Neher-in-law5

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    Neher-in-law5 reacted to piecrust in Which type of pen do you use? ... or which fabric?   
    Thanks for your help and advice. The request was to use black since that is part of their corporate colors. I looked at the EQ printable and it had the same problem as Printed Treasures- it is not a true white. I found a 08 micron pigma pen and gave it a shot, thanks Neher-in-law5 and Lisa C. That looked good and after washing, it still looked good. I also took a crack at what Cagey recommended. I took a larger piece of fabric, anchored it to the freezer paper, and then taped the corners to a piece of foam core. (Freezer paper was rolling up.) I used a blue erasable and drew lines giving each a 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" area to use, (but you and I know it will actually be 2" x 4") and added additional space between to accommodate the 1/4" seams. Everyone will be told to "stay inside the lines" and I have several helpers who will be watching. I've made each sheet to accommodate 20 signatures/sentiments. My thought was that if I had all those small pieces, I was sure to drop one and loose it. Tomorrow it's off to the art store for a dozen pens and more foam core.
    Thanks to all of you, I have a plan.
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    Neher-in-law5 got a reaction from whitepinesquilter in Which type of pen do you use? ... or which fabric?   
    If you use the micron pens, try to get a .08 or even larger size point.  The .05 and .005 have tips that are so sharp they catch on the fibers and are hard to write smoothly.  the .08 or larger have a rounder tip and move across the fabric smoothly.
     
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    Neher-in-law5 reacted to Gator in Do you quilt with glasses while quilting, my needle shattered   
    I have worked in an industrial environment most of my life (military).  Safety was always the way of life.  I always had safety glasses on but now I wear glasses because of age.  I was doing a quilt over the weekend and all of a sudden my IQ said obstruction and stopped, grrrr but no problem.  I was using minkee as my backing and the top had some thick seams.  I have always used my bobbin thread cutter (had Millie's since 2007).  Ok, to make a short story long, I thought I cleared everything and cleaned the wheels and table?   I hit the start button and "BANG, BANG, BANG" the needle shattered, right,  it didn't just break it shattered, pieces went everywhere!  I'm only 5ft tall so a piece hit me in the face.  Now you get my question, my reading glasses probably kept the piece from going into my eye.  I was using a 4.0 machine needle, glad it wasn't titanium.  When you think about using rulers, needles, etc with a fast moving machine, maybe we should take a minute to think about eye safety (fingers too).   After settling my nerves and cleaning my pants, here's the good part:  I have both eyes.  The quilt wasn't ripped or damaged.  I found 5 pieces of the needle including the eye (with thread in it), which looked like I got all of it.  I blew out the bobbin housing and made sure I still had a hook.  I changed the needle and proceeded with the quilt, guess what!!!!   I love my APQS machine, the stitches were beautiful, whew no retiming required.  The only thing that may have caused the needle to shatter, was my bobbin thread cutter knife gets stuck every now and then and maybe the needle hit it?  I can't think of anything else that could have happened without destroying the hook?  Any other ideas?  I've been quilting since 2007 and never had a needle shatter, break yes but shatter no.
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    Neher-in-law5 got a reaction from lisae in EQ 8   
    Well, I did it!  I just ordered my first EQ8.  I haven't had any of the other versions, so this should be interesting.  I was cleaning emails and it finally dawned on me that the coupon for 30% off of more than $100 would work for this.  I ordered 3 items and still paid less for everything including postage because of that coupon from AQS!!!!
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    Neher-in-law5 got a reaction from EmbroPoly in Hi-Tech Inbonded Quilting thread   
    It would also be good to know what weight this thread is.
     
