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  1. It looks exactly like mine, which I purchased new in July 2003. I have all the same add-ons, as well as M&M wheels. I still love mine, so it would be a great machine for someone.
  2. Thank you all for your wonderful design suggestions. Based on your input, I'm going with the CC in the border and center portion. I like the ideas of detailing the cottages and adding smoke coming from the chimneys, as well as grass, sidewalks, and leafy vines to fill some of the open areas. Now I just need to get started. I am so glad to be working on my own quilt. I used to quilt for others (not full time though) and for the most part I enjoyed it. But I never got around to quilting anything for myself unless it was a quick pantograph, so now it is fun to be able to put some detail into my own creations! Thanks again for your help.
  3. I made this quilt a few years ago and was saving it until I had a little more quilting experience under my belt. But now I am staring at it and it isn't saying anything special about how it would like me to quilt it. Does anyone have any inspiration on how to quilt this? I don't have a computerized setup, so any quilting will need to be controlled by my hands, accompanied or not by rulers. This group has helped me before and I really appreciate it, so I am hoping someone will be able to point me in a creative direction. Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer. Becky
  4. I'm sorry you are not loving your machine right away. I didn't love mine either at first. In fact, I wasn't even sure I liked it very much. It wasn't the machine's fault. I was actually kind of afraid of it and wasn't sure I was even loading the quilts correctly at first. Then I had tension issues, railroad tracks, birds nests, etc. and thought why did I ever want to quilt on a longarm? But finally I spent a little more time on the machine, got loads of help from this and another longarm forum, as well as from APQS experts (when I encountered mechanical issues mostly caused by me). A couple of my friends wanted me to quilt some tops for them, so I did that and it pushed me to try to do my very best, which I didn't really have to do on my practice pieces. I joined a longarm quilt group and learned a lot from listening and watching them discuss their projects. As far as loneliness in your quilt room, I do understand. Mine can be lonely too and television reception is awful in there. But I put in quilting DVDs and VHS tapes (yes, I still have old technology too), and sometimes run the same ones over and over because you can always learn something, plus if they are running while you are quilting, you probably don't even see the whole thing while you're working. Some people like books on tape (or whatever medium they are now) that you could use if you don't have good radio/tv reception in your room. I look at pictures of quilting I did when I first started that I finally thought was okay and it wasn't that great, but then it wasn't really that bad either, so don't beat yourself up if you can't get it the way you want it right away. And maybe you will decide you don't even like to do certain types of quilting. Not everyone does all styles. Do something you feel confident in doing and that may make you want to take on a new project and maybe use the same technique but also stretch a little to learn something new each time. I do remember laying underneath my machine when I had goofy tension and crying and wondering what in the world I was thinking, but from what I've heard over the years, I know I'm not the only one who ever felt like that. I know this was kind of a rambling note, but I do understand how tough it is especially when you're still learning how to really master your machine. Good luck!
  5. You could do a continuous curve on the "arms" and then drop in to do a little swirl for the center of each twister, then continue with your continuous curve. I've done that on some of the smaller twisters and liked it a lot. I've also seen people put buttons or yoyos in the inside of each twister.
  6. I've been trying to "optimize" my studio, and would like to sell a few things that might help someone else: Donita Reeves "Favorite Gadgets and Tools for LongArm Quilting" (VHS) $10 Donita Reeves "Pantographs for Borders and All-Over Designs" (VHS) $10 Pam Clarke "Introduction to Design with Lines" (VHS) $10 Marcia Stevens "Creative Machine Quilting" (VHS) $15 Each of the items above are for sale plus shipping, or take all for $40 plus shipping. Thank you for looking. Becky (ketelbritz@q.com)
  7. This is the link I meant: http://forum.apqs.com/index.php?/topic/32946-needle-updown-not-always-stopping/?hl=%20needle%20%20won#39;t%20%20stop
  8. Hello, There were some good suggestions in this recent thread: http://forum.apqs.com/index.php?/topic/32946-needle-updown-not-always-stopping/?hl=%20needle%20%20won#39;t%20%20stop I hope this helps. Good luck. Becky
  9. My nails have always peeled and split, and polish even made them peel and split more. It helps if I keep my hands and nails really moisturized. I used to give myself paraffin treatments too (made my hands nice and soft), and that seemed to really help the nails. I should start doing that again. I think I just got lazy with it. Anyway, these things did help. Good luck.
  10. I have a 2003 Millenium and think I only had a one year warranty at that time (definitely not eight years). Except for a couple problems within the first month, I have never needed to use a warranty. These machines are very well made and sturdy. My personal feeling is you would be safe with a one year warranty.
  11. Linda Rech gave good instructions. I also have Dawn C's crosshatch ruler and like that, but have recently purchased Linda Rech's crosshatch rulers and REALLY like those because it gives me more control. I'm sorry I can't provide step by step, but as I said, Linda Rech gave great instructions!
  12. I really like Linda Rech's rulers, and they are very easy to use.
  13. I use the bags from Cleaners Supply. The ones I have used mostly are the 15x8x9, but also use the 20x20x8 bags as well. A link you could use is http://www.cleanersupply.com/products/category.cfm?cID=747 My customers really like these clear zipped bags, and I like them because it gives a nice presentation, keeps the quilts clean, and I don't have to worry about accidentally having one go out with the trash. (I was just worried when I used the opaque bags...just me.) These bags go on sale occasionally, and are less than $1 apiece. some like to use them to keep supplies together at quilt retreats.
  14. Hello, Cheryl, I responded earlier to your request about the two Laura Lee Fritz books via email. Please let me know if you don't get that email. The process is that once I know your shipping address, I will determine shipping costs and let you know the total. Then either you could send the amount via Paypal or else a check. If a check, once it has cleared my bank, I will ship the books to you. Thank you for asking about the process, as it can be confusing if you haven't done this before. Please let me know if you have more questions.