Cagey

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    Cagey got a reaction from Cheeky Cognoscenti in Tension Trouble Only in Certain Directions -- What Should I Tweak?   
    Jim,
    You explanation on the tension magnification makes perfect sense.  Thank you for sharing.  
    Cagey
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    Cagey got a reaction from I Say Sew Quilter in How does one delete posts?   
    I do not believe you can delete your thread.  This can be both a good thing and a bad thing.  
    Good if issues were discussed that may not directly address your issue or sale, then those posts or informational tidbits can still be found.  It also gives both buyers and sells what items are going for on the site.
    Bad if your item has sold then your thread may continue to bump to the top of the page as individuals ask it the item is still for sale.
    I would suggest that "edit" the thread you wish to delete.  You can edit the title and any items in your posts under the thread.  For instance if you sold your Freedom, make the thread title "SOLD - Selling my Freedom".  The put a final post at the bottom of the thread using 72 pitch, 
    SOLD
    Just a suggestion.  
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    Cagey got a reaction from jeannieK in SOLD: Babylock Crown Jewel 3 w/ProStitcher $9000 OBO   
    DD,
    You might increase the font size to 72 for the words 
    SOLD, SOLD, SOLD.
    Yes it's SOLD!
    That might catch their eye.  Other than that, you just have to remember certain invaluable words of Dave Ramsey about things you can't fix.
    Cagey
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    Cagey got a reaction from Gail O in Catching and breaking bobbin thread when free motion quilting   
    This may sound stupid, but give this a try.  
    Remove the upper and lower thread, and leave the needle in the machine.  Then get yourself a piece of notebook paper.  The kind kids use at school.  You want thin/light paper to get the best training.  You can draw some lines on the paper to follow if you desire, but you want to be able to clearly see the holes in the paper.
    Take the paper and put it under the hopping foot, and quilt some straight lines, and then progress to some swirls.  Quilt your signature.  Quilt all over the paper.  Have fun.
    Once done, remove the piece of paper and look at the holes the needle left behind.  
    If the holes are large than the needle diameter, then you are moving the paper/fabric against the needle as it is trying to loop the thread.  This movement is probably messing up your stitches, and causing you tension problems.  
    Practice with the paper until you can move the paper in relation with the needle without distorting the hole size, or tearing the paper.  
    You can also quilt on paper with the top and bobbin thread installed.  Give it a try on two pieces of paper stacked on each other. 
    If can quilt on paper, without distorting the hole size, try setting your feed dogs to zero.  
    I have read that some machines do not quilt well with their feed dogs down.  This could be because the quilter is trying to move the fabric when the needle is down, and the feed dogs help hold the fabric against the hopping foot.  This prevents the needle from being deflected, and messing up the tension.
    Remember, the feed dogs stop moving the fabric when the needle is down for that instant the loop is being formed.  On a longarm, the stitch regulator increases or decreases the needle speed in relation to how fast the head is being moved.  
    When you freemotion quilt with your hands, you have to do the same thing.  If you want to move your hands fast, you have to depress the foot peddle more to increase the needle speed.  If you do not, you will distort the needle hole or even tear the paper.  
    Your mind is the best speed controller ever devised.  It just takes a few pieces of paper to develop the skill.  Notice how the space will change between the needle hole punches as you speed up and slow down your hand movement.  
    If you have thread in the machine as you quilt on paper, notice how if you do not speed up the needle as you quilt a circle, how the edges of the circle are not round.  The gap between stitches will form straight lines, that try to make a circle 
    Best of luck to you.  Tell us how things turn out.
    Cagey
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    Cagey got a reaction from RunningThreads in Needle hitting   
    Kathleen,
    Your post is somewhat confusing, as it sounds like the entire needle feel out when you first hit the ruler.  Is this correct?  I would have thought the needle would have broken, and part of the needle fell onto the quilt.  Though your sentence above would indicate the entire needle feel out.  
    With your needle first hitting the ruler and then having it fall out multiple times, you have had ample opportunity for your machine to come out of time.  Thus, I would suggest you watch the APQS timing videos, 
         Tools needed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u4RgOAeSJ0     4:30 magnifier to see the hook assemble and diagnose problem
                                  https://www.apqs.com/introduction-timing-longarm-quilting-machine-recommended-tools/
         Steps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWeqiuvwk5E
                    https://www.apqs.com/timing-apqs-machine-video/
    After watching the videos, I would suggest with a needle installed watch what the needle is striking when it is lowered.  Have someone turn the hand wheel slowly while you watch the needle descend with a bobbin both not installed.
    Once you know exactly what the needle is hitting, you can better determine what needs to be done to get your machine working.  Give APQS a call after you know what the needle is hitting, and they can steer you in the proper direction.  
    Best of luck with your repair.
     
