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  1. Thank you both for your suggestions, I will try it on scraps first. Mary Lou
  2. Appliqueing Can you use a regular straight stitch when appliqueing very tiny details? Or is there another option? Thanks.
  3. Thanks Laura, I'll basically just stitch around the inside square and that should take care of it hopefully. Thanks again
  4. I'm getting ready to quilt an attic window and am wondering what to outline to enhance the window. Just the inside square, or the thin window strip?
  5. I am in the middle of a quilt and have run out of my Signature SN thread. I tried a different brand but the thread keeps breaking. I haven't been able to find anyone that sells Signaure SN silver metallic. The other brands are a rougher texture. If anyone has any ideas for me, I'd appreciate it. Thanks,
  6. Thank you for your response. I have also used a t-shirt with the collar. I was just wondering if there was a less bulky way to do a polo shirt with its collar. I'll probably just use the back of the shirt and appliqué the patches on it. Thanks again for your help, I appreciate it.
  7. Has anyone ever included a polo shirt with the collar still attached in a t-shirt quilt? If so, how did you do it.
  8. Cagey, Not sure I know how to post a pic, but will try. Thanks again. I'm so relieved. I hadn't thought about it being stronger.
  9. Thanks to you all. I am going to purchase the powder bond at some point, but I took Cagey's advice. I looked on EBay, and found the same t shirt for only $12.99 and free shipping. Well worth the headaches, won't mind taking this row apart.
  10. Thank you ladies, I'll go to Joanns after lunch and check out the knit fusing and the fabric bond. I hadn't heard of the fabric bond either. I'm hoping I don't have to stitch the cut because it would show on some of the characters heads. I had been cutting my blocks at 16" but needed the middle row to be 20" and forgot and cut it at 16". Then saw my mistake too late. Thanks again.
  11. Thanks Lisa, I've never heard of that fusing before, but I will sure ask about it. Will we need to take the fusing off that we already have on it? I wonder if it will stretch the shirt.
  12. I'm making a t shirt quilt. I accidentally cut one shirt too short, cutting through characters on the shirt. I have tried web fusing on the back, but it still separates especially in the rollers. I also tried fabric glue on one edge, which was very difficult to use. It's really stiff glue. If anyone has any advice for me, I'd really appreciate. Thank you Mary Lou
  13. Thank you all for your suggestions. I emailed the company I bought the chair from and am waiting for a reply. I like the suggestion of mounting a mat to the plywood also. I wonder if this vinyl linoleum will work on the plywood or if I need to get a different type of mat. I have bad knees so I want the chair to roll easily. Thanks again!
  14. I got a saddle stool for Christmas. My problem is that it won't roll on my carpet. The carpet is rather thick. I bought a vinyl linoleum, but since it's on the carpet it still won't roll. Does anyone have a solution to my problem? Thanks. Mary Lou
  15. Very nice! Where did you purchase the peace panto? I'm doing a quilt for my granddaughter with a big peace sign in the middle and wasn't sure what to quilt on it. Is it an easy pattern? I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to make the peace signs nice and round. Thanks for sharing, Mary Lou
  16. Thanks Meg, I just need to find a dealer that has demos close by
  17. I called a shop 40mi from me to compare machines and they said they weren't allowed to give prices over the phone. However, she did give me some model #'s after I told her my price range. One was the Pfatt Expression 4.0 that Sharon mentioned. I looked online but still can't find a price. She also suggested Brother. She has Brothers on display that you can try out but no Pfatts on display.
  18. Thank you so much everyone. Catherine, I was thinking the same thing about buying from a dealer in case I needed to take it back. I don't know anything about Pfaff but found that Springfield has a dealer. I will call them and see what they have to offer. I like Madelyn's idea to buy a floor model. I'll check that out as well. Thanks again everyone.
  19. Thanks so much for your input. Do you ladies prefer to buy from a shop as opposed to online? I'm afraid to buy online because if I don't like it I can't return it as easily. What are your thoughts on this?
  20. I wondered about them. I've always had a Singer and have heard that they aren't made as well now. I'm so confused with everything that is out there. I want an auto needle threader too.
  21. I am looking for a domestic machine that will be dependable and sew through thickness and seams for quilting. Probably in the range of $300 - $500. What machine do you ladies like the best? Thanks,
  22. Thanks Heidi & Linda. I had thought about Whirlpool. No, Linda, you haven't seen my freehand swirls. Not pretty.
  23. Thanks Corey. I wondered if I should use something with motion for the pinwheels. I also thought about custom but wasn't sure what to do with that either. Any suggestions in that direction would be appreciated also. Thanks.
  24. I have a customer quilt that is a double pinwheel 9 patch block with sashing between the blocks. How would you quilt this? Preferably non-custom