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Mercedes

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    Mercedes got a reaction from dbams in Bobbin thread-Bottom line vs SoFine   
    I actually used King Tut in the bobbin and top thread and loved the effect of the variated on both sides with the bulkier thread.  No breaks or problems at all.   Mercedes
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    Mercedes got a reaction from Battynurse in 1st finished quilt   
    We tend to be our own worst critics ( I  know I am).  This looks great!   Nice job.
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    Mercedes got a reaction from mswings in Longarm Machines   
    Do test drive both machines before making your decision.  Some other things to think about is customer support.  You can be sure you will get top notch customer support from APQS whether you purchase your machine from them new or used from someone else.  Check with others in your area on the HandiQuilter - have they had many issues with the machine, was it easy to fix and did their manufacturer or dealership come through with the appropriate support?  You'd be surprised how important this is if you have questions or are a beginner longarmer like me.  Of course I would recommend APQS because of the quality and support I have received however do your homework before committing to a machine so you feel confident in your final choice.
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    Mercedes got a reaction from Brenni in binding   
    I think I'm in the minority - I sew the binding on the front with either the long arm of the DSM then flip the binding to the back and use the clips to hold it in place.  I then do small hand stitches to sew the binding on the back.  I also sew the diagonal corners together by hand to make the corners set right.   Yep, it takes more time however I love the look because you see no stitching on the front or the back.  I even do this on the charity quilts I make.  
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    Mercedes got a reaction from dbams in First quilts with Circle Lord boards   
    Wow, you've been busy!  Love the designs on your quilts.
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    Mercedes got a reaction from RoseCity Quilter in Cattails in the Meadow   
    Absolutely gorgeous!
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    Mercedes got a reaction from ffq-lar in Big Modern Star quilt off the frame   
    Oh my gosh, this is so beautiful.  Love the unique quilt and the quilting designs!
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    Mercedes got a reaction from buslady003 in carpenter's quilt   
    Love the quilting designs - enhances the whole quilt - beautiful!
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    Mercedes got a reaction from ffq-lar in 2005 Millennium for Sale   
    New price on my machine.  Upgrading to the new Millie.
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    Mercedes got a reaction from Enchanted Quilting in Before and After   
    Wow, quilting really makes some of the areas "pop".  Love it!
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    Mercedes got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in Felicity Panto on Darlene's Quilt   
    Love this pattern on the quilt and lovely quilting!
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    Mercedes got a reaction from buslady003 in Hartley Fence   
    Shirley, I am so glad you have quilting to fill your time.  I know how difficult it is the first few years after loosing a spouse.  I don't have a Hartley fence however I know there are some on the list who can answer your question.  Take care.
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    Mercedes got a reaction from T Row Studio in Whole cloth Angel Quilt   
    Just beautiful!
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    Mercedes got a reaction from ffq-lar in Trapunto on longarm   
    Thank you Linda!  I think I'm going to try the Press-n-Seal technique and see how I like it.  The bunnies are about medium size so I think this option will work well.
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    Mercedes got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in My Millennium Is Home!   
    Congratulations and it looks like you bonded quickly!  I have to ask, it looks like you have paper on the bed of your machine - are you using that to draw the designs and quilt through it?
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    Mercedes got a reaction from LinneaMarie in stinking loops of top thread on back...again   
    See below for a thread from Dawn on loops on the back....
     
    Check the thread path to be sure that the thread isn't escaping the tension disks occasionally. Put a small piece of batting (wadding) in the first thread guide directly above the cone.Your thread should be "trapped" between the thread guide and the batting. This trick helps to prevent the thread from jumping out of the tension disks unexpectedly and then snapping itself back in when the thread gets taut again. The second thing that causes loops is a scratch or burr on the hook assembly. That little burr grabs your top thread and carries it around the bobbin twice (and sometimes more), which makes a double-size loop on the back. Take a look at your hook assembly with a magnifying glass to see if you can find any scratch or burr. If you find one, smooth it out with very fine sandpaper or emery cloth.  The third thing that can cause random loops is the location of the hook finger. The top thread must sneak through the opening between the hook finger and the bobbin basket with every stitch. If that relationship is too close, then occasionally the top thread gets pinched for just a moment (or it breaks) and the extra long loop forms.  
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    Mercedes got a reaction from judyr in Longarm Machines   
    Do test drive both machines before making your decision.  Some other things to think about is customer support.  You can be sure you will get top notch customer support from APQS whether you purchase your machine from them new or used from someone else.  Check with others in your area on the HandiQuilter - have they had many issues with the machine, was it easy to fix and did their manufacturer or dealership come through with the appropriate support?  You'd be surprised how important this is if you have questions or are a beginner longarmer like me.  Of course I would recommend APQS because of the quality and support I have received however do your homework before committing to a machine so you feel confident in your final choice.
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    Mercedes got a reaction from delld in This week updated 3/3/15 later post see below   
    Wow, this is beautiful work.
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    Mercedes got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in I'm Finally Upgrading - to a Millennium! Eep!   
    Congratulations on your new Millie!
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    Mercedes got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in New York Beauty Custom - Finished! Woohoo!   
    Just Georgeous!
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    Mercedes got a reaction from LaurieTigner in Newest wholecloth   
    Stunning!
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    Mercedes got a reaction from T Row Studio in Looks like spring in my quilt studio   
    Such a unique quilt!   Absolutely love it.
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    Mercedes got a reaction from maggienoella in Tshirt quilt   
    This looks great!  Nice job.
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    Mercedes got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in Cindy's Quilt - Curved Cross Hatch, Sampler Play :)   
    Just beautiful!
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    Mercedes got a reaction from Ann Wight in Pattern Grid   
    The Quilting Connection sells these.    http://www.longarmconnection.com
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