Kueser

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  1. 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
  2. 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".
  3. 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.
  4. Sorry, I don't have any suggestions. I never could get King Tut to play nice with my Millie. Gave it all away.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Strap with a hunk of painters tape a small knitting needle on top with a cork on the end to hold the thread. Works great.
  10. I have never had success using K-Tut, top or bottom. Gave up and gave the thread away.
  11. I don't use mine for quilting but do use it for UNquilting. LOL
  12. Join a local guild but don't be surprised if you get the cold shoulder from the resident quilter in the group. Volunteer to help with their projects. Once they see your work, people will migrate to you. Don't go after the other quilters' clientele but wait for the new members who will find you are available when the others are backed up. Word of mouth gets you lots of repeat customers.
  13. If you wanted some movement, you might look for a wind panto.
  14. Kueser

    Mary

    If you are talking about a label; usually on the back in one of the corners
  15. Sorry guys, but Dawn told me to put the oil at the top of the assembly to eradicate a noise I was hearing. Normally I oil without the gyrations, but occasionally it needs to come to the top.
  16. I wish there was an easier access without taking off the needle plate to oil the top to the hook assembly. Has anyone figured out a way to modify the plate for this?
  17. The spa treatment was $1500 and I did a day trip up to Iowa to take it and came back a week later to pick her up. Other than the snow storm, it was smooth sailing.
  18. With fewer and fewer big shows, it makes it easier for the same quilts to enter around the country. One way to limit some of the repeats is to limit the age of the quilt. I sympathize with you about competing with the computerized quilting. Having gone to computer, I still see limitations as I look at some of the beautiful hand-guided designs. Trying to reproduce something that springs from the mind takes oodles of time to convince the computer, "this is what I want".
  19. I love the pattern of the panto. What is it?
  20. Don't quilt your day job unless you really hate it and are miserable. It takes a while to build up enough customers to give you any kind of income. So many factors depend on the bottom line such as what the going rate is in your area, your ability to meet the customer's wishes, and on and on. I admit I don't advertise other than word of mouth and it keeps me as busy as I want to be. I would like to have time to do my own quilts as I have a closet full waiting. LOL
  21. 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.
  22. Have you checked to see if you are not rubbing up against the stabilizer bar?
  23. 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.
  24. you're right about the speed. I often think of them as the same thing. I realized I don't push the green button.