Quilta93

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    Quilta93 got a reaction from LibbyG in Applique wall hangings   
    Beautiful quilts!!
    Deb.
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from T Row Studio in Happy Haloween   
    Perfect for Halloween.
    I thought I posted this the other day. 
    Deb.
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from Quilting Grammy in Niece wanted to make a quilt   
    My niece, Sydney, visited for a week from Minnesota, because she wanted to see us and wanted to learn to quilt. She'll be 14 next month.  She saved her money and bought a sewing machine.  The only sewing she's really done was in the class the place she bought her sewing machine offered for new machine owners.  I've taught adults, but not kids.  I told her to look through a book of blocks and choose the ones she liked. I vetoed all but the one in the pictures.  I decided to make 18" inch blocks, so she only needed to make 6 blocks. It ended up looking too long and skinny, so we decided to make 3 more blocks.  Sydney did most of the cutting and sewing. I did all the pinning. I had her practice drawing what she wanted to quilt, and then quilt it on some sheets I cut down, using my Millie. She decided to quilt feathers and swirls in the sashing, and I suggested meandering in the blocks. She did one block, and didn't like it at all, so we ripped it out.  She ended up doing feathers in all the blocks. She did all the quilting. She had never even seen a longarm until she saw mine.  I'm amazed at how well she did. She said she had no idea what making a quilt involved. With all the work she did in one week, she didn't get burned out. She wants to come back, and thinks she can go home and make a quilt using the churn dash block.    Deb.  
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from Cagey in Take A Vet To School Day Quilt   
    You did a wonderful job on the quilt and your quilting is beautiful. Sounds like your daughter's school has a great program. 
    Deb. 
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    Quilta93 reacted to quilterkp in Niece wanted to make a quilt   
    That is fabulous!
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    Quilta93 reacted to Sue E. in Niece wanted to make a quilt   
    Your niece made a wonderful quilt. It is hard to believe that this is her first quilt. She also did a great job with her quilting. Cudos to both you and her on a job well done.
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from quilterkp in Niece wanted to make a quilt   
    My niece, Sydney, visited for a week from Minnesota, because she wanted to see us and wanted to learn to quilt. She'll be 14 next month.  She saved her money and bought a sewing machine.  The only sewing she's really done was in the class the place she bought her sewing machine offered for new machine owners.  I've taught adults, but not kids.  I told her to look through a book of blocks and choose the ones she liked. I vetoed all but the one in the pictures.  I decided to make 18" inch blocks, so she only needed to make 6 blocks. It ended up looking too long and skinny, so we decided to make 3 more blocks.  Sydney did most of the cutting and sewing. I did all the pinning. I had her practice drawing what she wanted to quilt, and then quilt it on some sheets I cut down, using my Millie. She decided to quilt feathers and swirls in the sashing, and I suggested meandering in the blocks. She did one block, and didn't like it at all, so we ripped it out.  She ended up doing feathers in all the blocks. She did all the quilting. She had never even seen a longarm until she saw mine.  I'm amazed at how well she did. She said she had no idea what making a quilt involved. With all the work she did in one week, she didn't get burned out. She wants to come back, and thinks she can go home and make a quilt using the churn dash block.    Deb.  
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from dbams in First quilt since Rita's   
    Beautiful quilt! I'm glad you figured out the errors the designer made. 
    Deb.
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    Quilta93 reacted to Cagey in Check Spring Not Moving   
    Just use your phone or tablet to take lots of pictures or even video tape when you loosen the tension nut and start taking it apart.  That way you can put it back together in the proper order.  Be sure to hold the nut that you rotate to tighten a loosen the tension, as there is a small spring that you can see behind it that will push it off the threaded post.  It is not going to go flying off feet away, but I wanted to be sure you were ready for it to push off from the threaded post.  
    Something probably just got stuck in there and is binding the tension spring.  It is only about 5 parts, and it is not that hard to put together.  I am sure your tension will be much better once the spring can move freely.  It is another thing to add to your checklist of things to look for when you thread your machine each time.  
