Deb34285

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    Deb34285 got a reaction from Tmt in Needle Flex and Tension   
    Thanks Cagey for taking the time to write all that!! So basically the needle flexes in the opposite direction that we are quilting and on the George best possible direction is pulling fabric toward you.
    Thanks again!
    Deb 
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from quilten in Martelli GrippeRings   
    Hi All,
    I know this has come up many times about the Martelli quilting hoops- so I just thought I'd do a " Public Service announcement" haha, and let you all know if you don't already, that Martelli is having one of the Redline half price sales starting tomorrow 8/6 thru 8/9. You have to go to their site and register on the right side of the page- then they will email you the code to put in to get everything at 50% off.
     
    Debbie
     
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from Marta in Using a Towa Gauge for better Tension   
    So far I have found the least expensive place to buy a Towa is if another member is selling theirs, rarely there is a good deal on eBay, but sometimes you get lucky. New I have found Superior and Amazon are pretty close in price last time I looked.
    Yes Superior has a tension chart, but they are for DSM as it is focusing on top tension. Superiors does have a thread chart that does give needle suggestion for each thread that is useful.
    I agree with Cagey, there are several posts about the Towa and setting your bottom tension, and Linda is a huge wealth of knowledge that shares so freely. Linda does point out that with certain threads you may have to tweak more then others. Keeping a note book helps .
    You really only have to tweak a lot in the beginning to figure out where your machine likes to live( mine is around 150, others are 180 or 200 ) Once you know what your number is, setting each bobbin to that number becomes quick and easy - for most threads, adjusting the rest of the tension from the top by changing my threading or lowering the tension dial or both- again the notebook helps.... I go to sleep and forget my the next day what I did lol! For me the Towa has made bottom tension so much more straight forward.
    Hope this helps
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from Marta in Using a Towa Gauge for better Tension   
    Hi All,
    For those of you that are new to using a longarm and are struggling with tension, I posted a YouTube video on using the Towa gauge as a guideline to ease/understand tension problems . I hope this helps some newbies out there as my relationship with George certainly improved this past year when I started using a Towa . 
    Best,
    Debbie
    http://www.thequiltjournal.com/using-towa-gauge-better-bobbin-tension/
    https://youtu.be/bmW6qwotQGQ
     
     
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from NollR in Keep me & my family in you prayers please <3   
    Keeping you in my prayers - grateful you found it early!
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    Deb34285 reacted to Quilta93 in Using a Towa Gauge for better Tension   
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from Quilta93 in Using a Towa Gauge for better Tension   
    Hi All,
    For those of you that are new to using a longarm and are struggling with tension, I posted a YouTube video on using the Towa gauge as a guideline to ease/understand tension problems . I hope this helps some newbies out there as my relationship with George certainly improved this past year when I started using a Towa . 
    Best,
    Debbie
    http://www.thequiltjournal.com/using-towa-gauge-better-bobbin-tension/
    https://youtu.be/bmW6qwotQGQ
     
     
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from Mary Beth in I am the proud owner of......   
    Congrats on your new family member!!
    Wishing you all the best!
    Happy Quilting!
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from Sheila S. in Using a Towa Gauge for better Tension   
    Hi All,
    For those of you that are new to using a longarm and are struggling with tension, I posted a YouTube video on using the Towa gauge as a guideline to ease/understand tension problems . I hope this helps some newbies out there as my relationship with George certainly improved this past year when I started using a Towa . 
    Best,
    Debbie
    http://www.thequiltjournal.com/using-towa-gauge-better-bobbin-tension/
    https://youtu.be/bmW6qwotQGQ
     
     
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from Quilting Regina in Using a Towa Gauge for better Tension   
    Hi All,
    For those of you that are new to using a longarm and are struggling with tension, I posted a YouTube video on using the Towa gauge as a guideline to ease/understand tension problems . I hope this helps some newbies out there as my relationship with George certainly improved this past year when I started using a Towa . 
    Best,
    Debbie
    http://www.thequiltjournal.com/using-towa-gauge-better-bobbin-tension/
    https://youtu.be/bmW6qwotQGQ
     
     
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from Gail O in Using a Towa Gauge for better Tension   
    Hi All,
    For those of you that are new to using a longarm and are struggling with tension, I posted a YouTube video on using the Towa gauge as a guideline to ease/understand tension problems . I hope this helps some newbies out there as my relationship with George certainly improved this past year when I started using a Towa . 
    Best,
    Debbie
    http://www.thequiltjournal.com/using-towa-gauge-better-bobbin-tension/
    https://youtu.be/bmW6qwotQGQ
     
