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    QuiltGuy reacted to ckendra1964 in Ready to take the plunge   
    wow..I like this forum..people respond:) I am feeling motovated and getting rid of being intimated by this machine.. I can do this..now I am getting super excited..
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    QuiltGuy reacted to Bonnie H in Sewing machine features - advice pls   
    Dave, a few years ago Bernina came out with their version of the Pfaff IDET.
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    QuiltGuy got a reaction from connieb in Sewing machine features - advice pls   
    I have three machines...a Pfaff 1475 CD (circa 1990ish) a Pfaff Creative Vision 5.0 (circa early 2000's)and a Singer 301 (circa 1957). I love the IDET (dual feed) feature of my Pfaff's and the 1475, which we bought new, has been bullet proof and still has a lot of available stitches to choose from...the newer Pfaff does nice embroidery work, and has more bells and whistles, but essentially does basic sewing tasks no better (or worse) than the 1475. The Singer 301 is my traveling machine (we own an RV) and it is bullet proof too and very straightforward to use and service and it all fits in an easy to carry case...soooo... How does this help you...well the dual feed would likely help you, but I find I do a lot less embroidery/fancy stitching than I thought I would...so something basic with a dual feed option (maybe a walking foot) might be helpful...I also thought that Pfaff's patent on the dual feed technology had expired... So maybe it will be showing up elsewhere. Regarding the knee lift (mentioned above, I have it on the newer Pfaff) ...I am getting used to it...and it seems like it will be good...old habits are hard to break though!
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    QuiltGuy got a reaction from Neher-in-law5 in Sewing machine features - advice pls   
    I have three machines...a Pfaff 1475 CD (circa 1990ish) a Pfaff Creative Vision 5.0 (circa early 2000's)and a Singer 301 (circa 1957). I love the IDET (dual feed) feature of my Pfaff's and the 1475, which we bought new, has been bullet proof and still has a lot of available stitches to choose from...the newer Pfaff does nice embroidery work, and has more bells and whistles, but essentially does basic sewing tasks no better (or worse) than the 1475. The Singer 301 is my traveling machine (we own an RV) and it is bullet proof too and very straightforward to use and service and it all fits in an easy to carry case...soooo... How does this help you...well the dual feed would likely help you, but I find I do a lot less embroidery/fancy stitching than I thought I would...so something basic with a dual feed option (maybe a walking foot) might be helpful...I also thought that Pfaff's patent on the dual feed technology had expired... So maybe it will be showing up elsewhere. Regarding the knee lift (mentioned above, I have it on the newer Pfaff) ...I am getting used to it...and it seems like it will be good...old habits are hard to break though!
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    QuiltGuy got a reaction from HeidiP in Ready to take the plunge   
    Like many things it is really easy to learn, but hard to master! The basics are...well basic, but when you see the finished work that the Ladies and Gentlemen of this group post you realize how much practice and skill are on display.
    I am a beginner but inspired everyday by what I see here.
    I would be remiss if I didn't add that you should not let the need to practice deter you...it's just plain fun!
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    QuiltGuy reacted to cherylannie in What would you like Santa to bring you?   
    I really don't need or wish for anything for Christmas.  I am blessed more than I deserve.  If I could wish for one thing it would be the gift of time.  More time to spend with my family and yes, more time to quilt
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    QuiltGuy reacted to Oma in Does Anyone have an Accuquilt Studio they want to part with?   
    You and your wife are going to love your Studio Cutter.  You definitely made the right decision.  I found the table for mine cheaper than at AccuQuilt.  Almost 50% cheaper and it's a great cabinet.  You have to have the space for it though.  Remember that they will also make custom dies and they offer a discount at times on those too. 



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    QuiltGuy reacted to dancing bear in Longarm Rulers   
    no mas pantalones ... LOL!  Love that Liar Liar commercial!
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    QuiltGuy got a reaction from Quilting Grammy in LOOK WHAT I GOT FOR MY BIRTHDAY   
    Happy Birthday and congratulations...that is one great present!
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    QuiltGuy got a reaction from ffq-lar in Cute bed quilt--new circle motif   
    I love it!
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    QuiltGuy reacted to jimerickson in Accuquilt Studio vs Sizzix Big Shot Pro dies   
    Thanks Rita, Heidi, and Sue.  I've read a lot of the posts here about die cutters, and gathered that the Studio was hands down winner.  I also learned that the strip cutting dies were the ones most folks used often.  I'm researching for my wife.  Her arms and shoulders have gotten to the point where a lot of rotary cutting isn't fun anymore.  I'm sure we'll be able find room for the big machine.  She'll probably get a Studio and some strip dies for Christmas.  Thanks for sharing your experiences.  Jim
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    QuiltGuy got a reaction from chickenscratch in Owl Duets - love my bliss rails   
    So...this is spectacular, and since I hear that I may be in the market for baby quilt... is this top a kit or was it something your customer created on their own?...(though my quilting will not be up to this standard yet by any means!!)
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    QuiltGuy reacted to ffq-lar in repair frogging   
    Fray Check on a small slit will seal the edges and glue it back together, but the repair will be stiff. Another product is June Tailor Fray Block. It seals and dries soft without a dark stain. Third option--Bo-nash 007 Bonding Agent. It's a powdered fusible that you place behind the hole, manipulate the fabric together, and then press to activate.
     
