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  1. Hi Cagey. I have been using a Shape Cut ruler for years and I love it. It is the same idea as the Stripology ruler with the slots. I was skeptical at first, thinking it wouldn't be accurate, but I was pleasantly surprised. It really saves time. I do find that the plastic around the slots can be a bit wobbly so I use another ruler on top to stabilize the one I'm cutting against. You don't have to line up the ruler with the slot exactly, just slide it along top as you go to hold it in place. Not sure if that makes sense. My Shape cut is getting a bit worn and I have been thinking of replacing it. When I do, I'll probably go with this one. I like the 45 and 60 degree lines on it. My Shape Cut doesn't have those. As for folding the fabric again, the trick there is to make sure the folds are parallel to each other. if they are not, you'll get bends in your strips where the folds are. They are pricy but I don't think you'd regret getting this ruler. Melissa (who is excited to be able to contribute to a topic for a change instead of just asking questions all the time. Lol)
  2. I think it is fixed!! Oh my gosh I'm so excited! I finally got to the hardware store for the 5/64 Allen wrench. I just loosened the set screw, pulled the whole assembly out of the machine, turned it so the bottom of the little hook was at 10:00 and the straight part at 11:00 (sprung ahead an hour....lol) and when I pull the thread, the spring moves!!! So excited!! haven't powered up the machine yet. We got power back this evening but husband has other stuff plugged in where my machine usually plugs in. I'll have to try it out tomorrow night for a bit if I can squeeze it in. Thanks everyone for your help! Lol I didn't wreck it! what a relief. Now I'll have to wait until a week from Friday to really play with it as I'm going out of town to visit my Quilty buddies for some sewing and lots of laughing. Cagey, I would have to have the generator run AC. Lol I absolutely melt in the heat (and....apparently get cranky according to husby lol). I'd rather be cold. You can always put more on, but you can only take so much off lol. Thanks again for your help!!
  3. Thank you Cagey, Nigel, Jim and Carol for your help. I will definitely order a new check spring just in case. Nigel, yes it springs right back when I push it down. I'm wondering if it just needs to be turned a bit. It looks to me like it is about an "hour" off in position. 9:00 instead of 10. Longarm Daylight Savings maybe? lol. Jim, I will give that a look. I just got the correct Allen wrench to be able to loosen the screw. I haven't been able to do much other than take the tension knob and disks off and look. It didn't seem to be hung up on anything or pinched as Carol suggested. Hmmm maybe the tension is too loose. I can try tightening the top and bottom and see what that does. Great idea to take pictures Cagey! Lol might lessen my nervousness a bit. We've been without power for the past two days. We got a generator and then the furnace is acting up. Always something to get in the way of quilting. Once normalcy is restored, I'll give it another look. Thanks to you all for your help. I truly appreciate it!
  4. No, it doesn't move at all from that spot. That's a good idea to check that way. I will do that. Thank you. I have to say, I haven't needed to do a lot of things to my machine, it just goes when I power it on lol. this will be a first for me taking something apart. lol I'm a little nervous. Thanks again!
  5. Hi Nigel and Cagey, Attached is a pic of my set up. I watched the video and I am threaded properly. I did see that the spring did not move like it did in the video. I tried to attach a video of my machine stitching, but can't get it to attach. This is what it looks like. The spring barely moves when I stitch. I'm guessing that I need to replace the check spring? or is it the whole assembly? Thank you for your help! It is most appreciated.
  6. Hi Everyone, I haven't used my Millie since about March (been a busy year for everything except quilting). I've finally got some time, and a few quilts that need finishing. I cleaned and oiled it, and changed the needle. I was getting loops above and below. After I checked the thread path and fiddled with the tension some, the stitches seem to be ok but I have noticed that my check spring doesn't move when the machine is running. The spring is closer to 10:00 with the spring hook closer to 9:00, and it just stays in that configuration running or not. Since the stitches seem to be ok, I'm going to attempt to make it through the quilt I have loaded, but I know this is something that I can't ignore. Does this mean I need to change the check spring or the tension assembly? For a brief history, I got the machine in 2012 from a friend of mine who kept up with maintenance. She only quilted for herself and didn't do a lot of quilts per year and I only do about 4 or so quilts a year (and that might be overestimating...). I've had it serviced by Dave Jones about every other year (since I don't use it a lot, that is what he suggested). Thanks so much once again for your help.
