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  1. When quilting a large quilt on George, I found that sometimes the quilt would push up against the thread cone, adding drag to the thread. Not good! So I searched the house for something to use as a shield or bumper, so the quilt couldn’t touch the cone. I ended up using this purple collapsible nylon bucket that I use for scraps at quilt retreats. It’s called The Gypsy Bitty Buddy from The Quilting Gypsy. The nylon is thin enough that the magnet on George’s thread stand still works. The magnet keeps the bucket locked in place, even when the quilt pushes up against it, and the thread comes off the spool uninterrupted. Just thought I’d share in case anyone else has the same problem.
  2. I’m happy to report that the quilt suspension system behind George worked great! I was able to complete my first big quilt with no problems. I did a really dense allover freehand holly leaf design. My DIL started this quilt 10 years ago, and finally asked me to finish it for her, just to get it done. I was a little nervous about quilting an 84” x 84” quilt, but it was a good opportunity to practice. I’m amazed at how easy it was to work on this, with the suspension system in place. Although I have to be honest, there were times when I thought I’d never reach the end. I was quilting holly leaves in my sleep! It took 15 bobbins and and many hours. I didn’t keep track. Next up is 104” x 104”...
  3. I keep my heel on the floor and use my toe on the pedal. Works for me!
  4. Your table sounds great Cagey! I don’t know why they changed to this smaller table, but I’m making it work. As you can see, I have two small tables, one at each elbow, to help support the quilt in front, with just enough room between for my chair. I also have an Ikea cart for all my “stuff”. My big cutting table is to my left of the George table, so the excess quilt can sprawl over that way too. The only place that was cramped was behind the machine, and the clamps took care of that. I guess we all make the best of what we’ve got to work with.
  5. Cagey, I thought about adding another table behind, but didn’t want to give up the floor space. The clamps work really well for me. I don’t have to reposition them too frequently, and they’re within my reach, so I don’t even have to get up. I leave enough slack so I can move the quilt quite freely for a while before I have to reclamp.
  6. I installed a Quilt Suspension System behind my George machine and it makes it so much easier to handle a large quilt on a sit down machine. There is more information on my blog, so click over there if you want the details. http://cottoncellar.blogspot.com/2017/11/quilt-suspension-system.html
  7. Has anyone tried the new Martelli Designer Hoops with George? These new Hoops are square and have snap-in rulers. Seems like it would be easier than holding a ruler in place while moving the quilt. The hoop helps keep everything flat and holds the ruler too. I’d love to hear your opinion if you have tried these.
  8. I also have a george. Can you tell me what a Superior Glide Cloth is? And what is the gadget on top of your machine? Is that a pair of horizontal spool pins? I’m just curious... thanks!
  9. Wow, your quilt is beautiful! I just found this post when looking for tips on quilting a king quilt on George. I too, love my george, but haven’t done anything that big yet. I have a 104” square king quilt coming up, and I’ve been a little nervous about starting it, but after seeing what you have accomplished, I guess I shouldn’t be so scared. Can I ask how you baste? I normally pin baste on a large table, but it will take several repositions of the quilt and a boat load of safety pins for this one. Any tips to share?
  10. Can you tell me what the white sheet is on your table? Looks like a jumbo Supreme Slider?
  11. No, I didn't mark the borders. I stitched the first big arc in each segment first all the way around the quilt, then went back and echoed it to fill in each one. The YouTube video shows how to do it. "Curved border" by The Quilt Journal.
  12. https://www.whirlsnswirlsquilting.ca/ here is one that rents.
  13. I haven't tried those rulers, but I use the ones from Accents In Designs. They have posts on them that make them easier to hold on to while quilting. I really like them.
  14. Hi Carrie, i just got my George, and it came with one standard foot. I bought the accessory pack of 3 additional feet, mainly because I knew I wanted to do ruler work. So far, the table size is fine, but I've only done a 48"x60" quilt. I had concerns about that as well, but figured if I need more space behind the table, I will move it out from the wall and put an old ironing board back there. I can adjust the height to match the George table and it will give me an extra foot or so. There are also lots of tutorials on the web for suspending the extra bulk of your quilt using clamps and bungee cords. Patsy Thompson makes and sells one too. So I'm not worried anymore. I know there are solutions if need be. My cutting table forms an "L" with the George table, and I also put a small folding table to my left to help support the quilt. Here's a picture of my setup. It works well for me, so far. Sorry, the pic is a little dark, and ignore the clutter. I was still getting things set up when I took it. And my George came with the heavy duty turbo bobbin wonder. Wow, what a great gadget! I love my machine, and the support from the APQS team is fantastic as well. I have had a few technical questions and have had excellent response. I'm impressed. Good luck with your decision.
  15. This is stunning! It's a beautiful quilt on its own, and your quilting takes it over the top. I'm sure your customer loves it too. Great job!
  16. Just to clarify, it's my first quilt on George. Not my first ever quilt. I've been quilting on my domestic machine for a while, but it's so much better on a George! Thanks for your kind words.
  17. Wow, so many flattering compliments! You guys are so kind and sweet. I appreciate all your comments and thank you all.
  18. Wish I could tell you the pattern name, but my daughter started the quilt several years ago and has forgotten what pattern she used. Sorry.
  19. This is the first quilt I've done on my brand new George sit-down machine. My daughter and I made the quilt for a customer, so I was a little nervous, but I'm very happy with how it turned out. I filled the center with a large allover Bear Claw design (learned from a blog post by "A Few Scraps"), then did a curved design in the border using a curved ruler by Accents In Design, in a design I learned from The Quilt Journal on YouTube. I used SewFine 50 thread in a bright turquoise on the top, and medium gray on the bottom. It was such a joy to quilt this on George! Such a step up from quilting on my domestic machine. Can't wait to start another quilt!
  20. Thanks all. I cranked up my music and all is good.
  21. My new George arrived a few days ago and I'm in love! I can't get over the difference between quilting on this workhorse as compared to my old domestic machine. The workspace is huge and the stitches are beautiful. And as promised, George is easy to operate. No computer screens. Just a tension dial, a motor speed dial, and a needle up/down button. There is definitely a different sound to George as compared to a domestic too. I'm used to very quiet machines, and George is a little loud. But he's a big machine with a big motor, so that makes sense. I've only got a few hours on him though, so I'm wondering if he will get a little quieter as he gets broke in. Has anyone else noticed this? Will it get quieter?
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