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  1. Well, batting is a whole story in itself. I think one needs to choose the batt to fit the quilt, its use and the quilting, especially is you are quilting reproductions and antiques. I do use a lot of 80/20 because I like cotton and it gives the quilt a little more loft than Cotton Dream, warm 'n natural or heirloom. The heavier dream poly is good too and adds some loft. The most loft you will get are with the polyesters sold at Hancock or Joanne....Mountain Mist (not a favorite of mine). Most of your customers don't give a thought on batting to tell the truth. They just buy what is there at the quilt shop or fabric store. My main complaint with the thinnest Cotton Dream is that it distorts so easily. I don't mind the heavier one as much. Same thing with the Dream Poly. 80/20 is easier to handle than the other two batts. I quilt with whatever the customer brings me. I will give my opinion when asked and I quilt with everything that comes my way from my customers it is Cotton Dream/Poly. Usually, they have purchased the batt before I know they have a quilt for me to quilt. If there is such an obvious mistake the batt they have given me...I call. By mistake, I mean one that is clearly a reproduction and they have told me they want it to look like it came from that era...yet they give me a really puffy batt. This has happened to me. If you have solid blocks and desire the quilting to stand might want to consider machine trapunto. It is a great way to show off the quilting. Karen McTavish has a great book on this subject and there are other methods too. Take care, Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA:) Where the rain continues to fall....
  2. Thanks Myrna and Linda.... I did love the Liberty at MQX for the mobility and lightness of the machine. I do a lot of pantos for customers because they don't want to spend the money for custom quilting and that is why I choose the Millie. But I love doing art quilts and details which I can't accomplish as well on the Millie. I, also, need a second machine to run itself so I am not quilting every evening for customers. Plus with all the statlers in the neighborhood (there are 6 of them)....the precision on motifs...I feel shot out of the water so to speak. I do so appreciate your responses as it will help me make a sound decision. Cheryl
  3. Sue, Thanks for the thoughts on putting the compuquilter on the Millie vs. a Liberty and your desire at times to have more space on your Millie when using a compuquilter. I hadn't considered this issue. So to those who own Liberties...what are your space issues, if any? Definitely food for about those cookies I baked last night....better go find one. Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA
  4. I have a question regarding how comfortable the width of quilting width is for Liberty owners. I guess my main question you feel cramped? there isn't enough space? do you find it frusterating not to be able to quilt in a larger area? My reason for asking is that I currently own a Millie and I am considering adding another machine with a compuquilter. I loved quilting on the Liberty at MQX, but was concerned about the quilting space. (I had just sold my gammill which has lots of room to quilt). Now, quilting in a smaller area, I may feel better quilting in a smaller space. I know I need to go and try one out again. The two scenarios are: 1) get a Liberty with a compuquilter 2) add the compuquilter to my millie. I would like a smaller machine than a Millie. Third choice is an A-1 with a compuquilter...has any one quilted with one? I do have a friend with an A-1, but she seems to be fighting tension problems alot. I was talking to a lady who was selling a statler with the optimum which is way to heavy of a machine for me. She stated she would go back to the gammill premier even though it was small...she loved the size. I would appreciate any thoughts on this subject. Thanks, Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA
  5. Mary Beth is right. I have taken quilts off when I didn't have zippers. It works fine if you mark your centers ...use safety pins if you are worried about pins falling out. You will be fine...go for it. Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA
  6. I like the YLI nylon thread over the superior nylon thread. I have less trouble with breaking thread when quilting. I have used the YLI on a 60 x 80 quilt with no problem and a variety of babyquilts. I have not tried the clear poly, but would love to one of these days. Make sure you loosen up your top tension. You may have to thread through one less tension guide. Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA
  7. Your quilt is beautiful. I switched to a black light and the powder that goes with it (mixed with regular white chalk powder) when I am working on a white or light quilt. It brushes off and if you miss a really doesn't show. When you use the blue chalk...chalk very, very lightly and it should brush off. Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA:)
  8. A friend of mine who is a longarmer had a quilt that so out of whack by 9 inches. It was a trapezoid. She sent it back to her customer who fixed it. The customer just stitched without measuring the first time. the customer apologized for having such a large error. Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA It finally rained last night:D
  9. Usually you can accomodate up to 1/2 inch with no problem. You are talking a difference of 5 inches on the top and 3 inches on the bottom from the center measurement. My advice would be to talk to your friend and see if she would rip and resew the top. I wouldn't quilt it when it is that out of porportion unless she was made aware of the problem and she said to quilt it without fixing it. She'll never be able to square up the quilt the way it is now. Hope all works out for you and her. Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA:)
  10. I had a drafting chair with my gammill, but never used it. I wasn't comfortable. I stood then and I stand now with my Millie. I have found wearing Dansko professional clogs have been the best for aching feet and knees. They are expensive $119ish...all the chefs wear daughter trained as a Pastry Chef and found out about them. No...she doesn't bake anymore...she is a French major at UVA...oh well...I do the cake decorating business on the side. I would like to sit in the saddle chair one day to see if it is comfortable enough for me. Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA
