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  1. I've been working with my local guild for several years as we do beginner classes each winter. The class has evolved from 4 hours for eight weeks to all day classes for 4 weeks. We found that concentrating the time made it easier for the students to attend: less dragging in equipment, getting enough time to finish their block, and fewer days to contend with conflicting schedules. We used to touch on applique, English paper piecing, besides learning to do an accurate 1/4 inch while piecing. Our most recent round concentrated on turning on the creative juices with simple blocks done many ways. We did log cabin blocks to learn the 1/4 inch, drunkards path for curved piecing, half-square triangles to emphasis pressing and spreading the bulk out, and flying geese to save the points. Our final class was quilting on the domestic machine and binding. We made strip quilt placemats, quilting as they go. We always have a large interest in the class and encourage seasoned members to come and mentor the students. Great way to get the newbies introduced to the group and give them self confidence as they learn.
  2. Have you checked to see if you are not rubbing up against the stabilizer bar?
  3. I recently raised my rate to 2 cents per inch after years of doing it for 1. I like to do it and it fills the time in the evening watching TV.
  4. you're right about the speed. I often think of them as the same thing. I realized I don't push the green button.
  5. The groove running down the needle goes in front and the scarf goes in the back. You may not have it pushed up all the way up. If you put it in backwards, you will hear a horrible clatter.
  6. Not familiar with this machine but I think you need stitch regulator with any computerized system. I know there are time my IQ tells me it need to be regulated.
  7. yes, there are a couple of screws on the top of the bar cover. Remove these and you will see the felts that clean the bar. Leave the felts in place and check for strings, etc. Replace the covers and screws and you should be good to go.
  8. I buy vintage irons that don't have the auto shut-off on the Goodwill auction site. Look for one that is bright and shiny and doesn't appear to have been used much and I am good to go. I don't use steam, just a spray bottle with water when I want to give the fabric a little encouragement to lay flat.
  9. When we were on vacation in Alaska I saw a cookbook for using cannabis. I found Alaska interesting; when I shooed my husband out of the quilt shop, he moseyed across the street to discover a cannabis store. Toto, we were not in Kansas anymore.
  10. First, I would start with steam and starch to bring those bubbles back in control.
  11. My mother was a hoarder. Her favorite item was paper of all kinds. She died last November and we are slowly cleaning out her house. My sister who will inherit the house is in no hurry to leave Florida for the weather we are experiencing here (14 inches of snow, followed by another snow storm, and temperatures in the teens). For those of you in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Alaska, I can hear the "you weeny", LOL but I digress. Last week when cleaning out a drawer, I found a birth announcement for a childhood friend along with a picture of her in the hospital bassinet which looked like a wire basket. My daughter, who has been helping me, tells me it is like a treasure hunt. That's one way to look at it!
  12. Maribeth, the reason I chose the Intelliquilter is that I could by the "Buick" version and upgrade to the "Cadillac" later. I've had my system over two years now and love, love, love it.
  13. Angie, why not put the pdf on the web site under education????
  14. I have a 2007 Millie which I added an after market LED lighting and upgraded to Bliss several years ago. Never regretted that move even with the added expense of old vs. new. My machine is old and had it's first spa treatment last year and is running great. A couple of years ago added Intelliquilter computer. Love that addition also.
  15. I am one of those who refuses to do Facebook (or rather Facebook do me). I have been reading the forum for the past 10 years and have learned so much from the folks sharing their experience and knowledge. I admit I have never posted a picture. Didn't take the time to learn how to do, so shame on me. The forum used to be a hopping place with lots of information. Now it seems to be just a used machine for sale site. So sad.
  16. Love the Micro thread. Used it to stipple an antique baby quilt.
  17. You're asking for broken needles going over those junctions. You would have to go super slow and probably not in stitch regulator mode. Don't ask me how I know this.
  18. Slow down. Check the tension on your quilt sandwich. If it is too tight, the stitch doesn't melt into the middle as easily. Another thing you can do is move the eye of the needle to the 7 o'clock point. Seems to help when going backwards.
  19. check your connections. You may have a bad cable.
  20. It might be the size of needle you are using. A large needle leave a large hole for the thread to come up through. Also, do you have your fabric sandwich on the machine too tight? I've found that if you have it loose like when hand quilting, the thread gets a better chance of staying in the middle of the sandwich instead of staying on top or bottom.
  21. Lin, Having gone through chemo, radiation, etc., remember your strongest defense is yourself. Believe you will get through this. My thoughts are with you.