micajah

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    micajah got a reaction from quiltmonkey in What to do about pokies!   
    Perhaps you should call her to come see what is happening to her quilt before you try to fix anything. None of the problems are related to anything you have done -it is all due to the materials she has given you.  
    Debbie
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    micajah got a reaction from tootsquilts in Wrinkles in batting   
    Once I had a huge d cup in my batting. And it was polyester batting too. I made a slit in the cup and trimmed it so the batting edges met. Then used a very light stabilizer pressed over it to close it up. Worked great. I don't know of any other way to fix bulges in the batting and as to wrinkles, pull them out as flat as you can. Once quilted, they won't show. For thick spots in polyester batting, I removed some of the thickest spots by pulling it off and patting it down. 
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    micajah got a reaction from Gail O in Wrinkles in batting   
    Once I had a huge d cup in my batting. And it was polyester batting too. I made a slit in the cup and trimmed it so the batting edges met. Then used a very light stabilizer pressed over it to close it up. Worked great. I don't know of any other way to fix bulges in the batting and as to wrinkles, pull them out as flat as you can. Once quilted, they won't show. For thick spots in polyester batting, I removed some of the thickest spots by pulling it off and patting it down. 
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    micajah got a reaction from beansyquilts in Tips to manage batting on frame   
    I use a batting sling, but also use a "swim noodle". The end of batting is tucked into a slit cut all the way down the noodle, then rolled and stored in the sling. I roll some off when I advance the quilt. For wide battings, you can use two noodles.
    Debbie
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    micajah reacted to ruttho in Make Your Own Bobbin Winder   
    My husband decided to take on the "make your own bobbin winder challenge" based on your valuable information.
    Here's a couple pictures.  He used an old coffee grinder motor and a router variable speed control that he had laying around.  He made a motor housing cover (he wanted to work on his welding skills).  He also added an auto shut off by adding a micro-switch which gets depressed when the bobbin is moved to the fill position, and it pops off the power when the bobbin is in the full position.  And, he hard wired everything in so I wouldn't have cords going everywhere. 
    Thanks for posting this topic.  I love my "new" bobbin winder.  It's super fast and winds really nice tight consistent bobbins.
    ruth



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    micajah reacted to Cagey in Make Your Own Bobbin Winder   
    After getting my George in January, I asked a great number of questions about getting the tension just right.  A number of discussions addressed the deficiencies of the SideWinder bobbin winder.   Many warned me about the inconsistent thread quilting tension I could expect from using it.  For this reason, I went about ordering a bobbin winder along with my friend that had just gotten a Gammill Charm.  As she owns a business, we were going to get two bobbin winders at cost.  In the end, the winder order was held up.  During that time, I decide I could make the bobbin winders for each of us for no more than $40 each. 
     
    Below I have provided a list all items needed, along with the costs of the supplies including sales tax, and the place I purchased them.  While the actual winder is long 12 inches, I but the wood to 15 inches to ensure it did not
     
    Wood(red oak) Home Depot                             $  7.03  4.40/linear foot
                (item 719931220754)
     
    Bobbin Winder                                                $  9.75
                (Cutex Sewing Supplies.com)
     
    Motor (local sewing repair)                               $10.00
     
    Thread Stand (local quilt store)                         $  8.63
     
    Power Box(Home Depot)                                 $  2.76    3-hole ½ inch
                (item 042269650282)
     
    Switch dimmer (Walmart)                                $  3.87(Lutron Qoto 600W single pole)
     
    Switch Plate    Cover(Home Depot)                   $  0.30
                (item 078477461655)
     
    Power Cord (Walmart)                                     $  3.54 (2 plug 15-feet long)
     
    Screws/rubber grommet “spinner”                      $  3.05
                (Ace Hardware)
     
    Corner brackets/motor mount (HD)                    $  1.42  (2.67 for four)
                (item 030699153046)
     
    Rubber Feet (Home Depot)                                $  1.59
                (item 039003495650)
                                                                           ---------
    Total                                                               $51.94
     
     
    I did go a little above my cost projection, but I am satisfied with the results, as is my friend. 
     
    While the actual bobbin winder is 12 inches long, I chose to cut the wood 15 inches long, so the bobbin winder would not hang over the side edges if it needed adjustment.  I also spray painted all the parts so they would match the actual bobbin winder, as the motors were different colors.  If you spray paint the motors, be sure to stuff paper towels down into the cooling vents, so no over spray gets into the internal parts.  Remove all the paper towels prior to assembly.  You do not want to burn up the motors.
     
    Both of the motors I purchased came with hubs for sewing machine belts.  I took the hub with me to Ace Hardware, and purchase a rubber grommet that fit over the hub and would not spin.  You can put a rubber grommet directly on the motor shaft, but the bobbin winder will spin slightly slower.   The larger size hub, allows the maximum motor speed to be transferred to the bobbin winder. 
     
