juliagraves

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  1. I have my own spreadsheet that I created (a lot of work), so can't weigh in on pros/cons, but if you're looking for a way to have customers pay via credit card, I have a free Square account which allows me to take credit cards (Square makes their money from the approximately 3% they charge me). Square allows you to create a free online store and create online links. So for example, someone sends me a quilt. I don't send it back until I get payment. In the past, they had to write a check and I would wait for it to arrive, then mail the quilt back. Now I can create an online link for the co
  2. I may be able to offer a limited warranty. Please contact me at juliagraves82@gmail.com to discuss more details. However, the machine will only be available if my current buyer falls through.
  3. I am an APQS dealer and am upgrading to the newest model, so am selling my 2014 Millie, which has only been used by me and has been expertly maintained by an APQS factory-trained technician. To get all this new would cost almost $26,000; I’m selling for $13,950 2014 Millenium (New Generation White, top of the line) comes with: · Bliss – feels like you’re quilting on air! · Quilt Glide – great for smooth stitching · Power Fabric Advance – the touch of a foot pedal advances your quilt · L bobbin – best choice for best tension ·
  4. I have had a profitable longarm business for 10 years. There are many benefits to having a business - a lot of expenses that you would have had any way due to quilting being your hobby, will now become business expenses, offsetting your income. I agree that there is lots of business out there, especially for people that do quality work with a reasonable turn around. Good luck!
  5. I'm contemplating a 6000 mile, coast to coast road trip with my husband in a passenger car, and want to do some machine piecing in the car while my husband drives. Has anyone successfully done this? Note - this is in a car, not an RV. I found several battery powered machines that looked like they might work. One weighs less than 2 pounds, one less than 5 pounds. I'm thinking I could set up a little table across my lap with the machine on it and do simple piecing. Am I crazy? My son thinks I will sew my finger if we hit a bump in the road. I think of 90+ hours in the car and think o
  6. The wisdom of the crowd - I love it! Much better ideas and easier to do than what I was thinking. I think everyone's right about removing the old binding. I was trying to save some time (and cost for the customer), but I think that's the right way to go. It's a really old crazy quilt and she also wants me to replace fabric that's missing or worn. Looks like a lot of hand work to me .
  7. I have a customer that wants me to add a border to a finished quilt to go from a queen size to king size. Any tips on how to do this? I'm thinking cutting a border twice as wide as the finished border plus seam allowance, folding in half lengthwise with a batting strip in between, quilting the strip leaving the top inch unquilted, then folding the seam allowances in and stitching this down over the binding. I know I'll need to make the strip extra long to take into account the shrinkage due to the quilting. Thanks! Julia
  8. When the machine is turned off, and turned back on again, does the machine remember where the bobbin level was before it was turned off? Or does it default to the last setting of a "full" bobbin? If I put in a partial bobbin and use the bobbin adjustment knob to indicate a different level, have I just messed up how much the machine thinks is a "full" bobbin, so that when I later put in a new bobbin, and press bobbin reset, the setting for "full" bobbin is different? I love the bobbin sensor when it works, but I'm having trouble getting it to work consistently... Julia
  9. I am moving and would like to keep my existing customers and do business via mail/UPS/Fedex. However, I am concerned that these groups may only reimburse the value of the materials and not the labor that went into the piecing and quilting. I plan on insuring the quilt when shipping it back, but I don't want to be responsible if something goes wrong in shipping. Does anyone have a policy that they explain to customers their limited liability before shipping quilts back and forth? Thanks! Julia
  10. The ones that are hardest for me are ones that have a lot of symmetry, straight diagonal lines, or patterns that line up directly on top of each other that make it obvious if you mess up or aren't exactly on the line. Go for organic open shapes and patterns that are offset with each row. The size of the pattern is important too - I like wider pantos that I don't have to advance as often as narrower pantos. I like pantos that have more open space (quicker) than very dense patterns. I too bought used patterns and quickly found I prefer custom. Julia
  11. have you considered calling her and asking if she would like you to redo her borders? I know it would be difficult to work with, now that the batting is also involved, but I have done that when it just seemed unworkable otherwise. You could give her the option of redoing borders or tucks. I would charge her for the service. It's not your fault that the quilt is poorly done.
  12. I have quilted any number of odd things for customers, including an envelope quilt as described. I explained that there was a danger of tucks, and that I couldn't quilt up to the edges because I needed to have a place to attach the quilt to the frame and clamps, and the customer was good with it. I wrote all this on the intake form and the customer signed it, acknowledging the risk of tucks and that there wouldn't be quilting within an inch of the edge of the quilt. I then pin based the quilt sandwich about every 5-8 inches. I pinned strips of fabric (about 4" wide) to all the sides and
  13. what year Millie do you have? My 2004 Millie would have loose connections and this would happen and I would squeeze the connectors together. I also twist-tied the connectors to keep them tighter. I've since traded up to a new machine.