    Cagey
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    Cagey got a reaction from quiltinallday in UPS for Lenni   
    From 2017, posted as multiple pictures.
     
       


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    Cagey got a reaction from harcathy in Baby Quilt   
    Gorgeous quilting, and piecing.  It is an outstanding job.
    Cagey
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    Cagey got a reaction from Gail O in Glide thread vs Superior   
    Linda,
    It is great to see new members using the forum.  I hope to see some of your quilting in the future.  
    Here is a link and the information to Superior Thread, where they address the issue of thread life, both cotton and polyester.  While the polyester thread color may fade, it appears that it will not deteriorate as cotton does over the years.  Their input may surprise you.  
    https://www.superiorthreads.com/education/what-is-the-shelf-life-of-thread
    Have a wonderful day.  I guess as we stay indoors we have more time to piece and quilt.
    Cagey
    How many years does thread last?
    Q. I have inherited a rather significant thread stash from a friend. It's a grand selection with a wide range of cotton threads and some are even wound onto the old wooden spools that make me think of my grandmother's sewing area. I'm worried about using old thread and having trouble with it as it runs through my machine. How can I tell if the thread is still OK to use? Is there a shelf life or a recommended period of use for thread?
    A. A good quality thread that is produced today will last much longer than thread which was produced 15 or 20 years ago. Even the best quality cotton thread of a generation ago did not have the advanced processing techniques available to us today and it would probably be best to not sew or quilt with old thread that exists today.
    However, a high-quality cotton thread that is manufactured today, like MasterPiece and King Tut, will probably be fine to use in 40 or 50 years from now. Why will threads that are manufactured today last longer than threads manufactured 20 years ago? The difference is due to the advancements in spinning, dyeing, and twisting technology and the evolution of genetic engineering better cotton plants. Because cotton is a natural fiber, it will degrade over time. A good test to check whether or not the cotton threads you have been given are OK to use in your machine is to hold about a one foot section between both hands and pull apart. If the thread snaps (you should feel a nice, crisp break), then it is OK to use. If the thread just separates and pulls apart easily (think of pulling a cotton ball apart), we don't recommend using it.
    As for polyester thread, the color may fade over the years with exposure to sunlight, but there is no evidence that the thread deteriorates like cotton threads, so it's safe to say that synthetic fibers will last longer.
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    Cagey got a reaction from tootsquilts in Labyrinth Walk for friend   
    Cathy,
    It turned out wonderful.  I am sure the will be absolutely pleased with it.  
    Though after looking at it on the bed, she may need to lie down to steady her equilibrium.
    Outstanding job, thank you for sharing.
    Cagey
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    Cagey got a reaction from Lauralorene in Need advice on what to charge for custom on this beauty...   
    QM;
    I would charge by the hour, which you can convert to your personal PSI, depending on how fast your quilt and how many thread breaks will be involved.
    I took a class with Claudia Pfeil once, and she told us how she charge by the hour.  More importantly, she said it normally cost between $2,000 to $3,000 for her to complete a large quilt.  If it was very detailed, it could cost more.  The customer that pieced a once in a lifetime quality quilt, expected the same when it came to the quilting.  Claudia said her skill set earned that sort of charge.  While many would not pay for it, the ones that truly respected the quality and craftsmanship of her work would.  For this reason, I recommend you do not sell yourself short, and charge by the hour.  Be up front with the customer, and questimate that it will take "X" hours to complete the quilt, and give them a high expected cost.  Tell them you will keep track of every minute you spend working on the quilt. Then use a stop watch to keep track of every minute you are quilting, and record your start and stop times.  This will help show your customer how much time went into the quilting, and help you come up with a better estimate of how much time you will take to finish a quilt, and if you are earning the cost or your craftsmanship.
    I would guess the piecer put in 200+ hours to complete quilt.  With that many hours in the project, you should be able to explain your hourly rate to quilt the top.  Best of luck.
    Cagey
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    Cagey got a reaction from judyday in Batting poking through on back   
    This is from the Hobbs Batting webpage, it may help fix some issues.
    Cagey
     
    What are “pokies”?
    This term usually refers to small bits of batting fibers appearing on the back of the quilt during the quilting process. This is most common with cotton or cotton blend battings and the bits on the back will wash away during laundering. Occasionally seen during the long arm quilting process, it is most often a result of an oversized needle or a needle that has a slight burr that is not visible to the eye. Changing the machine needle will usually correct the issue. Thread choice can also be a factor. Cotton is a dry fiber and occasionally cotton threads will pull at the cotton batting fibers during the quilting process. Changing to a polyester thread can alleviate the problem. Using high quality thread is very important to successful machine quilting.   Lower quality threads generate a great deal of lint and break easily at the high speeds used in machine stitching.
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    Cagey got a reaction from Gail O in Tension problem   
    Ok, as it is the backing, then the bobbin tension is winning.   Thus you have to tighten the top tension or loosen the bottom tension.  
    A technique I have learned is to write your name in cursive in the overage areas of the quilt sandwich to check your tension settings.  You normally have to change directions when you write your name, and you have already learned the muscle memory to write it well.
     