  7. Beautiful! I'm not too much of a modern girl but this one is really cool. Your design is perfect!
  8. I absolutely love this forum. Although I don't post often, I read all the time and have learned so much from all of you. Lately, the day job is taking up most of my time so there hasn't been a lot of time for quilting, but I've got a very small piece loaded to test out the height and a free weekend ahead. WooHoo!! I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks again!! Melissa
  9. Hi Cagey and Nigel. Finally, my husband and I had time to raise my frame up a good 4ish inches. We had to wait until both of us were on vacation because there is just no time after work. Thanks to both of you for the advise on using the car jack and how to go about it. It made both of us more comfortable doing it. LOL, and it was really easy!! Now I just have to make sure we didn't raise it too much haha. we're keeping the jack out for a week or so just in case. Thanks again! Melissa
  10. Awwww. They are adorable. Congrats on your retirement!
  11. Congrats Mary Beth! 35 miles is a lot. I drive 40 each way from NH into MA. Traffic is horrible and can take 1-2hours or more to get home some nights. Lol that is why I don't get more quilting done. Enjoy the time with your family. All the best in your retirement. Melissa
  12. Thank you Cagey and Nigel! I feel better now (LOL and so will dear husband...) haha, and hopefully my achy back too. Melissa
  13. Hi Cagey. To me it looks like the front one just slides down much like a telescoping handle on a vacuum. It looks like the back does the same only inside the pole. The only separate piece is the one with the holes the rest is all welded together. I was thinking of putting the jack in the center right below the "batting bar" and working both front and back at one end at the same time.
  14. Hi Everyone. I have an older square, black frame (2006 maybe) that I got in a private sale from a friend. I notice I get a lot of backaches when working in the front and want to raise it by one hole on the leg (she was a bit shorter than I am). Could I use a car jack to lift the end of the frame without taking the head off but securing it at the opposite end? I've attached a pic of what the legs look like. I've searched the forum and saw plenty about height but not too much about the how. Thanks so much!
  15. Hi Everyone. I have an older square, black frame (2006 maybe) that I got in a private sale from a friend. I notice I get a lot of backaches when working in the front and want to raise it by one hole on the leg (she was a bit shorter than I am). Could I use a car jack to lift the end of the frame without taking the head off but securing it at the opposite end? I've attached a pic of what the legs look like. I've searched the forum and saw plenty about height but not too much about the how. Thanks so much!
  16. Wow Qltnbe. That sounds like a big job for sure. Sandra, ooo I like that idea. I may borrow that for sometime in the future. For now, I guess I'm off the hook. I gave her a price and I guess it was not what she expected because it has been over a week and she hasn't replied. That's ok though. I have plenty of my own projects to do (bed quilts for my sister's triplets as well as a challenge for a retreat in September), so some stress is off. Would have been nice to at least get a thanks but no thanks reply rather than just a leave me hanging though. Thanks to everyone for the advice and encouragement!
  17. Oh! I hadn't even thought of putting the signatures on the back Qltnbe! I can suggest that to her. Yikes, sorry about the whole divorce issue. how did you cover them?? Gator, yes, I'm a little worried about the whole thing actually. I may just bow out (LOL, or price it ridiculously high so she bows out....). she still hasn't told me how big she wants it or any other details. we'll see how it goes I guess.
  18. I have put my ironing board under the quilt in the frame and raised it up to the height of the quilt. Worked like a charm!
  19. Sheri, thank you for the words of encouragement! LOL, I don't usually make quilts on commission so I feel a little out of my element. Yes, that is one thing I was worried about, not using the correct pen. I can certainly provide the ones they need (LOL, but even that doesn't guarantee only that pen will be used). So far I don't even have a plan. She saw something on Pinterest and got the idea (LOL, thanks Pintrest). I suppose, that which doesn't kill us makes us stronger right?? I think I just want to keep it simple. she suggested a block with their names and date in the center and blocks to put signatures around. sigh, guess the names and date will have to be hand embroidered. Maybe some plain and printed charm square sized blocks. I still need a lot of info. I have no idea what size she wants, does she want to hang it or actually use it (probably not but these days, you never know), colors etc. Linda, thank you also for your wise words. LOL sometimes I think my middle name is Murphy because something does always go wrong. I love your idea about the practice sandwich for them to get the feel for it and then the blue marker idea is great too. I'm a pre-washer, so fabrics shouldn't bleed (knock on wood). Goodness, when she said she was thinking of having people sign the finished quilt, I almost got hives LOL. Writing on blocks doesn't seem wrong. Writing on a finished quilt... yikes, I have the memory of all the White Glovers I've ever seen at a show haunting me LOL. Thank you both for your advice. I will keep you posted (and post a pic of the finished quilt if it ever gets finished. I'm bad about doing that LOL). Have a great day! Melissa
  20. Hi Everyone, I have been commissioned by a friend to create a signature quilt for a wedding. I have done this before where the blocks are signed and then set in to the top and quilted. My friend would like the entire quilt premade and quilted/bound so they may bring it to the shower and have guests write on it. I have never done one in this order before. Is there any reason it shouldn't be done this way? I know that the pen will need to be heat set so wool batting won't be used LOL. I figured that a cotton batting would provide a bit more substance to write on. I'm still at a point where I can back out and not do it, so I wanted to get some opinions before I commit. Is doing it this way an invitation to disaster? Thanks so much for your help! Melissa
  21. Congratulations!! Finally getting to see the show today. Can't wait to see your quilt in person.
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