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  1. Caron, when I have tried thinner threads or was having problems, I found that if I only go through the center hole on the three-hole thread guide (closest to the needle), I have had much better luck. It guided the thread the way it needed to go, but didn't put a lot of extra tension on it. Give it a try:cool:
  2. Hi everyone, as of this morning we have over 70 people listed on this map. I think people in Europe and other areas should now be able to put themselves on this map. When you click on "not in the U.S.), a box asks for your city. Start typing in your city and if it shows up in the list, you can be added. When you add yourself, be sure to state what type of APQS machine you have. This is really fun to see where everyone is located and what machine they use. This is the address to the map: http://www.frappr.com/apqslongarmers Please be aware that there are several maps for different quilting groups. If you've signed up for one, you are not on all of them. If you own/use an APQS machine, please sign onto this map - it is only for APQS users:cool:
  3. Darlene, I have a lots of trouble drawing with the mouse. I am starting to use a tablet and pen. You can purchase these at most computer stores. They come in several sizes, but I found I like the larger ones better. I just like to draw things bigger. I can see the detail better. You know, eyes getting older :cool: I haven't yet done much digitizing, but the CompuQuilter system is very easy to use. After my training was over, I went through the entire book by myself doing all the exercises. This really helped me learn the system. I jotted down lots of notes and problem areas I was having and then went back and worked them out myself. It was fun and a great learning experience. Have fun (I know you will)
  4. Sue, you can go to my webshots site and see pictures of what I have done - nothing fancy yet! The address is http://community.webshots.com/user/bodaciouscreations The pictures are in the folder called "Quilted by Sue" (how creative;))
  5. Hi Sue, I haven't received an e-mail telling me about another upgrade. I guess I'll have to go to their site and check it out. Thanks for letting us know.
  6. Linda, I did remove the cardboard sides on several of them. That made no difference. I think I'm just better off winding my own - at least I haven't had the tension problems (so far) with my own.
  7. Sharon, I recently had a terrible time with tension. I was quilting 4 quilts for charity and I couldn't get the tension correct for anything on the first 3. I was using prewound cardboard sided bobbins BOBs from Superior. When testing with the Towa gauge, the needle was jumping all over the place - think I threw a half dozen away.:mad: Finally I found a bobbin that stayed steady when using the gauge and started quilting. Things were going along great and all of a sudden the tension was all off and I was getting railroad tracks on the back - never loopies or pokies, then things would look good again for a while. I kept trying different prewounds from this same group. I was so frustrated and beginning to think, I really dislike longarm quilting. When I started on the 4th quilt, I decided to try a different color bobbin (also prewound BOBs from Superior). This time, after testing several bobbins, I found several that looked okay. I finally got this quilt done and it looks the best of all of them. I think I enjoy using the Millie again. I have wound several of my own bobbins and never had the problem I have had doing these 4 charity quilts. I am beginning to think that the quality control on the prewounds isn't very good and I am going to start winding my own. I don't need the stress of fighting with these prewounds (and I bought a half gross of this color! ) Has anyone else had problems with the prewound BOBs from Superior?
  8. Tina, I haven't pieced a quilt with a serger - I do have one but have only used it once or twice and now I need to learn all over again:o However, I keep hearing that you don't want your customers to piece using a serger because it makes it harder to quilt. I would love to hear from those who have quilted a top that was pieced by a serger. Is this really true or just a fallicy?
  9. Hi Debby, welcome! There are so many gadgets that are wonderful. If you are interested in the Hartley Fence, I have one that I've only used once with all the stencil packages. I purchased the CompuQuilter and know don't really need the Hartley Fence. Let me know if you'd be interested.
  10. I would love to show you my CompuQuilter in action. Please e-mail with dates, etc. so we can make arrangements. I believe I'm the only one in the Phoenix area with a CompuQuilter on an APQS machine. My e-mail address is: sue@asdfwordpro.com
  11. Tina, DO NOT lower your prices to match this new LA quilter. All this will do is put you out of business by creating a downward spiral. Many years ago when I first went into business as a secretarial service, the national organization's executive director posted a long story in his monthly newsletter. To make it short, I'll paraphrase and relate it to the LA quilting business (but this still might be long:(). Quilter A (that is you) charges $XX amount and has been in business for a while. Quilter B decides to open up across the street or across town and charges $X. Quilter A is afraid she is going to lose customers so she reduces her rates to match Quilter B. Quilter B hears that Quilter A is now charging the same amount as she and figures that since Quilter A has more experience and she is only charge $X that she better reduce her rates and now charges even less. If you both keep in this cycle, you will both be giving away your quilting or paying your customers to come to you. Eventually you both will be closing your doors because you can't be in business and give away your services. I have been in the secretarial/word processing business since 1984. I am definitely not the least expensive in my area - actually I am probably one of the more expensive services but I still have customers and still have my business. I promote my business for (a) its longevity and ( the quality of service provided (I have been known to turn away customers who are only interested in price - I tell them I'm not the service for them and will refer them to one of the lesser expensive services that I know:o). What you need to do is charge a fair price for the quality of service you provide. You have experience and I assume you provide quality services. Find your niche and advertise and promote yourself in this manner. Again, DO NOT lower your prices. You are not in competition with this new quilter. Yes, at first you might lose a few clients who want to try her out but if the quality of work you produce is better and if your customer service is top notch, you will be in a better position than this new service. You have expenses to cover. If you reduce your rates you won't be able to cover your expenses and make a profit. And after all, we are all in business to make a profit. I hope I haven't offended anyone, but this is something I feel very strongly about. I have seen too many businesses go out of business over the years because they didn't charge enough or provide quality service. Do both, and you'll be one happy camper. As Kimmy from MN says, quilting is not a "cheap" hobby. If all the customer is interested in is price, let them go. It is not your problem if they spent all their money on fabric. You need to make a living. I also personally feel that too many quilters don't charge enough. You would be better off getting a job working for someone else - you would make more per hour, get benefits, get paid vacations, get health insurance, etc. Be sure you are making enough per hour to pay yourself a salary and all the extras. Remember as a business you have matching FICA and other expenses. There is a lot that goes into an hourly wage - be sure you cover yourself.
  12. Linda, I love the pre-wound bobbins. I use them almost exclusively. You do need to adjust your bobbin tension and after fighting trying to use the drop test method, I bought a TOWA tension gauge and have had very little trouble. You need to find the number that works best on your machine then test each bobbin before you use it. I have found that 23-25 works best for me with these pre-wounds. I think when you get your tension figured out, you'll love them.
  13. Diane, you can purchase: Jodi's pantos from her website - www.willowleafstudio.com Deb Geissler's from her website - www.designsbydeb.com You can also purchase pantos from www.quiltscomplete.com (they carry both Jodi's and Deb's patterns plus several other designers) Columbia River Quilting also sells pantos - www.columbiariverquilting.com Kings Men Quilting in PA also sells pantos - www.kmquiltingsupply.com I know there are several other locations that are very good to purchase items from, but these are the few from the top of my head. Good luck!
  14. Ann, the CompuQuilter program is the same as that running on the A-1. Stan (the creator) has customized it to work with the APQS machines, but what you will see on the A-1 is real similar to what runs on ours. I have it and love it.
  15. Hi everyone. I just received the 2 CQ patterns I purchased from Lorien Quilting. They look wonderful. I hope to be able to sew them out later today and will let everyone know how they work. I still need to get backing material for one quilt top but will post a picture as soon as it is quilted. I am really excited about all the wonderful patterns we are now going to be able to use.:D