    Online, the Lutron switch stated is was motor rated, the actual packing material stated it was not.  I figure that the switch will be energized so little while motoring the bobbin winder it will not damage the switch or the motor.  If you do not want a speed control, you could use a normal ON/OFF switch that would lower the total cost about 3 dollars.  I wanted to be able to wind invisible thread slowly, so I went with the dimmer switch.  You could also go with poplar wood to lower the cost of the wood.
     
    Here are some photos of the two final bobbin winders.  They work great.  The only problem I notice is the rubber stopper leave black marks on the flywheel.  You need to add a drop of oil to the flywheel shaft ever now and again, to keep it lubricated. 
     
    On a final note, I e-mailed Bob Purcell (Thread Doctor) at Superior Threads concerning how to best wind bobbins.  His reply is below.
    “Professionally wound bobbins are wound quite hard in order to get as much thread as possible on the bobbins.  Stretching isn't an issue for cotton (very little stretch) and quality polyester (slight stretch).  Nylon or cheap polyester could be a problem.  I recommend winding at the fastest speed that allows a smooth wind with a moderately tight tension setting.  Too much tension will cause breakage while winding.”
     
    I hope this helps you know how to make your own bobbin winder, and how to wind your threads as needed. 
     
     
    Cagey
     
     

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    micajah got a reaction from dbams in Letter from Himself (RitaR's husband)   
    Betsy, could you send me the address too? I would like to send a Christmas card to Himself. Rita helped me so much when I began my longarm quilting.
    thanks
    Debbie 
     
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    micajah reacted to ffq-lar in Letter from Himself (RitaR's husband)   
    Rita and Roland visiting Dennis and me in 2009.

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    micajah reacted to LibbyG in HONOR ABIDES HERE   
    The Bedford Historical Society asked our guild to make them a raffle quilt for 2017.  I've always wanted to make this quilt since I saw it in McCalls Quilting Magazine a number of years ago.  I used Hobbs 80/20 batting, So Fine on top and Bottom Line in the bobbin.  I added an extra row to the top and side of the pattern so it would be queen size.  It won 2 First Place Awards, a Second Place and best longarm machine quilting in 3 different area quilt shows.
    Only one judge said she saw shadowing.  I did try to press seams open, but it was easier to sew nine patches ironing to one side.  How do you try to prevent shadowing?  
    Honor Abides Here (2) by Libby G, on Flickr
    Cumberland MD quilt show 097 by Libby G, on Flickr
    Honor Abides Here (5) by Libby G, on Flickr
    Honor Abides Here (3) by Libby G, on Flickr
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    micajah got a reaction from MaryQuiltsTx in UPDATE ON HEAT PRESS- wanted recommendations for heat press to do t shirt quilts   
    Hi Mary, You are welcome. This is an old post from April 2014.  Wanted to say, I am still using the same press. I've not had a minutes' problem with it. The heat is still even across the surface and I haven't found a need for a larger one at all.
     
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    micajah got a reaction from dbams in UPDATE ON HEAT PRESS- wanted recommendations for heat press to do t shirt quilts   
    Hi Mary, You are welcome. This is an old post from April 2014.  Wanted to say, I am still using the same press. I've not had a minutes' problem with it. The heat is still even across the surface and I haven't found a need for a larger one at all.
     
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    micajah got a reaction from MaryQuiltsTx in UPDATE ON HEAT PRESS- wanted recommendations for heat press to do t shirt quilts   
    HEAT PRESS UPDATE
     
    My heat press arrived today promptly at 4pm. By 4:26p it was heating up!
    instruction booklet said to heat the press with the press open. Never heat it closed as it could start a fire.
    It gave instructions to use for the heat settings for various materials with fabric being around 300F and for a time setting of 10 second.
     
    The press came with a teflon press cloth but I purchased a set of 3 from amazon which arrived yesterday. Those are nicer than the one that comes with the press. More translucent and easier to see thru for placement on top of the shirt.
     
    The press took about 10 minutes to heat up to the temperature setting. To iron the pellon inferfacing to the shirt, I placed a teflon press cloth on the bottom silicon pad, then the shirt face down, then the inferfacing, then another teflon press cloth. I did not use any water to wet the inferfacing.  I was using pellon 906fw inferfacing. The one time I forgot to put the press cloth on top, the shirt wanted to pull up when the press was opened. 
     
    Next, close the cover and push the handle down until it locks. It was hard to lock it. There is an adjustment to the pressure exerted on the pad and it can be changed by turning the knob counterclockwise to loosen it which I did.
     
    10 seconds later the timer alarm sounded and I manually lifted the top off of the materials. The bond was perfect!
    The other 13 shirts I had to do were done in about 25 minutes and that included the time it took to cut the interfacing.
     
    I don't know how long this press will last, it was cheaper than any of the others, but it heats great all around the heat pad and for now, I am pleased with how easy it is to use. I just today had to toss a hand iron that died on me doing the last t shirt quilt.
     
