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  1. Hi, for those who quilt for others - I am renting one of my machines to people who want to learn how to use my IntelliQuilter and quilt their tops themselves. I spent a wretched 10 hours with a customer whose quilt was totally unsquared and wavy. It's not all her fault, because it was one of her first quiltsand she said when I asked her that she wasn't taught to square up her quilts or how to measure borders. We got it quilted but it didn't look very good after several tucks in the border and extra batting stuffed in to take up the fullness. I'm embarrassed for anyone to know that she quilted it here. She is a very nice person but she told me she had several more at home she wanted to do (eeek!) I did tell her she needed to look at them and try to fix them before she brought any more in. My question is, what tactful way have you all told customers not to bring you those kind of quilts? Do you ever cut anyone off because the trouble isn't worth the money? Also, is there any other way besides looking for wavy borders that will alert you a quilt is unsuited for longarming? I've checked borders but sometimes that has fooled me - I had one that looked totally wavy but quilted out just fine. For a final rant, I wish people who taught quilting classes would not just tell people how to put a top together but would take a few moments to show them how to piece, square up, and measure borders!!!! Every quilter should take technique classes! Thanks for listening!
  2. Hi, I have had a couple of accidents the last few quilts - once my husband was trimming threads underneath a top and he accidentally put a slit in the top, of course in a solid piece that really shows after I used a little fabric glue to repair it. Another time a needle broke while my Intelliquilter was running, and before we could stop it the broken needle frayed the fabric; she can put a label over it on the back, but it does show on the front. My question is, how much discount should I give for this type of thing? Should I just not charge them for any of the quilting? I was wondering if 25% or 30% off is enough? I feel I need to do something to atone for this. Any advice/experience will be helpful. Thanks! Kathy Baumbusch The Quilting Frolic, LLC
  3. Hi, I’ve had some needle breaks on quilts lately while running with Intelliquilter and am not sure why. My husband and I checked everything out and it doesn’t fit the criteria for retiming. The quilts with the problems have had lots of pinwheels and stars with heavy seams but I don’t remember this many problems before, and I’ve had plenty of quilts of that type. I use a new needle on every quilt, Groz-Beckert 4.0 MR size 18. The worst part is that the IQ keeps going after it breaks and the broken shaft of the needle pounds down on the quilt before I can get it stopped, resulting in a few small holes or noticeable frays in customer quilts on both the top and bottom. I also had a needle break on an appliqué which seemed to be heavily starched with Wonder-Under as the temporary bonding agent. Would slowing it down help? I’ve got some titanium Groz-Beckerts - I know they’re supposed to be stronger but I’m afraid to use them since I’ve also heard if they break it causes more problems. Thanks in advance!
  4. We had a bad thread break and now when the needle goes down it hits into the bobbin assembly. Can't get hold of APQS and I had read that you shouldn't retime without their sayso, but I can't believe it's anything else. Advice? Thanks!
  5. Hi, when I test my Magna-Glide Delight magnetic bobbins (which are pretty all I use) on my Towa gauge, the needle will not hold steady but jumps around. I'm using it as per their instructions and I've checked numerous videos to make sure I'm doing it correctly. I've also made absolutely sure that my bobbin case doesn't have any lint or dirt under the bobbin case finger. I do sometimes wind my own, and the Towa gauge needle is steady when I test those. Is the jumping around normal for magnetic bobbins, and if so, how do I tell when I've got it where I want it? TIA.
  6. Hi, do any of you know the recommended Towa gauge tension range for an L Magna-Glide Delight bobbin? Superior Threads has a guide but they don't sell the magnetic bobbins. I know Also, Jamie Wallen says you should be able to flip the bobbin up but not lift it, but I don't see how that could apply to the magnetic bobbins since the magnet holds it. Also, does wool batting affect bobbin tension? Thanks for your help and advice in advance!
  7. Sharon, thank you - I was thinking big pins would be faster but didn't count on the huge creases. How far apart do you pin? Thanks again, Kathy B.
  8. Hi, I bought some honking big curved safety pins to pin my backing to my zippers. However, when I unrolled it this morning the backing had big pin creases in it. Questions: 1. How far apart do you pin them? 2. Also, what size safety pin is best? 3. I pinned the backing with the fabric on top of the zipper tape. Would it help if I pinned the backing with the zipper tape on top of the backing fabric? Hope this question makes sense. Thanks, everyone! Kathy Baumbusch
  9. Hi, I can't remember if there is a preferred way to put a partially-quilted quilt onto zippers after you took it off. I can find plenty of videos about how to sew the zippers to the leaders, etc., but not anything about this topic. Thanks!
  10. Thanks all, I guess I've been doing it right! Good to know. Thanks, sometimes these quilts are just too friendly!! Kathy B.
  11. Hi, all, has anyone ever added extra batting underneath parts of a quilt on the frame because, no matter what. it won't steam or lay flat? If so, do you use batting tape or just lay it in there? I get fooled sometimes when I lay a top out as to how it will behave at the borders. TIA, Kathy Baumbusch
  12. HI, I'm having the same problem intermittently, the picture above looks like what I'm getting. Also my bobbin thread seems to be shredding a times. So I pulled and pushed on the center post and it didn't move but I heard a metallic rattling noise and it seems to jiggle just a little but hardly any. How much movement are we talking about here? TIA, Kathy Baumbusch The Quilting Frolic, LLC
  13. Hi, does anyone who quilts for others block a quilt for them before quilting if it's really wavy, and if so how much do you charge? Thanks! Kathy Baumbusch The Quilting Frolic, LLC
  14. I've read posts on whether people baste an entire quilt or not, but I was taught to baste as you advance. I've often thought it would maybe be faster to just baste the whole thing before quilting it but I was afraid that as the quilt draws up during the quilting process it could cause problems. Any advice?
  15. So I was surprised to read that quilting service 'donations' can't be used as tax deductions?? I'm in Kentucky, is this a state-by-state thing or is it a federal thing? Can you tell me the reference? I'm asking because my husband was telling me to keep track of the charity quilts I've done for tax purposes. I only do 1 QOV per quarter and I've done a couple of small ones for friends. Surprising how people view longarm businesses, they should come in and do one of their own so they can see what's involved!
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