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 correct amount (or have them fill in the amount) and I get paid much faster. I give people the option of paying via check, cash or credit card, but I add in the 3% for the credit card, and they pick what they want. Square doesn't directly tie into my spreadsheet, but it's free. Big plus in my book!
  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 · 14’ Deluxe table (2005 model) · Optional custom-made overhead lighting ($400) Other extras include: · Turbo bobbin winder · Zippers already attached to leaders & 2 sets of quilt zippers (for easy loading and unloading of the quilt) · Interchangeable hopping feet (open toe high profile, open toe low profile, and closed toe low profile) · Base expander for ruler work · Original shipping box for machine head · Manual · Operations dvd · Several pantographs · 10 needles · 10 bobbins · Several cones of thread · Free attendance at any of my APQS Beginner Classes in Leesburg VA Standard Millenium features include: · Stitch regulator · Low bobbin indicator · Top thread break sensor · Automatic needle positioner · Thread cutter · Single stitch button · Laser light · Black light · Electronic horizontal/vertical channel locks Add the Quilt Path computerized quilting system for $9500 plus tax and shipping. I am located in Leesburg Virginia (near Washington D.C.) and can offer APQS factory-trained disassembly, transportation and reassembly for an additional charge, depending on distance. I also do service and repairs and longarm classes, including private lessons at your location. Contact me at juliagraves82@gmail.com ASKING PRICE: $13,950 Would cost $25,778 new. A savings of $11,828! COSTS IF NEW $18,900 Machine with deluxe table $ 1,000 Bliss $ 1,250 Quilt Glide $ 1,350 Power Fabric Advance $ 170 Base Expander $ 299 Interchangeable feet $ 100 Zippers $24,319 Plus Shipping ($450) and 6% sales tax ($1,459) for a total of $25,778 Yours for only $13,950!
  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 of all the quilt tops I could make... Julia
  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 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
  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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. I used my micro-drive handles quite a bit, especially before I got Bliss. They give you better control. I would balance my forearms on the top roller and could make minute adjustments. Julia
  18. Usually when I load minkie, I make sure the stretch is the same direction as the rollers (horizontal) and the firmness is between the rollers (vertical). This is so that I don't inadvertently stretch the backing a lot more than the top. If when you seam this will put the stretch between the rollers, you will need to be extra careful to not tighten up the backing too much, else when you take the quilt off and the minkie goes back to a normal shape, the top will be gathered up. Minkie is really heavy, and a kingsize quilt will be really heavy... I agree about using a very think batting. You may not even need any batting.
  19. I have a real problem with low humidity - especially if I run Rainbow threads - the static is really high and I have to run a humidifier. Julia
  20. Gently used Hartley Fence for Sale - excellent condition! This retails for $595. I am only asking $250 plus shipping. Optional Myrna Ficken book with lots of design ideas to use with the fence - $20. Make perfect circles and diagobal lines. Note - this will not work on the Bliss table - you must have the table with the horizontal wheels. Please email me at juliagraves82@gmail.com if interested. Shipping from Maryland. Julia Graves Hartley Fence The Fence is a longarm quilting attachment that enables you to quilt perfect diagonal lines, circles and intricate designs. The Hartley Fence includes a fully adjustable fence guide with metal straight edge that will not warp or wear, an idler arm and wheel for friction-free transfer capabilities and positive-locking brake assembly so the Fence is held securely while stitching diagonals or circles. Also includes, circle attachment for making any size circle up to 22 inches in diameter. Installation is simple and easily attaches to the rails of quilting machine. Parts are made from anodized aluminum. Instructions Included.
  21. Gently used Hartley Fence for Sale - excellent condition! This retails for $595. I am only asking $250 plus shipping. Optional Myrna Ficken book with lots of design ideas to use with the fence - $20. Make perfect circles and diagobal lines. Note - this will not work on the Bliss table - you must have the table with the horizontal wheels. Please email me at juliagraves82@gmail.com if interested. Julia Graves Hartley FenceThe Fence is a longarm quilting attachment that enables you to quilt perfect diagonal lines, circles and intricate designs. The Hartley Fence includes a fully adjustable fence guide with metal straight edge that will not warp or wear, an idler arm and wheel for friction-free transfer capabilities and positive-locking brake assembly so the Fence is held securely while stitching diagonals or circles. Also includes, circle attachment for making any size circle up to 22 inches in diameter. Installation is simple and easily attaches to the rails of quilting machine. Parts are made from anodized aluminum. Instructions Included.
  22. One of the things that I'm hearing a lot of people say is how long the custom work is taking them - sounds like at least twice as long as panto. My question for you is - are you charging appropriately? If you offer custom work at only a small bump up in price, of course everyone is going to want custom. You need to make sure you have degrees of "custom". There's a great book by Christine Maraccini called Machine Quilting Solutions. In the book she shows the same quilt with three different quilting designs: - "dragger" - an all over quick freehand (I would price the same as a panto) - "keepsake" - light custom treatment that follows the piecing and looks good (I would price 25- 50 % more than panto) - "heirloom" - really fancy stuff - (I would price 2-3 times the panto price) or by the hour I can pull this book out and show the customers the difference and they can select their price point and have a good idea of the estimate. You need to know how long it takes you to do different techniques and charge accordingly. Good luck! Julia