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  1. Quilting Friends, As the busy activities of the holiday season really get in gear this Thanksgiving weekend, hopefully we can all find a happy balance between everything that needs to be done and the fun and relaxation of enjoying time with family and friends.Intelligent Quilting's final promotion of November ends on Sunday, so be sure to take a few minutes from your busy schedule and browse around a bit just for fun. For a minimum purchase of only $15 you will receive the beautiful and elegant Winter Damask Panto - this is basically a Buy One-Get One Free offer! To see an image just visit our home page at www.intelligentquilting.comBest wishes for a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend,CrystalIntelligent Quilting Tecumseh, MI
  2. Nevermind! The were in the shipping envelope - not the box with the parts. Phew!!
  3. Help! I ordered a needle bar yesterday and had it overnighted to arrive today. No instructions were enclosed - can anybody point me to a pdf? Thanks, Crystal
  4. Don't miss out on this great sale at Intelligent Quilting. 20% off over 650 designs from 28 designers! Many new designers and new designs are included. Sale ends at midnight tonight, August 31, 2013. Browse around to see what's on sale, or go directly to this link: Also, don't miss all of the new designs added recently. You will find them here: Ready, Set, Go!
  5. Digital Designs for Computerized Quilting in all standard formats available for immediate download. - FEBRUARY 2013 NEWSLETTER EXCITING NEWS! New designer added - and a positively great special offer!! Dawna Sanders of Dawna's Design Threads has joined the talented group of designers at Intelligent Quilting! Dawna has a flair for style and texture. Her designs run the full range from elegant to playful, and her love of quilting is clearly visible in her beautiful quilting designs. Her Feathers A La Mode is a favorite - create movement, texture and beauty with thread! Go to - "All About Us" and find Dawna's name in our list of designers. ****************************************************************************************************** More new designs... New designs from the popular Apricot Moon, Kristin Hoftyzer and Lorien Quilting are also available now. Many of these designs work wonderfully with short and mid-arm systems. New patterns are added frequently, you can always find them easily by browsing to our home page and clicking "newest Digital Designs". ********************************************************************** FREE $40 Value - Stack n' stitch simple blocks through February 10 Purchase any combination of designs - any style, any type, any designer - with a total value of $40 in a single transaction through February 10, 2013 and receive by email this great package of Stack n' Stitch Simple Blocks. Because they all start and end in the center, you can stack and combine them in any order, and because they are simple they will work with blocks 2" and up. Hundreds of design possibilities for FREE! Please allow 24 hours to receive your Stack n' Stitch Simple Blocks by email. ********************************************************************** Have you signed up for Lorien's Digital Pattern Club? Hermione's designs never fail to please. It's great fun to be a member - I eagerly await my new patterns every month! We offer INSTANT DOWNLOADS for all digital sales and we offer all of our designs for the following systems: DXF, IntelliQuilter, Statler, Compuquilter, HQ Pro Stitcher, PCQuilter, SideSaddle, Innova Auto Pilot, Shirley Stitcher, Qbot, Quilt Motion, Quilt Sew Clever, and Quilt Artist. ********************************************************************** Follow us on Facebook We'd love to hear from you - Have an idea? A suggestion? Interested in joining our talented coterie of designers? Drop a line any time at Special Offer of Stack n' Stitch Simple Blocks effective until February 10, 2013 EST and excludes previous sales, Gift Certificates and Lorien Club. Crystal Smythe ©2013 Intelligent Quilting, LLC
  6. Bev Sievers and Julie Messerly are hosting me for a two-day extravaganza of all things IQ! They've reorganized Bev's space in Elk Run Heights, Iowa, to make room for a few more students, so I hope that if any of you are interested you'll contact Julie directly at Sessions are planned for Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25. The beauty of this type of set-up is that it's a nice small group setting, the pace will be dictated by the abilities and interest of the students. We'll have lecture/demo with the use of a digital projector, punctuated by hands-on lab time with Bev's machine, and there will be plenty of time for questions, answers and explanations. I'll cover all manner of subjects and even have a few surprises in store for participants. I have five "formal" classes planned with comprehensive step-by-step handouts - but "meandering" will be possible as we explore the answers to any questions you might have. It's always fun to gather with like-minded individuals, and I've found that there is no happier bunch of people than IQ owners. Join us for tons of information that will make you more productive and creative using your IntelliQuilter, and tons of fun as we gain new skills, form new friendships and enjoy a few laughs, snacks and IQ secrets! Crystal contact Julie for more information at I have it on good authority that there will be the very best cupcakes you've ever had! Don't miss it!
