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  1. You don't need a binding machine to be able to attach the binding on while it is still on your machine. I use the floating top method and then when I am done with my quilting I back the quilt up to the lead off rollers and then sew my binding on while it is on the machine. I got the instructions off of gadget girls website, which I belived Judy L posted the link for it on here about 6-8 mos ago. I offer binding service to my customers at two levels, either I sew it on the top only for .05c and inch or I offer to trim, turn and hand sew it onto the back for .25c and inch. Most of my customers prefer the cheaper of the two, and say it is worth it. It is not time consuming it at all, it only takes me about 1/2 hour to do a queen and I don't mind doing it at all.
  2. Thanks for the idea of the email address, that is something to consider. Well another chapter in my spat. Last nite I called to speak to the newsletter editor and was verbally attacked on the phone by her. This is a diffrent person who is known for being very opininated and is very rude about it. I was very polite and stood my ground with her. My response to her rudeness is to provide a kind gesture. I have a letter that I just typed up with a gift certificate on the bottom of it for a free machine quilting. I addressed her concerns and offered my service to for free in order to resolve her concerns. I was going to mail it to her and the other one that has that concern. In the meantime all of this is a lot of effort to avoid the bigger picture which is to sucessfuly quit this. I should spend the time de-stressing in my sewing room and not on an expensive, unhealthy habit. Blessings and hugs
  3. Thank you all for your responses, please keep posting if you want. I just wanted to let you all know that I am not offended at all by any of the comments. I said I wanted them good or bad and I am okay with all of them. I have been told about the febreeze, and I do have some. And the witch from the guild is not even another machine owner, she is just a very demanding person and one who is not very nice when she is demanding...the entire guild will tell you that. Oh, and I will add my name to the advertisment, my husband pointed that out to me. The magnetic car sign is a good idea as well, I will have to pray over that one though. I live in a large metropolitan area and I dont know if I really want my phone number out on my vehicle, I will have consider my personal saftey And understand that with the hours my husband works he is not home a lot during the week, so I am home by myself. We have a dog, but he will lick them to death. I also want to teach classes, I have asked around by most have their's established or I am not part of the "in crowd" on that circle. While the other machine owners in this area are not competitive, teaching for the shops is, at least to me. That or I am not good enough of a butt kisser. Please keep responding. Blessings and hugs
  4. Here is my dilema I have had my machine for a year now. I have done everthing I can to advertise my service. However, I smoke, but not in my house. I found out a couple of months ago, there is a queen witch in the larger guild I was a member of that was telling people not to give me their business because it would come back smelling like smoke, totally unfounded. Therefore, my machine sits empty more often than not. Yesterday the local machine owners had a meeting, we are going to start our own guild in this area.They suggested that I run an ad in the newsletters that come out. They are a minimal charge and it is in my budget. I would like some help with the ad, if anyone is interested in giving me some good love and tough love, please let me know so I can email it to you for your critique. I am hoping to put it out in the november newsletters.
  5. I see that some people have their picture and I am clueless as to how you add this to your posts. Can anyone help me ? Blessings and hugs
  6. I had the same problem with mine as well. In addition to checking the screw under the cover, make sure that your plug for your machine head is plugged all the way into the wall.
  7. I have to agree with the mono on top and the colored on the bottom. I have done a customers quilt with Mono before, I ordered a spool from Superior. I had no problems with it at all. The quilt that I quilted for her is now up at one of my local guilds quilt show. I have gotten tons of compliments and questions on it. When I finished the quilt, I called and told her I would not give it back. The way the light hits it, it looks as if it has glitter in it, or it is multi-colored thread. I think you will be please with the results, provided the thread and the machine get along. Blessings and hugs Tracey
  8. Claudia, That is gorgeous, to me there are not enough words to describe it. You should enter something like that into some of these quilt shows. BTW--how long have you been L/A quilting? I applaud you for being so humble, you work is excellent and you should let your ego or rather estrogen be boosted some for that kind of work. Blessings and hugs
  9. Jennifer, I have to agree, you should not be so quick to sell. If you don't need the money, then hang onto it. I have had my machine a year now, sometimes I can't get away from it, othertimes it will sit for a while before I can get to it. Just because the machine is there, does not mean you have to use it. The other thing I learned when I first got going was to always have a quilt loaded on the machine if you have one available. That way if you want to go to it, it is already loaded. I too have a crazy life, school, family, social life, my motorcycle. But when me and DH decided to buy the machine one of the things we agreed on was that if I could make money on it, it would be great, if not, then it was availble to me and customers. We did not count or set our hearts on the fact that I would kill myself to be able to break even on the payments every month. I am gathering from your post that you are not a wasteful person. I am not either. But, if you realize that sometimes you need to have a fun toy around, kinda like men and their cars, boats and tools, it does not seem like you wasted a bunch of money. Blessings and hugs
  10. I LOVE superior thread as well. My favorite has to be the so fine, it shows its color, but also dissapears a little into the quilt. I have also used some other types of thread as well. Shortly after I got my machine, Mark told me that you can use any kind of thread as long as you adjust the tension right. As long as you can put it on the pin, if you dont have a spool holder, you can use it on the machine. I have used some of the thread that is for the embroidery machines. I know you mentioned in your post that you were looking for the signature thread. I dont think that they sell that anymore. I went to get some a couple of months ago, and it is not even for sale on the website. However, I like the So Fine a lot more now. Call them and tell them that you want a wholesale account, you don't even need a tax ID number, just that you are doing this as a business. Superior's website is: www.superiorthreads.com (threads must be plural or you will end up on another site)
  11. I found a free pattern online for making an apron, with this you may be able to modify it the way you want. I know it call to use the fabric, but I am sure that using your own wont hurt it. http://www.marcusbrothers.com/makeit/projects/whole_foods_apron/index.html Blessings and hugs Tracey
  12. Linda, It may take a few days, but I will post pics. Just did not want you to think that I forgot about your request. Blessings and hugs, Tracey
  13. When I am basting my sides, I do it as I go along, meaning that I stich them as I roll my quilt forward. I dont change my stich length. I run the S/R all the time so whatever I am using on the quilt, I use on my basting. It saves the time of changing them around all the time. I also tried to get as closed to the edge of the fabric as I can, that way when the binding gets put on it does not show through. So make sure you have less than 1/4 inch between the edge and your stiching. I have tried to stich to the ends without basting and the ends get caught up in the needle and foot and causes problems. The other thing too is that Judy had sent me directions on how to sew the binding onto the quilt, while on the machine. You have to use the floating top method to do it. She got it off of gadget girls website. I had done about 10 community service quilts on the machine for the soliders overseas. I put the binding on them while they were on the machine, great practice. It was not that hard. Now that I am comfortable doing it, I can offer that to my customers for an additional fee. I can take a picture when I get back up to my roost (my sewing room). Today I am on the couch with a cold bug. Blessings and hugs Tracey
  14. If you use the floating top method, you can start off the end of the quilt and then when you put your binding on it will catch the stiching. I usually just pull my bobbin thread up and then stich three times. A friend said she saw Alex Anderson doing this on her show. If I have to stop in the middle of a quilt for some reason, I usually just start a few stiches back from where it left off, pull my bobbin thread up, stich three (needle up and down three times in the same spot) and then go on with what I was doing. Blessings and hugs Tracey