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    Cagey got a reaction from barbm in Barbara   
    APQS website pricing:
    L Bobbin Case - $11.95                       M Bobbin Case - $54.00
    L Bobbin -            $00.90                      M Bobbin -           $  3.00
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    Cagey got a reaction from mbarbalet in Baby Lock Tiara II Longarm sewing machine for sale   
    The price, where it is located, why you are selling, email address, and if you are willing to ship the items will be helpful to interested parties.
    Best of luck with selling your machine.  
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    Cagey got a reaction from Allison S. in Take A Vet To School Day Quilt   
    As my daughter's school celebrated the 10th Anniversary of The History Channels, "Take A Vet To School Day" program.  It is a program the media specialist brought to our school 10 years ago.  Normally, we celebrate a day or so before Veterans Day, but with the school calendar, we brought about 100 veterans to the school to honor them for serving our country on 3 November.  In honor of her service to our veterans, I made a quilt with messages of good will from the veterans celebrating with us last year.  They signed on inkjet print fabric.  I then heat set it a few weeks later.  Below are some pictures of the quilt.






    She loved the quilt, and could not believe that I started working on this last year.  The back was just a beige star covered fabric, and none of the quilting showed unless you are close up.  I am rather happy with the way it turned out.
    Cagey
     
     
     
     
     
    Cagey
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    Cagey got a reaction from iquiltit in Take A Vet To School Day Quilt   
    As my daughter's school celebrated the 10th Anniversary of The History Channels, "Take A Vet To School Day" program.  It is a program the media specialist brought to our school 10 years ago.  Normally, we celebrate a day or so before Veterans Day, but with the school calendar, we brought about 100 veterans to the school to honor them for serving our country on 3 November.  In honor of her service to our veterans, I made a quilt with messages of good will from the veterans celebrating with us last year.  They signed on inkjet print fabric.  I then heat set it a few weeks later.  Below are some pictures of the quilt.






    She loved the quilt, and could not believe that I started working on this last year.  The back was just a beige star covered fabric, and none of the quilting showed unless you are close up.  I am rather happy with the way it turned out.
    Cagey
     
     
     
     
     
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    Cagey got a reaction from AlanGonzales2019 in Take A Vet To School Day Quilt   
    As my daughter's school celebrated the 10th Anniversary of The History Channels, "Take A Vet To School Day" program.  It is a program the media specialist brought to our school 10 years ago.  Normally, we celebrate a day or so before Veterans Day, but with the school calendar, we brought about 100 veterans to the school to honor them for serving our country on 3 November.  In honor of her service to our veterans, I made a quilt with messages of good will from the veterans celebrating with us last year.  They signed on inkjet print fabric.  I then heat set it a few weeks later.  Below are some pictures of the quilt.






    She loved the quilt, and could not believe that I started working on this last year.  The back was just a beige star covered fabric, and none of the quilting showed unless you are close up.  I am rather happy with the way it turned out.
    Cagey
     
     
     
     
     