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    Neher-in-law5 reacted to Cagey in EQ 8   
    Madelyn;
    I didn't know about the discount.  Thank you for sharing that outstanding information.
    Cagey
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    Neher-in-law5 got a reaction from Cagey in EQ 8   
    Members of AQS get a 20% discount on it from what I have seen.  Well worth my already paid membership!
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    Neher-in-law5 got a reaction from Mary Beth in MQS was disappointing   
    That is the way I felt the first time my daughter took me there. 
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    Neher-in-law5 reacted to Mary Beth in MQS was disappointing   
    Prairie Point is the closest shop to me. It is about 30ish miles from me. I just googled it...it is 29 miles away. Missouri Star is farther away. I love Prairie Point. I want to touch everything in the store. 
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    Neher-in-law5 reacted to Marie0722 in Batting tape   
    Thank you, Jim, that's good to know! Before I bought my Millie, that's how I managed to quilt big quilts on my domestic machine... cut the batting into thirds and spray baste and quilt one third at a time starting in the centre of the quilt. I never taped or stitched the batting pieces together. People thought I was crazy but I have never had problems either. With Millie I have always dutifully stitched the pieces together with the largest zig zag settings on my machine, I thought I had to because there is no basting. I will definitely try it your way now... yes, I am lazy
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    Neher-in-law5 got a reaction from Quilta93 in Heart or reputation?   
    Cute statement.  Thanks to both of you for the education!
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    Neher-in-law5 got a reaction from quilterkp in batting costs   
    I figured out how much I paid a yard then set my per yard price.  Then I had some quilts that left a lot of batting unused but still belonged to the customer so sent it with the quilt.  I now have figured a per square inch price for batting I have on hand.  It still comes out to a similar pricing but I get to keep the large leftover pieces and the customer can figure the cost of the per square inch price for the quilting and for the batting used.  Then there are no surprises in the bill.  Be sure to add the extra 4 inches to the batting figures.
     
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    Neher-in-law5 got a reaction from Cagey in Heart or reputation?   
    Cute statement.  Thanks to both of you for the education!
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    Neher-in-law5 reacted to Cagey in Heart or reputation?   
    I believe the heart replaced the reputation, since having a reputation can be a double edged sword.
    Cagey
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    Neher-in-law5 reacted to quiltmonkey in Trimming Question   
    For clarification, Lora, I trim down to 1/2 inch and sew my binding on and THEN I trim off the excess batting and backing before folding binding over. 
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    Neher-in-law5 reacted to Cagey in Trimming Question   
    Madelyn and Jim;
    Thank you for the words of wisdom.  I will see how things work out with the quilt.  
    Cagey
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    Neher-in-law5 got a reaction from Cagey in Trimming Question   
    Cagey,  yes, I think your plan for the edges and border on George will work well.  In fact, I think it will help you keep your border the full size and stop some of the pulling away from the sides of the quilt.
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    Neher-in-law5 got a reaction from RosemaryJ08 in My very first RUDE customer and I've been quilting for 11 years!   
    Maybe she realized that she could only blame herself for her choices and the difference between her expectations and the great work you did.  Sorry this happened to you.
    Hopefully she will realize that you did a great work and will call to tell you that after she straightens out.  I sure hope so.
     
    I did my first real client quilts a couple weeks ago and after delivery (while we sat and visited for an hour and a half about our kids and quilting) she called me a couple days later to tell me she finally had a chance to spread the two quilts out on the bed they were so pretty.  I thanked her for even thinking to call and tell me that.  It sure made me feel good about the work.  I hope your customer can do the same.
     
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    Neher-in-law5 got a reaction from KathyP in Handicap accessibility?   
    Here is a You-tube of the Sew and Go quilting chair.  It looks like a box with an office chair mounted on it that runs on a rail under the front legs of the frame.  They are using a Freedom!  I have a George and that might be a good option for you. I would encourage getting a larger cabinet than the table the sell with George now.  Right now, I am quilting a king-sized labyrinth quilt on mine.
     

