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nannyt

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  1. Those of you coming to festival come by Booth 1733. I am here in Houston helping my friend who develops and manufactures Steady Betty products. The original product is a pressing board. She has since "invented" several other products that are great for quilters. She is a quilter and developed these things to solve some issues she had. You will love them! I will try to get to the APQS booth at 2:00 on Fri to meet -- kind of depends on the crowd at the booth. This was the first time I had been to "market". Quite and experience. Remember -- STEADY BETTY -- Booth 1733 !!! By the way -- I seco
  2. Those of you coming to festival come by Booth 1733. I am here in Houston helping my friend who develops and manufactures Steady Betty products. The original product is a pressing board. She has since "invented" several other products that are great for quilters. She is a quilter and developed these things to solve some issues she had. You will love them! I will try to get to the APQS booth at 2:00 on Fri to meet -- kind of depends on the crowd at the booth. This was the first time I had been to "market". Quite and experience. Remember -- STEADY BETTY -- Booth 1733 !!! By the way -- I seco
  3. Problem solved! After taking a whole bunch of things apart and putting back together (more than once) I replaced the needle screw and my Millie seems happy. I bought new screws (4/40 - thanks, Dawn!) at Home Depot. When I got home I looked at my old needle screw and it appeared to be slanted on the end that would come in contact with the needle. I had finished two (custom) quilts since I got this machine, so don't know if God was watching out for me or if I dropped the needle screw and the end of it chipped off. Anyway I finished the quilt last night. Thank you all for your patience and k
  4. I've had the same experience, Cheri, when my husband was so awfully ill. This is one of those times when our Lord is carrying you. Just know that there are friends praying for you and your husband as you go through this difficult time. He will bring you through.
  5. I can see through the screw hole so nothing is stuck that far down. I should know this but I never had a reason to look before. Can anyone tell me about how much of the needle shaft (the thick part) shows below the needle bar? 1/8", 1/4"? That way I might be able to figure out if the needle is going up far enough that there wouldn't be anything stuck in it.
  6. I've already adjusted the needle bar to get the correct position. Could it be that the first time the needled broke part of it jammed up in the needle bar, part of it not falling out and thus not letting me get the needle far enough up in the needle bar? I've dug around up there with an old needle but can't tell -- nothing has fallen out. And when the needles break, I don't always find the pieces right away. I've only done two quilts on this machine (new in Feb this year - trading in my old Millie) so surely the needle screw hasn't gotten a groove yet. You think?
  7. I've broken three needles today. It appears as though the needle is coming loose from the needle bar. I've positioned the needle and I've tightened it all I can. I've even "timed" the machine (moved the needle bar to where the eye of the needle is fully visible in the bobbin area). In looking where the point on the hook touches the needle scarf it seems to me as thought it is touching a little low on the scarf and moves the need back more than just a tiny bit. but in the last test I did it seemed as though the needle just fell out of the needle bar. Any suggestions?
  8. Silly me! I think I just figured out what the "Problem" is. I'm not used to having the quilt glide on my machine so I didn't think about checking to see if it is on or off. I actually had a few minutes to look at some utube videos by Dawn and the Quilt Glide was one of them. Her demo showed the needle acting just like mine does when her quilt glide was on. So, I'm going home from work this evening and checking that out. I'm pretty sure that was the issue.
  9. I've just installed my new Milli -- upgraded from a 2004 model so I'm not a newbie. I've done one quilt on it this new one. When in stitch regulator mode and I stop moving the machine, the needle keeps cycling up and down. What can I do to get it to stop moving when the machine is not moving?
  10. thanks, Kim! I had done a google but these didn't show up the way I put it in.
  11. Does anyone have access to the little poem that I think was in the "It's OK" book by Mary Ellen Hopkins? I want to put it on a card with a baby quilt but I can't remember it all. It contained the words "It's okay to sit on my quilt" or something of the sort, indicating that the quilt was to be "used". Thanks ahead of time!
  12. Uddate: I called the customer and had her come to the shop before I took the quilt off. I explained to her what happened and gave her a print out of the solutions you guys recommended. I told her that if she wanted to take out the quilting, fix the borders and bring it back, I would requilt that area for her. She said she thought she would just leave it alone. She mentioned using a Tide pen on the areas that bled. I didn't say yes or no but just let her make the decision. We also discussed the correct way to add borders where they don't wave. I think we had discussed that before but mayb
  13. I've used the starch and steam on many quilts since it came to light here on this forum and have had wonderful results. This last Sunday, I had a quilt on the machine that about 3/4 of the way down there was an A-B cup on both sides (one a little larger than the other) so I grabbed the starch and steamer and went to work. The borders are blue on the edge, white next in, red next and white next before the body of the quilt. The red proceeded to run into the white. I was (an am) mortified. I went ahead and finished the quilt but it is still on the machine until I get some advice from you guys
  14. Thanks, ladies!!! You've made me feel a lot better about the way this will turn out. I don't know about the photo. I haven't tried that yet, but this would be a good opportunity to learn. I'll have to go back and read where it's been explained. -- Another exercise to keep the mind sharp!
  15. I have a "receiving blanket" size aida cloth with hand embroidery on it that my precious DIL asked me to finish. Her mother who passed away a few years ago did the embroidery. She is expecting their first child (my first grandchild) and I feel honored to be asked. I was thinking of fringing the edges but am not sure how to go about securing the weave so that it will not continue to unweave. (is that a word?). Would a zig-zag or another decorative stitch on the DM be appropriate and look okay? This really shouldn't be so hard, but I would like for it to be "perfect" as I want to give it bac
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