    Here are a few old thread discussing changing the spring.  http://forum.apqs.com/topic/25582-tension-spring-replacement-worried/
    http://forum.apqs.com/topic/40337-check-spring/?tab=comments#comment-529691  I have to wonder why APQS just does not have a video like Gammill does?
    Also, here is a link to the actual part so you can see the sides, and discover what parts you will expect to hold in your hand. http://shop.apqs.com/Tension-Control-Complete-Assembly_p_78.html  The check spring itself; http://shop.apqs.com/Tension-Control-Check-Spring_p_77.html
    You will do just fine taking it apart and putting it back together.  If you have problems, just let the forum folks know, and I am sure someone can help you out, or give APQS a call.  
    Cagey
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    Quilta93 reacted to jimerickson in Check Spring Not Moving   
    Melissa:  If you haven't solved this issue yet, my guess is that the check spring is either broken, or out of place (more likely broken).  Remove the tension assembly (there's a set screw at the back of the sewing head that holds the entire assembly in place) and examine it.  There is a small "tail" at the inside end of the take up spring.  It should rest in a slot in the body of the tension assembly.  I think it's broken off, or out of place.  If so buy yourself a new one, take the assembly apart replace the spring, and reassemble.  You can adjust the strength of the spring by turning it before you clamp it down.  Good luck.  Jim
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    Quilta93 reacted to jimerickson in Check Spring Not Moving   
    Melissa:  Your check spring apparently isn't broken.  It might not be as strong as needed, but you can adjust it's tension.  If you find that it still doesn't take up the thread the way it needs to be, remove the assembly and tighten the spring tension.  To do that you need to loosen the set screw on the assembly itself (not the screw that holds it in the sewing head) and rotate the assembly against the spring (clockwise), and then re-tighten the the screw.  Now put the assembly back in the machine.  I've done this on my machines on several occasions as the tension has either slipped, or the spring weakened.  Jim
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    Quilta93 reacted to MelissaNH in Check Spring Not Moving   
    I think it is fixed!! Oh my gosh I'm so excited! I finally got to the hardware store for the 5/64 Allen wrench. I just loosened the set screw, pulled the whole assembly out of the machine, turned it so the  bottom of the little hook was at 10:00 and the straight part at 11:00 (sprung ahead an hour....lol) and when I pull the thread, the spring moves!!! So excited!! haven't powered up the machine yet. We got power back this evening but husband has other stuff plugged in where my machine usually plugs in. I'll have to try it out tomorrow night for a bit if I can squeeze it in. Thanks everyone for your help! Lol I didn't wreck it! what a relief. Now I'll have to wait until a week from Friday to really play with it as I'm going out of town to visit my Quilty buddies for some sewing and lots of laughing.
    Cagey, I would have to have the generator run AC. Lol I absolutely melt in the heat (and....apparently  get cranky according to husby lol). I'd rather be cold. You can always put more on, but you can only take so much off lol.  Thanks again for your help!! 
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    Quilta93 reacted to RunningThreads in Check Spring Not Moving   
    Melissa
     Before you take anything apart.  Push the spring down with your finger, does it snap back?  If so there is nothing wrong there.  I reread your original post and you mentioned adjusting tension, if you have the tension backed way off that spring won’t deflect much if at all when pulling the thread through it.  Try tightening about half a turn and see what happens.
    Fyi the purpose of that spring is to take the slack out of the thread when the needle is out of the fabric so the thread doesn’t get tangled around the needle.  It actually doesn’t have much if any effect on the tension.
    Nigel
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    Quilta93 reacted to MaryQuiltsTx in Batting tape   
    I have used it on both sides and so have had it facing both the front and the back of the quilt and haven't noticed any difference at all. I use it quite often.
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    Quilta93 reacted to Kwiltr in Batting tape   
    I’ve started using really light fusible interfacing I buy by the yard. I cut it into strips about 2.5” wide for joining batting pieces. It’s a bit more economical than the tape and easier than stitching. If you just butt join batting without anything, I’d worry about the batting sagging or folding and whatnot in the quilt sandwich if the quilting isn’t close enough to stop it where the batting edges are, if you know what I mean. 
