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    Re: Knee lift - anyone use it?

    My Babylock Tempo has the pressure foot lever at the back of the harp (not quite in it) with the lever facing the right. With my previous JCPenney machine, it was at the back of the machine with the...
  2. Thread: Shipping

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    Re: Shipping

    My order of 1 piece of yardage placed on 3/16 finally shipped yesterday.
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    Re: Batik quilt not warm and friendly...

    My very first quilt was a triple panel jelly roll quilt (to make it queen size). The top was cotton, the backing was batik. When I backed it, I had no idea of the difference between the two. It was...
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    Re: How long should a rotary blade last?

    Pressing down too hard can definitely dull the blade, especially on a harder mat. What makes a blade sharp is that the edge is honed to a point. Pressing down to hard can bend that point.
  5. Re: Is my quilting design making my blocks look crooked?

    I do think it makes the blocks look tilted, but it gives the quilt some motion (like pinwheels caught in stop motion), so I don't think it is a bad thing.
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    Re: Monofilament Thread in Bobbin

    It's difficult to wind monofilament on a bobbin because it stretches and may cause the bobbin to overfill or fill unevenly. A carefully wound bobbin should be fine. I would imagine that companies...
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    Re: shipping problems

    Are there problems with orders other than FBY?

    I have a non FBY order that I was sent a shipping notice for several days ago and USPS still doesn't have the order. Are labelled items not making it...
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    Re: Question for knitters

    I agree with running a couple rows of elastic thread in each cuff.
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    Re: Does anyone recognize this pattern?

    If a Queen is absolutely too large, all I can think of is to halve both of the outer diamond vertical strips (which would require some changes to the block construction, as there is a large square in...
  10. Re: What have you purchased that you never use or would never buy again?

    My Bloc-Loc doesn't actually get used much. It uses the raised seam line from pressing to the side and I press my seams open.
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    Re: Starch question

    Additionally, if you heavily starch the fabric, you are introducing a lot of moisture that you are drying out via heat. Key ingredients for fabric to shrink. I always cut after starching.
  12. Thread: Squaring Up

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    Re: Squaring Up

    I square up after each step until the end. I square all of my completed blocks at the end in case I have ones smaller than the planned size.
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    Re: Is this necessary?

    No stretch on the grain, lots of stretch on the bias. The crossgrain can have varying amounts of stretch, though nowhere near as much as the bias.
  14. Thread: Ulas May BOM

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    Re: Ulas May BOM

    I've been collecting those blocks (they are gorgeous), but they are definitely advanced! Lots of pieces and TINY pieces.
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    Re: Weird things people do with sewing machines

    I'd rather see the tractor than the wall of machines. Neither are being used and I like the whimsy of tractor. The wall of machines strikes me as simply a collection of unused machines.
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    Re: Organizing/Sorting Patterns

    My print patterns are in alphabetical order within broad categories of clothes, doll clothes, quilt, other. (They all fit in a deep drawer.) I have a spreadsheet on my computer that has my patterns...
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    Re: FMQ and Pressing

    Additionally, you'd need to be careful if you marked the designs. Heat can set some marking devices.
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    Re: Sit or stand?? Query of the day!

    Standing (better view, leverage and grip) unless paper piecing. For all of the cuts in between the sewing, I'll do that sitting down. Though I will stand up to square up the finished block.
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    Re: Horrific photo! Not for the overly sensitive!

    It looks like this is a machine from someone who conscientiously cleaned their machine. The bobbin area was clean. However, they used compressed air, so rather than extracting lint from their...
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    Re: Have you ever hurt yourself quilting?

    At this time, just the trivial injuries of minor iron/steam burns and pricks with pins or sewing machine needles. I've actually done worse to myself with knitting needles (when I accidentally impaled...
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    Re: Filling up bobbins...

    On my JCPenney machine, the bobbin would stop when filled up. (Metal bobbins)

    On my Babylock Tempo, I haven't noticed the bobbin or machine stopping. I notice it slowing and then squeaking if the...
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    Re: Thread color for piecing?

    White for a white background, black for a black background, grey (Aurifil 2605) for everything else. I will often use that same grey for top stitching, unless I really want a color to stand out.
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    Re: Using Bloc loc with rotating cutting mat

    You have no concern about pressing distorting the size of your HSTs? I've noted that mine are slightly different depending on if the seams are pressed to the side or open.
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    Re: Time to Confess (or Not!)

    Organized almost all of the time. If I have a sewing and quilting project going on at the same time, I may end up stacking one off to the side if necessary, but I've been known to stop in the middle...
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    Re: Darned Cheap Bobbins!

    I always pulled the thread through a bobbin hole on my older machine as that is how the book said to do it. The book for my babylock has you wind the the thread around the bobbin 5 times and then cut...
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