mamu

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    mamu reacted to quiltmonkey in Same size Backing and Top   
    Even if you sew scraps of fabric to all four sides, if the quilt top is the same size as the back, it's absolutely impossible to avoid quilting the extra strip's seam line into the quilt while quilting it. Trust me in my 15 years of longarm quilting, it is nearly impossible to accomplish this very difficult and extremely stressful situation. 
    I would contact customer and ask her to provide you with larger backing fabric that is at a minimum 8" wider and  8" longer than the quilt top. 
    My job is to quilt the customer's quilt without pulling my hair out... it's not my job to perform miracles due to the failure of the customer to provide ample backing fabric. IMHO. 
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    mamu got a reaction from dianne31331 in Finding clients   
    What I did when I first started out was I made up coupons for a Free quilting, edge to edge I choose the design, lap size or smaller, to be used within 3 months and handed them out to our sew group ladies.  I also made sure my prices were very competitive ...in fact I was less than the norm when first starting out and then after my clientele was established I gradually increased my price.  I do have another perk for loyal clients... 8 paid bed size quilts, gets a Free quilting for a lap size or smaller.
    Doing this I was able to pay off my longarm within 10 months!
     
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    mamu reacted to Kwiltr in Base extender drag   
    A couple of things I found and remedied...
     
    1. the Hartley ruler base edges are square cut, so fairly sharp and can cause drag. So my husband gently sanded the edges for me to round them off a bit so they don’t “dig in” to the quilt as you move the machine. 
    2. Around the machine’s needle plate there was a height/depth difference between the needle plate and the ruler base. In speaking with APQS about this, they provided small washers to insert under the plate to raise it and was able to match the height. It’s really only an issue when you use rulers I found as you press down on the quilt a bit when using a ruler a seam can catch in between the needle plate and the ruler base. 
    Hope this helps!
     
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    mamu got a reaction from dbams in Help - what causes the tiny wrinkles, ripples   
    I think it might be the fabric choice and not your machine, also batting can make this happen.  Looks pretty normal to me... I really don't see a problem.
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    mamu got a reaction from dbams in Thread occasionally jumping out of pigtail guides on Ult.ll   
    I have an ULT11, sometimes my thread would leave the thread guides...so I got some fishing rod guides (the circle things that you thread the fish line through on the rod) and glued them in several places on my machine to help keep the thread in proper line.  I no longer have my thread jump out of the guides.  
    Another thought.. check your needle shaft...if there is any play in the shaft then it needs to be replaced.  Also, what Jim said...make sure your timing isn't off on your machine.
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    mamu got a reaction from LibbyG in String of Pearls   
    Very VERY nice!
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    mamu got a reaction from quilterkp in Quilting on appliqué or embroidery blocks   
    I, personally, don’t quilt over appliqué. This means that there is some starts and stops to deal with. 
    If you are wanting to use your quilt path, then you might want to choose a more open design that wouldn’t distract from the appliqué 
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    mamu got a reaction from quilterkp in Need advice on what to charge for custom on this beauty...   
    When I had sent in my 'special' quilts for custom work, I was always asked what my budget was.  Then they would work accordingly.  If my budget was too low then,  they would tell me that this quilt needs a $600 or $900  custom job and that would let me know what I was looking at for cost. 
    So, ask them what they are thinking they want to pay for custom on this quilt.  Their expectations could be quite low dollar wise and that will open the conversation up for you to let them know that this quilt is going to be in the ..... range for light custom or this .... range for heavy custom
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    mamu got a reaction from tootsquilts in Quilts for Grandson and one for 8 year old neighbor for Christmas   
    Lovely
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    mamu got a reaction from quilterkp in Finding clients   
    What I did when I first started out was I made up coupons for a Free quilting, edge to edge I choose the design, lap size or smaller, to be used within 3 months and handed them out to our sew group ladies.  I also made sure my prices were very competitive ...in fact I was less than the norm when first starting out and then after my clientele was established I gradually increased my price.  I do have another perk for loyal clients... 8 paid bed size quilts, gets a Free quilting for a lap size or smaller.
    Doing this I was able to pay off my longarm within 10 months!
     
