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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.

 

Websites:

Customqt.com  - Michele will custom build you a template or ruler at a really reasonable price.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VQNNyofADU

http://www.apqs.com/quiltboard/

 http://www.apqs.com/quiltboard/viewthread.php?tid=28642&page=1#... tension

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTmT-Uj3yXg  tension

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRDp2LZOPv8&feature=digest_thu Boobin Cam

http://www.apqs.com/quiltboard/viewthread.php?tid=30930  Ikea cabinets

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx5mXoHwvuw&feature=digest_sat

http://afabricplayground.blogspot.com/p/snippets-learning-new-custo...

 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

Recommended Video's

  "fast and free" videos from Patsy Thompson

 

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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. :)

 Renae's comments

"Regardless of what hook you have you will see this phenomenon. As the bobbin empties it will become tighter. This is true for every machine. It is the physics of the revolutions of the bobbin. This is one of the reasons why machines don't have bobbins the size of spools. 
We have found that if we tighten the top thread until it is too tight, then loosen just a bit so the stitch looks good. Then as the bobbin empties and the tension increases slightly, the top thread is still tight enough to deliver a beautiful stitch. 
Essentially we are starting with the knot of top and bottom threads in the batting but near the top. It ends with the knot in the batting but nearer the bottom. But we have a beautiful stitch the entire time. 
If you are starting with the knot near the bottom but in the batting it will end with your described results as the bobbin empties. 
We have noticed that any lint that is in the bobbin case will make the tension in the bobbin tighter. Make sure you are cleaning the lint out EVERY time you change the bobbin. 
Hopefully this is helpful. 

Renae Haddadin"

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