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  1. A customer wanted me to quilt a reversible quilt. The top and bottom are pieced exactly the same but with different batik fabrics. I added temporary fabric on all sides of one to treat it like a backing and tried my best to keep them lined up as I quilted. after I finished quilting it I discovered the back tension was no good. I took out all the stitching and requilted but there are holes from the original quilting. Any idea how to make the holes less conspicuous?
  2. Does anyone with a 2013 or newer Millie have intermittent problems with the start/stop toggle not always working? I thought it was my right handlebar going out, but now I am having the same problem when I use my robot (Butler) which uses the aux port to send the start/stop instruction. Makes me think it is not the sending of the start/stop but the receipt of the command???? I sent the robot company a problem report, but it happens when I am manually sewing also so I doubt it is the robot.
  3. Does anyone know of any software to inventory all the digital designs? I had Ipattern on my MAC, but it is being discontinued. supposedly it was purchased, but I cannot find a new company selling an inventory product. HELP! I would love a Windows product but would take anything.
  4. Is there a newer version of the Millie installation instructions or user manual?
  5. I have a new customer that wants me to quilt the attached quilt. He wants me to pick what goes in the background (while the fabric is small flowered sheets, he does not want meander or feminine). Suggestions? In the star, he wants me to quilt feather fans. I do not know what feather fans are. Can someone describe them? I will try to make the border (top and bottom only) similar to these feathers. Winnie Not sure why the photo didn't upload the first time. Here I go again...I hope.
  6. Has anyone had or know of anyone that has had experience with the Quilt-ez butler? I realize that it is a relatively new generic quilting robot and possibly not as robust as Quilt Path, but it is significantly less expensive.
  7. Does anyone know the probable use of the port/connection next to the place where the rear handles are connected to the head? Just curious?
  8. Have new manuals been created for the new Millies and available for download? My documentation still has photos of the old handles and the exercises in the getting to know the machine area are based on the old configuration. I would like to do a demo later this month to my quilt group with a few hand outs and would love to take some of the diagrams from actual manuals instead of taking photos of my own (I take such poor photos).
  9. A friend is upgrading her machine and the price she paid includes a new copy of Art and Stitch Base. She already has it and uses it a lot. She would like to sell the new (not yet registered) one.
  10. HQ Sixteen Quilting Machine and Stitch Regulator Front and Rear handles Integrated laser light-- used for following patterns (pantographs) from front and back of the machine. 2 phantom graphs included Pen Stylus -- used for following groovy boards External bobbin winder Brand new Hand Quilter track and carriage control Channel lock extra bobbin case HQ straight edge ruler sampling of threads 19 spools and 77 prewound bobbins Tilt screen action handle with built in LED cluster lights six stencils two books on machine quilting one DVD on machine quilting Suzy Q frame feature easy assembly, easy storage powder coated steel frame with no metal to metal contact easy quilt advancement with complete tension control system batting rack brand new 9 1/2' HQ marked leader 1 roll of batting 8 pkgs of needles Stitch regulation provides you consistent stitch quality from 4 stitches per inch up to 15 stitches per inch. Full 16" of throat depth provides 13" of quilting space with 8" vertical space. HQ16s have a high speed rotary hook with large capacity "M" class bobbin. The machine can move from Stitch Regulation to Manual mode with a click of a button. Set up you preferred settings, including stitches per inch and speed control. Self lubricating bearings, requires no internal oiling. Includes 8 hours training within 60 miles of Spokane, WA
  11. Do any class m bobbins work in the Millie that takes m bobbins or m are bobbins machine specific?
  12. I hope to get quilt path one of these days. I work on a Mac (and iPad). I have an old laptop (pre windows 7 I think) and a windows bootable version (7 I believe) on the Mac. Other than internet downloads, on what environment do I need to be (besides the quilt path tablet) to do anything? What can be done away from the quilt path tablet? Winnie
  13. My Millie stitches fine but I think the bobbin housing, not the bobbin case seems to rattle loudly frequently but not always. I stitch with regulator on and try to stitch evenly but I know i need to do better in this area. I have the M bobbins. I have not figured what I am doing different when it does not rattle. It behaves both loud and not so loud during the same quilting session on the same quilt. Since stitches are just fine should I learn to ignore it or should I be doing something about it?
  14. I do all of it and I wonder how easy it is to change out hopping feet (new 2013 Millie) if I get them. My current hopping foot needs to be tweaked by hubby because one spot on back makes me do a tiny whoops when using templates. Will new one need to be fixed too, the one which templates can be used? Thanks
  15. I have a question. I found quite a few free pantos online. I understand I cannot load purchased pantos into quilt path but is there a way to digitize free pantos and designs I find in the Dover books and load them into quilt path?
  16. I selected a bunch of apqs podcasts but cannot figure how to play them. When I select one a new tab opens in safari, but all I see is the title screen and no way to play. Podcasts are not listed in my iPad videos Suggestions?
  17. Customer prefers inexpensive. I was going to stitch in the ditch except the plain pieces where she suggested a simple figure eight type swirl that I frequently do, but the ditch stitching will detract from the handwork. We both want the fabric and handwork to be the dominant feature and quilting just for its functions. Does that help? I thought I would use superiors invisible thread on the top. Backing is plain white.
  18. True crazy quilt with polyester, cotton, velvet, fancy stitching joining pieces. How do I quilt it for customer? Help!
  19. Two questions (so far): 1. I have the M bobbin and doing my first quilt, I had too much thread breakage. I did not use the pigtail on the bobbin. So I will try that BUT, looking at the diagram in the book is very confusing (page 88). Does the thread go through the regular tension finger and then the the pigtail, or do you bypass the regular tension finger. 2. Is there a single page that shows how to thread (upper thread) the machine? There are pieces of the diagram on several pages, but I did not find the page that has the entire thread path in a single view. Can someone point me in the correct direction? I wanted to rethread when I started getting thread breakage but was not comfortable without a single view of the thread path. (I changed the needed and checked the bobbin thread, and thought it strange that the breakage mostly occurred on spiral type design) Thank you.
  20. Well...I am a newbie, getting my machine soon (not soon enough). Hubby wants me to rent the machine. I am getting the 14' table. What size zippers should I get? All I have found so far is 144". I also have an old (unused) set that is small. Can I put multiple zippers on the leaders? I pinned on my old machine and large quilts took almost as much time to pin as to do overall quilting! Several of you mentioned a class for the renters. Is there a lesson plan around? I am moving up from a HQ16, but a long time ago I rented and took the class but I forget what was covered. Thank you in advance for letting me pick your brains.
  21. I am quilting this quilt for a raffle. I am an advanced beginner (can do feathers...sort of inconsistently so far). This quilt is so busy I am not sure what to do. Normally I would do overall but is there any other ideas since it will be raffled to raise money??? No borders, 4 patch type. HELP. Am trying to attach photo. Sorry.
  22. I like the ideas so much! thank you. I looked at the first one all night and had already decided to accent the flower in the center with petals and leaves. I like the feathers in the partial two colored squares and the border. I love doing leaves so I think I will do something with leaves in the green partial squares...maybe extending the leaves from the center flower. You guys are the best!
  23. I am an experienced beginner who has done mostly overalls (end to end line dancing, flowers, leaves, stars and a bunch of others). I take donations while I still am improving. A new 'client' will be advertising the quilting I do on these quilts (she sells her quilts, too). So I would like to do a better job, but don't want to risk too difficult a job on these three quilts. Suggestions? The first one could be a table runner long and narrow. The second is a wall hanging and the third will probably be called a Christmas table topper. howtoquiltit.pdf
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