K. Szymaszek

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    K. Szymaszek got a reaction from Bonnie in Ok in Keepsake kit, Cabin in the Woods   
    Here's a customer quilt I did awhile ago. Finally getting around to posting. So-fine thread, QD Blend with 1/2 thickness of wool. I intended to sid but all seams pressed open so I avoided it. Thanks for looking. K
     
     






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    K. Szymaszek got a reaction from texasquilter in NOR prayer request   
    Angela Walters is asking for prayer for her brother Nate who was in a motorcycle accident this week. Wanted to bring it here as I know there are a lot of prayer warriors among you. He is in a drug induced coma and making strides in the right direction. She is raffling off a quilt to help out God bless and Merry Christmas
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    K. Szymaszek got a reaction from RitaR in NOR prayer request   
    Angela Walters is asking for prayer for her brother Nate who was in a motorcycle accident this week. Wanted to bring it here as I know there are a lot of prayer warriors among you. He is in a drug induced coma and making strides in the right direction. She is raffling off a quilt to help out God bless and Merry Christmas
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    K. Szymaszek got a reaction from Enchanted Quilting in Backing with rubbery stars and dots   
    Thanks ladies, I did call her and she was great about it. She will replace and bring to me. Placemats are a good idea Charlotte, I was also thinking table cloth as it is for a king and gigantic! K
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    K. Szymaszek got a reaction from LisaC in Backing with rubbery stars and dots   
    Thanks ladies, I did call her and she was great about it. She will replace and bring to me. Placemats are a good idea Charlotte, I was also thinking table cloth as it is for a king and gigantic! K
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    K. Szymaszek got a reaction from Pepsi Girl in NQR- prayers and good wishes needed   
    Praying the peace of God will wrap you up like a big hug and Holy Spirit will kill any and every cancer cell in your body should there be any, in Jesus name. Amen and Amen
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    K. Szymaszek got a reaction from anniemueller in Please help me tame the cups! TA DA Finished Scroll down for pics   
    Very beautiful designs.
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    K. Szymaszek got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in More Dahlia Progress - Finishing the Curved Cross Hatching   
    Great job Valerie
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    K. Szymaszek got a reaction from LeannM in Fans Meet Feathers, Amish Revisited   
    Wow, that is stunning. You did an awesome job with this one. I love the name Pink Champagne Cake, sounds like your quilt looks.......delicious!
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    K. Szymaszek reacted to yeoldeforest in Is anyone renting their machine out   
    I have been renting for a few years now and overall it’s a pain but profitable.
     
    On the down side, you can give a beginners long arm class that lasts two hours or 20 hours and the results will be the same. Hand holding baby sitting and essentially doing everything but move the head for the renter. The reason is simple....lack of repitition and in alot of cases diminished mental capacity. It's a fact that the older we get the harder it is to push short term memory into long term.
     
    On the up side…you can charge more per hour than you get for doing it yourself.  Yes charge more. When you charge more you weed out the bargain hunters looking for a deal and you don't undercut your self or other professionals. Remember you are the expert and they are paying for more than a machine rental. Think of it as another aspect of the service you already provide.
     
     
    So, as others have said. Make a plan, execute it and don't sell your self short,
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    K. Szymaszek reacted to ffq-lar in Is anyone renting their machine out   
    My theory is that it's possible if you are armed with the facts and go forward with an attitude that it will work. Only you know what will make you crazy. 
    If you already have some interest, cultivate a few potential renters and work with them so you're comfortable and so are they. If you're concerned about the "trashers" who don't care about the machine, hover and remind them when they're getting out of hand. Then don't rent to them again. Another option is a $100 "damage deposit" that you can refund after they finish. That would be a reminder to use responsibly and treat the machine with respect. That will cover parts and your time if something goes wrong. You'll also need a signed waiver to cover renter injury or damage to their quilt. Check and see what the local renters use to protect themselves.
    Wow--more negatives! But if you have no illusions and cover all the bases, your machine can still earn you money.
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    K. Szymaszek reacted to Corey in Is anyone renting their machine out   
    Good thread, I learned a lot. Looks like more negative is correct.
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    K. Szymaszek reacted to mamu in Is anyone renting their machine out   
    I rented my machine out ONE time.  It was to an experienced long arm quilter.  I was there constantly...so my time that day was taken up babysitting even though she was 'experienced' it was a machine she had not had any knowledge of.  I had to change the bobbins, re thread machine and advance the quilt for her.  After she was finished and I went to put a quilt on to quilt...I found out that she had done something to the machine and I ended up having to retime the machine, and go through everything to get it back to proper performance.  Even though she had been 'experienced' they do not treat your machine like it is one of their own, mentality of "I'm paying for using the machine and I don't care what happens to the machine as long as I get my quilt done" attitude.  
    I will NEVER rent out my machine again.  Lesson learned 
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    K. Szymaszek reacted to Schlick in Is anyone renting their machine out   
    You might want to check and make sure you won't need additional insurance coverage if you have people in your studio for an extended time, using your equipment. Just something to think about. 
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    K. Szymaszek reacted to ffq-lar in Is anyone renting their machine out   
    Locally, there is an HQ rented for $15 per hour after a $150 orientation class. 
     
