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  1. Update: I went in to dealer yesterday all set to buy a 500 series Bernina but wanted to sew on a few machines first. Came out w/ a Babylock Melody. Between that and my Millenium and my Bernina 1008 I feel like I can do all the things I want. Thanks everyone for your help.
  2. Wow. Really 12 layers of denim? I am impressed. I do lots of t shirt quilts which always end up with sweatshirts and jeans for some reason so that would be great. There are 3 dealers in a convenient area for me... all of them sell Bernina, Janome and Baby Lok. So, I guess I will decide among the 3. Thanks for your help everyone. Any more ideas/suggestions/reviews are greatly appreciated. I plan on purchasing sometime in the next 2 weeks.
  3. I did Hawaiian Star . I really, really enjoyed doing it. The thing I did that helped me stay organized was buy the huge zip loc bags and I kept all the different segments separated in these bags. I labeled all the bags w/ sharpie. I would read through ALL the directions several times as it helps to know whats coming next. The directions were good and I had no problem following them. If you can paper piece and sew a curved a seam you should have no problems. REally fun.
  4. I wouldn't worry about it. If you like it and it performs for you, then it is good. I have used it a lot over the last 10+ years and never had any problems. I have learned as everyone else has said, that works for others doesn't always work for me and vice versa. Someone told me to NEVER do a pantograph from left to right on my Millie when I first got it. So I didn't. Then one day I decided to try it and it worked fine. Been going both ways ever since! Or maybe it was right to left????
  5. Hi. Anyone love their "regular" sewing machine? I would love to hear your recommendations. Obviously I don't need it for quilting...use the longarm for that.... but I am upgrading from my mechanical Bernina 1008 which I LOVE LOVE LOVE! But I want some decorative stitches for applique, an automatic needle threader, knee lift etc. Some of the fun stuff to make life just a tad easier. I don't need embroidery functions but won't rule out a machine if it has that. I have tested out some baby locks and Berninas and they are so much faster and the baby lock so much quieter than what I have. Any suggestions? Any brand? I want to spend the next week or so shopping and testing these at the various dealers in my area. Thanks so much for your help.
  6. Has anyone had this happen? I am waiting for APQS to open so I can call them but I think this is really a problem! yesterday I hit a safety pin (which I use to hold the quilt backing on the leaders). My customer cut the backing the same size as the top and I stupidly did it anyway so i had no margin for error. So, of course, I had a big error! I called APQS and they said it sounded like I jammed the needle bar and gave me instructions to adjust that. So, I did that. It was super hard to unscrew the needle bar set screw and I needed my hubby to strong arm it. Once the adjustment was done, he screwed it back tight. Still no luck. So this morning ( I am calmer now than last night when I was freaking out - oh, did I mention I have literally 10 inches left on the last row to do of this quilt?) I decide to try adjusting the needle bar again...maybe we are still a bit off..... so, we go to uncrew the needle bar set screw AND IT IS GONE. NOT IN THE HOLE. The screwdriver goes all the way into the machine. NOW, what the heck happened? i have no idea. The needle bar is tight. Doesn't budge at all. OY!!!! thoughts?