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    mamu got a reaction from Marie0722 in Grandmother's Flower Garden   
    What a beautiful quilt!  Love
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    mamu got a reaction from quilterkp in Deciding on a Pantograph Size   
    i have all sizes so that i can look at the top and decide what would look best on it.  Some tops require more intricate dense patterns and others simple and open designs. The size indicates the width of the design from highest to lowest points.  Your machine will accommodate a wider design easily.   My recommendation is to have several different widths available so that you can 'audition' designs to the quilt top. 
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    mamu got a reaction from RosemaryJ08 in My very first RUDE customer and I've been quilting for 11 years!   
    You know 'It takes all kinds'...   I wouldn't quilt for her again.  No one needs negativity directed at them.  
    I have to relate an incident that happened to me.....    I had (note I said had) a client that I quilted several quilts for.  She called me one day asking all sorts of questions on borders.  I spent some time with her helping her out with suggestions and the application process.  So, we set up a day and time for her to come over and leave her quilt.  Day comes and I am in my busy time with several quilts to do.  I stayed downstairs waiting for her to arrive. My quilting studio is upstairs and I can not hear the front door when quilting..so I'm waiting for her.  Our agreed time was for 1pm...by 1:45 I decide to go do some quilting, but still trying to listen for the front door.  When it was 2:45  I sent her a text message asking if we were still on for today's drop off.  I got a response from her at 4:30pm  saying "I think I'll pass"  then went on saying she might have another quilt at a later time.  Not only did I feel the response was rude, but the fact that she didn't contact me prior to let me know she wouldn't be by was rude.  Then I find out that she had been talking to a local quilt shop and the gal there said she would quilt her quilt for her...she decided to give it to her instead.  So, next time she contacts me to quilt for her I will be letting her know "I think I'll pass"
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    mamu got a reaction from Cagey in Deciding on a Pantograph Size   
    i have all sizes so that i can look at the top and decide what would look best on it.  Some tops require more intricate dense patterns and others simple and open designs. The size indicates the width of the design from highest to lowest points.  Your machine will accommodate a wider design easily.   My recommendation is to have several different widths available so that you can 'audition' designs to the quilt top. 
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    mamu got a reaction from Gail O in Deciding on a Pantograph Size   
    i have all sizes so that i can look at the top and decide what would look best on it.  Some tops require more intricate dense patterns and others simple and open designs. The size indicates the width of the design from highest to lowest points.  Your machine will accommodate a wider design easily.   My recommendation is to have several different widths available so that you can 'audition' designs to the quilt top. 
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    mamu got a reaction from quilterkp in Loyal customers. ???   
    I agree with Linda.  You upgraded to a computerized system but your customers are not interested in that, they just want a nice design on their quilts that do not cost them so much.  I have found that if a person is wanting a panto or all over design, they want this because they do not want to add more cost to their quilt.  The only time I have had customers ask for custom or more detailed all over designs is that they are either gifting as a special gift or wanting to place the quilt in a show.  Quilters are looking for the best deal they can get and the best quilting they can get.  You have lost some of your clients because of your increase in price.  You were wanting to off set the upgrade cost and hoping to get your clients to pay for this upgrade, hoping they would appreciate that computerized will make the designs more perfect for them.   I do not have a computerized system and  exclusively do panto's for my customers.  I use to offer both custom and pantos, but found that my bread and butter was in the pantos, so I only do custom for myself now.  There are other longarmers (some computerized) in my small rural area that do custom and some of my customers go to them for custom when that is what they want.   However, they always come to me for their pantos because I offer lower price and a fast turn around time.  These things are very important to them.   I have often thought of upgrading to a computerized system, but only to shorten my time at the machine and produce a better stitch line in designs.  It would help me do more quilts in less time I think, thus the volume of quilts done would actually help pay for this upgrade. 
    As Linda said... offer some incentives to get your clients to come back.  With more people getting their own quilting machines, we need to keep our businesses going with incentive marketing.  Know what your quilters want, know what is being offered out there from other longarmers and adjust your  pricing accordingly.
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    mamu got a reaction from LisaC in Loyal customers. ???   
    I agree with Linda.  You upgraded to a computerized system but your customers are not interested in that, they just want a nice design on their quilts that do not cost them so much.  I have found that if a person is wanting a panto or all over design, they want this because they do not want to add more cost to their quilt.  The only time I have had customers ask for custom or more detailed all over designs is that they are either gifting as a special gift or wanting to place the quilt in a show.  Quilters are looking for the best deal they can get and the best quilting they can get.  You have lost some of your clients because of your increase in price.  You were wanting to off set the upgrade cost and hoping to get your clients to pay for this upgrade, hoping they would appreciate that computerized will make the designs more perfect for them.   I do not have a computerized system and  exclusively do panto's for my customers.  I use to offer both custom and pantos, but found that my bread and butter was in the pantos, so I only do custom for myself now.  There are other longarmers (some computerized) in my small rural area that do custom and some of my customers go to them for custom when that is what they want.   However, they always come to me for their pantos because I offer lower price and a fast turn around time.  These things are very important to them.   I have often thought of upgrading to a computerized system, but only to shorten my time at the machine and produce a better stitch line in designs.  It would help me do more quilts in less time I think, thus the volume of quilts done would actually help pay for this upgrade. 
    As Linda said... offer some incentives to get your clients to come back.  With more people getting their own quilting machines, we need to keep our businesses going with incentive marketing.  Know what your quilters want, know what is being offered out there from other longarmers and adjust your  pricing accordingly.
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    mamu reacted to ffq-lar in Loyal customers. ???   
    No one has replied, so I will gingerly step in and give you my take on the problem. Adding a computer to your machine does not mean that you should raise your prices above the industry standard, especially for overall designs. The customer doesn't care how you get there or what you use---they are interested in the finished product and don't want to pay extra for computerized when someone else can do the same thing for less. I'm talking about pantos/overalls, not custom. Also, you have "niched" yourself. You have inadvertently sent a message to your customers that you are out of the panto/overall business by showing lots of custom quilting. Custom=$$$$ to everyone. Make some simple quilt tops and quilt them with overalls or a panto and show them everywhere. Remind them that you're still around and offering the less-expensive quilting. I think your customers perception of what you offer and your pricing has been muddled---that you are now too expensive. To get them back in the fold, use your favorite method to contact them and offer a blow-them-away deal on pantos and overalls "exclusively for you, my favorite customer". Any size quilt up to a Queen (you supply the limit for dimensions) with a choice of three pantos/computerized or freehand overall (not a big meander) for $100. This will price you at less than a cent-and-a-half, but will give your business a boost. They will dig out all the big UFOs and maybe get one done as a Christmas gift. Limit the number (like first 20 quilts) and limit the month---like November only or first two weeks in January. See if that will nudge them back to you. Good luck---it's disheartening when the customers you think are friends stop becoming customers.
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    mamu reacted to dickiesdarlin in Loyal customers. ???   
    My last 4 customers have asked for big allover patterns and puffy batting. They don't want tight quilting or custom, just want them done as gifts and don't want to spend lots of money, They say price of fabric is more than they like to pay and want to keep cost down, especially for donation quilts. Also local quilt shop has set up a longarm rental service and some are going that way, saying they want to do the whole quilt start to finish.
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    mamu got a reaction from dbustle in Finding clients   
    What I did when I first started out was I made up coupons for a Free quilting, edge to edge I choose the design, lap size or smaller, to be used within 3 months and handed them out to our sew group ladies.  I also made sure my prices were very competitive ...in fact I was less than the norm when first starting out and then after my clientele was established I gradually increased my price.  I do have another perk for loyal clients... 8 paid bed size quilts, gets a Free quilting for a lap size or smaller.
    Doing this I was able to pay off my longarm within 10 months!
     