  7. I have a few Circle Lord Templates for Sale - Like New Queen Clam - $250.00 plus shipping (this is the original style of Clamshell Template - you can quilt more rows before advancing!) Gingko - $75.00 plus shipping (beautiful Asian style designs with the ease of a stepping-disk template)
  8. Thanks everyone for the suggestions, especially Nigel for confirmation that soldering was OK. Everything's back to normal and I'm back in business with a functioning stitch regulator. Crystal
  9. I have a 2004 Millenium. Last week the horizontal stitch regulator quit working, and we discovered a broken blue wire at the encoder. After removing the heat shrink wrap, now two wires are broken. I've received parts (invoice number 30171). We got mini pins short ear - but I don't have a crimper that will work with that small of a pin. I need a suggestion for a crimper for this size wire, this type of terminal (pin). If you know a part number or exact name of the tool that will crimp the small wires into the pins that insert into the Molex terminal that goes into the housing. I do have a Digi-Key catalog that has a many many options. Help, pleeeeeez. Thanks, Crystal ------------------------------------------------------------------ Thanks all, for your replies. Last week when this happened, my husband soldered it right away - and it didn't work, but we know now it was probably because the pin was sort of mangled. This is also when the second wire broke. Talked to both Amy and Christie which resulted in the shipment of the new pins and molex housing. Then he attempted to crimp it with no success - then my call-out to all of you for help. Nigel's note gave me hope and my husband again soldered the wires to new pins. YIPPEE - it works perfectly again. Thus ends my expedition into custom quilting with no stitch regulator. Many Thanks, Crystal
  10. Hi Debbie, We haven't had a QtYW in a long time! Hope we get one scheduled before the holidays (Like I'll actually get anything pieced!) Crystal
  11. Everything listed below has been sold except the King Baptist Fan, the Hartley Base Expander and set of new Black Wheels. Thanks everyone for the great response! ----------------------------------------------------------------------- I have a Circle Lord circle maker fora Millenium that I'd like to sell. Prices listed below are discounted 30% from the retail price. The Circle Maker is complete and in very good condition. All of the templates are like new, some have never been used! I know these are pricey tools, but most will agree the quality and customer support of Michael and Kay at Circle Lord (www.loriclesquilting) is unrivaled. Products and discounted prices are: Circle Maker (Millenium) and stylus: $570 I have also have several Giant Templates including the King Rope, $280 King Baptist Fan, $385 King Clam, $385 Queen Square Dance, $315 Queen Swirls, $298 Queen Double Baptist Fan, $301 Small round templates include Gingko, $91 Spiral, $70 Hearts, $91 Ovals, $70 Stella, $70 I also have a Hartley Base Expander, a Towa bobbin gauge, and four new black wheels for sale. email if interested Thanks!
  12. OK, so I did the easiest thing first, which was to move the hook retaining finger back toward the bobbin basket - everything seems fine - stitch quality is good and isn\'t making any weird noises - so I think I\'m good to go - still interested in adjustments and fixes, though, just in case... Crystal in MI Millenium
  13. I suspect I've got big problems. I'm working on a huge banner, landscape style thing with a million layers and it's very very thick. I switched to an MR5 needle for the strength of it, and must not have tightened the screw enough, as the needle was pulled out, and stayed in the hook area at an angle - machine was buzzing, had to turn it off, manually move the needle bar up and wiggle the needle out. It caused some damage. The hook retaining finger is no longer engaging the bobbin basket. The screw that holds the retaining finger is very tight, so I don't think that slipped backward. But, the hook assembly doesn't seem loose, either. When I hold the bobbin basket in place, the needle seems to line up properly. If I can't budge the screw that holds the hook retaining finger could it have possibly moved? HELP! Crystal in Michigan Millenium
  14. I'm having issues recently where when changing directions or stopping, my needle is cutting my bobbin thread. I can hear it happening. The bobbin thread is a little over an inch long. I'm using So fine on the top, Bottom Line on the bottom (not prewound), a new needle, batik fabrics on top and backing, Hobbs 80/20. My stitch regulator does "run on" a couple of stitches upon stopping or abruptly changing directions, and this doesn't always happen, but is becoming more frequent. Any suggestions? Thanks
  15. Hi Rowena, Congrats! I got my Millie 3 years ago today, and I have loved every minute of it! I was happy to realize that the literature I got when I was researching my purchase "you can pay for your machine the first year..." was true! I've just booked my 710th quilt and it seems like business is still picking up - even with the dire straits Michigan is in right now. I love working at home, contributing to my family financially and doing something that I find great fun. And even though sometimes I think I work too much, I can quit anytime I want, right???? Crystal in MI
  16. I'm a newer convert to Aurifil Cotton Mako 50wt. Using it results in very precise seams which press beautifully - it also works wonderfully in my Millie so I can use my little leftover spools for piecing. I also like Masterpiece and Metler Silk Finish Embroidery Thread, as well as a 50 wt silk thread I got from Richland Silk (very strong and fine). One thing to remember about these premium threads is that they create less wear and tear on your DSM. The slubs on cheaper thread are abrasive and very linty. European DSMs are developed and engineered for use with European threads - why wear out an expensive machine or create maintenance issues to save a buck on thread? Crystal in MI 2004 Milenium
  17. I have spliced batting cutting a wavy line as suggested by the rest of you. This works fine, and sometimes I've spray basted or hand basted with a ladder stitch. But here's what I'm excited about. I just got the new Husqvarna Viking ER10 - a needle felting machine (SMRP is only $349!). I got it to play around with machine felting, but realized that I could probably piece batting together. Voila! It works great, takes only a couple of minutes for a seam, and doesn't feel any thicker where it's joined. Now as soon as I trim a quilt and have the remainder of my batting, I attach it to the one before it. This has solved a storage and labeling/measuring issue of leftovers. I'll use these pieced batts on my own stuff or on flannel quilts. The seam feels very durable and has stood up to some tugging. I'll never do it another way from here on out!