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  1. Not that I want the pity party, but I\'ve been Stage IV cancer for over 3 years now. I\'ve upgraded from terminal to incurable, and I was supposed to be dead two years ago. Everybody remember that with cancer, you have to watch your acid-base balance, because the doctor\'s don\'t have a clue. (Cancer can\'t survive in an alkaline environment.) That means eating lots of veggies (especially avocados), and avoiding grains (corn is a grain, not a veggie), sugars, all dairy products, mushrooms and yeasts, and cutting back on the meat (grass fed without antibiotics is best, but it\'s so expensive. Don\'t eat the fat - that\'s where the toxins are). Canola oil is NOT a health food. Use only olive oil for low temp foods and macadamia nut oil for fried foods. It\'s not the sodium that\'s so toxic, it\'s the chloride. Avoid antibiotics if at all possible - they cause cancer and a slew of other problems, including diabetes and obesity. NO Nutrasweet or sucralose; use birch-based Xylatol if you must have some sugar, or Stevia, which you can and should use. No alcohol. Getting right with God, and letting go of anger, unforgiveness and fear is are all biggies, too. The other thing to remember is that often what the doctors want to do is not in your best interest...don\'t be afraid to say no to them. It\'s your life (or death). At least half (maybe 90%) of patient deaths are caused by doctor errors and ignorance. Radiation was the worst mistake I ever made, and I should have quit at least three weeks before I did. God put loads of things on this earth to cure cancer with, it\'s just figuring out what the cure is for each cancer. Not to be too smug, but I\'ve got one of the more aggressive ones, so I\'ve had to do my research. One of these days, I\'ll get serious about this and follow my own advice above for at least a year (it takes at least that long) and get rid of this thing for good. But it\'s tough giving up coffee and chocolate (both acid foods). It doesn\'t help that I seem to have celiac disease to go with the cancer (or maybe it helped cause it). Lecture over, sorry for the rant.
  2. There is extensive information concerning the way a longarm makes the stitch correctly on the Nolting site (www.nolting.com). They state that a difference in length that much will mess up your stitches fur sure, and might knock it out of timing, or, worst case scenario, mess up the hook. My best guess is that either the stitch won\'t be formed because the hook doesn\'t catch the thread or the hook will actually hit the needle, breaking the thread, needle or the point of the hook. Personally, I wouldn\'t bother with trying to use the wrong needles. Better to return them or Ebay them. I re-timed my machine for the first time the last time I got on it, and it was a piece of cake (can\'t believe it was still making acceptable stitches as far out as it was). I watched (several times) the Mindy Casperson video, "I\'ve Got A Longarm (and I\'m not afraid to use it!)" which shows the procedure. Only took a couple of tries to get the timing back to perfect. Thank God my hook was ok, although at worst, another one could be bought.
  3. That bag is PERFECT! Love the colors, design and execution. Wow!
  4. None of my business, but I\'m a little confused. A new Lenni costs $9,900, and you are only trying to borrow $4,500. There\'s got to be a bank or credit union that would loan you the balance when you are making an almost 50% down payment, because you\'d be using the machine as collateral. My credit union wouldn\'t loan on a used machine, (the machine was the collateral) and I had to make a 20% down payment to cover their potential losses. To get the loan, I had to borrow $3,000 more than I originally asked for. Seems bass-ackwards to me.
  5. For what it\'s worth, my first longarm quilting effort was backed with Minkee Blankee, and it scrunched up just like yours. Since it was mine, I gave the mess to a friend to use as a shop rag. I had domestic machine quilted a baby blanket before (stitch in the ditch) and it worked out just fine. I have since seen other blankets that either included Minkee on the front or back and they looked fine. These were pantoed with an allover pattern, but I\'m not sure what else is the secret. If nobody tells me, I\'ve thought about using the front as the back (no stretch), or basting the heck out of the sucker to keep it from stretching. Babies just seem to love blankets with Minkee on them.
  6. I have the top of the line Husqvarna serger and found that the chainstitch draws in the zippers every time. A basting stitch on the sewing machine is my favorite way to attach the quilt bottoms. Then iI rip it out cutting every third stitch on the top and pulling the bottom thread. I might be in trouble though. I put on this last practice piece with a long zig-zag, thinking that it would be easier to catch the thread to cut it.
  7. Hope I understood the problem. When they brought my Nolting, they didn\'t put the leaders onto the bars until they had the machine set up, so that the center could be accurately marked. They used strapping tape to stick the leaders onto the metal rollers, but it is imperative not to unroll them all the way, because the tape will eventually loosen then.
  8. My Nolting has the singlestitch on the left handle, and the run button on the right handle. I find that I thread the needle with my right hand (I am right-handed), which puts the thread ends on the left. Then I tend to grab the thread ends with my left hand when tying the knot. This means that I have to cross my body to hold down the singlestitch button with my right hand, which is pretty awkward. Are all brands of machines set up this way? I'm really curious. Any responses are greatly appreciated. Regards, Sharon
  9. It looks like it won\'t be very long now before I can use the machine on a regular basis, so I\'m going to keep it and at least do a few of my own quilts before I sell it.
  10. Both my computers at home are down, and I cannot use my private email at work. I will attempt to get a computer up this weekend and email you privately. In the meantime, things are complicated because Nolting delivered and set it up for me, which means I do not have any package materials for the head or the table.
  11. Thank you for the information, but I would either sell it and buy another, either Nolting or APQS, when things are settled down abit, or store it for the year or so that I won\'t be able to use it. Of course, should I get called home, then my husband would need to sell it as he has no interest in it.
  12. From the potential customers I've talked to, it seems that they want custom work for panto price, LOL.
  13. I just finished a queen sized quilt planning to get some practice with pantographing. The problem is every time I make a quilt top, I keep thinking that it would be nice to put something in these blocks, then put something else in those blocks. The design is a simple basketweave with angels in some of the blocks. I used the original Kaufman Florentine fabric. It also has a 7.5" border from the multi-linear fabric, with mitered corners. Should I use a standard panto meander, or should I attempt some freehand design for my first attempt on the longarm? Thanks, Sharon