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  1. Teri, Yep! IQ will work on a 2004 Mille. It works on most every machine out there including all APQS machines new and old. -Angela Thanks! Good to know!
  2. Hi, Great video, will the IQ work on a 2004 Millie? Thanks, Teri
  3. Hi, Great video, will the IQ work on a 2004 Millie? Thanks, Teri
  4. I throw all of mine in a box and put it out for the birds to use in nests... They'll empty that box in no time in the spring otherwise they collect on the floor and in the vacuum. Teri
  5. I had the same problem, not enough washers... Keep in mind if you add washers your bolts will need to be a little longer (that was my second trip to town).. Still not happy with them but dealing with it. My old brown ones were so much smoother.
  6. Well it's been a full month and I am finally up and running.... Yes I had to send my customer quilts out to a G-brand quilter, however customers are happy and I am getting closer to a better situation. WOW. Timing and a burr kicked my tukas.. I fianlly got to run one quilt tonight still breaking thread but it is better than nothing.. and they are not skipping... I'll spend the weekend nit picking the problems... Thanks for all of your suggestions! Teresa
  7. Whooooowhooooo, We have success! Tightened the bobbin case, snugged up the top tension, put a humidifer in the studio and shut the door! 12 hours later I finished a row, without a burp! Now can I repeat the process? I am saying YES! Ladies you are truely a wealth of knowlegde and I am sending hugs to all of you! Thank you so very much! OH HAPPY DANCE! Teri
  8. LOL; as a previous "G" owner I would have offered my condolences and moved on, that usually quiets even the mean ones! If not the "wow - sucks to be you" phrase always works! I am grateful for my Millie everyday (yes even on bad thread days).. Teri
  9. ahhhh, Thanks everyone! I have tried all offered options and even got out "the book" and walked through everything I could have missed. Looks like I'll be calling Lisa L. our local APQS rep tomorrow.. I pulled the thread out, swapped out the needle again and timed the machine (everything checked out) re-wound all my bobbins, tried another color of KT thread, moved to the cone holder, checked for burrs and gave the shuttle a little rub for good measure.... well on the upside I have not broken a thread but I am skipping stitches now like a mad woman, not one here and there but 1/2" lengths and maybe two stitches between the long ones, so I guess I have made progress , I'm going to play the top tension game for a while and sleep on it, maybe it'll fix itself LOL goodness knows I'm struggling.. I only have two more rows on this panto I can see the end, now can get there? Killing me! Thanks so much for your help! Teri
  10. So for the last several ( and I am talking way too many) weeks I have fought my machine on two different quilts. Maybe you folks can think of something I have missed, before I snap. Current set up is: King tut top and bottom, (customer request) on a spool, on the horizontal thread holder, bobbin tension is sweet, new needle slightly to the left, hopping foot adjusted, verified table is level, encoders are doing there thing and are nice and clean, shuttle is nice and clean and yet I cannot go three inches without snapping a thread or skipping a stitch, top thread drags a little but it does not snap while pulling it, OH the test runs work great until I move to the top. I am at a loss, all I know is I will looking for someone to take the few quilts I have left to do off of my hands if I can't get this done soon! I am getting out of the business and just want to get this out of here... Any suggestions would be great! Teri:(
  11. Hi, I do about 12 a week and I always use a monopoly on the top and match the back... If they are stabilized well you'll fly thru them, I use theme related panto's. Teresa
  12. I feel better with all of your input... I charged the customer $130.00 and fell within all of the pricing input from you folks... Thanks for your suggestions,
  13. I am so baffled, I thought I had done a pretty good price study of the machine quilters in my area and trust me there is not that many? I live in a ?your not a quilter unless you do it by hand? area. However when I complete a quilt and hand them there invoices they all turn and look at me like there is something wrong, and today took the cake. I completed a LQS sample and when I returned it to the shop owner she told me I should not discount so much. I didn?t discount the quilt! I charged her what I charge everyone?. Kicker is the other three I delivered told me the same thing, oh and I turned them is less than two weeks! I just don?t get that much business here and I really do not know what to do about my pricing. Finally the question So what you have charged to do this quilt? Here is the info: The quilt is 68.75 square I used Rainbow variegated on the top and bottom Center of the quilt - rows of paisleys and feathers Small border is simply swirls Outer border is a large feather with a paisley on one side and the feathers on the other One quilt turn charge for the borders : You can email me privately if you would like to. Thanks for your help...