    Pros of renting your machine--
    $$$. If for whatever reason you can't use it, someone else will help pay for it and you'll be able to justify keeping it until you're ready to use it again.
    You earn almost the same by the hour renting it as quilting with it, if you have a business.
     
    Cons--
    Finding and training renters. Do you want your customers to quilt their own stuff? Is that wise? Do you want to train your potential competition? Will someone who's on the fence about buying a machine be swayed by using yours? Is that wise?
    The anxiety of someone stitching who isn't familiar with it all. Having a required renter's class will ease some anxiety and make you both more comfortable.
    Having to be in the room for instant help/rescue of the renter.
     
    Some have been very successful renting machines, but usually they have more than one machine. That makes it a little industry! Coordinating, scheduling, and having renters in your studio may be daunting. It's all about what you want and what you can manage.
     
    A friend has a retirement plan in place. She has a Gammill and a full-time demanding job. She's lucky to fit in one quilt a month but does great work. When she retires in a year she has plans to add a Millie with QP to do overalls and custom and rent the Gammill. She already has a list of renters ready when she is.
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    K. Szymaszek reacted to quiltingjoyful51 in Is anyone renting their machine out   
    I rent mine out to some who have paid for training.  They always seem to want to rent at my busiest time.  
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    K. Szymaszek reacted to jmcclannan in Is anyone renting their machine out   
    I don't feel comfortable renting it out because in most cases it would be inexperienced quilters using it and too many things can go wrong.  Plus as long as someone else is using your machine it is not available for you to use. There is a place in town where you can rent time on a machine but you have to attend a two day class costing $130 and you have to buy a set of zippers before using the machines.
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    K. Szymaszek reacted to Neher-in-law5 in Is anyone renting their machine out   
    Check with o2bquilting, Lucy has a whole studio of machines that are available for rent.  I'm sure she has the good, bad and ugly to share for help in your decision.
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    K. Szymaszek reacted to zeke in Is anyone renting their machine out   
    I did for awhile way back when. I decided not to any more. But this is just me. I didn't mind it at all, but you have to babysit your client. I always did with mine. I always found that nothing bad went wrong if I was around. If i wasn't, the s¥€t wound hit the fan. & that got smelly. They'd run over scissors, a pin, the side clip. You name it, it got run over. Time to retime the machine. More time spent fixing then quilting. It's your choice, choose it wisely. Zeke.
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    K. Szymaszek got a reaction from Linda G. Craig in Flowers in winter!   
    That came out great Charlotte. I love the squared off flower, and the e's and l's. Looks like this one was fun to quilt.
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    K. Szymaszek reacted to Pepsi Girl in Finally finished   
    OK I'll admit it Appliqué Quilt scare me! I put off quilting this for a long time, asked lots of people's option, and then finally bite the bullet and quilted it. Now that it's done, I'm so happy, yes there are things I would do different, but it quilted, bound, and labeled, YeeHaw!

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    K. Szymaszek reacted to CrazyAboutQuilting in The quilt that had me in tears   
    Beautiful!  So glad everything worked out ok.  Your quilting choices really bring this quilt to life.  
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    K. Szymaszek got a reaction from CrazyAboutQuilting in The quilt that had me in tears   
    Here it is. This is the one I tore the border on. Thankfully my customer had extra fabric so I could fix it. I have many more pics on my blog at ksquiltsandquilting.com
    I'm not adding the designer or name of the quilt here in case someone is doing a web search, they wont end up here and find out I almost ruined someones quilt,lol.
    Thanks for all your support, I was a mess. K
    Sorry I can't seem to link you to my blog. One more thing to figure out.

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    K. Szymaszek reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in The quilt that had me in tears   
    I am so sorry this gave you trouble.    I think crying is par for the course when running a quilting business.  I'm almost positive.  Long distance hugs to you!  It turned out absolutely beautiful in the end!  You should be so proud!
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    K. Szymaszek reacted to Enchanted Quilting in The quilt that had me in tears   
    Great job...we have all had one of those gut wrenching quilts...now onto the sunnier ones:)