cathyh

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    cathyh got a reaction from HeidiP in Changing the needle bar   
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    Amy let me know that needle bars and bushings come as a matched set, so I needed to replace the bushings as well as the needle bar. Since that meant waiting until I could get some help taking my machine off the table, I decided to try Marti's suggestion of re- tapping the hole on my old needle bar. I went to 6-32 and got some hex set screws in that size. Thanks for the suggestion Marti, and thanks to Jim also for suggesting the hex screw, much easier to tighten.
    Timing was next - not sure why I was so worried! Well it was very hard to see, even with a magnifying glass, but apparently I saw well enough- sewing beautifully now, I hope it lasts!!
    Thanks all, for the moral support!!
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    cathyh got a reaction from Marti10245 in Changing the needle bar   
    Marti, yes! Apqs support team is awesome! I live far far away from any APQS facility so I particularly appreciate the quick response of the support team, as well as this forum!
    Zeke, I agree, the first thing I tried was re- tapping my needle bar with the 4-40 tap to fix the threads. I did not work. Unfortunately it had been ages since I used my nifty tap set - I wish I had seen that great video on using a tap, Cagey!!
    I did go to my friend who works with metal and he showed me the forward, back out technique while tapping with 6-32.
    And I did get a hex screw and I think it is better for me. I have always hated slotted screws! I never have the exact screwdriver to fit the screw, and I mess up the head after a few needle changes.
    I am really happy with the bigger screw and the hex head.
    Thanks again for all the help!
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    cathyh got a reaction from barbm in Changing the needle bar   
    Success!!!
    Amy let me know that needle bars and bushings come as a matched set, so I needed to replace the bushings as well as the needle bar. Since that meant waiting until I could get some help taking my machine off the table, I decided to try Marti's suggestion of re- tapping the hole on my old needle bar. I went to 6-32 and got some hex set screws in that size. Thanks for the suggestion Marti, and thanks to Jim also for suggesting the hex screw, much easier to tighten.
    Timing was next - not sure why I was so worried! Well it was very hard to see, even with a magnifying glass, but apparently I saw well enough- sewing beautifully now, I hope it lasts!!
    Thanks all, for the moral support!!
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    cathyh got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Changing the needle bar   
    Success!!!
    Amy let me know that needle bars and bushings come as a matched set, so I needed to replace the bushings as well as the needle bar. Since that meant waiting until I could get some help taking my machine off the table, I decided to try Marti's suggestion of re- tapping the hole on my old needle bar. I went to 6-32 and got some hex set screws in that size. Thanks for the suggestion Marti, and thanks to Jim also for suggesting the hex screw, much easier to tighten.
    Timing was next - not sure why I was so worried! Well it was very hard to see, even with a magnifying glass, but apparently I saw well enough- sewing beautifully now, I hope it lasts!!
    Thanks all, for the moral support!!
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    cathyh got a reaction from dbams in Changing the needle bar   
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    Amy let me know that needle bars and bushings come as a matched set, so I needed to replace the bushings as well as the needle bar. Since that meant waiting until I could get some help taking my machine off the table, I decided to try Marti's suggestion of re- tapping the hole on my old needle bar. I went to 6-32 and got some hex set screws in that size. Thanks for the suggestion Marti, and thanks to Jim also for suggesting the hex screw, much easier to tighten.
    Timing was next - not sure why I was so worried! Well it was very hard to see, even with a magnifying glass, but apparently I saw well enough- sewing beautifully now, I hope it lasts!!
    Thanks all, for the moral support!!
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    cathyh got a reaction from Marti10245 in Changing the needle bar   
    Success!!!
    Amy let me know that needle bars and bushings come as a matched set, so I needed to replace the bushings as well as the needle bar. Since that meant waiting until I could get some help taking my machine off the table, I decided to try Marti's suggestion of re- tapping the hole on my old needle bar. I went to 6-32 and got some hex set screws in that size. Thanks for the suggestion Marti, and thanks to Jim also for suggesting the hex screw, much easier to tighten.
    Timing was next - not sure why I was so worried! Well it was very hard to see, even with a magnifying glass, but apparently I saw well enough- sewing beautifully now, I hope it lasts!!
    Thanks all, for the moral support!!
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    cathyh got a reaction from Marti10245 in Changing the needle bar   
    Marti, thanks so much for re-timing encouragement!! I have read and re-read the instructions. I just wish my eyesight was better!! I really love working on this machine and hope I can get it done.
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    cathyh reacted to Marti10245 in Changing the needle bar   
    I called Amy and she told me what to get and we went to the hardware store and picked up what we needed.. I'll have to look but it seems like she had me retap it a little larger. I haven't had a problem with my needle bar screws since I retapped it. If you have to take the hook assembly out and retime your machine Amy has a great tutorial on retiming your machine. I had to buy a new hook assembley a couple weeks ago and I retimed  my machine. It is tricky but once you have everything hitting in just the right place it is really easy. Just go really slow when you are timing your machine and hold your tongue just right and everything should line up lol. Amy makes it look so easy. I had to tweek mine a few times before I got it just right. You can do it dear
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    cathyh got a reaction from Marti10245 in Changing the needle bar   
    Thanks everyone for suggestions!  I am already speaking with Amy about this because I am also having a problem with a periodic racing motor. I decided to really clean down under after a particularly bad thread shredding event, and took the needle out, then could not get the screw to hold when I replaced the needle. I had already messed up hole on the left side, and now the right one was stripped. 
    Marti, I have already tried re-tapping the bar, and that did not help. I am going home from work today and try again, though, just to make sure.  Did you use a 4/40 tap?
    The good news is that as Nigel suggested, since I have absolutely no play in the needle bar, that I can detect anyway, I do not have to replace the bushings.  But apparently I can not get around having to remove the hook assembly so I will be re-timing for the first time - very nervous about that.
    When this is done I am definitely going to try the socket screw, thanks for that suggestion, Jim. I have always had a problem with this screw. I do not consider myself strong, but I have even broken one in half while tightening!!
     
