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    RunningThreads got a reaction from Oma in Help - Backing too Short   
    Ann
    You can lay another piece of backing on top of your existing backing (wrong sides together) and stitch a straight line across near the bottom of the backings, then unpinned the back and pin the new piece to the leader, saves taking the quilt off the machine.
    Hope it makes sense.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in So Many Questions   
    Best advice so far. Master one thread combination and then change either the top or bottom thread and write down or remember what tension changes you had to make for the new thread to look good. By changing only one thing at a time you can always get back to your starting point.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Thread   
    Sheila
    It is fine to use if it works for you. We used some linty thread in the beginning and it worked well but found the better threads ran cleaner with less tension issues.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from whitepinesquilter in Best Handles   
    Great idea Marci. I haven't been in a bike shop in years and didn't realize these were even available. Brenda may even like them for the rear of the Millie as those are pretty much upright as well.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from Southern Quilts in Time to quilt a customer's quilt?   
    All good advice above. Andrea's advice about analyizing your time is a good one, you might not be able to quilt faster but I bet you can make up some time when the machine is not running (loading, advancing). I think 3 lap or 2 queen maybe possible in a day but that is hard on you physically day in and day out. The only way I see 7 quilts in 8 hours would be with a continuos backer and cut the quilts apart at the end. Some of the Ultimate XXs where set up that way in a factory setting for doing things like mattress covers. Also if you look at the top of your mattress there isn't a whole lot of quilting on it.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Quilt sizes   
    In ten years Brenda could probably count on one hand the quilts she has had that wide. Your 114" number, is that for the top or backing? If it is for the backing you need the top to be a couple of inches smaller. Others will comment but I think you would be fine at the size if that is the widest table you have room for. Brenda's 12' table has 126" leaders that means the maximum top would be about 120". She has only ever turned away one quilt because of size.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from See_Noyes in 2010 Millie (ONLY100 QUILTS)12' sold soldtable 5year warranty fabric advance Free shipping set up training 11500.00   
    Linda
    Those machines would have been sold a long time ago. Go to the APQS homepage and under Quilting Machines you will find a link for Certified Used Machines they are usually a very good deal. After the factory refurbishes a few trade in machines they will get listed for sale there and also the demo machines get listed there after the show season.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from vanessadking in bad stitching   
    Bonnie
    The #8 screw is just an adjustment for how fast the machine cycles in single stitch mode. Too fast it skips past the stop and keeps going. Take a look at your stitches and see if there are needle holes in between those long stitches. If so you have skipped stitches and that could be a bent needle, worn needlebar bushings, hook shaft collar out of adjustment or most likely timing. I don't think you can get long stitches in manual mode unless you speed up.
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from Quilta93 in Ripping out almost entire lap quilt   
    Sheila
    About ten years ago Bonnie Botts had a thread here that explained how to skin a quilt but it seems to have disappeared. Basically you can leave your quilt on the frame and gently pull the top up and and cut the thread in between the layers with razor blade or a sharp rotary cutter and the top will come off like skinning an animal. Do a Google search and you will find a video.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from stashed in Why does my post show up "dim"?   
    From my understanding it is because you have read that post and there is nothing new since the last time you were there. Yours was bold until I read it. Try reading someone else's ad and the leave the forum and come back and you will see what I mean.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from aktbone in Intelliquilter vs Quilt Path   
    Thanks Sue.
    You must be one of the few who have spent significant time on both systems.  I suspect several APQS dealers have as well but are reluctant to voice their opinions.  I'm very happy with the IQ but the 5 minute demo I had of the QP is not enough for me to say which is better.
     
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from Quilting Heidi in Really need tension help   
    If you haven't done so already check for lint under the tension finger on the bobbin case as well. You could also loosen your pigtails and turn them upside down and if your stitches are good that way you probably have a groove in one of them.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from Sheila S. in Ripping out almost entire lap quilt   
    Sheila
    About ten years ago Bonnie Botts had a thread here that explained how to skin a quilt but it seems to have disappeared. Basically you can leave your quilt on the frame and gently pull the top up and and cut the thread in between the layers with razor blade or a sharp rotary cutter and the top will come off like skinning an animal. Do a Google search and you will find a video.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from dbustle in ISO Millennium Carriage   
    Dawn
    From what I can find on the Internet the channel in our carriages weighs about two pounds per foot so the shorter carriage might save you about two and a half pounds. The bigger advantage to the newer carriage is that it is anodized so the wheels will need less cleaning. I have the older carriage on my U1 and must clean all the wheels daily and Brenda's machine we clean the carriage wheels daily and the head wheels every month or so.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from Sheila S. in Roller brakes   
    Terry is right, the blue is perfect for the job.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from RoseCity Quilter in Customer Amazon Star Finished!   
    Jaw dropping.
     
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from FabricJunkie in Power cord placement??   
    The power bar is plugged into my UPS, the cord in the foreground is for the power advance, and the other is the machine cord.
    Nigel
    Sorry the pic is upside down, still learning this iPad thing.

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    RunningThreads got a reaction from SusanH. in Hi from a new Lenni owner   
    Welcome from southern Ontario.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from CyndiC in Squaring quilts   
    Sheila
    Cyndi was asking about squaring after quilting.  Do a search for "quilt blocking" and you will get the concept.  It would be common practice for a quilt going to a juried  show or maybe a wall hanging.   Not something you would do with an every day quilt.
     
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from Sheila S. in Squaring quilts   
    Sheila
    Cyndi was asking about squaring after quilting.  Do a search for "quilt blocking" and you will get the concept.  It would be common practice for a quilt going to a juried  show or maybe a wall hanging.   Not something you would do with an every day quilt.
     
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Hopping Foot   
    Joy
    Do you mean the clamp doesn't hold or there is some up and down play? If it is play it is probably the rocker bushing or bearing. Take the left side cover off and move the hopping foot up and down and you will see where the play is. The bushing is an easy change and the parts should be easy to source locally. APQS updated the bushing to a bearing several years ago and you can buy a new rocker with the bearing from them. Amy says the bearing should last for many years longer than the bushing. I'm cheap so I just change the bushing every couple of years, about 2 dollars and less than thirty minutes.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from CPayne in Needles for Ultimate 1   
    Yes they are supposed to be the same. The hook should just touch the needle just enough to get the needle to deflect slightly. I can just barely hear mine tick as it touches. If it is hitting too hard you will have to move the hook back a bit (timing). A few years ago I got some needles from APQS in the same yellow SNS packaging that I had been using all along. I had a problem with skipped stitches with the new ones. I discovered the new needles were not touching the hook like the old ones so I moved the hook forward and problem solved. What I am saying is even within the same brand you may find variances.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Using QP just in center of quilt   
    Jane
    I don't know if you can do this with QP but it was suggested in an IQ class as a way to keep your pattern cantered. Can you split your pattern in the middle and stitch it from the middle to the left and then from the middle to the right?
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from Primitive1 in So proud of my friend.....   
    Very nice work Vicki.