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LindaSteller last won the day on August 26 2014

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  1. My favorite tip on this is one I came up with myself. Buy one of those cheapie electric toothbrushes from the Dollar Store, preferably with soft bristles. Dip it in a glass of water, shake off the excess, and then turn the brush on and gently brush your quilt with it. That electric sonic motion is pretty effective in closing up the holes.
  2. Is it possible that you had the machine plugged in during a storm? I hope in the meanwhile, you've had a call into APQS service. They're pretty good at answering questions over the phone. You might want to unplug it, replace the fuse, and see if that helps. Otherwise, there might be damage to the circuit boards.
  3. I had a bad run-in with Dave too. He came to my home and 'fixed' my Liberty (they don't make those anymore) and totally messed up my IQ. Thankfully, an Intelliquilter upgrade allows me to set the motor strength automatically now. He also forgot to tighten down the needlebar after timing the machine. When I ran an intricate pattern after his 'service', the timing slipped and wrecked the pattern. I took me three weeks to rip out all the stitches on my client's quilt. Never, in this whole mess, did I blame Deloa, who I've always considered a friend since I met her back in 2005 (I think), and Jessica has been my Facebook friend (through a recommendation from Bethanne Nemesh) for a couple of years now. I'll never let Dave anywhere near me, but would gladly embrace Deloa or Jessica. If he's wronged you, let him know. Leave the others out of it.
  4. Oh wow. I guess I haven't checked in here in many moons. I didn't know of Rita's passing. She will be missed.
  5. I use Glide almost exclusively. And, you'll never catch me winding a bobbin. Magna Glide or Magna Quilt, all the way. I do use Essence (clear) for SID a lot, and I occasionally use Cairo Quilt, So Fine, or solid King Tut, but 99.9% of the time, it's Glide.
  6. I use a lot of different top threads, although my very favorite is Glide by Fil-Tec. In the bobbin? ALWAYS Magna-Glide Bobbins from Fil-Tec. I have not wound one bobbin for my longarm since trying my first Magna Glide in 2008. Prior to that, I was not a fan of pre-wounds and wound all my own bobbins. Now my bobbin winder had developed a layer of dust - it sits there unused. These bobbins are a little more expensive, but what they save me in fiddling with the tension and ripping out bad tension is worth their weight in gold.
  7. Check how your wheels are riding. If you have one wheel that isn't quite engaged to the rail, you're going to have big problems with control. Also make sure your table is level and square. Things get bumped over the years and sometimes the table gets a little wonky. Once your wheels are properly adjusted and your table is straight, you should be able to do wonderful feathers again.
  8. Minky is soft and plush-feeling, but I really don't think it's all that thick. I would use batting. Otherwise, as lkl said, it will be a bit limp.
  9. Gorgeous quilt and quilting. That is a really beautiful quilt.
  10. That's a good solution. You might find out who in your area has a bigger table for this situation in the future. I have the only 14' frame locally and I get a lot of huge quilts.
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