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    mamu got a reaction from quiltmonkey in My very first RUDE customer and I've been quilting for 11 years!   
    You know 'It takes all kinds'...   I wouldn't quilt for her again.  No one needs negativity directed at them.  
    I have to relate an incident that happened to me.....    I had (note I said had) a client that I quilted several quilts for.  She called me one day asking all sorts of questions on borders.  I spent some time with her helping her out with suggestions and the application process.  So, we set up a day and time for her to come over and leave her quilt.  Day comes and I am in my busy time with several quilts to do.  I stayed downstairs waiting for her to arrive. My quilting studio is upstairs and I can not hear the front door when quilting..so I'm waiting for her.  Our agreed time was for 1pm...by 1:45 I decide to go do some quilting, but still trying to listen for the front door.  When it was 2:45  I sent her a text message asking if we were still on for today's drop off.  I got a response from her at 4:30pm  saying "I think I'll pass"  then went on saying she might have another quilt at a later time.  Not only did I feel the response was rude, but the fact that she didn't contact me prior to let me know she wouldn't be by was rude.  Then I find out that she had been talking to a local quilt shop and the gal there said she would quilt her quilt for her...she decided to give it to her instead.  So, next time she contacts me to quilt for her I will be letting her know "I think I'll pass"
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    mamu got a reaction from dbams in My very first RUDE customer and I've been quilting for 11 years!   
    You know 'It takes all kinds'...   I wouldn't quilt for her again.  No one needs negativity directed at them.  
    I have to relate an incident that happened to me.....    I had (note I said had) a client that I quilted several quilts for.  She called me one day asking all sorts of questions on borders.  I spent some time with her helping her out with suggestions and the application process.  So, we set up a day and time for her to come over and leave her quilt.  Day comes and I am in my busy time with several quilts to do.  I stayed downstairs waiting for her to arrive. My quilting studio is upstairs and I can not hear the front door when quilting..so I'm waiting for her.  Our agreed time was for 1pm...by 1:45 I decide to go do some quilting, but still trying to listen for the front door.  When it was 2:45  I sent her a text message asking if we were still on for today's drop off.  I got a response from her at 4:30pm  saying "I think I'll pass"  then went on saying she might have another quilt at a later time.  Not only did I feel the response was rude, but the fact that she didn't contact me prior to let me know she wouldn't be by was rude.  Then I find out that she had been talking to a local quilt shop and the gal there said she would quilt her quilt for her...she decided to give it to her instead.  So, next time she contacts me to quilt for her I will be letting her know "I think I'll pass"
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    mamu got a reaction from AnnP in Can Lucey handles this?   
    I agree.... a test sample.  You do not want to damage your machine forcing it to stitch through this stuff repeatedly.  I wonder just how this is going to wash up?  I have never heard or seen this type of stabilizer...very strange.  
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    mamu got a reaction from anniemueller in Pink Halloween Quilt   
    What a Clever idea!  Very cute
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    mamu got a reaction from Plumpurple in Customer Quilt Problem we can't figure out how to fix   
    This is a lovely quilt.  I think the only way to fix this issue is to replace the inner red fabric with a different fabric.  OR  if she has more of this red fabric she might want to take it and make sure it is straight of grain before cutting new borders and try that.  The inner red border seems to be the one causing the problems.