Quilta93

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    Quilta93 reacted to Liam in Magnifier warning   
    Fun project would be making a quilted cover for it!
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from T Row Studio in Elephant quilt   
    You do such awesome work. 
    Deb.
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from T Row Studio in Cactus Collage quilted   
    You did a wonderful job!  Thanks for including the doodle. 
    Deb.
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    Quilta93 reacted to Cagey in Magnifier warning   
    Be careful of those round thin vertical clear glass plate style liquid candles too.  The ones we have in the house came with specific instructions to keep them away from windows and more importantly the sun.  I guess the liquid wax and the glass work together to form a magnifying glass, which can start a fire.  
    Cagey
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from HeidiP in Magnifier warning   
    Just wanted to let you know what happened the other day. 
    One evening when I was cutting fabric, I wanted a little extra light because my ruler was casting a little shadow. I remembered my magnifier had a light, so I clamped it to my table and it was what I needed. I left it there and didn't think anything of it. A few days later I went to clear stuff off my cutting mat and noticed a burn mark. I just couldn't figure out how it happened. Then I noticed my magnifier clamped to my table. That table is next to a window.  The burn on my mat was about 1-1/2 feet down from the magnifier. It must have been lined up just right so that the sun shining in the window caused the burn. I was blessed nothing else caught fire. It was there for several days. 
    Deb.

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    Quilta93 got a reaction from anniemueller in Pink Halloween Quilt   
    Such a cute quilt and your quilting is wonderful.
    Deb.
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    Quilta93 reacted to Gail O in pool noodles for quilts   
    You could cover the pool noodle with a sleeve of fabric - old sheets for example - before rolling your quilt around it.
     
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    Quilta93 reacted to FloridaMissy in Magnifier warning   
    I did the same thing with a large floor magnifier lamp.  I had near my favorite chair.  I had bumped it with the sweeper pushing it closer to the window.  I came home the next day and could smell something burning.  It smelled like and electrical fire.  I frantically searched all over the house and finally spotted the chair which had a quilt folded across the back of the chair.  It had burned through the multiple layers of this quilt and burned the chair bad enough it had to be thrown out.  I was lucky that all the fabric was fire retardant.
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from quilterkp in Magnifier warning   
    Just wanted to let you know what happened the other day. 
    One evening when I was cutting fabric, I wanted a little extra light because my ruler was casting a little shadow. I remembered my magnifier had a light, so I clamped it to my table and it was what I needed. I left it there and didn't think anything of it. A few days later I went to clear stuff off my cutting mat and noticed a burn mark. I just couldn't figure out how it happened. Then I noticed my magnifier clamped to my table. That table is next to a window.  The burn on my mat was about 1-1/2 feet down from the magnifier. It must have been lined up just right so that the sun shining in the window caused the burn. I was blessed nothing else caught fire. It was there for several days. 
    Deb.

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    Quilta93 got a reaction from MaryQuiltsTx in Magnifier warning   
    Just wanted to let you know what happened the other day. 
    One evening when I was cutting fabric, I wanted a little extra light because my ruler was casting a little shadow. I remembered my magnifier had a light, so I clamped it to my table and it was what I needed. I left it there and didn't think anything of it. A few days later I went to clear stuff off my cutting mat and noticed a burn mark. I just couldn't figure out how it happened. Then I noticed my magnifier clamped to my table. That table is next to a window.  The burn on my mat was about 1-1/2 feet down from the magnifier. It must have been lined up just right so that the sun shining in the window caused the burn. I was blessed nothing else caught fire. It was there for several days. 
    Deb.

