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  1. I am not a lefty, but left eye dominant. When I first got my machine I really tried to pantos from right to left, but just couldn't do it. 3 months I suffered. Then I tried it left to right, with great success. I attended an APQS road show near by and asked if this would hurt my machine. The team assured me I would be fine. I have been quilting for 3 years now, on the front of the machine from left to right for custom quilts, and on the back left to right for pantos with no problem. I sometimes have to pay close attention with panto patterns regarding the direction of the design, but othe
  2. I am going along nicely on my Millie and hit an intersection......just the spot where several seams intersect, and I hear the noise, whew just a thread break. Check the needle, there is a burr. Replace the needle. Do a test on the side, forward, back, side to side and circles. Looks good. Pay close attention, slow going...and it happens again. This needle breaks in half..Yikes! Do I dare look? The shaft of the needle has clearly shredded the fabric front and back. Deep breath....I have retimed the machine and have done a test. Seems to be ok. But I am scared s---less to go on. How do I rep
  3. I have a 19 year old Bernina 1630 that I will never get rid off. This my go to machine. I love it. 5 years ago I purchased a 730 for the embroidery component. I rarely piece on this machine just embroider. I have no idea if it is Swiss made I will have to check.
  4. Ardelle, this is a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing. It comes under the category of " why couldn't I have thought of that" I am constantly dragging my pantos up and down a flight of stairs when customers come to drop off. My inventory has been increasing too. This will make it so much easier.....
  5. I also have a question ...when inserting the panto into the center are you supposed to measure the center and divide the width of the panto to evenly fit the panto in the center? I have always wondered what everyone else does.
  6. I appreciate all for taking the time to share your comments. I am not seasoned enough to think that I could do this in one path, so for me too stop and start but keep the same design element was my goal this time. My dry erase board is my best evening companion at times! These are 12 inch blocks, I thought it was time to live on the edge and try something challenging! thanks again.
  7. What a great thing for the two of you to have done together.
  8. I will try to post a picture of my lastest customer quilt and the design that I plan on using. Would like some input if you think this will be too busy.... It is rather large 97 x84 with a pieced backing that if I load it top to bottom, the seam will be vertical. I prefer my seams to be horizontal. I consider myself a rule breaker....can't I just give the whole thing a 1/4 turn on the frame and quilt it sideways? Thank you for looking and any suggestions that you might have.
  9. Customer wants something in the light blue star blocks. Not too feminine it is for her nephew. Thought I would do a leaf of some kind for those blocks and border....but what to do in all the rest? Suggestions?
  10. I have found that when I am hand stitching the binding on the underside, if I make a fold in the corner going in the opposite direction as the fold on the front, the corner lays much nicer/flatter. I also purchased Clover Wonder clips that actually keep the binding in place while hand stitching. Once I get to the corner the binding is laying nice and flat and just waiting to be tacked down. Hope this helps!
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