    On a better note, I have a couple of quilts hanging in our local Eureka Ca show (not juried) and maybe I will finally figure out how to post pictures. I have a flickr account but just can't seem to get to it!
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    cathyh got a reaction from LibbyG in Autumn Glory   
    Really beautiful, Libby, I love the ruler work and McTavishing. I also rely on Linda's book when faced with a narrow sashing!
    Congratulations on your ribbon- well deserved!!
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    cathyh got a reaction from delld in Debbie's Perfect Ten   
    Very cool quilting, I love the spirals with the angular Greek keys. It's perfect for the quilt!
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    cathyh reacted to Laura Farnham in Tye Dye Wholecloth,....   
    Hello From Colorado,....
     
    Been busy in the studio here,.. working on a custom wholecloth piece for a customer,....
    She sent me the "Tye Dye" panel and said I could do what I wanted with it,.... (Don't you love it when they say that? )  :0)
    The piece measures 45" x 45"  and I used a double batting ( Quilters Dream Poly Deluxe and Puff)
    Started by marking a general shape as well as the feather veins,.. then opened my Thread Cabinet and started pulling colors,....
    I used all Glide! Threads in this piece,... and tried my best to mactch the ever Changing colors in the fabric,....  Wow,... did it ever bring out the colors!!
    I used Magna Glide Classics in the bobbin in Light Grey,....  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that I can set my Millis Tension perfectly to use all the bold colors
    for this quilt top (Reds, Royal Blues, Lime Greens, Organges etc.)  yet have no bleed through to the back when using a light color in the bobbin.    APQS machines Rock!!!
    Thanks for looking!   
     
     
     

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    cathyh reacted to ffq-lar in Maybe this isn't for me? Update   
    Hi my friend.
    I don't know what to tell you about how long it takes to know if this is for you. 
    If you're lonesome in the quilting room, remind your hubby to come get you after two hours. Have him sit and talk for a while or both go outside for a walk around the yard to get some air. He might be missing you too! If you're in the groove, ask him to come back in a half hour.
    Make the quilting room as inviting as possible. Have your iced tea or coffee out there--going to the kitchen to get a refill or more ice can be a nice break.
    Noise (TV, music, audio books) is a nice way to feel not so alone. Call an understanding quilting buddy to get some moral support.
     
    Now here's my take on this  --I think you're not happy with your progress. You have to suck at something before you can be good at something. It's a rule.    Give yourself permission to be not perfect and find some comfort that every stitch you make gets you closer to where you want to be. Piece something goofy like a panel with borders and go with the flow. Try things and challenge yourself. I think you'll find some parts of it you'll love and others not so much. When you unload it, take the scissors to it and cut out the great quilting and throw the rest away. Hang the pieces in the quilting room to remind yourself that you'll get ever better.
     
