On Pins and Needles

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  1. I will call for help tomorrow. My son in law took the top off and looked in there, saw a circuit board that looked burned. Now I'm scared. Thanks everybody.
  2. I haven't visited the forum for a few years, my husband is very ill. Yesterday I turned on my machine, Millennium, and it went nuts. Needle started going up and down full speed without any prompting from me. It wouldn't stop, had to turn off with the switch. I moved the machine off the quilt, braced myself and turned it on again, same thing happened. This time I could smell something burning. Turned it off, waited awhile and tried again, same thing happened and there is definitely a burning smell. Unplugged everything and proceeded to start cleaning my studio. Anyway I'm in need of adv
  3. I haven't visited the forum for a few years, my husband is very ill. Yesterday I turned on my machine, Millennium, and it went nuts. Needle started going up and down full speed without any prompting from me. It wouldn't stop, had to turn off with the switch. I moved the machine off the quilt, braced myself and turned it on again, same thing happened. This time I could smell something burning. Turned it off, waited awhile and tried again, same thing happened and there is definitely a burning smell. Unplugged everything and proceeded to start cleaning my studio. Anyway I'm in need of adv
  4. I'm finally back to thank all of you for the help. I pondered all the suggestions and I remembered that a few months ago I had the same problem with my dsm. I narrowed it down to a bad ott light so I took that thing off, all has been good with that machine since. Well, before I could get that ott light in the trash dh attached it on his computer desk which is near the outlet my Millie is plugged into. I got rid of that ott light ( thus time it's gone with the garbage man) and everything is now working fine again. Now if I could just get back to work. I have a daylight basement house, I've bee
  5. Barb and Heidi: thanks for the tips. I checked what I think is the ground wire and it appears to be connected tightly. The machine is just plugged into the wall, I do unplug it at the end of every day. It's on a cement floor with vinyl, I'm usually in flip flops this time of year. The problem is new as of the most recent quilt. It starts up again right away as soon as I hit the button, happened about 6 times. I'm really mechanically challenged but I'll do some research and see if I can figure out how to take the handles off, I may come back looking for more help. Thanks again.
  6. I've been gone for a long time, dh has been sick for about a year. Things are improving but we're dealing with parkinsons now, it's a whole new scary world we now live in. The last quilt I did my machine kept stopping, everything just shuts off. I got that one done but I'm afraid to put the next one on until I figure this out. I do have a ground wire, is it possible for it to go bad? Maybe it's come loose but I'm not even sure which wire is the ground. It looks like everything is connected. Thanks so much.
  7. Linda B and Rita, don't worry, I won't do this again. Her next quilts, including the one with the fancier border will get a good inspection while she's here and we'll negotiate the fixes if there are any. I'm also going to give her some instructions on how to put borders on correctly and we'll go from there. I think she'll be a steady customer so I'm willing to give her a chance. I'm NOT doing this again though.
  8. Thanks for all the kind words, I was surprised at the transformation myself! When I took this off the frame my plan was to give it back to her to fix, although I didn't really think she would or could so after a couple days of looking at it I started ripping. I took the bottom two borders completely off. Then I determined how much fullness I needed to eliminate, about 3" in width and 1.5" in length to get the corners up and even with that short part in the center. Then I started squaring up corners starting with the innermost border, there were 7 borders in all. I just did them one by one,
  9. OMG, I love this! And the crosshatch is perfect. If you publish a pattern, I want one.
  10. Finally this is finished. I took it off the frame and frogged about 18" of the quilting. I was a tailor for 30 years so frogging is one of my strongest skills, ha! Then I started taking borders off bit by bit, straightening and reducing them. This is what I came up with. It's not perfect but passable, I think the customer will be happy. I spent more hours on this than I'll ever admit. Thanks again for all your help.
  11. I never thought I had a need for sewers aid but I've had a couple challenging quilts this week and then when I was right at the end of my last nerve I developed a thread breaking problem. I tried all the usual fixes, nothing worked so I made a trip to the lqs and bought my first bottle of sewers aid. OMG, my life has changed. No thread breaking, machine seems to move smoother (yeah, that's probably my imagination), even my tension is better and I don't think that's my imagination. I've always had issues with the tension getting goofy (I think that's the technical term) going in one direction
  12. Yeah Julia I've considered averything! She's in Mexico right now, I thought about calling her but didn't want to spoil her vacation. At this time I've taken it off the frame and haven't looked at it for a few days. When I get this next project done (which is another one of hers and also a challenge) I'm going to do go back to it. I've shrunk up all I can, could probably stitch it fairly decently but the bottom edge will never be even close to straight so I'm going with plan B. I'm going to frog about 18" and see if I can ease those sides up so it's even, if I can't I'm going to frog the whole
  13. Thanks for the help ladies. I've been pinning, steaming and starching on and off all day, I've made a lot of progress but still have a ways to go. I'll let you know how it turns out.
  14. I have a real mess with a customer quilt. It's a medallion set with 7 borders around the center square. New quilter, borders not put on correctly so I have waves X 7.. What a mess. I've been steaming and easing the fullness in on the sides as I go, it actually looked pretty good until I got to the bottom and now I have this mess. There's about 3" of fullness, not all that bad but it's all on one side. The left side lays pretty flat and from the center over to the right I have the extra 3" to deal with. Then there's the issue of that bottom edge with the big swoop in it. I was considering put
  15. I have to share.... A couple weeks ago I got out a quilt top, considered quilting it and giving to my sister for Christmas. I found a piece for backing, measured, yes it was enough, ok maybe I'll finish it but not until I finish a bunch of other stuff. Well, yesterday was the day, got the top out again but could not find the back. After a long search I gave up, started straightening up the mess I've created recently, opened up a drawer where I store scraps and guess what I found. Yep, the backing fabric, no reason at all it should be in there. Ok, my table was all cleared off now so I was g
  16. A few years ago I made a Ford tractor quilt for my dad. Lots of John Deere fabric, no Ford fabric to be found. I searched the web for images and found a lot of great ones. Tractors old and new, old advertising signs, wiring diagrams...lots of stuff. I copied them onto the photo transfer fabric and built the quilt around the photos it turned out better than if I'd had the Ford fabric.
  17. I've only encountered this twice, it's a really loud squeak too, not my imagination! Barb, I thought about Sewers Aid, didn't have any on hand, since it was stitching so nice I just put up with it. I will pick some up and see if it solves the problem. Thanks again!
  18. I put a spool of Bottom Line on the bobbin winder and it made a loud squeaky noise as the bobbin filled. I've been using those bobbins on a quilt, the thread also squeaks as it comes off the bobbin. It's kind of annoying but the tension is perfect top and bottom so I just deal with it. Is there an explanation or a cure? I always wind my own bobbins with Bottom Line, this is my first squeaker. I had a top thread once that made the same noise as it went through the tension discs.. I can't remember what that one was, I took it off and used something else. Thanks!
  19. Barb is my hero! My dealer was 100% unresponsive after the sale. I ran into Barb at a quilt show 300 miles from my home, talked to her about my issues and she has supported me ever since....she's the best.
  20. I'm a day late but that's how the season is going for me! We have a friend who invites us for dinner every year along with three other couples, we all bring little gifts, it's really a special time. This is my gift for the ladies, bottle of wine included. I have to say they were very labor intensive, don't think I'll do them again....but they're cute! Hope my photo works... image by riciclare, on Flickr
  21. Beautiful! It's hard to believe the before and after pictures are the same quilt.