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  1. 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!
  2. 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 of all the quilt tops I could make... Julia
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    Adding a border to a finished quilt?

    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 .
  4. 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
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    Low bobbin indicator

    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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. this machine has been sold, thanks to this forum!
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    Panic has set in

    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.
  10. 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 then attached the fabric strip to the leaders and clamps. I did a very large meander, taking out the pins as I approached them, and easing in any fullness on the top or backing. I checked the back often to see if I had any problems. I did end up with a few small tucks, but they weren't very noticeable. So - it's not the best situation, but not impossible. I find that setting expectations with the customer up front really helps. \ I've also added additional quilting to an already quilted and bound quilt. I did the same trick of pinning fabric strips to the sides so I had something to pin to the leaders and for the clamps. It worked just fine. Julia
  11. 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.
  12. 2008 Lenni with 10 foot table for sale - only $6,500! Located in Lusby MD, 1 hour south of Washington D.C. I'm a dealer and this 2008 Lenni is my second machine, not used very much. I had it primarily to demo to potential customers, as I mainly use my Millie. It is very well maintained by a factory-trained mechanic. I am downsizing and letting Lenni go... A new Lenni is $11,400, so $6,500 represents a big savings - get APQS quality at a very reasonable price! Includes: 10' table, stitch regulator, Hartley base extender for using rulers, 2 rulers, 2 pantographs, package of needles, package of 10 bobbins, thread, zippers attached to leaders (from Quilting Connection), a quilt set of zippers (for the quilt), reference materials and the CD. I will also include the APQS Beginner Class/training at my studio in Lusby Maryland. Prefer that you pick up the machine versus shipping. Buyer is responsible for pick-up. Cash or certified bank check only. Lusby MD is a convenient pick-up location for anyone in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York... Lenni features: Throat size— 20 “ x 8” Weight 34 lbs (15 kg) APQS stitch regulator Laser light stylus— mounts from the front or back Quiet enclosed DC motor Variable Needle Speed Needle Up/ Needle Down Single stitch button LED lighting Please email me at juliagraves82@gmail.com with any questions. Photos available upon request. Julia Graves juliagraves82@gmail.com 410-326-3043
  13. My website is run by a terrific young man (friend of my sons'). He has a business doing websites, etc. His email is my ejones@mavendc.com. I get quite a lot of business from my website. Julia Graves www.soquilts.com
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    Tension problems.

    if it breaks consistently at a certain place, check for burrs - little rough spots along your hook assembly or on the hole in the needle plate. I take a pin and slowly go along the edges, looking for anywhere the thread can catch. You don't have to break a needle to create a burr - just a temporary flex of the needle will do it. Check your pigtails as well. If you find a burr, you need to buff it out with something like emory cord. For the pigtails, you can turn them 180 and a different part of the pigtail will be exposed rather than the part with the burr. Julia