Gail O

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  1. Not familiar with your machine, but is there a possibility that you have the needle inserted back to front, or the thread winding the wrong way in the bobbin?
  2. $25/$30 per t-shirt will generally cover your costs.
  3. Did you break the needle because you hit a ruler? If so, you might have inadvertently adjusted the needle bar height. Take the bobbin case out, manually move the needle to it's lowest position and check if you can see just the eye of the needle and a tiny bit of silver above the eye, in the bobbin area. If your needle is not the correct height you will not get stitches. I think there is a video on the APQS site on how to adjust the needle height. It's also covered in the manual. Good luck.
  4. Do you have the true 1/4" hopping foot? If it's the old style, they are not a true 1/4" all the way around. Make sure that you are holding the ruler gently - as a guide. If you are pressing down on the fabric or against the hopping foot too hard, it will pull at the fabric and skew your lines.
  5. Quickbooks. It takes some work to set up the inventory items, but will make your life much easier at tax time.
  6. If you search batting storage on the forum, I think you will see that most folks just build something that works for them. I don't think the machine suppliers have a commercially available solution.
  7. Beautiful story. So sorry for your loss. Hugs
  8. If you plan on rolling the quilt back and forth, because you are changing thread colours or repeating a particular motif in different areas, basting keeps everything squared up. If a quilt top is particularly "wonky", basting allows you to distribute the wonkiness evenly, so that you can minimize pleats. Not much different than when you do all the SID before the rest of the quilting.
  9. I think if you quilt it too densely, that might create a lot of puckers. It might make your life easier if you baste it with your longarm, before you start quilting - horizontal lines about 4 inches apart.
  10. I don't think you have to start at the motor end (assuming you mean the quilt advance motor). I start wherever works best for the design.
  11. Congrats on a job well done! There's no stopping you now.
  12. Let it go. If you quilted what was requested in the price range you quoted, then you did nothing wrong. (Lovely quilting, by the way) There could be a boatload of reasons that she has moved on to another quilter; the most likely being that she wants custom quilting for pantograph pricing. Your business plan should not include financing others hobbies. Do not underestimate or undervalue your worth or skills!
  13. The handles are adjustable. See those four black knobs between the handles; tighten or loosen those screws for handle adjustment. Some like their handles tight in one position, others loose so that they can be raised or lowered without changing the knob tension. I have an older Millie with the "knobbed" handles with control buttons, but the rest of the handle should be pretty much the same - a 4 inch circumference.
  14. It would probably be easier to offer suggestions if you could post a pic of the quilt top.
  15. Love it! Some things are a priority.
  16. Not Sharon . . . . but you use the curtain rod to elevate the elastic and OXO clamp. Just one of those cheap adjustable rods with a curve end; you lay it across the bars, about 8-10 inches from the edge or your quilt where the OXO clamp is, with the elastic running over top of the rod. Anything long enough to rest across the bars will work, just needs to keep the elastic and clamp elevated slightly so the machine can move smoothly to the far edge of your quilt without running into the clamp.
  17. Go to your local hardware or kitchen store and buy a couple of OXO bag clamps. The red ones that are about 4 inches wide and have a hole in the handle part. They are much lighter that the steel ones that come with the machine, and the wider "mouth" makes a better hold. Cut the elastic off the old clamps, tie or sew it through the hole of the new clamps . . . done.
  18. Beauty! Love the colours. Love the quilting. Love it all!