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Sandra Darlington

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Sandra Darlington last won the day on October 18 2013

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  1. Thanks for the response. I would LOVE to keep my Liberty and also get a new machine, but unfortunately, I barely have the space for one longarm. I do not plan to add a computerized system, and the only "extras" that I want are the fabric advance (which I have on my Liberty), the deluxe frame and the Bliss rail system. I don't need the other bells & whistles, such as thread break sensor, the bobbin level indicator, or the vertical channel locks (on a Millie); no thread cutter wanted, either. I plan to continue my quilting business, along with doing the QOV quilts, Quilts For Kids, Family Promise quilts, Quilts Beyond Borders, and quite a few additional "comfort" quilt groups that I donate to.
  2. If you were going to purchase a new longarm, would you buy a Freddie or a Lucy? I am considering a new machine for the new year and I'm doing a bit of research. TIA
  3. My update is that today I spoke to Angie in the service department. She asked me a number of questions and thinks I have two bad circuit boards. I have them on order and should receive them on Friday. Hopefully, I will be able to install them! Also, hopefully, they will be the fix I need to get up and running again.
  4. Thank you for responding. So far, I am unable to figure out what to do. Nothing I have tried has helped. I left messages for APQS and two of the reps to contact me, but I guess nobody is available on a holiday weekend. I plan to call APQS in the morning.
  5. My left side light bars are lit on #3 & #5 only. My right side light bars are totally out. I cannot adjust my stitch length even though the indicator is lit, the needle bar is always pointing to the 7 stitches per inch mark and I am not able to change it on either the front or the back handles. I have a 2005 Liberty. Of course, I have a ton of "needed asap" customer quilts here. Please HELP!!!!! Update: Now the stitch length indicator lights are out on the front and the back dials. Things are getting worse. Update #2: I want to add that I am not able to stitch in unregulated mode. When I try to stitch, nothing happens.
  6. I remember that quilt as I was one of the "Aunties."
  7. I have not had any problems with the nubs on Minky. As already mentioned, just don't stretch it.
  8. If I have a very wrinkled piece of 100% cotton batting, like W&N, I sometimes use my iron to help get it to lay flat. But, I would not try that with a poly batt or anything with a loft, as it will flatten it. I often do this with my own batting that has been folded/scrunched in my batting leftover bag. I use these pieces and sometimes piece them together, when I make charity quilts for my guild to distribute. Other times I have draped the batting over my frame and spritzed it with some water and used my hands to smooth it out. The next morning it is dry and I can proceed to loading the quilt. I have a beautiful Judy N. bed runner to custom quilt here and this customer washed and machine dried her batting. It feels "yucky" and is very fluffy and wispy and a bit uneven in it's thickness. I would love to toss it out and use some Quilter's Dream batting, but of course, I can't do that. She does not want the bed runner to shrink and have the soft, comfy, cellulite look and the feel that cotton batting usually has after it's been washed and dried. But, she only uses cotton batting because it is "natural." This may have been a good candidate for a poly batting, or at least a batting that only shrinks about 1% instead of 3% or more percent.
  9. Also, be sure to have enough thread in your bobbin so you don't run out on one of those plastic shirts, leaving some holes.
  10. Very interesting comments about the quilt shows. I used to love going to shows - Houston, Paducah, MQX (went to both New England locations, depending on the years), AQS in Lancaster, Mancuso in Oaks, Hershey (can't remember if AQS or Mancuso) and now rarely go to the shows. I do try to go to the one in Oaks, although somewhat less exciting each year, but it is local. No long drive or flight and no hotels. But, I never seem to like their classes, with the exception of Lisa Calle's class that I took last year. I don't think APQS has been represented there (in Oaks, PA) in a few years, although I might have the shows mixed up. I do see Innova's represented "everywhere." In fact, most of the longarm quilters in my area have switched to Innova's. Any thoughts on this?
  11. Connie, make multiple trips to the car during the day. LOL I've done that at a few shows.
  12. I have that problem, too. I solve it by just repositioning my overhead lights a bit. I have Dave's Dee-Lites (I think that's how he spelled it). If you can reposition, try that first.
  13. I also like DeLoa's appliqué ruler, but often I just use a curved ruler and adjust the angle as needed (usually every few stitches).
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