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Everything posted by Kueser

  1. I quilted a baby clothes quilt with everything but the kitchen sink on it. The maker more or less appliqued whole items to the blocks. I did a simple meander around and on the items to tack them down, taking extra precautions when I came to the boxer shorts waist. I see no reason you can't use the upper part as long as you remember you will have to be careful when it comes to quilting and that may limit what you do.
  2. Covid has done a number on available quilt shows but the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival is still going to have their show this year. Check our our website on available classes. KCRQF | Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival (Drop down on Festival Info) If you are interested in entering a quilt in the show, this is a non-juried show, first come, first served. Hoping we can see you all there. I'll be running around in a hot pink T-shirt.
  3. You get a more professional response to your questions here. I was surprised by the number of folks advocating using sheets for backing on FB. Plus no politics or alternative facts here. Only wish the more recent responses were on top and didn't have to wade through several years of responses. Some old ones are still helpful so don't want to dump the old.
  4. I had and older Janome 6600P with a knee lift. When I got my new machine, the dealer only offered $500 as a trade-inso I gave it to my granddaughter. You may have to go a little higher than $400.
  5. First, do you have Bliss? It makes a big difference in how smoothly the machine moves. 2nd, clean wheels will help, and 3rd, slow down the speed and take off the stitch regulator. Sorry can't be any more help.
  6. thanks for the tips. I have started quarantining all incoming. So far, knock on wood, no virus in our county. I'm afraid its only due to lack of testing. The county just north of us is blowing up. I am not encouraging folks to drop off quilts which is fine by me. I have a few projects of my own that I would like time to do. Everyone take care and play safe.
  7. I was using Monopoly last spring and having breakage issues so I talked to Superior's rep at the quilt show. My concern was if there was a shelf life and they said no, just need to loosen the tension. I eventually got it down to almost no tension as I was running it through the thread break detector with my IQ. Here is my daughter and granddaughter in front of her quilt "Maybe Next Year" so named because it took her five years working on it at retreat.
  8. I ended up taking off the Velcro after several years of fighting the mess. Works just as well.
  9. Dawn, Wishing you well in your retirement. Don't tell anyone or they will think your "free" time is available. Thank you for your help through the years. I will always remember my surprise when calling APQS for help and getting a call back from the famous Dawn!
  10. Dawn taught a class several years ago where you use a sweatshirt cut open to lay flat and then stitch patches on using the long arm. I found those instructions the other day when cleaning some of my old quilting materials. There was also a quilter on an old, old television show showing how she did collages using tiny pieces of fabric under bridal illusion. She put the pieces in place under the veil and then thread painted them in place. I always thought I would try it in my spare time, whatever that is. LOL
  11. While I was going through chemo and literally felt like $h!t, I invited some of my guild members to come over and use my machine. I stayed with them as they worked through their quilt. At the end of that period, one person told me she learned a lot about how hard it is and has never asked to do any more. However, she still wants her work done as cheap as she can get it. They want it beautiful but don't want to pay for the time.
  12. I don't know what kind of machine you are using but I used to have that same problem with my mid-arm machine. My suggestion for the future is to pick a panto that is not as wide, giving you more flexibility. Also, your batting could be contributing to the problem. If you are using a thick batting you will loose arm space faster. Try using a low loft batting.
  13. This forum used to be a lot better BF (before Facebook). I learned so-o-o much from this forum when I started. I don't trust FB and I'll leave it at that. I miss the old gang.
  14. Check to make sure your bobbin thread is not caught in the bobbin case handle ( the part you grab to take out the bobbin). Thread the bobbin and snap it into the hook without using the handle. I know I have all the thingies mislabeled but I hope you get my gist.
  15. I still find it amusing that folks think stitch in the ditch is an easy and cheap way to get their quilt quilted.
  16. Start with the easy changes: Right size needle for thread? New needle and is it lined up right? check threaded right Clean bobbin area and bobbin lastly Re-time
  17. A question regarding your $$ expectations. Will your quilting be your only income when you retire, or simply your vice money (fabric, thread, quilting classes, you get my drift)? I upgraded to my Millie when I retired, paid it off, and added the computer system and have now paid that off. Having said all that, when I started looking to seriously quilt, I joined the LQG and one of the queen bees did everything she and her buddies could do to stall my business. I stayed busy but slow at first. Today I long for those days. I don't have time to quilt for myself. Since that time, five more quilters for others have joined the guild. I am not complaining, I am as "busy as I want to bee".
  18. I use pieces of black quarter-inch elastic tied around the top roller to align the edges, center, and midpoints as I roll the quilt forward. The tight elastic stays secure but is flexible enough that I can move up or down the roll to match the current quilt I am working on.
  19. Sorry, I don't have any suggestions. I never could get King Tut to play nice with my Millie. Gave it all away.
  20. I didn't like using curtain rods either as I felt they were scratching my poles. My hubby took two pieces of PVC pipe and notched both ends so they fit down over the pipes and roll along when I advance the quilt. If I knew how to post pictures, I would show you but sadly, never have picked up that skill.
  21. I've been using SuperBobs for the past 12 years in almost most cases. Occasionally, I wind a bobbin if I can't find a color I need in my bobbin supply. I have used the Monopoly clear once when Superior sent out samples and never bought any since. Although this was several years ago, I was not impressed. Too many issues getting the tension right. I also use the Magna-Glide bobbins when using Glide on top. Very nice tension but runs out quickly. I keep several bobbins in a labeled case for each type of thread. Makes it a lot quicker getting to the right tension each time I change threads. As far as colors, I use SuperBob "silver" when I need something that blends well with almost everything if I don't have the exact color. I went crazy when I first started and bought a lot of thread. My current goal is to use it up.
  22. The only problem would be getting the poles for the frame up the stairs and around any corners if the house is designed that way. Had to take mine through the window
  23. I have never learned how to post photos. Been on this site for 12 years and never took the time. My quilting doesn't rate a pic.
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