Southern Quilts

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  1. Quilters, I’m having an issue with a computerized design and I’m grasping at straws to fix it since this quilt is needed right away. I have Compuquilter so its hard to find answers when/if I have an issue like this but it may just be a computerized design issue and nothing to do with the program. I would appreciate any help you might offer....I truly appreciate it! Here’s the issue:

    The first row of the quilt quilted about 3-4 inches past the place it should have stopped at the far edge. Then when it came back to zero, it was 3-4 inches short of where it actually started. I moved the head back to where it should be and reset zero. The second row is not ‘nesting’ correctly as it nears the right side of the quilt....the design is touching the row above and is overlapping a little at one point. The second row went 5-6 inches past the far edge where it should have stopped and when it came back to zero, it was 5-6 inches short of zero. I stand and watch it the whole time because I’m using monofilament and it breaks sometimes. I haven’t noticed any shifting or anything wrong with the quilting design. I don’t know what is causing it or how to fix it....can you help?  Thanks for any suggestions you might have!

  2. Thank you ladies!  Shana....I have devised a new schedule similar to what you suggested, but I haven’t actually written the names on a calendar to determine what my turnaround time should actually be.  That is the missing piece that I think will help me have right expectations and give the right time for customers.  Thanks so much....this forum is always just what i need!  Denise :)

  3. I was hoping that some experienced longarmers might help me with managing my business. I am having a good problem i guess - I’m overwhelmed with quilts and not sure how to organize the flow of work.  I longarm for a quilt shop, longarm for personal customers, and make T-shirt and memory quilts for personal customers as well. How do you prioritize quilts coming in for longarming? How do you fit memory/tshirt quilts into your schedule while longarming? Do you only extend your turnaround time or am I missing some management technique? I have a computerized system that I use most of the time for quilt shop quilts.  Most of my personal longarm customers want free motion quilting. I am also a busy mom to teenagers. :)  I would love to hear what works for you....being this busy is new to me! 

  4. I bought a Millie with Compuquilter a few months ago and I'm learning how to use it. My question for today is can it go any faster than it does? :P  I have the stitches per inch on the Execute screen all the way to the right, the dial on the machine head at 100%, and the stitch speed at 11.  I'm also open to any tips you might have for using the program that might help a newbie.  Thanks so much!!

  5. If so, do you do that while doing free motion? Or while using your computerized system? Do you use pins to secure the edges or a basting stitch? I just got my computerized system working and my clients like quilting close to the edges or quilting OFF THE EDGES so that binding is easier to attach. What is the best way to do this that will keep me from ripping stitches when the hopping foot catches the edge of the quilt? Thanks, Denise 

  6. Selling my 'baby'....Ultimate XX just upgraded two months ago with the Perfect Stitch stitch regulator from QuiltEZ (valued at $4,000 - see all of its features at quiltez.com). 14' table, M&M wheels, new motor, new wiring, new handles and lighting, new needle bar, new hopping foot (works with rulers now!), needle up/down button, tie off button.  The stitch regulator works beautifully!  I love this machine....the only reason I'm selling is that I found a great deal in a Millie with a computer (which I will use in my business as well as free motion). Because of the recent new stitch regulator install, most of the 'innards" have been professionally replaced.  Beautiful stitches, definitely a workhorse.  Video of how it stitches available to serious inquiries - pictures below.  Located in Georgia...will ship - buyer pays shipping which is usually $500. Motivated seller - we are moving soon and I'd love to see it go to a new home.  Reply here or email at delldenise@tds.net or text at 678-986-0132.

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  7. Thanks to this great forum, I am looking into a stitch regulator for my Ulimate XX instead of upgrading. I am waiting to hear from Intellistitcher to see if they are still selling and installing theirs, but I also found 'Perfect Stitcher' by Quilt EZ. Anyone heard of them and know how well their stitch regulator works? Or I'm open to other suggestions for after market regulators. I love my machine and, if I could get a stitch regulator for certain projects, I think I would be set! Thanks for your help!