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    Quilta93 reacted to Pepsi Girl in Niece wanted to make a quilt   
    Exactly!  Kudos to you both !
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    Quilta93 reacted to T Row Studio in Niece wanted to make a quilt   
    You must be an amazing teacher and she is a star student well done both of you.
     
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from Pepsi Girl in Niece wanted to make a quilt   
    My niece, Sydney, visited for a week from Minnesota, because she wanted to see us and wanted to learn to quilt. She'll be 14 next month.  She saved her money and bought a sewing machine.  The only sewing she's really done was in the class the place she bought her sewing machine offered for new machine owners.  I've taught adults, but not kids.  I told her to look through a book of blocks and choose the ones she liked. I vetoed all but the one in the pictures.  I decided to make 18" inch blocks, so she only needed to make 6 blocks. It ended up looking too long and skinny, so we decided to make 3 more blocks.  Sydney did most of the cutting and sewing. I did all the pinning. I had her practice drawing what she wanted to quilt, and then quilt it on some sheets I cut down, using my Millie. She decided to quilt feathers and swirls in the sashing, and I suggested meandering in the blocks. She did one block, and didn't like it at all, so we ripped it out.  She ended up doing feathers in all the blocks. She did all the quilting. She had never even seen a longarm until she saw mine.  I'm amazed at how well she did. She said she had no idea what making a quilt involved. With all the work she did in one week, she didn't get burned out. She wants to come back, and thinks she can go home and make a quilt using the churn dash block.    Deb.  
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    Quilta93 reacted to Neher-in-law5 in Heart or reputation?   
    Cute statement.  Thanks to both of you for the education!
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    Quilta93 reacted to Cagey in Heart or reputation?   
    I believe the heart replaced the reputation, since having a reputation can be a double edged sword.
    Cagey
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    Quilta93 reacted to Cagey in Heart or reputation?   
    Clicking the heart means you like the post.  After an individual has clicked the heart, you can hold the curser over the heart and see the others that liked the post.  Everyone gets a heart after all their posts, others just have to click on them if the desire.  I am not sure if you can un-click a heart post.  Have fun.
    Cagey
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from Cagey in Heart or reputation?   
    I'm not sure I'm using the heart correctly. I clicked on it and nothing happened.  Then I noticed the arrow when clicked the heart, so I clicked it. I noticed people had hearts after their comments. I figured out how to do that now. I may be a little dense, but what does each mean?
    Deb.
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    Quilta93 reacted to Kwiltr in Niece wanted to make a quilt   
    Wow!  That's impressive!  The benefit of youth...no fear and quicker learning ability ;). Good for her and great job by yourself getting her going!
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    Quilta93 reacted to jimerickson in Birds nest on back - help please   
    I have both an APQS Ult 2, and a Gammill Classic machine that are Intellistitch equipped.  Part of Intellistitch's system is a baste feature.  You can select either a 1/2 inch or 1 inch setting so when you move the machine a stitch is fired at the appropriate interval.  When I used this feature I would get exactly the problem results mentioned here.  Birds nests every once in a while.  It was discouraging enough that I didn't use the feature often.  In the regular stitches per inch mode, if I used the 6 per inch setting I would also occasionally have that problem.  I thought on this long and hard, and eventually it came to me:  stitch length affects tension.  The longer the stitch, the looser a given tension setting would produce, the shorter, the tighter.  To solve the problem, all I had to do was increase the tension when I basted.  Now I do exactly that.  After I complete the baste, I loosen the tension to sew at 10 or 12 stitches per inch I usually quilt at.  Because of this experience, I'm pretty sure the problem you're having is a tension issue.   I think tightening the tension will solve it.  Good luck.  Jim
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    Quilta93 reacted to Cagey in Niece wanted to make a quilt   
    Deb;
    I think a class or two and some on paper drawing practice, and she will be winning some ribbons at the school art shows and quilt shows.  Have her check at her school to see if they consider sewing and quilting an art.  I have seen it at some of the art presentations at our local high schools.  I have tried to get my girls to do it, but all they want is to use the DSM to embroider gifts or teachers or for Spirt Day costumes.  Maybe one day they will get the quilting bug.
    Cagey