Marsha Nichols

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  1. my needle bar goes down on its own with a clunk.I was not touching the button combination to set the needle into the quilt. This has happen twice today and it nearly caught my finger . Suggestions for solutions.
  2. top stitches not distinct. back stitches great. how do I fix top stitches?
  3. My 2012 Millie is loud in Sr but drives smooth and quieter in manual. I have found if the quilt is too tight then it is louder or if using batik fabric every stitch is felt. One thing that helps is to clean the rails, oil the bobbin and change the needle.
  4. Chris, love the feathers. Do you have a YouTube video showing your talent? Thank you for sharing.
  5. I was also fighting thread breaking combined with bad stitches. Went through all the above suggestions and more when I figured out the quilt sandwich as too tight. I loosed the tension on my quilt and it solved many of the problems. Hope you get yours solved
  6. Teresa, as a former teacher and Principal, I understand your fear and frustration. Does your school have an onsite Counselor? Many times we forget that a School Counselor is also for the teachers. Can a behavior plan be made for this student involving you, parents, Principal, and Counselor? In that way everything is officially documented and behavior goals are set. Lastly, can this student be moved to another class to change the classroom dynamics?
  7. I noticed on the Apqs blog Dallas ,Tx had a training and education center. Is this a walk in location or just for shows?
  8. Bonnie: Anne Bright has a pattern in her book Simply Continuous Friends called Ladies in Red. It has heels, purses and hats in a continuous panto about 9 1/2 " wide.
  9. My husband made me a cutting table with drawers on each side and batting storage underneath. He used large shelf brackets to hold the batting on a wood rod. I just pull out however much batting I need and lay it end to end for cutting. I only have two rolls since I don't quilt for the public. The table is 55" X 96". He used white melamine particle board (can't think of the actual name) and framed it with black walnut. It is 41" tall so I don't have to bend over to iron, cut, and plan projects. My profile pic shows the table.I am not bragging, I just took along time to plan what I needed and this table has been extremely useful in many ways.
  10. does anyone have featherlight clamps for sale? please contact me. thank you
  11. I use my channel locks when I am quilting basting stitches, lining up needle position for Panto, holding the machine still for threading the needle, changing the needle, cleaning the bobbin area, changing hopping foot, and anytime I need the machine to not move. For me it is well worth the money.
  12. I am interested in the featherlight clamps. Does anyone have a 20" pair for sale?
  13. I just placed an order online before reading this post and my order was declined. So now I am wondering if they are even in business anymore. I would like to have a set of these clamps.
  14. I used the Pfaff and original Inspira frame with cruise control for about 15 quilts and had zero problems. I wanted to have more quilting space. My bars did not sag but could see how they would if the quilt was too tight. Kept the machine because it is an industrial machine and great for piecing and putting on binding. No bell and whistles so less goes wrong. I wouldn't invest in the setup again because of the limitations but would keep the machine for piecing.
  15. thank you Dawn, this will help me find topics quicker and not have to double search. You are fantastic!
  16. Thank you Dawn for the explanation. I was unsure if the knots could be trimmed so I was trying to avoid a knot buildup but now I understand that I can whack away the knots.
  17. LOL great story. You are scarey.......BTW if I ever upset you.....don't think about me. LOL. Too bad you can't have the tree chipped. Cherry wood is great for smoking meats.