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    Neher-in-law5 reacted to Cagey in Ultimate i   
    Noni
    While I have never seen a Ultimate I in person, I would suggest oiling the oil wicks.  When you touch the oil wicks, your finger should show a little oil residue on your skin.  If not, put 3 or 4 drops on the wick.  If you see a little oil on your finger, put 1 or 2 drops on the wick.  Then let the machine sit for a few minutes to allow the oil to flow through the wick material.  
    Then with the machine unplugged, remove the needle.  Then turn the flywheel above the needle area to see how the internal gearing sounds/feels as you slowly rotate the internal workings.  It should sound and feel nice smooth and quiet.  No grinding of gears or like there is sand in the gearing.  I believe if you rotate the wheel downward on the right side of the machine that is the proper rotation direction when it is running under motor power.   You can verify this by looking at the hook assembly and watching it rotate counter clockwise.  If all sounds good, put in a needle and do the same thing.  If that sounds good, thread the machine and do it again to see how the hook picks up the bobbin thread as it rotates through the sewing cycle.  
    Everything sounds and feels smooth, remove the needle and plug the machine into the wall outlet.  If the machine has a single needle up/down button, push it and see how the machine sounds.  If not, just start the machine off running in the slowest setting.  Again you are listening for things grinding or banging improperly.  I would not expect it, but you cannot be too safe.  
    If it sounds good, then slowly increase the stitching speed.  Get the motor up to full speed.  Then slow the motor to 1/2 - 3/4 speed and let it run like that without a needle for a good 20 minutes.  It will not hurt the motor and it will get everything nice and warm.  Be sure to make sure the machine head cannot move and get something jammed under the needle bar that could mess up the timing.  Once the 20 minutes is done, then shut the machine off, and look for any excess oil dripping from around the needle area that could get on your quilt.  Wipe any excess oil off.  Then try the needle up/down button, if it works good great, if not adjust the uptown screw if it has one.  You are supposed to do this with the motor warm.  All sounds good, put a practice quilt sandwich on the frame, put a needle in, thread the machine, and start playing.  Start off slow and have fun.
    Dawn shared with us a few weeks back that a normal machine used in a business will only need major maintenance after a 7 to 8 years.  If the machine was not used in a business, and has been sitting for years, it probably can go without major service for anther number of years.  Once you get comfortable with the machine, you can check for those sort of items that need to be dealt with.
    Tell us how things work our for you.  If you have any issues, or something does not sound correct in any of these steps, call APQS and get support from them.  They are the system experts, so do not be afraid of calling them.  
    Best of luck to you.
    Cagey
     
     
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    Neher-in-law5 got a reaction from dbams in My very first RUDE customer and I've been quilting for 11 years!   
    Maybe she realized that she could only blame herself for her choices and the difference between her expectations and the great work you did.  Sorry this happened to you.
    Hopefully she will realize that you did a great work and will call to tell you that after she straightens out.  I sure hope so.
     
    I did my first real client quilts a couple weeks ago and after delivery (while we sat and visited for an hour and a half about our kids and quilting) she called me a couple days later to tell me she finally had a chance to spread the two quilts out on the bed they were so pretty.  I thanked her for even thinking to call and tell me that.  It sure made me feel good about the work.  I hope your customer can do the same.
     
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    Neher-in-law5 got a reaction from quiltmonkey in My very first RUDE customer and I've been quilting for 11 years!   
    Maybe she realized that she could only blame herself for her choices and the difference between her expectations and the great work you did.  Sorry this happened to you.
    Hopefully she will realize that you did a great work and will call to tell you that after she straightens out.  I sure hope so.
     
    I did my first real client quilts a couple weeks ago and after delivery (while we sat and visited for an hour and a half about our kids and quilting) she called me a couple days later to tell me she finally had a chance to spread the two quilts out on the bed they were so pretty.  I thanked her for even thinking to call and tell me that.  It sure made me feel good about the work.  I hope your customer can do the same.
     