     
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from RitaR in Thanks----for the memories (of all the tips)   
    I agree - thanks for all your input Madelyn! You have given me good advise many times since getting my George,
    Debbie
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from T Row Studio in Fall table Runner quilted   
    So pretty !! Great job!!
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from judyday in Quilting Blog / tutorials using George   
    Hi All,
    I have been reading in some posts about people looking for more information/ tutorials/videos on the George. I just wanted to throw it out there that I started a blog about my quilting journey, primarily on the George. I know APQS has posted a few of my blog post, but for those of you who haven't found me, my website is www.TheQuiltJournal.com . I have done some videos using different rulers and often write about products or things that have helped me. I have several George owners that join in and I have to say , I have learned as much form them(or more  ) as they from me, often suggesting new things to try . Having said that- nothing is better than the APQS Forum for putting your questions out there. We have such a wealth of knowledge in our members who are always willing to help. I know I certainly have come to the forum many, many times!
    Anyway please check out my blog if you are looking for more information about quilting on a sit down longarm or just some more quilting camaraderie! 
    Debbie
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from o2b Quilting in Quilting Blog / tutorials using George   
    Hi All,
    I have been reading in some posts about people looking for more information/ tutorials/videos on the George. I just wanted to throw it out there that I started a blog about my quilting journey, primarily on the George. I know APQS has posted a few of my blog post, but for those of you who haven't found me, my website is www.TheQuiltJournal.com . I have done some videos using different rulers and often write about products or things that have helped me. I have several George owners that join in and I have to say , I have learned as much form them(or more  ) as they from me, often suggesting new things to try . Having said that- nothing is better than the APQS Forum for putting your questions out there. We have such a wealth of knowledge in our members who are always willing to help. I know I certainly have come to the forum many, many times!
    Anyway please check out my blog if you are looking for more information about quilting on a sit down longarm or just some more quilting camaraderie! 
    Debbie
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from judyday in HELP!!! George misbehaving   
    Hi Carmen,
    Cagey may be right about that. I have had it happen on a rare occasion  on my George, but has not been a consistant problem- I just turn the fly wheel and he continues on. As a new owner of George, doing your own repairs can be intimidating. (It was for me at least) I would call- Amy or Dawn will walk you through it if you have any concerns while on the phone (have your allen wrench and screw drivers at the ready ). I also think they appreciate feedback if they have this happening with any amount of regularity.
    Good Luck! Hang in there- you'll love George once you get to know each other !
    Debbie
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in Sew Spooky in Progress   
    Love it!!! And Halloween / fall is my favorite
    Adjusting your schedule after new babies are always a challenge! ( I remember those days well) your doing great !!!
    Debbie
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    Deb34285 reacted to ffq-lar in bobbin winder   
    While so far I have not truly had any issues with the sidewinder bobbin winder that came with my George, I have to wonder if the sidewinder is truly the contributing factor with some tension issues? 
     
     
    The APQS winder is a high speed winder.  If thread stretch is the factor that causes bottom tension to continually change, why is this not a factor with the APQS winder that only runs at high speed?
     
    Cagey
     
     
     
     
    I think that it isn't the speed of the winder, but how consistent the speed is. The pre-wound bobbins that work so well with high-speed commercial applications are hard as a rock. They are wound consistently tight from first inch to last and are used by longarmers and in commercial embroidery applications.  If you use the sidewinder and your bobbins are hard, you have a consistent winding of thread at one "tightness" and a good result. If your bobbins are spongy, the winding is too loose and you'll have inconsistent tension as you empty the bobbin.
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from RitaR in bobbin winder   
    Hi All,
    I have been merrily going along doing much better with adjusting to the larger size needles and tinkering with tension as a George newbie. I have discovered that the Fil-Tec magna glide bobbins work great . I found the bobbins that I wind myself may be a problem. They always look neat and tightly wound.(not wound uneven or sloppily). I will tweak my tension with whatever thread I am using - get it looking good- and the next thing you know it looks awful again. Maybe I stopped for the night and got up in the morning, removing the bobbin , cleaning and oiling before the start of the day, return the bobbin and wam!  the tension looks horrible !! Today I went to the sewing Expo and talked with the APQS  rep and she asked what I was winding my bobbins on. I told her that I was winding on the Simplicity bobbin winder that came with the purchase of my machine (I had a cheap side-winder from Joann's that's about the same quality)....She kind of winced and asked if I had a DMS that would wind the same size bobbin. It was obvious that she felt that this bobbin winder causes "inconsistent tension" (quote). I drove home thinking about this and think there is a great chance she is right.  I don't know why APQS would sell a machine with a bobbin winder that could make consumers struggle with the performance of their machine. It would be better to charge $100 dollars more, but eliminate problems. Having said that- what do you all think is the best bobbin winder out there??? I feel I should be able to wind my own bobbins from time to time without going through this variable tension issues.   (I noticed that the George at the show was using a Fil-Tec magnaglide too)
    thanks,
    Debbie
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from judyr in Selecting Quilting Designs   
    Linda, 
    You are always such a wealth of knowledge! Thank you for always being so generous with your time an talent !
    Debbie
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from ffq-lar in Selecting Quilting Designs   
    Linda, 
    You are always such a wealth of knowledge! Thank you for always being so generous with your time an talent !
    Debbie
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from JaniceC in bobbin winder   
    No Janice, don't ever think your being stupid! I was a little confused with the "router" term too- ended up calling and talking to Ray as Jim had suggested. You must have placed your order right before me as he told me he just sold his last one right before I called. He said he had not sold these in awhile and all of a sudden he had all this interest. He is going to order some more in to build more bobbin winders,
    Best of luck,
    Debbir
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    Deb34285 got a reaction from LisaC in Micro stippling and needle size / thread   
    Hi Lisa,
    Thank you for your reply. I think I am having a hard time adjusting coming from a DSM to the George. On the DSM you change your needle according to what you are sewing(fabric) or using (thread).I am slowly getting the message that we are somewhat limited on these industrial machines as to what we use needle-wise due to the timing of our machines and the type of needle they require. I have seen many a beautifully quilted quilt that came off a longarm , so I guess that leaves me with improving my technique (sigh) .
    Thanks again,
    Debbie
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    Deb34285 reacted to LisaC in Micro stippling and needle size / thread   
    Debbie, 
     
    Have you checked out Superior's website reference guides? They give good advice on all of the above. I use the 3.5 needles for most of my work; Bottom Line is a thinner thread so the needle hole may look big. The needle holes relax a lot after taking it off the frame and if it a piece you can wash; they will close up. I highly recommend Bob's free DVD on thread, tension & needles. I can't remember the name of it right now; but it usually is offered free at checkout.
     
    http://www.superiorthreads.com./reference-guides/