White Rooster

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  1. Thanks for your comments. I haven't called because I'm typically at my day job during regular hours. The drag happens as I get to within 6"-7" of the #2 roller and continues the whole length of the machine regardless of the direction I am quilting. I have cleaned my wheels and all of the rollers are level. When I am not in the area near the front rollers the machine glides & quilts perfectly. Leslie described it as pushing through deep mud which is pretty close to how it feels but the machine also kind of sputters along, making irregular stitches. Hope this helps with the diagnosis. Thank you.
  2. Is there a pattern available for this quilt? I have some wonderful hand dyed fabrics that would look great in this design too. I'm sure I could copy it in EQ5 but if there is a pattern then I definitely want to honor the copyright and buy it. Please share after you have quilted it. Would love to see what you finally decide. Thanks. Happy Quilting,
  3. WOW, you are Dakota Designs? Ohmigosh! Aside from loving your quilting, I have enjoyed your embroidery designs for years. I have a Viking D1 and your designs sew up so beautifully. You are truly a multi-talented woman and an inspiration to me. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Quilting,
  4. I am having a problem with the machine dragging and the stitches becoming irregular as I approach the front rollers. I do have the Circle Lord installed and have raised the take-up roller with washers. I have no problems when stitching near the back roller but as I get within about 7" of the #2 roller it starts to drag and the stitching is irratic. I have put up with this for awhile but finally decided I should just ask for help. I am not using my base expander when this happens and I can't see anything that is getting in the way. Follow-up question: I always float my quilt tops so is there any advantage to taking the #2 roller off. I have hesitated in case I ever wanted to use it but would appreciate your input. Thanks.
  5. Rita, I am so sorry that you have had this experience. We all dread the possibility of damaging a clients quilt. I do agree with Bobbie that you should meet with the customer before you proceed. You might be able to replace that portion of the border or perhaps patch it from the back of the fabric. Hopefully the client will be understanding and you will both agree on a solution. When something like this happens to me I try to figure out the worst case scenario before resolving the issue. That way I have a plan "just in case" and I'm not caught off guard if the worst does happen. Fortunately, it seldom does. Let's say that the client is not understanding and wants you to pay for the damage. Decide up front what you are willing to do. Replace the border? Pay for the fabric and keep the quilt? Quilt it for free or half price? Whatever you decide is reasonable should be in the back of your mind before you meet with her. Be optimistic but also prepared. Please let us know how this comes out and don't be discouraged. Beating yourself up isn't nearly as much fun as practicing on your wonderful machine. Happy Quilting,
  6. The baptist fan design that I am referring to is one of Circle Lords' large templates that go the length of the machine table. It would be similar to doing a pantograph (only much easier). With any "row" pattern you can quilt each row by starting off the quilt and then continuing until you have gone the entire width of the quilt and then off again. By starting and stopping outside the quilt borders you don't need to worry about burying threads or tacking it down with little stitches. When stopping or starting within the body of the quilt, you do need to either bury your threads or take those little stitches. This includes when you are using the Circle Lord tool that you mention above. When a customer wants a pantograph or overall meander I try to do all of my starting and stopping off of the quilt. This saves time since I am charging less for non-custom work. It is just another option. I hope this makes more sense. Happy Quilting,
  7. I have had my Millennium for almost 3 years and I have never heard that you should only go left to right. In fact, on pantographs I typically do my first row in one direction, the next row in the opposite direction, and so on. It works great both ways. Sometimes I start in the middle and work out towards the borders. In other words, it sews beautifully in all directions, even in circles. Others on this forum can speak to the technical aspects of the Millennium but I can assure you that you will not be limited by what direction you sew. As for the tension, I have never had any problems adjusting the tension to match my threads. There is a tool that some owners use to test the tension but I simply use the "bobbin drop" method and then sew a little test pattern on the outside edge. Regardless of the method you use, I think you will find it very easy to master. If you are designing small art quilts then the Millennium might be more than you need. However, if you are working on larger quilts then you would be very happy with this machine. It is definitely the best on the market and I know you would be very happy with its' performance. You will also love this forum. It is full of many supportive and talented quilters that are ready and willing to help you on your journey. Please keep us posted on what you decide. Happy Quilting,
  8. Great idea. Thanks for sharing. Happy Quilting,
  9. kcquilter, If you are using the Circle Lord Baptist Fan for a side to side design (or any pantograph) you can just start the quilting off the side of the quilt and then continue the row off the other side. I typically start about an inch from the right side edge (standing at the back of the machine) and then continue quilting until I am about an inch past the other outside edge. I do take a couple of extra stitches right at the quilt edge on both sides to make sure that the quilting stays in place until the binding is sewn on but you don't have to worry about burying your threads when quilting a "row" design like the Baptist Fan. Hope this helps. Happy Quilting,
  10. I got that Linda. You have a great sense of humor. I wonder if our younger quilting friends got it.
  11. Darlene, there is no doubt that you have been cheated and I am so sorry. Advice is cheap (especially free advice 'cause you always get what you pay for . . . ) so here goes. I agree with Cheryl that you should consider contacting the infamous teacher and talk to her about the problem. Let her know that she has infringed on your copyright and come to some type of agreement about her future classes. Perhaps this is an opportunity for you and, just maybe, she will be reasonable. There will always be lawyers willing and waiting for your business but hopefully you won't need them. Take the high road and save the "big guns" for later. Please keep us posted Darlene. We all feel like we know you and we definitely care about you. If all else fails just let us know where she will be teaching next. One of us could show up with your books (because we all have them) and say, "hey, that's from Darlene Epp's book . . . " lol.
  12. My idea of heirloom quilting is similar to Joann's. It would include the older, more traditional designs, but very fancy and tightly quilted. Quilts of this calibur would have been saved for future generations and not for daily use - therefore, they became heirlooms. Custom quilts would definitely include heirloom designs as well as anything that isn't an overall pattern or from a pantograph. That's my 2 cents worth.
  13. I recently bought an amazing SID tool called Larry's Liner. It has lines that make horizontal, vertical and diagonal SID so much easier. You really have to see it to realize how simple it is to use. If you are interested, call Larry at 281-328-9600. He has a picture of it online somewhere, I just can't remember where. It's not expensive and it has become my SID tool of choice. Happy Quilting,
  14. I am in love with Circle Lord too. I have all of the giant templates and most of the smaller ones and I use them all of the time. The spirals (round, oblong and square) are wonderful too. They are easy to use and they cut down on quilting time. In my opinion they were a really good investment for my business. Happy Quilting,
  15. This is one of those instances where the quilting really makes the quilt. It is beautiful.