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  1. On a picture quilt with numerous pictures, I would suggest quilting minimally in the pictures so the batting does not come apart in the sandwich, and to not quilt over faces if possible. Quilt more heavily in the borders or area around the pictures. As it is a portrait quilt, presumably one large picture where the sandwich must be stabilized, I would suggest using invisible thread. Matching the fabric/picture color with the thread may be a better option depending on the portrait and area in the portrait. Start stabilizing the portrait as a whole. You probably can quilt more in the individuals hair without it being as visible. Then you can try quilting in the areas of light to dark on the face, shadows in the face around eyes and eye brows. Start with a little quilting as possible. Step on a ladder and decide how the overall image looks. It is easier to add quilting then to remove it. Take a picture and ask what the customer thinks/wants. It may be a quilt that you have to remove from the rollers and hang on the wall a few times before it is finished. I am a sit-down quilter, so this is easier for me. In the end it is going to come down what the maximum allowed distance between quilt lines per the batting manufacturer's specifications and what you/the customer think looks best. Here are some examples with tight quilt lines and some with whole areas open; https://artsychickquilts.blogspot.com/2012/08/portraits-101-class-at-wisconsin-quilt.html https://burdenbearer.blogspot.com/2011/03/portrait-quilts.html https://artsbusinessinstitute.org/artists/artist-profile-sandra-bruce/ https://www.terryaskeartquilts.com/Studio/tips-tutorials-and-more/create-a-portrait-pattern-from-a-photo/ You can also search for thread painting which might expand your examples. As you are painting with thread, it is an art. I am sure it will turn out great when you are finished. Please share your masterpiece when you are done, so we can enjoy your work, and learn from it. As it is a portrait of a customer, maybe just an eye or part of the face so their anonymity is preserved if they do not want the entire quilt top shared. Cagey
  2. Sew Sew, Be sure to warm up you machine before making the adjustment. You can remove the bobbin and the upper thread from the needle and just let the machine run at a good constant speed for 5 minutes or so. Here is a link to an APQS instructional post. Read down to the bottom (prior to the comments) as there are different instructions for machine prior to 2007 and 2008 and later. I hope this helps you. https://www.apqs.com/needle-updown-wont-stop/ Hopefully this will fix your problem. Cagey
  3. Some of the links on this APQS forum thread might help; https://forum.apqs.com/topic/34341-compuquilter-is-no-longer-in-business/ You might reset the computer running the program to factory settings. This may get the compuquilt program to reset also. Best of luck to you resolving your problem.
  4. Bonnie - Bob, Generally speaking, price, location, if seller will ship, other items included, why are you selling, etc., will greatly aid with your sale. Best of luck to you. Cagey
  5. Holly, Check with Lauren as she was working on a couching foot awhile back. Not sure if it ever worked out for her; https://boldnotionquilting.com/product/scoop-foot-apqs/ Cagey
  6. Ann, If you are going to go to all the effort to quilt feathers in the outside border, I would be sure to use a gold or brown that matches some those bright colors in the inner part of the quilt, so the feather stand out. Concerning the inner blocks, I would either purchase the book "Shape by Shape" by Angela Walters, or go to the app store on your phone and search for the book. Then look at the free sample. There are a number of triangle shapes that you could use to fill the triangles. I would suggest a feather or fern so they somewhat match the outside border. Look at triangle #2, and #8 in the free sample Also, look at the Wild Feathers in the free sample of the book. Take a look at this video to get an idea of the blocks that you want to stand out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-1QUaqp0P4 Here is another video that should give you some ideas; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4bjgaRLC6U Look at the minute and 20 second mark. Even though she is using it to fill a diamond shape, it would be the same in a triangle. You could fill the large center square formed by the 4 triangles with this design; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1xHCRAHYtM Hopefully those videos or some of Angela's other videos that go with those above videos/challenges will help you decide what to actually quilt in each area. Please post pictures of you finished quilting. As you have asked for inputs, you should share the final product. Best of luck and I am sure it will turn out beautiful. Cagey
  7. Sue, go to your original post. On the top right corner you will see three dots. Click on that and choose EDIT. That should hopefully set you up. Also, give the stitch count or take a picture of the screen, someone is sure to ask. Not sure the complete importance as I know there are original APQS machines out there with millions of stitches running great still today. They just have to be taken care of and preventatively serviced Best of luck.
  8. A price and location will probably assist with your sale. Best of luck.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. Great job. Thank you for sharing pictures of the finished quilt. Cagey
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. SewEx, Thank you for sharing your wonderful quilts. They look beautiful. Best of luck with your purchase. Cagey
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. Helen, Only a suggestion to assist with your sale of George, but most buyers would like a picture, and the year/age of the machine. There have been a number of different George tables over the years, so the picture address that issue too. I'm guessing it is an older single fixed foot model, as you did not mention feet. Best of luck with selling your George. It sounds like someone will be getting an outstanding well loved machine. Have a great day. Cagey
  22. Karole, Just my opinion, so take it for what it is worth. You may get more and more constructive responses by starting your own post asking the same question. That being said, I would compare the Hobby 1200 GrandQuilter to the APQS Lenni post; https://forum.apqs.com/topic/44411-price-reductionfor-sale-2010-apqs-lenni-longarm-machine-on-12-table-4000/ $2,700 verses $4,000. A 9 inch throat verses a 20 inch throat. While I am a sit-down quilter, throat space does matter. I am not sure what Domestic Sewing Machine (DSM) presently use to sew your quilts, but take a pool noodle and stick it in the throat and see how much of a workable quilting area you will have when the quilt would be wound up on the rear bar. The GrandQuilter is only 9 inches. My Brother has close to 12 inches of throat space. Three inches is huge, when you comparing 9 verses 12. Why do you think APQS offers a 26 and 30 inch Millie? As you are in Australia, and the used quilting market may be different than here in the U.S., I would keep shopping. Why was is the machine you are considering rarely used? Could it be because the quilting area was rather small coming to the end of the quilt, and the original purchaser did not enjoy that fact. You have images of grand large flowing designs in your head, but the throat space is more suited to about a 3 to 4 inch area at the end. I for one would suggest you put a small amount of money towards Paula Reid's old DVD Fluff and Stuff; https://www.ebay.com/itm/Video-Fluff-Stuff-Machine-Quilting-Technique-Paula-Reid-Video-/223475621454?var=0&mkevt=1&mkcid=1&mkrid=711-53200-19255-0&campid=5338590836&toolid=10044&customid=161878deb1981764aff5188b4a888b2e Leah Day also has some great YouTube videos discussing quilting on your DSM. While you are improving your quilting skills on your DSM, continue to save up money and shop for a true longarm quilting machine. One that will meet your present and future quilting needs. Most of us here are going to be partial to APQS, but there are many other good quality machines that may be more readily available in Australia. You can readily find used sit-down machines here with a minimum 16 throat here in the US in the $3,000 to $4,000 range. Comparing a sit-down machine to the GrandQuilter, I believe the sit-down wins in capability and cost. For $3,500 you could find a HandiQuilter (HQ) Sweet 16 or a clone. A HQ Simply 16 would double the throat space of the GrandQuilter. Contact some quilt guilds in your area. Just like here, they probably have quilters that are slowing down, changing homes, or just selling their machines. You can test them out, and buy what is best for you. If Australia is anything like the U.S., there will be a machine available in the next few months. Don't give in to the $2,200 AU trying to burn a hole in your pocket. Give it time. Wait for the right machine to turn up. Best of luck to you. Cagey
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