  14. I have loaded up the senior center and local charity groups.. for the most part I piece anything wider than >18" but those little ones (6" wide) are so useful around the house... Same with all of the T-shirt backs and pieces I don't use when making t-shirt quilts, I give them to the local garages.. I have literally bags each week. I didn't want anyone to think I did not find good homes for as much as I can.. Happy Holidays
  15. The stuff is everywhere and I hate to throw it out... I know someone has already discovered this, but right now I am thinking I am pretty clever so I am sharing! I've been taking all of my 12" wide batt (you know those end and odd pieces) and slicing them into rectangles to fit on my floor swiffer... works great! And gets rid of the stash of batt... Ok I have to go back, get the rake (yes the leaf rake) works great for threads and start my year end studio cleaning process... I'm not looking forward to it but I look forward to the reward.. Two weeks of organization whhoooowow! Teresa
  16. Nothing nada, cleaned out! So proud! We're talking about our personal UFO's.. Right? I like Mary Beth's question "when do they qualify for UFO status??" is it when you have more than one or???? Anyway I don't have time to start anything. But I do have time to buy fabrics so I can create a few, someday. Now I am knee deep (literally) in fabric and that is my year end goal, shelf it all by color LOL (like that's going to happen) and then attack the threads. Others, Heavens I don't know, there's bags and boxes everywhere and I have just pulled my last one off of the machine for this year! Happy dance! She's getting a spa day tomorrow, I'm eating chocolate, it's our year end company party! Millie and I.. Linda, your funny.... pigs ! Love it! Have a great holiday everyone! Teresa
  17. I have the coolest new toy... Its a flashlight on a tripod, made by Stanley, no more crawling under the quilt holding the flashlight in one hand or my mouth while checking stitching... It's great I can set it on the floor pointing up on the quilt backing and check the back quickly... works great for me.. It's the little things! :0 Had to share! Teresa
  18. I'm really good at it, I can rip a quilt so quickly... I know it's not something one should brag on... LOL:D I'm like Linda get out the ever trusty seam ripper, cut every fourth to fifth thread and give the bobbin thread a little tug... I usually do it standing at the machine .. Teresa
  19. She came back and accepted my ridiculous bid to fix the problem and quilt it.... Oh MY! So I will start frogging tomorrow... Could not thank me enough for my honest assessment... Whew It's all good! Teresa
  20. She's going pick it up, not happily. I gave her options: 1 - she squares it, and I will help her measure and precut the sashing to help her square it after it was taken apart... Now I thought that was pretty generous of me considering the time of year and it is a gift. 2 - I square it for a $$$ Oh well we'll see, Teresa
  21. Oh ladies, I have a quilt that is so out of square that I have never seen anything like it. It was made by a group of dancers (not quilters) for the dance coach as a wedding gift (end of December). I don't think I can quilt it square and would like your opinions on my recommendation before I send it back to the customer.. Side to side (in five places) Not too bad I could make it work 60.5" 61" 61" 61.5" 60.25" Here's the kicker Top to bottom (in five places) 90" 94" 92" 94" 96" ouch Quilting requested is Rose and leaf border, sashing (which has gathers) ivy, berry vine, light echo in some of the blocks (customer identified)... Here are some hanging pics... It won't even hang straight http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2412647260012556131xwDXkU So I am suggesting that I can fix it for a healthy $$, since it will have to be taken completely apart to the vertical panels. It appears the vertical sashing was not pre-measured just put on as the sew as you go plan... I really hate to send it back to them, cause I am fearful it will come back worse and there is a lot of cross stitch squares (unravelling) that will be damaged.... So this is where I need advise! What would you do? ahhhhh and I was ahead of schedule.. boo hoo Thanks, Teresa
  22. What a great weekend, I was fearful I had fallen way behind and whoooowhooo I am now five days ahead of schedule. This weekend I finished 10 quilts (some had to have binding and others just needed to be packed out for shipment). Today I will actually finish the quilts due out on the 28th whew! Only 3 more T-shirt quilts (start to finish) and 8 longarm quilts. I probably am overally cautious when making commitments, but I have to allow for stuff to happen, for example, I had a fuse go out and since I am in the country I spent four days chasing a 50cent fuse. I try to be realistic and during the holidays everyone has enough stress, I don't need anymore and I certainly don't want to create any. I always remember the bottom line - "Am I having fun?" Oh and the teen still won't clean , on the upside my hubby is out of town until Wed. night and I can get a lot done before then... Enjoy your holidays!
  23. I let all of my customers and members of the guild know that Oct 15 was my cut off and I was doing real well until I went to Houston.. Too much fun, I came home with a nasty cold that set me back and then had parts problems that continued for four days... So long story short I am now in the crunch mode I was trying to avoid. It worked real well last year Thank goodness for January I'll sleep then. Now if I could get my teen to clean the house ROFLOL! Too funny! Teresa
  24. Hi, I took over the formal living room and dining room when we moved into this house, no questions asked.. I had a few doors put in and removed the stairway rail to add a wall for another door. I have dogs and there are times they can't come in... Customers quilts I really don't miss the rooms and it's nice and convenient for me.. Great lighting! All in total I think I have 31' * 16', it's nice and somehow it's nice and full Soooo I've been sizing up the unfinished basement, lighting is my only hold off right now.. It is about 1200sq ft (sweet) ... :cool: