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  1. Contact you local high school to speak with the computer programming or business department. The teacher and students can see what you have and then possibly suggest or even put it all together for you. Recently my daughter's class was Business Academy was asked to help with promoting and developing advertising for local restaurant that was opening. The kids got real world experience and the business got some great ideas and options they used in promoting their new business. The business gave back funds they earned to support the high school program in the future.
  2. Does the wall outlet have power. Power strip fuse popped? Sometimes it may not actually be the machine that has the problem. Best of luck finding the solution.
  3. Interesting George is no longer on the APQS website under the Machines tab. APQS may be like some businesses that will not list an item for sale, when they have none available to actually provide the customer. George is a great machine for quilters that do not have space for a longarm on a frame. Be patient, and used or new one will probably show up soon for you.
  4. Beth, What did APQS suggest you do to resolve your electrical static discharge (ESD) situation from developing in the first place, besides increasing the humidity level of your quilting room? Did APQS support grounding the quilting frame, so static electricity would not build up in the first place? Cagey
  5. Great job. Thank you for sharing pictures of the finished quilt. Cagey
  6. Beth, This may be an easier solution for you. You need to ask APQS about grounding your Millie quilt frame to dissipate the static electricity. This way it never builds up to cause the problem The Millie head is grounded as it is plugged into the electrical outlet. The single finger portion of the plug is the ground, or grounding wire. The same goes with the computer running the carriage. If you use a extension cord an overload circuit breaker that to is grounded. I would suggest using an electrician, but as it is a holiday weekend you could try this to see if it fixes your problem. Go to Lowes, HomeDepot or store that sells electrical items. Buy a 125 volt grounding plug like this; https://www.homedepot.com/p/Leviton-15-Amp-125-Volt-Double-Pole-3-Wire-Grounding-Plug-Black-R50-3W101-00E/205165472?MERCH=REC-_-pip_alternatives-_-301864426-_-205165472-_-N& You need to push out the two flat portions of the plug. They are what carries the electricity to the wire. You need to keep the single roundish male portion of the plug. This is the ground. Then buy a long enough piece of braided 14-guage or 12-guage green grounding wire to run or . The green color indicates it is a ground wire, and is not carrying electricity. Connect the green ground wire inside the modified plug. Make sure to secure the wire inside the plug, as it is designed to capture three wires and with only one you will need to see how it is not pulled out of the modified plug. Then run the wire to the area the APQS suggests grounding the quilting frame. Use this type of crimp end to run the bolt through. Connect to a bolt that is not painted. The paint will not allow the connector to make a good contact to dissipate the static electricity/buildup. I would suggest using one of the bolts on the rear of the carriage support that is not painted. See the silver/bear metal part of the carriage support with the bolt head visible? I would also run a jumper wire from that bolt to the frame leg. A jumper wire is just a short piece of wire from the ground point to another grounding point. Simply put on the round hole or U-shaped crimp end on both pieces of wire. I would run the jumper wire from the carriage frame to the adjustable leg support. This is because the frame is painted. The the bolt that allows you to adjust the height of the table is not painted. It is probably overkill, but if it saves a quilt from being torn it is well worth the effort and little money the jumper wire costs. An electrician or APQS may have a better method to ground you machine, but this is a safe DIY method to ground the table. The 35% relative humidity is to help prevent static electricity from building up. The grounding wire will prevent the static from building up, by continually dissipating it to the ground/the earth. All electrical circuits are grounded to the earth outside the home or building with a large metal pole driven into the ground. I wish you the best of luck solving your dilemma. Cagey
  7. Sandras, I might suggesting posting a new topic thread yourself, verses using a ten year old trouble issue. If you give the specific Baby Lock model number and year, you may also get better inputs. First is the wall outlet you are plugging your power cord into powered? Use a night light or some other electrical device to find this out. If you are in a garage, in a basement, or near a water source the wall outlet may be on a GFI circuit. The GFI may simply need to be pushed back in. The GFI outlet are those test/reset types that are near your kitchen or bathroom sink, so you hopefully do not get electrocuted if an electrical device should fall in the water with you. Then is the power cord powered? Use the night light to check. Some power cords have a circuit breaker that can pop ( just push it back in) when overloaded. After those questions are known, you know the trouble is between the plug and Baby Lock. Then I would suggest you call your local or closest Baby Lock dealer and ask them to assist you to get your machine up and running. They have a vested interest in supporting you, so you might take your machine to them for service. It could be a fuse, or some other minor issue that is causing the problem. I wish you the best getting your machine up and running. Let us know how it turns out. Cagey
  8. When I saw your quilt this is what comes to mind. Corner blocks - SID and that is it Trees - trapunto trees so they have two layers of batting behind them so they pop out at you. Then a tight pebble, meander, something you are comfortable around the trees to stitch down the blue. Hearts - flowing feathers to fill out the top points Cabin - SID all the seams, and then horizontal log lines in the wood areas, vertical or sudo-wavey lines in the roof, stitch around the clouds in the sky, so they stand out Sides and bottom border - definitely bear claws pointed different direction, or possibly on the sides make them so it looks like the bear is walking up the quilt, that is say they stair step up on each side, bottom from corner squares pointing inward, top same bear claw only smaller and pointing different directions around the words. Maybe use a thread close to the yellow on the the heart blocks to standout a little so all your thread breaks are worth the effort; https://www.clipartmax.com/middle/m2i8i8d3i8A0N4H7_american-black-bear-bear-claw-brown-bear-clip-art-bear-claw-clipart/ Angela Walters has a book "Shape by Shape" that can give you ideas one how to fill particular shapes if you do not like the suggestions. Let us see the quilting when you are done. Best of luck with it. Cagey
  9. SewEx, Thank you for sharing your wonderful quilts. They look beautiful. Best of luck with your purchase. Cagey
  10. Williams, If you put your curser of the poster's name, you will see when they last visited. Deb S who asked the question has not visited since December 2016, so I would not expect a response. Cagey
  11. Brian, You might get a better response if you start your own thread post verses posting your request on 4-year old post for a sold item. I am not certain why you want a Tin Lizzie sit-down machine, but you might look for a APQS George or a Handi-Quilter Sweet 16 or one of the many clones of that machine. The George is great, and I have friends with the HQ/clones that lover their machines. With the HQ you can get service and parts at most of your local sewing machine dealer stores. Best of luck finding what you want. Cagey
  12. I would suggest contacting APQS, and ask them the question. If you want to get going on the project, you might try isopropyl alcohol, acetone, or brake cleaner. Just be sure not to drip any of the liquids on the floor, or it may leave a stain. Best of luck with your project.
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