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    barbm got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Stitch regulated mode is inconsistently bad but beautiful in manual mode   
    Melissa, can you post some photos of your problem areas?  That will give us something to start with.  Load a practice sandwich, different color threads in top and bobbin (and tell us what they are), then stitch in manual and regulated.  We'll figure out what's going on!
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    barbm reacted to bevhquilter in Tension Spring Replacement - Worried   
    I did the replacement myself with instructions that Barb sent me.  It wasn't hard and I was very careful to align everything just so.  I was having some thread breakage and found that I had a rough spot on my hook assembly, so while I was working on the machine, I smoothed that out with some emery cloth.  All is working well now: no thread breakage, good tension.  I'm a happy quilter!  Really appreciate all of your comments.
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    barbm reacted to BethDurand in Clean your rails.   
    Quilting along yesterday and "Pearly" is driving rough.  Well, look at all the lovely little black spots on her carriage.  Cleaned her wheels and rails, and she's back to smooth as glass!
    Today, all is well, but after about the 1/2 way point things get harder to move.  Hmm.  Could it be?  Sure enough, 65 lb dog is sleeping on the on the other side of the table, and when he laid down, he lay on the cord.  After moving the cord, she's much smoother again. 
    Just an FYI.
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    barbm got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Quilt Path Facebook Forum   
    For those of you who have already purchased your Quilt Path, there is an awesome group over on Facebook.  The interaction there is a little bit faster than here on the APQS forums - as of today, we have 150+ members!  It's a closed group, so you need an invitation to be able to join.  Contact the APQS Rep that facilitated your QP purchase, or send me an email at info@tmequilting.com, and we'll arrange to get you that invitation!
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    barbm reacted to lmdaniluk in Right Hand indicator Lights are off   
    So i replaced both fuses and the machine works!!!  Need to always keep spare ones..
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    barbm got a reaction from Leida Glez in Quilt Path Facebook Forum   
    For those of you who have already purchased your Quilt Path, there is an awesome group over on Facebook.  The interaction there is a little bit faster than here on the APQS forums - as of today, we have 150+ members!  It's a closed group, so you need an invitation to be able to join.  Contact the APQS Rep that facilitated your QP purchase, or send me an email at info@tmequilting.com, and we'll arrange to get you that invitation!
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    barbm reacted to NollR in Fil-Tec Clear Quilt Class L bobbins for sale   
    Sorry, I put another link just for the information about these bobbins. It should work for anyone. Also, yes these are not for long arm  machines, but for domestic machines ( again sorry I failed to mention that).  Thanks for letting me know so that I could edit this.
     
    This are for anyone who don't want to wind their own bobbins for their domestic machine.  They're a wonderful quality thread.  With the link above, you can see if your machine takes these style bobbins.
     
    Thanks!
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    barbm reacted to T Row Studio in tension issues Help   
    Thank-you Barb the WD-40 bath seams to have done the trick. Sometimes you cant see the forest for teh tree as they say.
    A person gets frustrated and can't think straight 
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    barbm got a reaction from T Row Studio in tension issues Help   
    Clean your hook assembly thoroughly with WD40 and re-oil. Also, check under the tension finger on your bobbin case. I'm assuming you've tried a different bobbin.
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    barbm reacted to mlsa3 in Men Don't Need To Ask For Directions or Instructions   
    Decided I wanted to learn how to paper piece.  I had a book that I purchased years ago with the stars of each state.  You paper pieced each star or individual stars.  So I read the directions (sort of), watched youtube videos and started. 
     
    You make 1/8 of a block at a time.  Put A part and B part together to form 1/4 of a block.  First A part turned out great EXCEPT I put the very first piece of fabric wrong side out.  So I started another block.  Turned out great EXCEPT I put the first piece of fabric wrong side out.  Are you getting the theme yet?
     
    So I started another Part A.  Took my time and made SURE the first piece of fabric was turned right.  Wow...I did a great job on this.  Made my Part B.  Another great job.  Sewed Part A and Part B together.  Then I trimmed the piece.  Looks great.  I'm gonna like this.
     
    Made enough Part A's and Part B's to make a full 12" block.  Looked great EXCEPT it didn't turn out to be 12" square.  Made another full 12" square EXCEPT (YEP) it didn't turn out to be 12" square.   Hmmmmmmm.....I'm sure they must have drawn their lines wrong.  I mean how hard is it to sew down a straight line?  Even I can do that.
     
    Then it dawned on me that a video came with the book of stars.  So I decided I needed to watch it and see if they explained any mistakes THEY may have made.  So I get to the end of the video and saw where instead of trimming on the line I should have added a 1/4" seam line to their marking.
     
    So today I get to start all over again and this time make sure I follow ALL instructions.
     
    I think I may like paper piecing.
     
    (Remember:  Men don't like to ask for directions OR read instructions.)
     
    This is coming from a man who when he first started learning to sew, sewed a pillow case completely up on all 4 sides and then tried to figure out how to get the pillow inside the case.  I mean how hard can a pillow case be to make?
     
    David
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    barbm reacted to RunningThreads in Timing and not sewing   
    Barb
    You are so right. I didn't re read before I posted. Groove to the front, scarf to the rear. Sorry for any confusion.
    Nigel
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    barbm reacted to kkey1030 in Thread breakage. Newbie frustration.   
    Mary Beth, it wasn't ME who asked about heat for my studio.  
     
