Thought that we might have a place to share idea's, websites and ask each other questions without monopolizing the main group.
I think I will keep websites in this space to make it easy to find.
Customqt.com - Michele will custom build you a template or ruler at a really reasonable price.
http://www.apqs.com/quiltboard/viewthread.php?tid=30930 Ikea cabinets
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u4RgOAeSJ0&feature=player_embedded- Apqs timing video
https://www.facebook.com/#!/?sk=nf cleaning the bobbin case
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6jaVst0zqw&list=UUSBbc654SN_xB6... Frogging a quilt
http://forum.apqs.com/index.php?/topic/30399-about-those-needle-hol... getting rid of needle holes.
http://www.urbanelementz.com/hints/pantographs/ instructions on how to line up pantographs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1mRhcquZTM&feature=share Jamie Wallens Tension video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOD5pLcYz3w Dawn C. on tension and needle flex.
http://www.quiltedjoy.com/2014/05/backing-short-longarm-machine.htm... extending backing
"fast and free" videos from Patsy Thompson
Yeah Peg they are calling it a SPA treatment. Evidently they totally strip it down and totally refurbish it, like they would any machine they took in as a trade in. OH and add any bells and whistles that might of been added since you bought your machine. Like mine doesn't have a thread sensor.... and I don't want it.
I have always taken my machine up to be tweaked about ever 18 months. I considered it preventative maintenance. I know they want people to feel comfortable fixing their machine, but with the investment I have put in it, I believe I should have the option of paying their hourly rate for just a tune up. Of course what I think doesn't matter. I guess I will just have to pay Andrea to come service my machine...... (So wish I had her mechanical mind, and her confidence) Of course it might help if I wore my glasses and could see.
Wow that does sound pricey. I was considering bringing my machine down sometime, just because it has never been done, but for that price probably not. I have been able to fix anything (or have my son fix it I should say) so far but a trained eye would be nice once in a while. Do they charge extra for the new bells and whistles or is that included in the price?
I haven't upgraded the tablet yet. I need to take it somewhere to do it since our internet sucks. (Sorry for the terminology but there is really no better word for it!) If I updated from here I wouldn't have service for a week or more. Has the it been OK'd by Grace to update it without problems?
Yippee I finally have my computer back from the geek squad. So I can respond.
Lynne, two of the owners are going to come today to tweek my machine. Evidently the factor is only doing full overhauls now.
I think they are trying to find people to do in home service for the minor stuff now.
I will ask Bob and Jim about the tablet update when they get here.
Ask them how far they will come and how much. If I could get someone to come here that would be great.
Just thought I'd share this in case it helps anyone. There was a discussion about bobbin tension and how it can change as a bobbin empties and cause loops or railroad tracks on the back of a quilt, especially when using contrasting threads top and bottom. I rarely have that problem but maybe because I've been pretty much using Renae's way of setting tension without officially knowing it - lol Her studio runs 5-6 machines 8 hours a day so I figure she knows what she is talking about. :)