    Cagey
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    Cagey got a reaction from AlanGonzales2019 in Take A Vet To School Day Quilt   
    Nancy;
    Yes, it was for the media specialist, what we used to call the librarian.  While a non-veteran, she brought the program to the school when The History Channel first implemented the program.  She has grown it from about 30 veterans to our largest number of 140 veterans last year.  The program has become so large, that we have to two presentation programs in the cafeteria, to comply with the maximum seating capacity.  She has the Air Force base police bring their working dogs, she has a traveling Vietnam War museum, the Vietnam Helicopter Association brings their mini bird, we have WWII vets up to the youngest active duty military member of today to speak with the kids, and for the last two years she has had a flyby of a privately owned AH-1 Cobra Gunship.  She has truly educated hundreds of students on the importance of honoring and remembering the sacrifices of the military and their family members.  Most of the time, there is not a dry eye in the cafeteria following the presentation of remembrance by the students.  We have veterans pass up the larger local Veterans Day programs to attend ours, simply because of what it has grown into.  I for one love seeing all the veterans I have gotten to know over the years.  Though it is sad to see the WWII and the Korean War Vets number dwindle as the years have progressed.  For this reason, I made the quilt to honor her for her dedication to our veterans and our country.  
    Cagey
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    Cagey got a reaction from AlanGonzales2019 in Take A Vet To School Day Quilt   
    Nancy;
    Yes, it was for the media specialist, what we used to call the librarian.  While a non-veteran, she brought the program to the school when The History Channel first implemented the program.  She has grown it from about 30 veterans to our largest number of 140 veterans last year.  The program has become so large, that we have to two presentation programs in the cafeteria, to comply with the maximum seating capacity.  She has the Air Force base police bring their working dogs, she has a traveling Vietnam War museum, the Vietnam Helicopter Association brings their mini bird, we have WWII vets up to the youngest active duty military member of today to speak with the kids, and for the last two years she has had a flyby of a privately owned AH-1 Cobra Gunship.  She has truly educated hundreds of students on the importance of honoring and remembering the sacrifices of the military and their family members.  Most of the time, there is not a dry eye in the cafeteria following the presentation of remembrance by the students.  We have veterans pass up the larger local Veterans Day programs to attend ours, simply because of what it has grown into.  I for one love seeing all the veterans I have gotten to know over the years.  Though it is sad to see the WWII and the Korean War Vets number dwindle as the years have progressed.  For this reason, I made the quilt to honor her for her dedication to our veterans and our country.  
    Cagey
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    Cagey got a reaction from dianne31331 in Take A Vet To School Day Quilt   
    As my daughter's school celebrated the 10th Anniversary of The History Channels, "Take A Vet To School Day" program.  It is a program the media specialist brought to our school 10 years ago.  Normally, we celebrate a day or so before Veterans Day, but with the school calendar, we brought about 100 veterans to the school to honor them for serving our country on 3 November.  In honor of her service to our veterans, I made a quilt with messages of good will from the veterans celebrating with us last year.  They signed on inkjet print fabric.  I then heat set it a few weeks later.  Below are some pictures of the quilt.






    She loved the quilt, and could not believe that I started working on this last year.  The back was just a beige star covered fabric, and none of the quilting showed unless you are close up.  I am rather happy with the way it turned out.
    Cagey
     
     
     
     
     
    Cagey
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    Cagey got a reaction from jodyrose in Cheap Bobbin Cam idea   
    Anniam:
     
    You could purchase an inexpensive older model cellphone, and velcro it to your machine.  People are always upgrading to the newest and best phones, so you should be able to find a used Apple 5s or Samsung  S5 phone for around a hundred dollars.  That way it would wirelessly connect with the phone, and you would have real time video of the underside when you quilt.  The most difficult thing will be remembering to charge the phone and the camera regularly so it is ready to go when you quilt.  Thank you or sharing the idea.  I may have to get one to more easily look into the bobbin area on my George.  It could come in handy for a lot of issues around the house.
     
    Cagey
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    Cagey got a reaction from Jamie.bennett@hotmail.com in Quilting Shed Inspiration   
    Just make sure it is secured to the ground.
    https://www.foxnews.com/weather/blizzard-winds-topple-tiny-house-in-colorado-send-woman-and-two-cats-inside-tumbling
     
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    Cagey got a reaction from InesR in Pricing question on quilt   
    As long as you completed the quilting in 17.1 hours, keeping a $20/hour income level, I believe you have nothing to worry about.  You should not give away your talent unless you wish to as a gift, with no strings attached.  If some cannot recognize this, then their loss.
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    Cagey got a reaction from Bonnie in Ok in Pricing question on quilt   
    As long as you completed the quilting in 17.1 hours, keeping a $20/hour income level, I believe you have nothing to worry about.  You should not give away your talent unless you wish to as a gift, with no strings attached.  If some cannot recognize this, then their loss.
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    Cagey got a reaction from NHDeb in My new written policy re: donation quilting   
    Not an official answer, only information for you to research and then discuss with your tax preparer.   
    https://www.thebalancesmb.com/can-my-business-deduct-charitable-contributions-397602  
    Any business can make contributions to charitable organizations but there may be limits on these deductions, and the contributions may only be deductible to the individual owners, not to the business.  New Tax Law and Charitable Giving The 2017 tax reform law has changed the landscape of charitable giving. The standard deduction has almost doubled for 2018 and beyond. The new standard deduction is $12,000 for singles (up from $6,350 for 2017) and $24,000 for married couples who file jointly (up from $12,700). 
     
    https://www.irs.gov/publications/p526  Table 1 far right column, Not Deductible As Charitable Contributions, Value of your time or services
     
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/martinshenkman/2018/09/23/charitable-giving-how-to-save-tax-deductions-despite-new-law/#1c83424b6804  
    explains how to bunch charitable and possibly tax payments to exceed new IRS standard deduction limits every other year.