  11. If you break a needle you may or may not get a burr. The best way to tell is to run a piece of panty hose over the bobbin casing, the hook assembly and through the needle hole on the throat plate. If it is snagging that probably indicates a burr. You can buy emery cloth at a auto store (Napa Autoparts) or hardware store for filing. Be sure that you DON'T file some parts of the hook assembly...check your manual it will tell you. I broke a needle and found a burr on the bottom side of the needle hole. It is easier to tell on this piece by removing it from the machine. Know that when you take the screws out of the throat plate there are 4 washers under it...2 thick and 2 thin. Don't let them get away from you on the floor somewhere. Mine did and it was a search. Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA:)
  12. Welcome to the group! Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA:)
  13. Just beautiful! Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA:)
  14. Bev I haven't used Aurifil so I don't know about running that brand on my millie. I haven't much problem with signature on the top and bottomline in the bobbin. Are your stitches flat on the bottom and the basic tension right? If so, you could be moving the machine too quickly in places amd the stitches are flat lining. It happened to me when I had my gammill. I slowed down some and that seemed to help. Get a towa bobbin tenison gauge. That will ensure your tension is right on the bobbin all the time. Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA
  15. Back with a cat story. I just came down from my quilting room to get a drink of water in the kitchen. There was a fine mist of water in the walkway into the kitchen. Billly decided to pierce his teeth through the drinking water line (it was only showing about 1 inch out from the refrigerator). So that is now turned off until I can get to town. I keep telling myself he is really a cute cat. Back to quilting.... Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA
  16. Plastic and foil would be a great solution but not for my cat, Billy. He loves foil and plastic...sleeping on or in plastic bags is one of his passions. He was a rescue cat (found as a kitten in the woods) and we think he used bags to sleep in or hide inside. He also is a bit of a wild child with batting. He will tear at the batting. I have made repairs to batting. He has actually put holes in a customers quilt that was on the machine. Fortunately, I had the fabric in my stash and made the repair. My solution is to shut the door to my quilting room when I am not home or not in the room for any lenght of time. Spray bottles don't deter him, neither do the cat repellents or the canned air. He is 12 lbs of cute but a fiesty thing. My other cat doesn't bother anything in the quilt room. She won't get up on the quilts on the frame. No worry with her. She has her own special cat bed in the room by the window sill (so does the other cat) and sleeps there (Billy is everywhere and the energizier bunny). Good luck, Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA
  17. Yep, Lisa was at Hershey. I talked with her early this month and she said she was there. I do believe she is the only APQS Rep. in VA. She is a super person and extremely helpful. Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA
  18. Congratulations! It doesn't take too long to set up and instructions are easy to follow. Have a great time quilting! It is quite addicting! Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA:)
  19. Nick, I pieced 10 tops so I could practice on when my machine arrived. I still laugh at some of my first quilts....egads and that was 3 1/2 years ago (I am still learning new ways of doing things). Everyone has given you great advice. I encourage you to go to MQS or MQX and take as many classes as you can. It is truly enlightening. You come out of the classes thinking "I can do this, it is not as hard as I thought." Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA:)
  20. As a previous gammill owner, I would like to add my 2 cents. My gammill worked great. I truly believe there are lemons in every brand of machine. I have a friend who longarms with an A-1 and she is forever fighting tension issues (yet others don't have problems). I had the optimum plus that handled all but hightlights thread. I sold it because I needed a lighter machine. I bought a millie. I would have bought the Liberty but the quilting space was an issue because the gammill has 30 inches. Going down to 20 inches was to much for my brain, but I love the Liberty. Test drive every machine available, because we are all diferent and what works for one person may not for another. My point is you might want to think about a compuquilter. That way the computer can do most of the quilting for you. Put it on the Liberty and you'll have the best of both worlds. Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA
  21. Jan, One way to get more exposure and customers is to attend a sit and stitch at your local quilt shops (also take quilting classes even if you don't need the class. Most of your customer basis is going to come from new quilters...easy quilt classes are where you will find them.) This is a way of getting to know other quilters. Bring with you a quilt you have quilted and are in the process of binding it. At least have business cards with you if you don't have a flyer. I don't have a flyer...never had and business is just fine. Attend your local quilt guilds and bring your quilts for show and tell...enter in to the local quilt shows. Eventually, you will have quilters giving your name to others. When I started 3 years ago...I quilted for less because I lacked experience then raised my prices over time. I know this is a late post, but I just want to give you some ideas too. Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA:)
  22. Most of the time I use USPS because they are the closest to me out here in the countryside. I haven't had any problems with USPS. I also like the fact that I don't have to tell them what is in the box. At UPS, you need to identify the contents, not that it is a bad thing. I always insure the quilt anyway. I do get payment for the quilt be for I ship it. I will take it boxed to USPS then have them weigh it. I am only a mile from USPS, so it is no problem to go there and get a package weighed. I contact the customer with the exact cost of shipping and quilting. They send me a check. When the check is received, I will mail their package. How do the rest of you handle payment and mailing? Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quiltilng Sandy Hook, VA
  23. I, too, have very little if any time to piece tops. Most don't get quilted as there are too many customer quilts. I know several people who will quilt ten customer quilts then quilt one for them. I do need to adopt this policy, but never quite seem to get there. I love to dye fabric and that has somewhat fallen by the wayside too. So, I am thinking of adding another quilting machine with a compuquilter or a statler. Any thoughts on this? I have the space with some major rearranging in my sewing room. I have a millie...thinking about a compuquilter added to it. Then purchasing a Liberty for custom quilting. Or putting the compuquilter on the Liberty...tough decision...any thoughts? Cheryl Mathre Stone Creek Quilting Sandy Hook, VA:)