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  1. I've been quilting for a long time and I used to not have problems quilting over fusible applique. Recently, I've seen a lot of animal pictorial quilts like this one below, all fusible, no stitching and more than one layer is common. Stitching looks great until to try to sew from front to back and then none of the stitches catch. I've compensated by starting and stopping and only moving from back to front when necessary but I've got a quilt coming up where the customer wants pebbles in the applique and that technique isn't going to lend itself to starting and stopping. My question, how do I compensate for the fusible so that I don't get skipped stitches from moving from front to back of the machine? Adjustments to needle size, timing, needle angle? Thanks for the help.
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    New Cable

    You guys rock. The cable broke today and we have ordered a new one. We had to re-wind the motor yesterday so I think we can figure it out but I will definitely call you Zeke if I run into trouble. Donna
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    New Cable

    Thanks Zeke for being available to shorten my cable (old style Compuquilter purchased in 2005). She's been rode hard and put up wet and unfortunately, the cable is failing. We've tightened and tightened and it keeps needing more. Anyone know the specs for the cable and possibly where it can be purchased. We're going to have to take care of this soon and I can't afford any downtime. Thanks loads for the help. Donna
  4. Does anyone have instructions for shortening the cables. I've stretched mime as far as the machine will let it and still have problems. Will these cables continue to stretch? If so, directions and cable source would be greatly appreciated. Donna
  5. In my honest opinion, large radius curves are the hardest to do or follow on the pantograph. Easier with Bliss but.....
  6. Hi Suzan, For the last few years, I've quilted for a magazine with quilt designs developed in AutoCad. Although it hasn't always been easy, it has been a great experience for me. It has definitely gotten me out of my comfort zone and has definitely helped me to own up to the 'hand guided' of what I do. Remember that you can substitute patterns that you don't think you can do 'computerized'. The quilter will understant. Donna
  7. Which magazine has the feature about quilting suggestions which Dawn contributes? Thanks!
  8. My first suggestion is a simple kitchen timer. Set it for an hour and don't do anything but quilt for an hour. You can take a break after that but remember to reset it. Second, eliminate the computer from you quilting area. I don't have internet in my studio. That helps ALOT!
  9. I have a customer that wants to see the difference (visually) between pre-shrinking an 80/20 batt (no brand specified) vs. not pre-shrinking. She washes her fabrics and to this point has always used poly batts like Mtn Mist. Anyone around who can help me out? Donna
  10. I did two large denim quilts before Christmas. The only thing I did was raise the hopping foot. No change in needle size needed for mine. There were pockets on it and I couldn't quilt over that bulk but everything else was ok.
  11. I know that you are supposed to check the motor brushes once a year, and that when you call for service they generally ask you if you have checked the brushes. I noticed that my machine (turning 4 this month) was running a little loud in the last couple of weeks. Unrelated, while showing a customer how to check the motor brushes, I determined that mine needed changing. Well, when I replaced my motor brushes, I found that my machine is now runninf much quieter and just like a new machine. Anyway, I don't think I've heard this anywhere, but if your machine is making more noise up top, check your motor brushes....... Donna
  12. I personally would have returned her money and suggested a way for her to find her next quilter. My motto is that it is just time spent and this is one that will never be happy. DON'T accept another quilt from her! Donna
  13. Or a bowl of rice, maybe? Kindof getting a Donna Summers, I WILL SURVIVE.....over-dub, running through my head now.
  14. Why is it that the charity quilts are always the one's that cause the most trouble. I had a great work load today, a QOV (computerized) and a small McKenna Ryan applique/art quilt (freehand). Once loaded, MAYBE 90 minutes worth of work. First the handles on my milli slipped and knocked the pattern off track, resulting in about an hour of un-sewing. Frogged, re-sewed and set up the next row. Bobbin tension messed up so I spent another 30 minutes frogging (luckily the thread broke so I didn't have to frog more). Then the next row, my centering tape got sewn into the pattern. At this point, I understand that this really didn't have anything to do with me. At least I was laughing at the situation at this point. Time to step away from the quilting machine.... It's ALWAYS the charity quilts. Tomorrow, another QOV. Hope I paid my dues today...... Donna