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    Neher-in-law5 reacted to Kwiltr in Using Two Layers of Batting   
    Still pretty green at the longarm game and working my way through various challenges.  Right now I have just finished loading the biggest quilt yet for me to quilt with my Lenni.  As if the size isn't enough challenge, I also wanted to have a go at using two layers of batting.  It is something I've admired in quilts done by others, and something I tried to do on my Sweet 16 Sitdown and gave up on.  It was one of the selling points for me to go to a longarm set up.  Now reality hits, and I am trying to figure out all the little ins and outs of that decision.  
    So my quilt top is 112" by 96". I have a Hobbs 80/20 cotton batting on the bottom layer against the backing and a Hobbs Wool batting on top. When I first took them out of their bags, I thought, "oh, no problem, they're both really thin!"  But the wool puffed up after spritzing with water and a quick trip in the dryer to get the wrinkles out!  I made a sling to hold my batting so it doesn't drag on the floor till I get it rolled on a bit...I'm not a quick quilter, and I didn't want it getting stepped on and collect threads, at the least, from my carpeted floor.  Loading the quilt, before the batting portion, took me several hours, then I just spent a few more getting the batting loaded and basting my top edges down to start.  I would starve at this if I was trying to make a living at it!  I measured and remeasured and pinned, just to try and get it basted down square and straight, dealing with the extra fullness of the batting.  One layer of cotton is a picnic compared to this.
    So here is my question, thought I'd never get to it right?!  For those of you who have worked with two layers of batting, how do you ensure that when you advance the quilt, the two batting layers feed in unison and straight and you don't get one of the layers with a fold or pucker in it?  Just a side note, I loaded my quilt top on the quilt top roller as I gives me a feeling of security having it under control on the roller when it's so ungainly in size.
    i actually have a second question as well.  Getting into longarm quilting has been a series of  challenges and revelations to me.  I only quilt for myself, so it's not the business side of things I'm talking about.  It's the how's and why's of it that seem to have eluded me when deciding I would really like to get a longarm.  It's probably just me, not asking the right questions, but I think it's also, not knowing what questions to ask.   Having gone theough a learning curve when I got into FMQ on a domestic machine and then later a Sitdown midarm, it was relatively easy to find resources for a multitude of nuances involved with Sitdown quilting.  However, what I've found with getting into a longarm, apart from reading through forums, there just isn't the same kind of information out there.  So my question here is, how did you all get so knowledgeable on all the little tricks and how to's to longarming?  Was it just a trial and error experience, or is there a resource out there I haven't found where you can go get a lesson on some of the more in depth questions?  Have a good friend who has it all figured out?  In the past, almost year, that I've had my machine, I've wished there was someone I could go to and just spend a day, picking their brain with all the questions I've come across, and end up muddling through.  I'm sure there are easier ways for me to do things, more efficient, more exacting, whatever.  
    Sorry to go on and on here, but I just have to think I'm not the only one out there trying the hard way to figure all this stuff out.  There ought to be a big book of knowledge for this!  . And no luck finding all of my answers on YouTube! 
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    Neher-in-law5 reacted to vegaslady in Prewound Bobbins   
    My Millie finally arrived on Friday!!!!   I had the recommendation of the pre-wound magna Filtec bobbins and oh, are they ever perfect.  I've been playing with different top threads - some left over from my sit-down (Superior and Signature) as well as Glide and So Fine.  The first two were cotton and so linty compared to the last two.  Out of all, I have to say I like (or should I say Millie likes) the SoFine the best of all.  The Glide sewed as nicely but when I snip I see some untwisting which causes me to snip again to re-thread.  Right now I am all about practice, practice and trying different things out.  I felt dyslecsic (sp?) the first day - like relearning how to write with my other hand - a big change from a sitdown to a longarm - but then it smoothed right in.  Muscle memory...it's for real!  So happy to be one of you happy APQS owners!
     
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    Neher-in-law5 got a reaction from Kwiltr in Does anybody free motion/ruler work/pantos without SR?   
    Kwiltr pretty much wrote my post for me.  All she said applies to me as well. I had pretty good stitches with George and liked the results, the foot pedal allowed me time to think.  Now with Lucey I use the SR so I can think or start and stop without built up stitches.  Lucey is still quite new to me and I mostly quilt for myself and don't have time daily to play with her.