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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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. If you place your mouse over the individuals name, you will see when they last visited. The seller has not visited the APQS forum since 2016. I would not expect a reply, and hazard to guess it is no longer available.
  16. SID the entire inner star. Everything is drawing your eyes to the center of the quilt. So using the center star you have two points at the 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock, and 9 o'clock positions. Following your seams out to each side of the quilt. You have 7 chevrons in each of the four areas that will be formed. I would repeat quilt the angle that is formed from the red outline of the star points to the center, from the star outwards. Set you line spacing so, you seven colors chevrons without stitching through them. From those same 8 corner points on the center star, draw out a straight line to the corners of the quilt encompassing the 11 colored blocks that point to the center star at the 1.5 o'clock, 4.5 o'clock position, 7.5 o'clock position, and the 10.5 o'clock position. Instead of angled lines like you used at the 3,6,9, and 12 o'clock position, I would use straight lines that are approximately 45 degrees to your seams. The lines would start from the corner and point towards the quilt. Look at your seams at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 positions see how they form lines pointing to the center of the quilt, you want those lines of quilting at the 1.5, 4.5, 7.5, and 10.5 o'clock positions. Look at the 1.5, 4.5, 7.5, and 10.5 o'clock positions on your quilt, see how the seams form sort of an arrow-head shape pointing to the center of the quilt? You want that design at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock positions on your quilt. Again, match the angel formed by the red star outside border. Fill the 8 triangle that will be formed with a design that is loopy, and not point to the center of the quilt. Maybe feathers or circles. Something quilted a little tighter than the lines, pointing to the center of the quilt to give it more dimension. That is what I spy when I look at your quilt top. Best of luck quilting it. Please let use see your masterpiece when your done. Cagey
  17. BeckyP You can find what you locally and online. Look for a "bull bar" or light bart mounting brackets"; https://www.amazon.com/Samman-Mounting-Brackets-Universal-Offroad/dp/B07TYWDTDT/ref=asc_df_B07TYWDTDT/?tag=bingshoppinga-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=&hvpos=&hvnetw=o&hvrand=&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584276305324592&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/Off-Road-Mounting-Bracket-360-Degree-Aluminium/dp/B082XJZ7GF/ref=asc_df_B082XJZ7GF/?tag=bingshoppinga-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=&hvpos=&hvnetw=o&hvrand=&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4583932707293779&psc=1 Instead of mounting it to the side legs, you could mount one on each side on the horizontal tube of the table. Once you have the bracket affixed the table, buy 1.5 or 2 inch schedule 40 PVC piping, and attach a vertical piece to the mounting bracket. Cut it so a T-joint can be PVC glued to the vertical piping, and then run a wooden closet dowel or possibly an aluminum pool brush handle down the T to support your batting. You could buy four brackets and then attach to the areas you have your arrows pointed, but it will cost more. Best of luck, show us what you finally come up with. Cagey
  18. This is slightly offtopic as the brake was loosening, but the principal should be the same. You probably need to clean out the brake, or loosen it up https://forum.apqs.com/topic/43427-roller-brake/?tab=comments#comment-551672 Best of luck to you rectifying your problem. Cagey
  19. If we are talking DSM (domestic sewing machine) Baby Lock, then set the maximum stitch speed about medium. Then with a practice quilt sandwich draw some straight lines and and some swirls. As everyone knows how they sign their name, practice quilting that. You must move your hands in the proper relation with your needle speed. If you feel the fabric tugging against the needle, then you need to speed up the needle. If your needle is doing repeated stitches in one spot or with very short stitch spacing you are depressing the foot peddle too much. Back off a little on the foot pressure, and slow the needle down. Practice signing your name bigger than normal, and see how you like your stitches. Then write some words. It will take a few hours to get the hang of it. Try some small pebbling. They hide all kinds of errors. Get some paper and simply doodle your designs on the paper. Draw out some quilt blocks, so you have to make your mind learn how to get into and more importantly out of corners. You can always back track over your stitch lines, but it is easier to not have to do this when you are starting out. Doodling the designs will help you immensely in my opinion. Watch some YouTube videos on free motion quilting. Angela Walters, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cpUWw5zYMc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WySDgXzE5JY Maybe more appropriate for a boy Leah Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzrOxAkNIGM Watch this video to learn how to Fluff and Stuff your quilt top, so you can freely move the fabric under your hopping foot. This is a must for good quality stitches. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWmbTbbDclw Paula has a great video and a class on Craftsy teaching all her techniques. If you do not have your quilting table in a left hand corner, that is where you want it. That is to say the back of the table is up against the wall on the back and the left hand side. This way the quilt top cannot fall off the back or left side when using a DSM. Having the fabric free from binding is KEY to good quilting. Get some cheap rubberized garden gloves so you can get a better grip on the fabric and you move it around. There are many quilting gloves, and other items that everyone is going to tell you that is best. What truly is best, is what works for you. Expect to have a few pairs of gloves or other things to grip the fabric. Putting a little hand lotion on your hands will also work wonders. You can buy some SortKwick finger moistener like bank teller use to help improve the grip. It will not stain your quilt top. They have it at Walmart or the office store. Some are going to tell you to buy a silicone topper for your quilt table. It is fine, but I found that silicon spray works fine for me. https://www.amazon.com/Sullivans-946-Silicone-Spray-Sewing/dp/B01IE7LSGK/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1N7SCLTUH2XFG&dchild=1&keywords=silicone+spray+for+quilting&qid=1612813256&s=arts-crafts&sprefix=silicone+spray%2Carts-crafts%2C183&sr=1-2 You put a little on a small piece of fabric and rub it onto the top of your quilting table. You can also use Renaissance Wax https://quiltersapothecary.com/search?type=product&q=renaissance+wax I have both and the both work well. See two products for the same task. You will always be trying new things. Jamie Wallen has some great quilting YouTube videos too. Try to buy local or from a quilt store verses Amazon. We need to keep the local quilt stores open. You can find all kinds of quilting examples. Find a quilt design that you and that can be used for an edge to edge design. Doodle the heck out of the design in front of the TV in the evening. If you quilt in the evening, I have been told one glass of wine will help your quilting flow more freely . It might even give you more confidence, or make you not so picky about your stitches. I you are using a Baby Lock sit-down "Handiquilter' clone, you can buy a stitch regulator. You might even be able to add it to your BabyLock DSM, but your mind is the best speed controller ever made. Plus it is free. If the stitch regulator puck only moves a little, while your hands move the fabric a little more your stitches will be messed up. I did not like the stitch regulator for small detailed quilting. I also was not willing to part with the money it cost. Purely my opinion, but I do not believe it is worth the money. Put a few more hours of practice in, you will be money ahead and more satisfied in the end. Finally, DO NOT be your worst critic. The baby will not notice any long or short stitches. Most quilters will not notice them either. Your family will only see all the love you put into the quilt and quilting. Just be certain you make sure your family is quilt worthy. You do not want to see that hard made quilt in the dog kennel a few months after you gave it to the new baby. It is one thing to have the baby and the dog using the quilt, it is another to only have the dog using the quilt. If I found my quilt being used solely by the dog, I would consider that brach of the family non-quilt worthy, and change my future gift giving. Best of luck. Show us some of your practice samples, and your finished quilt. I am certain we will all love your work. There are only happy accidents. Cagey
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