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    Quilta93 reacted to DawnCavanaugh in Customer Service   
    As Customer Service Director, I appreciate your candid feedback! If you have not received the kind of service you expect, please let me know so that we can remedy the situation as quickly as possible. We do take pride in our customer service, and if we have fallen down on the job we want to make it right. Unfortunately, if we aren't alerted to a problem, then we can't fix it. If you have not had an issue resolved to your satisfaction, please let me know.
    I understand the desire to have more customer service technicians around the world to help customers who are not willing or able to do the repairs themselves. We'd like that too!  In fact, if you haven't looked at our "retailer" listings lately, be sure to do so--we have spent the past two years training nearly 50 of our dealers to become certified technicians who can do service work both in their stores or studios as well as "in the field". You can search for retailers who are certified technicians based on zip code or even by the certified tech designation.
    We have three more training sessions set up through next June that will bring that number up to well over 75 trained service people across the US, Canada, and Europe. Once our dealers have been trained, we will work to add more technicians who are "outside" of the APQS dealer family but are interested in receiving the training. That will make it easier for customers to find a regional service center for help with their machines if needed. While we'd love to have a technician on every corner just like Starbucks, as a small, family-owned company that is a bit out of our reach at the moment.
    The good news is that these machines are built to industrial standards and are designed for years of heavy use before the machine parts start showing wear and tear and need more than simply oiling and checking motor brushes. That's how we are able to offer a lifetime warranty on the machines. If they were prone to problems or frequent breakdowns, we'd go broke with warranty repairs. We realize that despite that reliability, some quilters just feel better if they have the machine "looked over" on a regular basis, which is a service that our certified techs can still provide. But it is also something that machine owners can also do themselves through a "mini spa kit" (see below).
    Many longarmers are convinced that their machines need a yearly "servicing" just like their home sewing machine. That may the case with other brands, but APQS machines do NOT need a yearly servicing. If a quilter keeps the machine clean, oils the machine properly, and checks the motor brushes annually, (all of which are described in detail in the machine manual found on the CD or USB that came with the machine and on our "Support" section of the APQS website) then even a machine used every single day for a business will not need typically need "servicing" until the 7th or 8th year of ownership. It's at that point of full-time use that the 'wear and tear' parts on the machine start affecting the stitch quality and will need repair or replacement.
    However, it IS still a machine, after all, and once in a while a machine may need attention before that point in time. We designed the machine so that any repairs are not only simple to do, but also user-friendly and more cost-effective than having to pay for a technician to make a house call or experience 'down time' by sending the machine back to the factory. But both of those options are available, along with certified technicians in the field, to help when needed.
    Regarding our "Spa in the Box", it is currently not listed on our online store, but that IS available for purchase for customers who call in to order it and doit  themselves. The Mini Spa kit includes instructions on how to 'check' the machine over, along with basic wear and tear parts for replacement if needed. The Deluxe Spa kit assumes the machine is due for that 7-8 year "check up" and that parts will be replaced for sure, rather than just 'evaluated'. We haven't listed it on the store at this time due to the variety of APQS models available--we want to be sure we send the correct repair parts to match the model.
    However, Lisa brings up a good point--we could list it on the store and simply request that the customer call us directly to place the order.
    If you're interested in either of the Spa Kits, you can call our Parts Team at 800-426-7233 or email us at parts@apqs.com for more info.
    And if you're struggling with your machine and need help, please let me know!
     
