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    lkl reacted to ffq-lar in SCRIM on bTTING   
    With all batting, the scrim goes next to the backer---so it faces down. With that said, most scrimmed cotton batting has the scrim buried within the layers. The fibers are needle-punched into  the scrim (a sheet of very strong and very thin polyester) and the key to placement is the direction of that needle punching. Your machine needle should go through in the same direction as the needle punching. So look at the batting---one side is smoother and has tiny visible holes (dimples). The other side will be rougher-looking and a bit raggedy (pimples). So the rule is "show your dimples---up---and hide your pimples---down". Another way to tell is most batting is folded with the "good" side out, just like fabric. That good side goes up and the uglier side down---look for the center crease/fold line. Make it a mountain instead of a valley when it's loaded. Poly batting may have a chemical scrim---an application of a chemical that bonds the poly fibers on only one side. That side feels much rougher and it will be placed next to the backer. Hope this is helpful.
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    lkl reacted to LisaC in Beware of trolls and fraudulent members on this forum!!!   
    I miss the old forum too, I don't/won't Facebook.
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    lkl reacted to iquiltit in Can I switch from L bobbin to M for my Millie?   
    I changed my L bobbin over to an M bobbin myself. It was no worse than timing it from start to finish. I am so very proud of myself for doing that.
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    lkl reacted to iquiltit in M Bobbin Installation   
    I took my Millie by the front handles and decided to operate on her. I bought all the necessary parts to make her an M bobbin. I took all her L parts out. I sanded the shaft and wiped it off , greased the inside where the shaft goes. I installed the M guts and I am proud to say everything went very good. She is sewing like a champ. Carol
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    lkl reacted to ffq-lar in Customer Service   
    A local longarmer with a Lenny called me, knowing I had a Millie and could I come over and "help" her figure out what was wrong? What's the problem? She wouldn't pick up a stitch. Did you go over the checklist? Yes. Did you call APQS? No. Helphelphelp I'm getting behind!!! I drive over (10 miles), look at the machine (so dirty and soooo may set-up errors--yikes!) and immediately see her needle is in backward. No "thank you", she hustled me out the door so fast I got dizzy! That "service call" would have cost her $200 plus travel time. Luckily I live within driving distance of Barbara Mayfield and it gives me vast peace of mind, but I still fix my own. The other side? My nightmare of a spa treatment at APQS several years ago that resulted in me using a loaner for 4 months. Please realize that there are very few "traveling magicians" that are trained on every longarm and will gladly come to your home. My Gammill friends locally have to hand-deliver the head to Eastern Washington or pay $$big bucks$$ to someone traveling 200 miles for a house call. They pay him for a full day's work because he's away from his base. They do it, but don't like it much. The repairman comes to this side of the state a couple of times a year so he sets up work and it cuts the cost by a bit. Dave Jones is the only one I know who makes house calls, besides Barb. If "traveling tech" was a viable career, someone would be doing it!  
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    lkl got a reaction from quilterkp in Machine Sticking   
    Lynn
    If you are running M&M wheels, try cleaning the wheels, table and carriage with rubbing alcohol saturated on a piece of batting.
    Leslie
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    lkl got a reaction from Cagey in Batting Question - Warm and Natural   
    Though Warm & Natural batting is not my favourite because of the seeds and other debris, I doubt that it will damage an APQS LA. With W & N I have had more thread breakage and shredding if using a trilobal thread. Warm & White by the Warm Company does not have seeds and is not a problem. Bamboo and bamboo cotton blend batting are two of my "go-to" battings. Cotton/Poly 80/20 blend is also universally popular.
    Leslie
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    lkl got a reaction from quilterkp in Batting Question - Warm and Natural   
    Though Warm & Natural batting is not my favourite because of the seeds and other debris, I doubt that it will damage an APQS LA. With W & N I have had more thread breakage and shredding if using a trilobal thread. Warm & White by the Warm Company does not have seeds and is not a problem. Bamboo and bamboo cotton blend batting are two of my "go-to" battings. Cotton/Poly 80/20 blend is also universally popular.
    Leslie
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    lkl got a reaction from dbams in Happy Canada Day and 4th of July   
    We are celebrating our 150th year of Confederation today. It is a beautiful sunny day.
    Happy 4th of July to our southern neighbours.
    Leslie
     
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    lkl got a reaction from Cagey in Happy Canada Day and 4th of July   
    We are celebrating our 150th year of Confederation today. It is a beautiful sunny day.
    Happy 4th of July to our southern neighbours.
    Leslie
     
