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  1. IQ doesn't have drive belts so I think that's just a typo and she meant to say quilt path not IQ! I'm sure there are IQs on Lennis,ask Mandy or on the IQ yahoo group. Yvette
  2. You've got a good list there of designers. I would suggest you get a few pantos first as these are the money makers, they can be stitching away whilst you custom quilt on another machine .Types I use the most- Open and swirly Swirly and spikey. Flowery Leafy Watery Oriental Babies/kids Some pantos are rectangular in shape and can look as if they are sewn in rows. Where possible I prefer ones which interlock between the rows but if you want to make the design more open you can run tight on throat space with these. Because you are so good at free motion you may find custom quilting is not so fast with a computer system as working freehand so may not need lots of motifs to fit into blocks but border designs can speed life up. You can also use pantos in borders. Like fabric and thread it is easy to get carried away with your purchasing but remember you can buy the design and be stitching it within minutes at any time of day so you don't need to get lots in advance. Sign up to the sites and they will send you notice of special offers and sales. Yvette in the UK
  3. I also find the same problem with the top fabric especially some of the dark dyed Moda fabrics which have lighter dyed backs. It always shows more if you have to unpick as you never get back in quite the same holes when when you restitch and then you have twice as many snags showing.
  4. You can try this site, there are a few shops in Italy
  5. Thank you Shana I will contact APQS direct as the light has now given up completely.
  6. I've recently moved my laser light to the front of the machine to use with IQ when setting up line pattern. It is now rapidly fading away and is almost invisible. I never really used it before but am now missing it greatly. Can it be repaired? Should I turn it off when not actually using it? Can I source a new bit here in the UK or do I get a new one from APQS direct? Can't find any reference to dead lasers. Thank you in advance Yvette
  7. I have a roll of wool batting in my shop, recently went to cut some of it and there were holes right through at one end where moths had eaten it. We had had it in stock for several months unpackaged. I will use it for my own quilts but will store it in the freeezer for a week to kill off any remaining beasties. If you store wool batting I think you need to put pheromone traps or chemicals with it to be safe.
  8. You can always cut the triangles and corner squares too big (measure the star bits and add 2 or 3 inches) . Piece them in and then trim back the excess afterwards to make the block square. Your star now floats in the background.This allows for things being not quite true and "a bit too much" is easier to deal with than "not quite enough".
  9. I love wool batting but sell very little in my shop because it is so expensive. The roll I have in the shop is 2 years old. Got it out to sell some to a customer and Aaargh! it was full of holes and moths flew out around the room ! I shall now use it for practise or a quilt of my own which doesn't matter too much. I will be cutting it up and putting it in the freezer to kill the little beggars. I don't think the moths are too fussy about which brand of batting they eat.
  10. I've posted about this before. I think I'm a lone voice but I have found that for 5"squares the pieces are 1/8" or 1/16" short depending on which way the grain is. I also find the 21/2" strips creep and sometimes get a kink in the middle, this can be improved by putting a layer of paper in when cutting but for mass production purposes you would use an awful lot of paper. I do however think its OK for applique shapes where exact size is not so important. It is also quite hard work turning the handle to run the die through and wasteful of fabric which is si expensive theses days. We now use the Shape cutter which is marked up in 21/2" strips. Much cheaper and quicker.
  11. This is why in our shop if we have to ring a customer about an order we make a note of the call in our book. It will say :- rang customer, this means we actually spoke to the person concerned :- left message, this means we spoke to an answering machine :- left message with a man, this means we probably spoke to her husband or a son whom we fully expect not to pass on the message and so we will phone again in a weeks time and explain if necessary that it is not our fault that she did not get the phone call This is the result of 13 years experience leaving messages that don't get passed on.
  12. I reckon that 3 out of four is a normal ratio of good to bad. If you're mitreing borders one always takes three goes to get it right. Same with binding, there's always one corner that's not quite as you want it. Its just life.
  13. If you go to your own thread and hit the top reply button you can post your photos all under the same heading. Lovely quilt and nice quilting.
  14. But sometimes it does work the other way. Just finished this little cot quilt and the bobbin ended 2" after the end of the stitching. The good luck fairy must have been looking over my shoulder.
  15. Ok so you all love your cutters. I have the Go so I could cut 2.5" strips and 5" squares for my shop, BUT THEY ARE NOT ACCURATE so I can't sell them! The 5"squares are off buy one eighth or one sixteenth of an inch in one direction only depending on which way the grain is going. The 2.5"strips often get a pleat pushed in to them and this then causes a kink in the cut strip. I'm told I can put paper between the layers and this will stop the slippage but how many reams of paper would I use when cutting jelly rolls?. I also think the wastage is ridiculous especially with some of the applique dies like hearts and stars. The handle is quite an effort to turn, if you have problems with your hands it would be too difficult to use. I am sending mine back. I seem to be the only dissenting voice on this product and would love to see it being used properly as my experience has been all bad! Yvette in the UK
  16. You can get pegboard in the uk. You might also want to look at stainless/chrome kitchen tool mesh which you can use with large S hooks, probably more expensive but will take heavier stuff. Yvette
  17. My family knows to buy me Ferrero Rocher chocolates for christmas as the box makes an excellent thread storage container
  18. Here in the UK, because I am a shop doing more than £50,000 per year turnover I have to charge VAT (value added tax) which is 20% so your lady is getting off lightly!. Although I longarm from home it is still considered to be part of the shop business. If you are longarming only as a business you are unlikey to reach that limit and would not have to charge VAT so I am 20% more expensive than others locally, and tend to offer discounts to soften the blow. Yvette
  19. Using the conversion figures given above UK gas (petrol) prices are now $8.75 per US gallon. Thats why we pay$16 a yard for our fabrics here($20 ish for batiks) because it costs a fortune to transport goods. But we have free health care. Its all swings and roundabouts these days although it always seems that we lose more than we gain.
  20. Oh dear you are having a hard time. We will all stroke your machine tomorrow and say soothing words to it. It wii be good for people to see a sick machine being brought back to life. Yvette
  21. Cos there's only about 50 of us! Its not worth while for anyone to hold stocks of anything. Very irritating though. I have too much invested in zippers now to change to snappers though they do look like a good idea. Yvette
  22. If you are really tight on the amount of backing you have then machine on a piece of spare fabric 6" wide to the backing top and bottom and then when you pin onto the leaders the pins are 6" away from the backing. I have mini leaders on my zippers sewn on made of grosgrain ribbon as I felt the machine was colliding with the zipper itself and if I take the quilt on and off the frame several times the pins fall out so I use safety pins instead and its not so easy to safety pin right next to the zip itself.
  23. Does this mnake more sense? You can push the reel right up inside the cone.
  24. I stop my cones wobbling by putting a reel of regular thread wedged inside the cone and then put it on the usual pin. The thread reels which fit the best are the Sulky embroidery 30 cotton on the 328yd reels
  25. I live down in the soft southeast where snow happens for one day a year about every 5 years normally. So far we have had 2 big falls of snow this month, 6" deep at the moment and life just grinds to a halt. I think it is because we are now so reliant upon cars for all aspects of everyday life. Kids seem unable to walk to school and most people live too far away to walk to work. It has also been below freezing for many, many days. We don't have the equipment to plough the roads of snow (because it so rarely happens). People don't know how to drive in the snow so more accidents happen and we don't have snow tyres. Generally no problem here with power so we have a feezer full of food and I can quilt, so I'm all set to be stuck indoors. On the down side I can't go and dig fresh veg of the allotment as the ground is frozen solid and I may have to work extra time in my shop if staff are stuck at home. At least all customer quilts are now finished for christmas.