    If you reach a decision that this isn't for you, please don't feel guilty about it. Just know that you tried and it didn't work. If you need a kick in the butt--give me a holler!
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    cathyh got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in Doodling Practice - High Contrast Thread   
    Valerie your "doodling" is so beautiful! You have your unregulated technique down!
    Could you tell me what you set your stitch length to? I have been trying to doodle like this with my 2008 Millie and I prefer to have the stitch regulator off. I am still making a mess most of the time, but do a little better if I go slower(stitch length at about 9).
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    cathyh reacted to ffq-lar in Backing with borders   
    Hi Carol.
    Draft the top and the backer dimensions on graph paper. See where the top/bottom/sides need to be when the backer is centered. For example--the top and bottom need to be 4 inches from the top of the backer and four inches from the bottom of the backer---and the sides need to be 5 inches in on both sides. That's the optimum placement and shows where to load the top--- in a perfect world. Load the backer as usual. Load the batting so it covers where the top will sit. Load the top down a little from the line on your schematic--this will help offset any draw-up of the top after quilting. With thin batting--load about a half inch down. Thicker--an inch. If the quilt is really big, adjust accordingly since the longer the top and the thicker the batting, the more "shrinkage" from quilting. Your sides will be fine---just mark on your leader with tape where the sides should sit as you advance and hit the mark with each roll. I mark the backer at the center point of the side and also the top at the center point of the side just to see how close they are together when I get that far.
    With all this said, it's really an educated guess when the backer is like this. I've had some come out perfectly and some off by as much as an inch. Hopefully the backer seams are far enough away from the edge of the quilt that it won't be noticeable if it's off. And it's the back, after all! 
    Give your customer a heads-up that the logistics of longarm quilting are such that this is sometimes difficult to accomplish.
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    cathyh got a reaction from chickenscratch in Brake Repadding   
    I have replaced the padding on my brake with the soft side of Velcro, super sticky glue on version, 2" I think. Joann's has it, or most hardware stores.
    You have to get the old one off and clean the old glue off also.
    I have to say, GMALKB's suggestion sounds great, and easier!
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    cathyh reacted to ffq-lar in Need advice on washing red/black quilt   
    Try a two-step process.
    Wash the quilt by hand or gently in the machine and use Synthrapol. Follow the instructions on the bottle, which uses very little product. Synthrapol pulls out excess dye from the fabric. Rinse well and repeat until the rinse water is clear. Then treat with Retayne. This product sets whatever dye is left. Both products are readily available at quilt shops and on-line. Used for years by hand-dyers.
     
    I was handed an un-washed green batik wide back which my customer asked if I'd dampen or iron to get out the wrinkles before loading. I tossed it into a tub to dampen and the water instantly turned a dark and swampy-green. It was ugly. I used Synthrapol and treated it twice. The last rinse was clear. Then a swish though a Retayne solution and it dried and ironed well. 
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    cathyh got a reaction from RitaR in Freedom Quilt   
    Your quilt is so beautiful, a real tribute to your niece and her unit, and all who have fought for freedom.
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    cathyh reacted to Oma in You've Got Mail finished finally   
    This quilt has been my nightmare this past year.  You've heard me gripe about it.  Should have taken me a weekend to piece, but because I kept getting interrupted or sick or traveling it has taken me over a year.  It's like I could never put it up on the board to work on it without something coming up and I would have to take it down and wait for the next time.  Well, I finished it this morning.  I like it better than I thought I would.  It's a pattern that was on Missouri Star Quilts.  She did a video tutorial.  I used Tim Holtz fabric line called Eclectic Elements.  I found some neat fabric with post cards on it for the back.  I used the Soft and Crafty number 4 high loft batting in it and I really like how it quilted and how it looks and feels after.  I've always liked the quilt to have some "fluff" to it when finished.  Now I have to get started on my granddaughter's "Frozen" quilt. 
     
    Oh...I used CL Ribbons board on it.  I like the definition.


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    cathyh reacted to ffq-lar in Freedom Quilt   
    What a stunning quilt and what a great tribute to the military. And outstanding quilting--so beautiful! It should raise a lot of money for a worthy cause.
    It's wonderful that you have both male and female figures are depicted in the center, reminding us that daughters and mothers are volunteering to go into harm's way, as well as sons and fathers. It makes me teary and I know your niece will be so appreciative. 
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    cathyh reacted to K. Szymaszek in wall hanger   
    Here is a recent finish. I had tried to chaulk and free hand the woven area, but quickly decided it needed to be better than I could do. I started looking for a wave template, then remembered Linda Rech mentioned that her DH Dennis could make up templates. They were both great. Dennis made me up a sample, then his laser went out. He then sent me that one so I could finish my project. When I got my template, it had my name on it. So cool. Thanks to both. Thanks also to those who gave me suggestions for the quilting.

    This quilt has QD Request supplied by customer with 1/2 thickness od QD Wool and So-Fine thread. Thanks for looking, K



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    cathyh got a reaction from delld in First quilt after Caludia Pfeil's class   
    Dell, so beautiful! I would love to take Claudia's class. Her videos are mesmerizing!
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    cathyh reacted to Debbie Voigt in It's The Journey   
    I am having so much fun quilting in all the shapes provided by this "border challenge" wallhanging, entitled "It's The Journey". The piece itself took six months to create; I learned along the way that it was the journey, not the destination, to be celebrated... the joy associated with quilting this one has enhanced that journey all the more! I love my new-this-year Millie on Bliss rails with Quilt Glide more and more each day!
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    cathyh got a reaction from ffq-lar in Brown, cream, purple quilt--pics of back added--feathers and scrolls   
    I haven't been around much lately, but it's always fun to pop back in and see all the talent on this forum! Linda, you never fail to inspire!
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    cathyh got a reaction from LibbyG in Log Cabin   
    Beautiful work, Libby!