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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. Thanks all, I guess I've been doing it right! Good to know. Thanks, sometimes these quilts are just too friendly!! Kathy B.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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?
  10. 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!
  11. Hi, all, I had an older Intelliquilter book before I got the wonderful new one from Linda Miller, and I have lost it. Does anyone know the author's name and the title, and if it's still available? I'd like to get another copy if possible. The book's cover was sort of sepia/beige tones. Thanks for any help! Kathy B. The Quilting Frolic, LLC
  12. Hi, I'm getting ready to move my Freddie to some rented space. I have IQ on it. Are there any special things I should do when I disassemble the machine for transport? Thanks for any suggestions! Kathy B.
  13. Appreciate all the advice. I definitely think I will lay out and measure while they’re there now, and will NOT try to be so obliging (i.e., wimpy!!) This has been a real learning experience for me.
  14. Hi, I just posted a similar question before seeing this, but will I sound too dumb if I admit I don’t know what everyone means when they say they trim down to 1/4 or 1/2 inch? Does it mean to leave 1/4 or 1/2 inch of batting sticking out? Confusedly. Kathy B.
  15. That’s BALKED at getting new backing - dumb autocorrect!
  16. Hi, got a T-shirt quilt from a customer and first problem was she gave me backing same size as top. They baked at getting new backing, so we agreed I’d trim top and I told her I’d trim as little as possible. So I jumped in and measured from the T-shirt edges on each side to end up cutting 4 inches off each border. Quilted it and laid it out on floor, and only then noticed a bulge on one side where they hadn’t pieced it straight. Having measured from the piecing on that side, the border was also curved and quilted in. AAARRGH! Then I ended up trimming the whole thing because I realized none of the sides were straight, and I got it somewhat rectangular but it still didn’t fold square. (To make it totally rectangular would have meant trimming edges so then the borders would have looked wonky.) They seemed happy with it but I wasn’t happy. A lot of this was my fault for not laying it out and taking a good look at it before doing anything. Questions: 1. Should I have refused it in the first place since they didn’t give me enough backing? 2. Should I be the one to square the top or should they? I know most quilts aren’t exactly square anyway, but is it an accepted practice for most Longarmers to trim edges for their customers? 4. And this is a dumb question but should you square the quilt before or after quilting? Any videos or advice on the best thing way do to handle a really wonky quilt? 5. For binding service do most people charge a flat fee or by the inch? I charged her $30 but that included making the binding as well as stitching it on and truth be told, I’d rather not mess with it unless the customer is desperate. Everyone has been telling me that wasn’t enough. 6. If the top is way off square in the first place, should I refuse to quilt it or just warn them and get them to sign some kind of release? If there hadn’t been a border tacked onto a non-square top to begin with, it wouldn’t have been such a problem. Any advice would be appreciated. Kathy B.
  17. I will rethread and see if it helps, thanks! Kathy B.
  18. Has anyone seen this type of thing before? It's almost like it's trying to do a zigzag, albeit a very blunt one......I hope attached picture shows what I mean. Thanks, Kathy B.
  19. Thanks for the info and advice. I decided to quilt around the heads and tails, this will be my first try doing individual blocks. Thanks again! Kathy
  20. Hi, I know IQ will allow you to do no-sew zones around appliqués and embroidery, but I've got a lady's quilt that has blocks with turtles having flaps for the heads and tails. Does this sound like something that should even be attempted with IQ?
  21. Now I have another question - when doing a test sew with prewound Glide bobbins before doing an IQ pantograph, do I test it manually? Or should I do a quick IQ test? Don't have that much room on the side of quilts to really do much testing with the IQwith IQ especially if it's a big size block. Would that make any difference? Does this make any sense? What is the meaning of life??
  22. I appreciate all the advice, especially the info that Jamie's test doesn't work with prewounds. As to variegated threads, any info on that? Thanks so much.
  23. Hi, newbie here - I have a couple of questions. I finally used a prewound bobbin and had a separate bobbin case I planned to keep just for prewounds, so the backlash spring was out. Well, as per Superior Thread's advice as well as Jamie's video, I did the test where it would flip over in my hand and not lift. (It was a Glide prewound). Anyway, it kept lifting out of my hand and I kept loosening the bobbin case screw until I had it not lifting. However, as I was inserting it into my Freddie, the screw fell out and I couldn't find it anywhere on my multicolor Berber carpet. (!!!!!!!) Luckily I had another bobbin case I was going to keep for bobbins I wind, but now it's my new prewound bobbin case! So I fiddled with it but was afraid to loosen the screw too much, and it was still lifting slightly out of my hand when I got annoyed and just stuck it in. The tension looked ok but I thought I saw a few places that looked slightly eyelashy. so, I'm curious about the best way to check tension on prewound bobbins. My second question is about using variegated thread in bobbin and top. Should I be seeing dots of the bobbin thread on top? I swear, sometimes I feel like I'm Lucy in an 'I Love Lucy' episode! The last episode would have been when a washcloth got sucked up into my bobbin area on my Freddie. Thanks for any advice!
  24. Hi, trying to find where (if anywhere) I can find an online User's Manual for my Freedom. I haven't used my machine for a while and I seem to remember printing out some tips from somewhere, and I saw an Appendix A mentioned in someone else's post; but doggoned if I can find a link to a complete manual. I would like to print out a few helpful pages to keep handy. Thanks! Kathy B.
  25. Thanks for all your insight! I find I am more worried about loading the quilt and getting everything lined up than I am about the actual stitching part!