought I had done well but after taking the quilt off my machine I missed a few. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. If it's a unique tool that you use if you can let me know where you got yours that would be great too. Thank you.
  20. I had a Reliable Steam Generator for about 15 months and it exploded like a pressure cooker. It scared me to death the day it happened and I'm grateful I didn't get burned. I contacted Reliable and they refused to do anything about it. It was out of warranty but I was still disappointed because I had paid a lot for it. I could never buy another Reliable.
  21. I do have a hand out that I give to my customer when they pick up their quilt and I discuss how to apply borders. The thing I don't do is call them to tell them I have to take a tuck. I don't want to hold up my machine while they contemplate if they want me to do it. Also, I don't want to deal with having to leave a message and hope they get back to me in a timely manner. So far I haven't had any problems with customers being upset. I do worry that one of these days I will have a problem.
  22. Thank you ladies. Both of the quilts I had to take tucks on were edge to edge designs. I baste my sides as I go along but the fullness was so bad that I couldn't get the borders to lay flat enough to baste even after starch and steaming them. Very frustrating. I asked one of the customers how she puts her borders on and she said "her teacher" told her just to take a strip of fabric the width she wants the border to be and sew it on - no measuring - YIKES - no wonder there was a problem.
  23. Anyone else out there that has had a run of quilts with full borders. It's been so bad that on 2 quilts I finally had to take tucks. Steam, steam and steam some more but still can't get them to lay flat enough. I start to take it personal as if it's me. Help - what does everyone else do?