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Everything posted by qltnbe

  1. Does APQS carry a bar that can be attached to the framework of the Millie frame that I can store batting on? ….or is that something that is an after market thing that needs to be purchased elsewhere?
  2. Oh, I feel for you. I hope shaving it helps enough so that you can hardly see the bearding.
  3. I think if you pull your threads to the top, hold them for a second or two when you take your first stitches, then take 2-8 stiches backward and then forward, you won't have any nesting problems on the back. You will be able to tell from the top if you are taking too many stitches from the build up of threads too. Go with what looks pleasing.
  4. What about a silvery gray thread that would cover the whole quilt? Of course, it would help to see the quilt for us to make a better suggestion.
  5. I have leader grips that I use to attach the quilt back (hated having to pin huge quilts onto the frame). Leader grips, also, has side strips that clamp on to the quilt so that you get a good four-way stabilization. To lift the clamps on the side, I just stick a heavy duty yard stick under them. They work out great. Most definitely I would suggest buying the ruler base (Hartley) for the APQS machines if you are going to do any ruler work at all. I wouldn't go crazy on buying a bunch of gadgets until you start working with your machine and getting to know it. You're going to love Lenni.
  6. Is Flickr now charging? I have an account with them and have not been charged.
  7. If what APQS said still isn't working for you, please call them back. I am sure they have other suggestions. Let us know, too, what your solution is.
  8. Thank you Libby. I worked with her trying to figure out if we were on the same page when it came to "minimal", "simple" quilting. That means different things to each of us. I think her main goal was not to have too much quilting on her applique. I agree, McTavishing isn't what I would consider minimal quilting, but then what is on a quilt like this?
  9. Just finished this quilt for a customer who wanted minimal quilting on it as it is "folk art". She chose McTavishing for the background, so I did just enough stitching on the qpplique to hold it down. I had to work on this quilt in the dark with a side light just so that I could see where I was going and where I had been using So Fine Pearl on top and Cream Fil-Tec on the bottom.
  10. That's going to be one lucky baby boy!
  11. Feel for a switch right behind your LED lights, you can either turn off the lights, turn it on, or turn it to black light. What year is your Lucey? The website says the black light is on ALL new machines.
  12. After just suffering through a flooded basement, this would be a perfect solution to keep batt dry; and easy to roll off and cut, too.
  13. Looks great. I am about to work on an applique quilt. Did you outline your sunbonnet sue's?
  14. I actually had a harder time seeing the cream thread on the green fabric that had squiggles in the design, than I had with the cream thread on the cream fabric. Makes me not want to use the same color thread on a quilt.
  15. When you are working on a quilt and you use a color thread that closely matches the top, there are times I feel totally blind. I can't see where I am going or where I have been. I have resorted to working in the dark with Jamie Wallen's side light resting on my bars to cast shadows. Are there any other suggestions? This is very tiring on the eyes when you are straining to see. I just did a baby quilt and thank goodness it wasn't any bigger.
  16. Angie had me run my machine for 15 minutes and then check for any play in the needle bar. There was none in any direction. So I am still in a quandry as to why this happened.
  17. As of tonight, I am back up and running; but I sure would like to know just what I did to bend this retaining finger.
  18. I've had to wait a week to get these spares. The first time it happened to me about 4 years ago, my husband heated the metal and straightened, but since it has happened again (and I am now thinking the metal is weak), I have ordered two so that I DO have a spare if it happens again.
  19. No, please take a look at my pictures. I am not talking about the normal "hook" that holds the finger in place. I am talking about a definite bend in the "whole" finger.
  20. When you break a needle, does your retaining finger usually break, too? I have broken two needles in the four years that I have had my machine and both times the "straight" retaining finger turns into an "L" shape. I am posting pictures of my two new retaining fingers in comparison with the one that bent after (or possibly before?) breaking a needle.
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