Giftedhands

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  1. Now why would I want to stress out a week before Christmas? You know how these machines can sense your desperation. I\'ve changed needles, bobbin case, rethreaded, tensioned etc. and I\'m still breaking thread and fraying. I can only do what I can do. Customers will have to understand (easier said than done). cw
  2. Well, I've managed to jam up the bobbin case, the rotation is off so the needle and bobbin are not in sync. I have a new quilt on the frame and 4 behind it. Oddly, I'm not panicing. I figure that Tech support will tell me a very simple solution and I will get back on track tomorrow. Meanwhile, I have to cut and sew on a binding. Cold, windy and finally some long needed precipitation in GA. Cynthia
  3. This has happened to me a bunch of times, as well as students (they buy a pattern and say "it just doesn't make sense"). The books (thousands?) and patterns (hundreds) get printed and distributed, and how do you contact, or correct all of them? The shops don't know, the buyers/quilters don't know. Sadly it does happen, but hopefully not too frequently! Cynthia
  4. My customers are "basic-get-it-quilted" customers. They don't want to pay for fancy quilting, since 100% of them do this for pleasure and not for show. I'm fortunate to have customers say "do whatever" and they know that I will keep their budget to heart. HOWEVER, with the customers that give me the freedom to come up with anything, I do take the opportunity to "stretch" and try something new. So the last quilt (house blocks alternating with old-maid's puzzle blocks was one I got to play on) was "custom" but priced at the dense panto price. My customer (over 70) was thrilled to death (she didn't think anything would save the quilt from the dog-bed). Dhe saw the twirly girly feathers in the blocks and the detail on the houses, and said "well, the dog's not getting THIS one!!!" I showed her the custom price, and the "discount" for giving me the opportunity to enhance the quilt. I love the fact that taking some extra time (when I have it), really does make a difference in my customer's day. Now I know we cannot do this all the time, but I have been so fortunate to have this lady bringing me at least 8 quilts (very large) a year. She really got me through Christmas last year when she brought 5, and her daughter brought 4 (November 1).
  5. I teach a quilting class for new "megaquilter owners". Don't let the name throw you, it's not that MEGA. I take my first PPP piece from when I first got my Liberty. And I take a more current "custom" quilt. I want people to know how I looked when I started. I almost cried thinking I'd spent so much money and it was SOOOO bad. There is only one way to go, and that's up! Thank goodness for that! cynthia
  6. Update: Threw away the spool of thread. New one seems to work fine. Also, I took one of my really expensive (sic) business cards, folded it in half and taped it over the handwheel. My husband said he could come up with a better solution, I said "yeah, but not cheaper!". Thanks everyone! cynthia
  7. Ultimately one of the problems that occurred is a huge pile of thread being sucked into the handwheel. Geez Louise, I'm telling you I watch very carefully for thread movement when working from the back of the machine and when I realized I wasn't "sewing" I stopped (maybe a 3x3" area). There was SO MUCH THREAD sucked up, we had to open my Millie up, and cut a huge WAD of stuff out of her... I need a flywheel cover.... Cynthia
  8. ACK!!! I'm having major thread breakage! Yes it's varigated but I've quilted 60" incheto the quilt already! I've put in new needle, new bobbin, rethreaded, checked tensions. Batik on top and bottom, Quilters Dream Request in the middle.... HELP it's been 3 days of torture! Cynthia
  9. Did I make that clear? Jeez, sometimes I'm just at a loss for words... cynthia
  10. I'm having a problem with bobbin winding on my Millie. the bobbin just spins around and I cannot get it to load thread. Yes I'm securing the end of the thread and it winds about 1/4 of the way, but the actual bobbin is spinning and won't grab the spindle. cynthia
  11. Please let us know if we can mail Daniel and cards and wish him well. He should know that everyone has their limitations, but that many people live long happy lives with any disabilities. God has given us all the strength of will and spirit to survive many shortcomings. The body and chemistry can be pretty scarey when you're a kid, but as long as he knows he can adapt and be a "normal" kid, he's going to be fine. He'll have some limitations, for sure, but he needs to know that HE is in control. He should never feel helpless.