    Why do I know so many products to repair holes? You know why....
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    QuiltGuy reacted to Bonnie H in NQR - woman surgery (men, you can skip this)   
    Dr. Dave, it really is a silent killer, usually caught too late. I appreciate your input, as a neurosurgeon and anesthesiologist, and as someone who went through having metastatic cancer (I hope it is cured). Thank you so much for sharing your views and the well wishes. I'm planning on asking for an oophorectomy, guess I'll get a salpingo-oophorectomy. (haha -- a little doc lingo for you, I'm a medical transcriptionist by trade). BTW, I love how anesthesia has changed so much in the last few years. My husband had his hip replaced this summer and they gave him an epidural, no general, but enough "other stuff" that he was not aware of what was going on in the OR. He was up walking in two hours after the recovery room. With the epidural, he didn't experience any pain for three days, and only had pain for two after that. It's really amazing what you anesthesiologists are able to provide!
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    QuiltGuy got a reaction from maggienoella in NQR - woman surgery (men, you can skip this)   
    Ok...I'm supposed to stay away from this topic as I'm a guy...but I am also a physician ( an anesthesiologist who started life as a neurosurgeon but then wanted more time with my family...so I went back to school)...and the son of a gynecologist and a Maternal-child health nurse (with a PhD...we don't believe in going to school in my family )... I also had metastatic cancer 10-11 years ago...so I may have some insight.
    My personal thoughts are...ovarian cancer is often silent until it's too late, and you will go through menopause (Or as we call it in my family man-o-pause!) anyway, though likely more gradually...you have to make your own decision though.
    My final thought why don't they call it a hersterectomy ( yes...we did often discuss that in the OR as well as "why isn't it called a "hisnia" for boys instead of a hernia?)
    Wishing you a great experience no matter what you choose..at least as great as any surgery can be!
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    QuiltGuy got a reaction from Bonnie H in NQR - woman surgery (men, you can skip this)   
    Ok...I'm supposed to stay away from this topic as I'm a guy...but I am also a physician ( an anesthesiologist who started life as a neurosurgeon but then wanted more time with my family...so I went back to school)...and the son of a gynecologist and a Maternal-child health nurse (with a PhD...we don't believe in going to school in my family )... I also had metastatic cancer 10-11 years ago...so I may have some insight.
    My personal thoughts are...ovarian cancer is often silent until it's too late, and you will go through menopause (Or as we call it in my family man-o-pause!) anyway, though likely more gradually...you have to make your own decision though.
    My final thought why don't they call it a hersterectomy ( yes...we did often discuss that in the OR as well as "why isn't it called a "hisnia" for boys instead of a hernia?)
    Wishing you a great experience no matter what you choose..at least as great as any surgery can be!
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    QuiltGuy reacted to sdaurio in Owl Duets - love my bliss rails   
    The pattern is a modified Owl Duets from Katie's Quilts and Crafts.  I didn't have a kit, just some extra solids laying around. The top goes together so quickly!
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    QuiltGuy got a reaction from Fastquilts in I think I have lost a customer   
    I would try one more time to talk to her but as I have learned in other business endeavors...sometime losing a customer is a very good thing...
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    QuiltGuy got a reaction from Busy Quilting in Owl Duets - love my bliss rails   
    So...this is spectacular, and since I hear that I may be in the market for baby quilt... is this top a kit or was it something your customer created on their own?...(though my quilting will not be up to this standard yet by any means!!)
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    QuiltGuy got a reaction from ffq-lar in I think I have lost a customer   
    I would try one more time to talk to her but as I have learned in other business endeavors...sometime losing a customer is a very good thing...
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    QuiltGuy reacted to BethDurand in Which wool?   
    Hi Dave,
    I get Hobbs Tuscany wool from EE.  I've machine washed and dried it and it's wonderful.  Drapes beautifully, quilts like nobody's business.  I'm currently hand quilting one with it, and it's like a hot knife through butter!
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    QuiltGuy reacted to ffq-lar in Which wool?   
    I just bought a roll (30 yards) of 94" wide Tuscany wool from Schenck and it was $7.20 per yard. Go to their site and view the catalog to see the different brands and what different fibers they offer. If you're getting a roll, pre-order so you're sure it's there for pick-up. The shopping is wonderful, but the check-out is cumbersome.
     
    Another new product I picked up yesterday was Tuscany 50/50 wool-cotton blend. I imagine it will be wonderful and I will be using it in my son's wedding quilt. 
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    QuiltGuy reacted to ffq-lar in Which wool?   
    I've used Hobbs Tuscany wool and QD wool with good (quilting) results. As far as care, I haven't heard any negative feedback from customers or quilty friends.
    Dave, do you have a business license/ tax ID#? If so, you can visit EE Schencks in Portland to get a great wholesale price on both packages and rolls of batting. They will allow you to purchase under their minimum within your first year, but from then on they expect you to buy a minimum of $1000 per year.
     
    I'm sure you know that Fabric Depot offers their version of wholesale prices when you buy in wholesale quantities. You're lucky to has both these businesses so close!
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    QuiltGuy reacted to LisaC in King Sized Quilts   
    Mattresses are so thick these days that it requires a bigger quilt to cover down the sides. I have a California King - hubby is 6'7" tall so he needs the length.
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    QuiltGuy reacted to Tamarack in why why why don't I learn?   
    That explains all your empty chocolate bar wrapper pictures on Instagram!  
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