    So I finished the quilt.  First, I changed the angle of the three hole guide right above the tension disks--just slightly, but it seemed right to me. I also went up the first hole, skipped the second hole and down through the third, using one less hole. Then I loosened the tension guide (yes the little wire was moving down correctly).  The tension disks were the answer, I think.  I managed to stitch out the rest of top with only a couple of breaks.  
     
    Thank goodness for Dawn Cavenaugh.  I took my beginner's class from her and she gave us permission to play with the machine.  I felt confident enough that I wasn't going to ruin anything by experimenting with the thread guides and tension discs.  
     
    I knew King Tut may be tough to start with, but it was the PERFECT variegated colors for this top.  I still have lots to learn but this was a great way to learn a bunch in one night, and I have a nice lap quilt to use around the house.  It's not perfect, but it's DARN COOL.  
     
    Thanks for all your support.  Sometimes just walking away from the machine long enough to post on this forum is what I need.  
     
    I'll know next time to include that this was an all cotton pieced top, with Warm Orient Blend (or something like that) batting.  Bobbin was a pre-wound Superior thread.
     
    Y'all are the bomb!
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    barbm reacted to RitaR in Junk   
    Thannks for taiking care of it Barb!
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    barbm got a reaction from delld in Junk   
    It looks like one spammed slipped through and posted all those threads. He's gone now...
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    barbm got a reaction from judyday in Junk   
    It looks like one spammed slipped through and posted all those threads. He's gone now...
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    barbm got a reaction from Gail O in APQS versus Gammill - help needed!   
    Sharon, before you start planning on the computerized system to add to any longarm, try each of the machines in freehand or panto mode.  As much as you think a computer will do everything you need, you will still have times when you have to use the machine without the computer, and that's when it's important to feel comfortable with your machine.  Find dealers or reps in your area that will let you spend more than just a minute or two at a trade show, trying out their machines.  Or individual owners who will let you come to their studios/homes to play on their own machine.  Once you find the longarm that fits your style, space and budget, you can start evaluating the different computer choices for that brand.  Have fun on your search!!
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    barbm got a reaction from JeannieB in APQS versus Gammill - help needed!   
    Sharon, before you start planning on the computerized system to add to any longarm, try each of the machines in freehand or panto mode.  As much as you think a computer will do everything you need, you will still have times when you have to use the machine without the computer, and that's when it's important to feel comfortable with your machine.  Find dealers or reps in your area that will let you spend more than just a minute or two at a trade show, trying out their machines.  Or individual owners who will let you come to their studios/homes to play on their own machine.  Once you find the longarm that fits your style, space and budget, you can start evaluating the different computer choices for that brand.  Have fun on your search!!
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    barbm got a reaction from judyday in APQS versus Gammill - help needed!   
    Sharon, before you start planning on the computerized system to add to any longarm, try each of the machines in freehand or panto mode.  As much as you think a computer will do everything you need, you will still have times when you have to use the machine without the computer, and that's when it's important to feel comfortable with your machine.  Find dealers or reps in your area that will let you spend more than just a minute or two at a trade show, trying out their machines.  Or individual owners who will let you come to their studios/homes to play on their own machine.  Once you find the longarm that fits your style, space and budget, you can start evaluating the different computer choices for that brand.  Have fun on your search!!
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    barbm got a reaction from delld in APQS versus Gammill - help needed!   
    Sharon, before you start planning on the computerized system to add to any longarm, try each of the machines in freehand or panto mode.  As much as you think a computer will do everything you need, you will still have times when you have to use the machine without the computer, and that's when it's important to feel comfortable with your machine.  Find dealers or reps in your area that will let you spend more than just a minute or two at a trade show, trying out their machines.  Or individual owners who will let you come to their studios/homes to play on their own machine.  Once you find the longarm that fits your style, space and budget, you can start evaluating the different computer choices for that brand.  Have fun on your search!!
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    barbm got a reaction from Kara C in HELP PLEASE!! New Millie not working :-(   
    They are links to websites, Zeke, but I'm not brave enough to test them. Just looks kind of "hinky" to me...
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    barbm reacted to HeidiP in Want to Buy Sit Down Quilter   
    You might want to check with APQS Northwest in the Seattle area. I'm sure Barbara Mayfield would let you comes in and spend an afternoon getting to know George.
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    barbm got a reaction from HeidiP in Fil tec changing   
    If you're worried, shoot them an email or give them a call. I can't imagine they will stop selling to end users. My bet is that they're creating a new order site for wholesale purchasers.
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    barbm got a reaction from delld in Fil tec changing   
    If you're worried, shoot them an email or give them a call. I can't imagine they will stop selling to end users. My bet is that they're creating a new order site for wholesale purchasers.
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    barbm reacted to ffq-lar in Fil tec changing   
    I agree with Barb. I bet they will still sell their products for close to what you've spent before. Maybe they'll market like Superior, regular prices with occasional sales on line, prices reduced a bit at the shows, and wholesale to those that qualify. It wouldn't be a good idea to alienate/eliminate your customers and they have a big fan base.
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    barbm reacted to SunnyID in George is welcome here!   
    I'm SO excited!  I've been waiting 7 months to find a used George at my budget price.  APQS actually had one advertised RIGHT HERE on their website ON SALE just for me
     
    He arrived yesterday and today it's like Christmas  Can't wait to get him all set up and running!!!!!
     
    Dawn
     
     
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