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  1. I have the opposite problem. My needle up/down button isn't working at all. The other buttons on that handle work fine. It had been working ok for several quilting passes and then stopped. I turned off the machine and tried again the next day. It worked twice and hasn't worked since. What do I do? Can I turn the fly wheel manually? Also, I do not have the instructions for screw #8 adjustments. Do I need to adjust this? Thanks for any help you can give me.
  2. Just to add a different spin to this discussion: I have encountered a similar situation in a church group. I was going to donate my time and materials. The minister requested I accept the payment and then donate it back if I chose. He wanted to make sure the real cost was documented. The next person asked to help may not have the resources to donate time/materials and should not be expected to do so. I was the chair of my guild quilt show one year and we needed to know the cost for budgeting purposes. If anything was discounted or donated, it was added to the profits but not assumed. Not eve
  3. Beautiful quilt!! I'm sure there are people in Iowa who are glad you were not part of the competition for the Iowa fair.
  4. Good for you!!!!!!!!!! Some things are definitely worth waiting for and your quilting certainly qualifies!
  5. My quilting friends and I have gotten together the last 4 years to quilt over New Years. We used the classroom at the LQS and would start at 9:00 in the morning and go until 3:00 am only to start again the next day at 9:00. We had so much fun!! The shop was closed on New Years for inventory but the owner let us use the room. She has since closed the shop permanently so we will need to find a new place. This mystery would be a fun project for us to do!! Thanks for sharing with us.
  6. I am in awe. Someone is going to be thrilled with that quilt!!
  7. The quilt size is roughly 64x97. The dorm mattress is 39x80 which I think is called a long twin or a California twin. It has a 12 inch drop on each side and an extra length of 17 inches. I'm not sure how much of that she is using to cover the pillow vs dropping off the bottom. She headed to college Tuesday and her mom tells me the quilt fit perfectly. Her younger sister was hoping it would not work - she wants it! I guess that means I will be making another one in a few years.
  8. I had this quilt top done and laid over my rollers so it would not get wrinkled waiting to be quilted. I did a dumb thing and ran over the edge of it with the machine. Grease from the wheels got on the outside borders including the white area. I was sick! I placed the quilt on a folded towel and used cold water and Dawn dishwasing soap to dab at the grease. To my utter surprise and joy, the grease came right out. It ended up on the towel but who cares! Note: the dark stuff in the white is actually little black stars - not grease. You have all been so helpful to me, I wanted to pass on this tip
  9. Thanks for the reply. I have located a source for the tubing and it is ordered. I also realized I was not doing the search correctly. Hopefully I will not repeat questions in the future. The people on this board are wonderful!!
  10. My millie has the bobbin winder on the side of the machine. It came with a long rubber tube that fit over the bobbin spindle and it held the bobbin in place while it was being wound. The rubber tube has broken in half and is now too short to hold the bobbin. If it holds it at all, it is at an angle and does not wind correctly. Can I order a new tube? Is there another solution? Right now, I can\'t wind any bobbins. Thanks for all your help!
  11. I bought my machine for personal and volunteer work but as the holidays approach I have been asked to quilt for others. I have always used thread that is wound on the spool at angles. (I'm sure there is a technical term for this but I haven't a clue what it is.) The thread comes off the spool from the top. I was just given two quilts to do and the thread sent with them is a variegated polyester from Wal-mart that is wound in the same way bobbins are wound. Will this thread work? How do I put it in the machine? I appreciate your patience with this simple question. I am fairly new at this but
  12. I have a related message. The needle in the stitch regulator dial on the front of the machine is not visible. I am not sure if the controls are even working from the front for the stitch regulator. The back controls are fine. Possibly related, the front controls were not all working. I had to jiggle the plugs on the front machine head to get them working. I'm new at this so this may be a really simple question. Any ideas what might be causing this?
  13. Now that I have the machine, I appreciate how silly my question was. I have more room than I originally thought. The sliders are on but I haven't had to move it. I may when I do pantographs but that will be a while. Two quilts are done and I love it!!!! Now I am anxiously awaiting delivery of my thread package! Thanks to everyone for your help.
  14. I am considering putting my millenium on sliders. If I leave them on permanently, does the machine move when I do not want it to? For example, when I am quilting? My machine is being delivered in less than 24 hours and I can't wait!!
  15. I agree whole-heartedly that people should not be telling you how to live your life or run your business. I think it is marvelous that you are able to be at home with your family and still do something you love. Unfortunately, I would not be able to bring my quilts to you. I have severe allergies to cats and less severe allergies to dogs. This is my problem and I should not make it yours. There is a wonderful quilt shop near me (Country Threads) that I cannot go to. They have cats running around in the store. Keep doing what you love and listen to your heart.
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