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    lkl got a reaction from quilterkp in Happy Canada Day and 4th of July   
    We are celebrating our 150th year of Confederation today. It is a beautiful sunny day.
    Happy 4th of July to our southern neighbours.
    Leslie
     
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    lkl got a reaction from quilterkp in L or M bobbin   
    When I first got my machine, with the backlash spring in the bobbin case I would occasionally would get some backlash. I switched to a Teflon bobbin genie and no longer have an issue.  For me, the M bobbin was the right choice. (Love my Lucey!).
    Leslie
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    lkl got a reaction from quilterkp in Which Size Bobbin to Get   
    I have the M bobbin in my new Lucy and love it.
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    lkl got a reaction from Maureen in Tension control check spring   
    Zeke
    I replaced the top tension check spring. It was quick and easy to do. I was having a few unexplained top thread breaks or snaps even though the tension looked great. I buffed for burrs, cleaned, checked the needle and hopping foot height, the timing and replaced the pigtails. I then replaced the thread, bobbin, bobbin case, needle and applied Sewers Aid, but still had the occasional break.  Since replacing the worn tension check spring, all is good again. I just finished a quilt with no thread breakage.
    Excellent signs to watch for if you think the tension check spring is spent.
    Thank you.
    Leslie
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    lkl got a reaction from LibbyG in HONOR ABIDES HERE   
    Beautiful!
    Leslie
     
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    lkl got a reaction from T Row Studio in Canada 150 wall hanging   
    Love it!
    Leslie
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    lkl reacted to lisae in My Poppy Quilt at DQNV Show   
    Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a great weekend!
    My Poppy Quilt received an honorable mention ribbon at the Desert Quilters of Nevada show last weekend. I never intended for this quilt to go in a show, but what a great experience it was. The story is bittersweet. This was my project when I went to Arizona to help care for my Pop when he had terminal lung cancer. That was in 2004. I couldn't touch it for years. But I finally finished the quilting and showed it at a guild circle meeting. I was "encouraged" to enter it in the show. I'm glad I did because I learned so much!
    The second photo is of my granddaughter, Hal. She loved going to the show with me. She had her sketch book and was drawing the quilts she liked. I asked her which was her favorite and she said, "Your quilt, Grammy!" Melted my heart!
    The border isn't really that ruffly! It just the way it was laying on the floor.
     




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    lkl reacted to Busy Quilting in Limeberry Tart all 14301 half inch hexagons   
    I started designing Limeberry Tart in June 2014,  I completed it by 23rd July 2016, averaging about 3 hours every day in the intervening 760 days!  She is to be my 0 birthday quilt for myself, designed to go on my King Size bed, so is LARGE 270cm x 285cm.  All hand pieced and then Quilted on my Millenium
     
    She won Best Machine Quilting in her first show and has just won First Place Professional Pieced Quilt in our State Show.
    I am now debating if I bite the bullet and send her overseas to do a few shows next year.



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    lkl got a reaction from Cagey in Pig In A Blanket   
    Very cute! She will love it.
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    lkl reacted to cherylannie in Quilt backing   
    The lower count sheets are not soft and do not hold their color.  After the investment into the quilt top and the time that it takes to make it, it is worth the investment to put a good quality backing on it. 
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    lkl got a reaction from sewhappy in Back in the saddle (almost)   
    welcome back.
    Leslie
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    lkl got a reaction from lindasewsit in Freedom VS Lucey   
    Linda
    I have a Lucey and really love it. Now that I have some LA experience, quilt glide would be a nice option. At the time I purchased my Lucey, a Freedom wasn't in the budget. I have the M bobbin so the low bobbin sensor wouldn't be that important to me. Could you try quilt glide at a Road or quilt show? It might help make your decision a little easier.
    Leslie
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    lkl got a reaction from delld in Another Dresden Plate   
    Dell
    Love it!
    Leslie
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    lkl got a reaction from Plumpurple in Glide 'n Go products   
    Sheri
    In the Store ordering section of the website, it indicates, by ruler type, which ruler is compatible with a particular machine, including APQS etc. and which machines are not compatible for that particular ruler.
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    lkl reacted to dbams in Houston area looking for a beginning machine   
    Peanut, Jim knows his stuff.  Your budget is not realistic for what you want.
     
    Have you looked into renting time on a machine to see how you like using a longarm?  That might help you decide if the (larger) investment is worth it to you.
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