  12. What a great offer! I try to maintain relationships with our shops, but honestly I'm busy quilting and not so much shopping. I just can't afford to shop every quilt shop in hopes that I will "make" a new friend. Most of the time, they are very polite when I'm in the store, but they already have a favorite quilter. "Oh, Sue has a 6 month wait!!!" Well that's great for Sue but how about recommending another quilter so your customers won't have to wait 9 months for Sue to finish her backlog???? I've been quilting fast and furious, so now I see the light at the end of the tunnel (about 2 weeks from now). Mailing my guild, and calling the stores hasn't made a bit of difference. So I'm planning on learning some new tricks on my downtime, and finishing some of my own. I'm also advertising locally, so I'm hoping people will recognize my ad and call. I've stated "Quilts starting at $200" to keep the tire kickers at bay.... Cynthia
  13. Does anyone know if Myrna has any classes coming up? cynthia
  14. I have a great site you can check out for great prices on fabrics... www.someartfabric.com Occasionally she sells on ebay, too, under seller SOMEARTFABRIC Her prices are hard to beat and she only carries shop quality fabrics. cynthia
  15. Also, check your bobbin. You may have to toss out the one and put in a fresh one. make sure that the tension is correct "drop test" or use your tension guide cw
  16. I came up with $20-25 sq ft. depending. More for more intricate piecing. cynthia
  17. How about the ones where none of the measurements are equal? So you don't have a perfect rectangle, but maybe a romboid? argghhh...and the customer says, "can't you take the borders off and fixit?" (for an extra $50). shoot me now.....
  18. I am on a beta blocker for my migraines, which has been awesome! But to see your side, take things slow, watch technique videos, get some slicks from Nichole Webb (remember these are actual for rehabilitation and will get your hand to eye coordination back up to speed!) Good luck and lots of hugs! cynthia
  19. Good for you Judy! It's post-holiday and I've been able to finish a few personal projects. Imagine my dismay when I found my batting was too small for the quilt (it grew) and I had to place an order. Now I'm waiting again. Oh, and the space? mine is 24 x 13. NOT big enough. Trust me on that one! So my sewing machine is upstairs, my fabrics and iron are downstairs. If it weren't for the stairs, I'd get no exercise at all! cw
  20. Using the scraps of batting in my swiffer, would imply that I have the time and the inclination to clean house.... No, really, I have way too much batting scraps. I wish I could donate it... cw
  21. This time last year I was finished quilting customer quilts. This year, I'm still quilting. Finished 3 small and 2 large quilts today and I'm finally sitting down. 2 more quilts to go and a QOV. Then I get to work on MY stuff for a few weeks.... Santa...I'm trying to be good.... Cynthia
  22. I'm having a problem with "slippage" of the templates (clamshell) when it's on the bed of my Millie. I've tried using the rubberized drawer liner, but it seem there are places on the plexiglass that "dip". I cannot put the templates on the bed without placing the rubber liner down first. Then the stylus just jumps out of the groove. Any recommendations? This is definately NOT a problem with the Loricles system, it's great! cynthia
  23. Today is the 19th. I have 2 qovs (one finishing up), I have 9 or 10 customer quilts left. I've told everyone "that is it". * I still have 2-4 of mine to do... cynthia
  24. No it's not a Dylan song. My bobbin "area" started rattling. Usually a cleaning/oiling will do the trick, but it seems there is some jiggly play in the housing for the bobbin case. In addition, when I'm running the machine there is a distinct loud humming and rattle that I cannot fathom how to correct. When we test the timing, needle comes down but starts up ever so slightly and the opening on the bobbin case has rotated to the left as well. Earlier my needle broke while quilting (yes it punched holes in the quilt), and we had to re-adjust the needle bar when I replaced the needle. Hubby said noise is coming from the horizontal housing behind the bobbin? Help. Cynthia