    It is called a power press and it was sold by fancier studio on amazon. The one I ordered was supposed to be red and white and the box does say that it is, but it is more maroon and beige. It has thick silicon pad on the bottom which you can touch while the top undeside of the press is the element that heats up. The size is 15 x 15.
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    micajah reacted to Quilting Heidi in Giraffe quilts finally done updated with pics of the twins   
    I have finally finished quilts for Landon and Scarlett.  Can you believe they are a year old already?   They are such good babies.   They both love their quilt and give them kisses and hugs all the time.  Lol.  Landon likes to pet his giraffe.   These quilted up really quickly.  My goal was to keep them soft and snuggley.  


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    micajah reacted to quilterkp in I cleaned my studio   
    I think that the person that disagrees with getting rid of the carpet needs to be the person that cleans the thread out of the vacuum or carpet sweeper.  :-)    Permanently, until other flooring is put down.
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    micajah got a reaction from Quilting Heidi in News about Rita   
    So sorry to hear this. Praying for God's blessings and comfort for her husband and family.
    Debbie Fowler
     
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    micajah reacted to Gator in NQR - Asking for Prayers   
    Mary Beth, my heart hurts for you and your family.  I can't imagine the process of labor, knowing the outcome.  I would sew that label into the quilt and wrap baby Remy in it snuggly for eternity.  God has his reasons for taking baby Remy home, I know it's hard to understand right now but the answers will come.   My love and prayers goes out to your family in this time of sadness and need.  If you need anything just yell my way.
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    micajah reacted to mlsa3 in Dbams-Betsy...Guess what I got in the mail today?   
    Yep....my block for Rita's quilt was returned saying I owed $1.27 more on the shipping...now remember they are the ones that weighed it and gave me the amount I needed to ship it.  Go figure.  At least here's a pic of the block.  The crease in the center is where I folded it to put it in the envelope.

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    micajah reacted to loraquilts in Stupid Mistake   
    Well, have you ever done something so stupid you just wanted to scream?  I did today. 
    I loaded a quilt on the frame and everything was going great.  Of course the design was very intricate, but was turning out beautifully, so I was very pleased.  That was until I discovered my blunder.  I about two thirds of the way through the quilt when I come across the seam where the backing was pieced together.  Guess what!  I put the backing on UPSIDE DOWN.  Yup, the seam was facing the outside of the quilt instead of the batting side.  Ugh. 
    Lucky for me the backing was a batik and you really couldn't tell one side from the other.  I took it apart and then restitched it by hand.  It took forever, but it sure beat the alternative of having to rip out hours of stitching. 
    I should have had a V-8! 
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    micajah reacted to Mary Beth in Project Angel Quilt   
    I did not add the picture. Just the post. Let me see if I can do it.


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    micajah got a reaction from quilterkp in Need batting advice   
    Hi Teresa,
    In my opinion, you should quote her an outrageous price for the custom quilting she is asking for....maybe she will go away.
     
    As for batting, hobbs polydown gives good definition to stitches. It is soft and light and washes well. It looks better than wool in my opinion. Quilt up a small practice piece with one layer of poly and another  with 2 layers of poly and another with the battings she requested to show the differences between them.
     
    From what you have said about her, she is not the kind of person who can be pleased no matter what you do. Or she simply doesn't really know what she wants and is still searching. Good Luck, whatever you do.
    Debbie
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    micajah reacted to dbams in Project Angel Quilt   
    Thank you, everyone, for the many compliments and kind words.  I am so happy I could participate in this group endeavor.  The blocks sent for Rita really inspired me with their beauty and sentiments.  I hope Rita enjoys this quilt even more than we all enjoyed making it for her.
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    micajah reacted to dbams in Project Angel Quilt   
    Rita's quilt is done!  I showed it off to my Bunco group last night, and they all loved it.  The "Bunco Babes" were also impressed that so many people from so many places would come together to make a quilt for someone most of them had never met.  Twenty-four people from 14 states and 2 provinces.  The APQS Forum is a wonderful Family!  (Used Circle Lord Cosmos board for the quilting.)


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    micajah reacted to dbams in Project Angel Quilt   
    Just finished the top!  It is sideways on my design wall, and I rotated the picture, which is why the left edge looks a bit wavy.  Also had to work around my husband's exercise equipment to get the picture, hence the black half circle near the upper left.
    Tomorrow I load and quilt!

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    micajah reacted to reazurra in UPDATE ON HEAT PRESS- wanted recommendations for heat press to do t shirt quilts   
    Hi, Finding the best heat press machine isn't an easy option, i will recommend some of the best heat press machine
    Powerpress Industrial-Quality Digital 15 x 15-Inch sublimation for T-shirt.
    Oshion Clamshell 15 x 15-Inch Heat Press T-shirt Digital Transfer Sublimation Machine

    Mophorn Heat Press Machine 5 in 1 Multi function Transfer Sublimation 360 Degree Rotation 12 x 10-Inch
    this are the best options for you
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    micajah reacted to dbams in Project Angel Quilt   
    Vickie, you're right, it is a joy to open each package.  And I love the way your block is also your profile picture!
    Here is a picture of all the blocks I have received so far.  They are not in any particular order, other than I kept multiple blocks from the same person together.  Based on these blocks, this will be a fun project!
    Thanks again to everyone who is participating with prayers and blocks, etc..