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  1. Brother Charger 441- how to thread

    by , 07-16-2013 at 03:45 PM
    I was recently given this machine as a gift, but it came with no instruction manual. This is my first machine, and my first project is a block quilt. Since there is minimal information online, I thought I would post the very basic things I've come gotten worked out. I'll start with how to thread the machine. There are pictures for each step.

    1)Put the thread on one of the posts, unwinding to the left and behind. (It may not matter if it is to the left and in front, but I haven't ...
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  2. A modern wedding quilt

    by , 07-16-2013 at 01:20 PM
    Hi, I am looking for a pattern that is mostly white, but has some very bright colors, like a bright jelly roll in it. I saw a trip around the world done with mostly whites, but with some really fun bright kaffe fassett type colors. Does anyone know of a pattern like this? It is for my niece's wedding. She is painting her walls cobalt blue. Thanks
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  3. "To See Or Not To See"

    by , 07-16-2013 at 09:22 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by star619 View Post
    This is a cautionary tale about settling for 1-4 doctors' opinions. I had cataract surgery 2 yrs. ago. The first went fine, but after the 2nd, I literally could not see my hands in front of my face, nor the dials on the cooktop, nor the labels on my meds, the reading on the thermostat, etc. I went to 4 ophthalmologists, 2 optic nerve specialists, etc. After those two years of not being able to "literally"see my hand in front of my face, I went on a hunch to a Vision-4-Less optometrist.
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  4. help with octi hoops

    by , 07-16-2013 at 09:11 AM
    Does anyone have experience with the octi hoops. I need help. I would perfer talking on the phone if possible, I do better.... I tell my husband I am old and chatting on the phone is better. I could call on my dime and promise not to talk for ever.
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  5. Log Cabin Quilt for my Son!

    by , 07-15-2013 at 01:12 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Ranchwife View Post
    This was the first big quilt I have ever made and the first time doing a quilt as you go. I'm very pleased with the results! It was easy doing the QAYG, but time consuming attaching all the squares and doing the hand work on the back of the quilt. I will definitely do another QAYG because it is easier dealing with quilting a square as opposed to the entire quilt, but I won't do each square individually - I'll do it in strips. Now I've got to get fabric to make matching pillow cases next week.
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  6. quilter at heart, very sick with machine-ittes

    by , 07-15-2013 at 09:46 AM
    OK I have it bad, I was just watching e-bay and there were no bids on this white signer 221, so it ended and as I was just looking at all the 221's up comes this same machine for $200. $99. less than it was listed before, and don't ya just know my finger hit the buy it now with one click button!!

    Oh dear, now where to put it, I have the other 5 girls lined up along the long wall in my studio, all on treadle tables, then one of my Pfaff 7570's in a sewing cabinet. My other 3 Pfaff ...
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  7. New Quilter

    by , 07-14-2013 at 06:58 PM
    2 months ago I couldn't even thread a machine..Today I am very proud of myself to say I just completed my 11th quilt..
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  8. quilter at heart

    by , 07-14-2013 at 12:30 PM
    well yesterday my newest 221 arrived, such a little cuttie! Now to think of a name for her. She makes a wonderful addition to my collection. And she runs so smoothly, she just purrs. I think I will take her to my sit and sew day, Wed. She looks even smaller than the other girls as the flip up part of the bed is smaller than the other ones.
    One of my black 221's had to go to the shop to be serviced, the motor was running rather sluggish, so I took her in to have a nice cleaning and grease ...
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  9. what to do with these fabrics?

    by , 07-14-2013 at 06:30 AM
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    Help please?
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  10. Ribbon Quilt Help

    by , 07-14-2013 at 04:24 AM
    I have been asked to make a wall hanging from horse show ribbons. Has anyone made one? I could use some tips such as; should I use the flip and sew method to make fabric blocks? Should I use batting or not? Or should I place the ribbons face up on a fabric square and overlapping the edges and sew in place (might be less puckering this way). Do I have to watch the temp of the iron because it might pucker the ribbon and melt the lettering? Ribbons have not arrived, yet so just thinking in advance. ...
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