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  1. I love Rainbows and use it in my George both top and bottom. I have a bobbin case set up just for it with loosened tension. Top tension needs to be fairly loose also because Rainbows isn't very strong and breaks easily. Fantastico from Superior is viewed as the Rainbows replacement and it is much stronger. I now use Fantastico except for the colors that are only available in Rainbows.
  2. I'd like to put in a plug for Tracey's Tables ( http://www.traceystables.com). When I got my George about 6 months ago I skipped the standard table and instead got a table from Tracey's Tables. It has a back gate leg extension, a left extension, and a fill-in piece for the back left corner. I also got an electric lift that allows George to be lowered and the table to be used as a cutting table. There are locking casters on all the wheels. The height can be customized based on your height. I have quilted quite a few quilts and am about 70% finished quilting my first king sized quilt. The combination of George and the Tracey's table is fabulous. George can deal with any thread and has the wonderful 20" throat and the Tracey's table supports the weight. A friend who has also been using my George is going to choose it over the Gammill due to the Tracey's table. (I have no connection to Tracey's Tables other than as a very happy customer.)
  3. I have a George timed for Schmetz 14 needles. These are NOT the Schmetz needles used in a DSM but a more industrial version that does not have a flat side.
  4. I tried the George and the Charm before settling on the George. I thought they both had nice stitch quality -- better than all the others. ..The George offers a lifetime warranty; Gammill is only 4 years. ..George has been out for years and any kinks have been worked out; Charm is quite new. .. I was able to talk with actual George users and felt that I got the honest scoop; Charm people were really Gammill longarm people and I didn't feel as confident about what they siadm about the Charm. .. George can be put in a Stacey's table which was perfect for my limited space. Charm can not. .. George did not have a tablet interface. Charm does. Althoug i am a computer geek by trade, the simpler to maintain George apealed to me. .. I spent a good bit of time online looking at tutorials and forums and decided that George support was vastly superior. Both machines are great. You really need to try them out to see what you prefer. I have only had George a few months but I am ecstatic and for me it is the right machine.
  5. Lisa, For pantographs I trace them onto Golden Threads ( or other) tracing paper making it about 45 inches wide. Then I needle punch without thread. Now I have a stencil. I pin the paper to the quilt on and pounce on chalk. Usually I do this on the back of the quilt and quilt from the back because it is easier to find a chalk color that works on the backing than on the more variable color values on the front. This means that the thread I want to see from the front is in the bobbin. I wish I were artistic but I'm not so this is my solution. Sometimes I use this technique to make stencils for blocks on the front of the quilt. If I can create/scale/print it on the computer, then I can quilt it. Following a line is my crutch. Joy
  6. My new George arrived Wednesday night. Because my mother was visiting, we just opened the box enough to verify there was no overt shipping damage. I don't have a table because I am waiting for a Tracey's table, but I just couldn't stand the thought of waiting another 4 weeks to try it out. So I put it on a piece of cardboard on my dining room table. I put the plexiglass "table" that came with my Janome around it. Not a perfect fit - still a small gap between George's throat and the plexiglas -- but good enough. I played with some test sandwiches and gained some confidence in adjusting tension and generally fell in love. This morning I dived in and quilted a charity baby quilt I had already sandwiched. What a dream to have the huge throat and the visibility that the LEDs provide. I chose a really simple pantograph (Tickle) and Isacord thread because I heard George loves Isacord. I had no tension or thread breakage or any other problems. My only issue was due to my setup -- getting the quilt caught on the edge of the plexiglass table because I'm used to having a large flat surface. My one concern is how loud the motor is. I don't think this is due to vibration from being on a table because the loud hum is very obvious even when I just do needle down or needle up. I assume this is normal because it was tested out at the factory before shipping I'm in love and I can't wait for my table to get here. Joy
  7. Thanks for the advice. I decided on the George and now I can't wait to get it.
  8. I realize this is the George forum but I thought I'd ask anyway Ii'm trying to decide between the George and the Gammill Charm. Has anyone looked at both and does anyone have any words of wisdom for me. My biggest question is the difficulty of tension adjustment for a variety of threads. I usually quilt from the back of the quilt because it allows me to see my markings better. This means I need to be able to run things like Isacord, Superior Rainbows, King Tut in the bobbin. Can I do this fairly easily with the George. Any other advice welcomed.