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from LibbyG in Slice-a-Block   
    You did a wonderful job on both.  I may have to get those little circle templates. 
    Deb.
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from LibbyG in Bedford Springs   
    Beautiful quilt and quilting. 
    Deb.
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from LibbyG in Scrappy nine patch   
    I have lots of scraps, and I love what you've done. 
    Deb.
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    Quilta93 reacted to jimerickson in Roller Brakes   
    Ann:  My Zelda, didn't come with roller breaks originally, but since I built my custom table, I built a set.  They aren't like APQS's, but they work the same way-put pressure on the roller and keep it from turning.  I originally used the non-skid strips you put on your bathtub to keep from slipping, but recently had to replace some, and decided to try Velcro hook.  It failed quickly.  I've gone back to bathtub strips.  They hold better and last longer.  Next time one of your's fails give the tub strip a try.  The adhesive seems to be much stronger.  Jim
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    Quilta93 reacted to Kwiltr in Using Two Layers of Batting   
    Still pretty green at the longarm game and working my way through various challenges.  Right now I have just finished loading the biggest quilt yet for me to quilt with my Lenni.  As if the size isn't enough challenge, I also wanted to have a go at using two layers of batting.  It is something I've admired in quilts done by others, and something I tried to do on my Sweet 16 Sitdown and gave up on.  It was one of the selling points for me to go to a longarm set up.  Now reality hits, and I am trying to figure out all the little ins and outs of that decision.  
    So my quilt top is 112" by 96". I have a Hobbs 80/20 cotton batting on the bottom layer against the backing and a Hobbs Wool batting on top. When I first took them out of their bags, I thought, "oh, no problem, they're both really thin!"  But the wool puffed up after spritzing with water and a quick trip in the dryer to get the wrinkles out!  I made a sling to hold my batting so it doesn't drag on the floor till I get it rolled on a bit...I'm not a quick quilter, and I didn't want it getting stepped on and collect threads, at the least, from my carpeted floor.  Loading the quilt, before the batting portion, took me several hours, then I just spent a few more getting the batting loaded and basting my top edges down to start.  I would starve at this if I was trying to make a living at it!  I measured and remeasured and pinned, just to try and get it basted down square and straight, dealing with the extra fullness of the batting.  One layer of cotton is a picnic compared to this.
    So here is my question, thought I'd never get to it right?!  For those of you who have worked with two layers of batting, how do you ensure that when you advance the quilt, the two batting layers feed in unison and straight and you don't get one of the layers with a fold or pucker in it?  Just a side note, I loaded my quilt top on the quilt top roller as I gives me a feeling of security having it under control on the roller when it's so ungainly in size.
    i actually have a second question as well.  Getting into longarm quilting has been a series of  challenges and revelations to me.  I only quilt for myself, so it's not the business side of things I'm talking about.  It's the how's and why's of it that seem to have eluded me when deciding I would really like to get a longarm.  It's probably just me, not asking the right questions, but I think it's also, not knowing what questions to ask.   Having gone theough a learning curve when I got into FMQ on a domestic machine and then later a Sitdown midarm, it was relatively easy to find resources for a multitude of nuances involved with Sitdown quilting.  However, what I've found with getting into a longarm, apart from reading through forums, there just isn't the same kind of information out there.  So my question here is, how did you all get so knowledgeable on all the little tricks and how to's to longarming?  Was it just a trial and error experience, or is there a resource out there I haven't found where you can go get a lesson on some of the more in depth questions?  Have a good friend who has it all figured out?  In the past, almost year, that I've had my machine, I've wished there was someone I could go to and just spend a day, picking their brain with all the questions I've come across, and end up muddling through.  I'm sure there are easier ways for me to do things, more efficient, more exacting, whatever.  
    Sorry to go on and on here, but I just have to think I'm not the only one out there trying the hard way to figure all this stuff out.  There ought to be a big book of knowledge for this!  . And no luck finding all of my answers on YouTube! 
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from Bonnie in Ok in Looking for ideas Update finished pic.   
    Your quilting turned out beautifully!!
    Deb.
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from T Row Studio in Christmas in July   
    You did a wonderful job!! It's beautiful!!
    Deb.
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from Primitive1 in Antique Buttermold Quilt   
    Beautiful quilt and quilting!!
    Deb.
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    Quilta93 reacted to dramaqueenB in WONDER WOMAN (Dawn Cavanagh) SAVES THE DAY   
    SHE'S DONE IT AGAIN!!  Why doesn't this happen when we're practicing a new design on muslin, or doing a personal quilt, or not on a deadline???  Sunday afternoon, while quilting a deadline customer quilt, I broke thread and moved to a new spot...and an inch in, bad sound, needle down, needle break, lost power.  After manually removing quilt from danger, collecting the shattered needle pieces and tracing power, I realized I was in trouble.  I called my awesome retailer and left a message, and then after reading loads of comments on the forum about getting real time help from APQS, I called their service and they assured me someone would call back asap.  Dawn called shortly later, and using FaceTime, was able to quickly diagnose the problem, talk me through changing the fuse and regaining power, diagnose a jammed thread cutter, talk me through trying to remove the bent blade...when that didn't co-operate, talked me through disabling the thread cutter and re positioning the ruined blade out of harms way...then retesting power.  We then determined the needle break had tweaked timing and the position of the bobbin assembly.  Dawn patiently, kindly, and cheerfully sat through inadequate tool search, iPhone death and charger fetching, trial and error on my end, work arounds, and adjusting my bobbin assembly, sanding and truing it's post, timing adjustment, restoring front and side panels, test stitching and VICTORY.  While the new bobbin cutter is on its way, I am back on the air, finished the customer quilt on time, and had it in the mail on my way to work at 3:30 am. As you can see, I continue to be a big fan of Dawn's, and am amazed at the remarkable teacher and tech she is, and how reasonable she was when I was pretty much falling apart when tool after tool failed and I felt pretty helpless.  It was another APQS AMAZING EXPERIENCE, and I am so grateful for the help.  What a Sunday miracle.  
    Thanks a million, Dawn!!!!
    Beth Maitland, Quilting Again In Nipomo!!
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    Quilta93 reacted to Cagey in Batting Question - Warm and Natural   
    Lora;
    As not all battings are created equal, which bamboo have you found works best for you.?
    Cagey
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    Quilta93 reacted to loraquilts in Batting Question - Warm and Natural   
    I love love love bamboo and bamboo/cotton blend battings.  They can take a lot of quilting and still result in a very soft supple quilt.  Many of the 100% cotton battings, including many of the Warm Co. battings, will get very stiff if the top is heavily quilted.  It can take a several washings before the quilt starts to become soft and pliable.  The ones I've done for myself with W&N and quilted with a medium dense panto are still quite stiff even after many many washings.  Many of my customers like W&N and other 100% cotton battings, but from now on I will only use bamboo on my personal quilts.  Sleeping under one of the bamboo finished quilts is like sleeping under a cloud.  Mmmmmmm, just delightful.  
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    Quilta93 got a reaction from LibbyG in Beverly's Bouquet #2   
    Beautiful quilt and quilting!! Thanks for the information about the double batting behind the appliqué. 
    Deb.
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    Quilta93 reacted to jimerickson in Open toe foot will NOT center!   
    FrammaJoy:  Is the needle centered in the "cone-shaped" foot?  If so, something is probably bent.  If it isn't centered either, you may need to rotate you hopping foot bar a tad to get it in the proper place.  Such an adjustment should be pretty easy.  Jim
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    Quilta93 reacted to FrammaJoy in Open toe foot will NOT center!   
    Thank you to whoever said the bar could be rotated.  I knew about the little hole with the offset screw that is nearly impossible to reach, lol, but I was thinking it was for raising and lowering only.  It is possible to turn the bar as well.  I must have turned it just a tad when I put the cone foot on.  But since I wasn't doing any SID, I didn't notice it.  My husband came upstairs to my studio and fixed it all perfect for me.   
    Thanks Again!