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Thread: Disappointed, please help.

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    Super Member Annya's Avatar
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    klgreene, I am glad that you worked out what I myself would do, that is SID I found out id you sew along the sashing always go the same way on both sides or it will wave at you. My Teddy bears picnic quilt will have to come out at the sashing and then be redone too. The quilts are great, it is the colors my whole family loves for at least 4 generations. Every female member loves the lavender color. Strange isn't it?

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    Contact her and tell her your feelings and ask for part refund if you gave her specific instructions; the top you made is so sweet ,colours go together v well and I personally don't like quilts that have been "sewn within an inch of their life---they make me feel sick ,so I could live with it very well but do understand your frustration.

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    So glad to hear that you found a solution that suits you. And the finished quilts are lovely. I like the idea of a matching doll quilt. I saved a bunch of scraps from the quilt my MIL and I made my daughter just for that purpose. Of course, who knows when I'll get it finished.

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    You could do that!! Perhaps it is time to look outside the area for a LAQ.
    If the quilt isn't a double size or larger, I've been doing my own. I may be able to handle a double after practice.

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    If that person IS the ONLY (I find that questionable,it's probably an excuse) longer-arm quilter then the work should show a more professional finish. I agree with the person who asked you to get back in touch with this quilter & demand that the shoddy work be fixed. As you have this forum to tell about your woes, then maybe you may have to remind your quilter that you will not recommend them AT ALL & that if they belong to a "professional" guild of long-arm quilters in your area ( you must have been given their name & address from some-one to find them in the first place) that you will complain to them.
    Too much work is not an excuse for shoddy work. You pay for a professional finish, not for the shoddy work you recieved. mbp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bev
    Quote Originally Posted by Annya
    Did you know you can stipple quilt with out dropping the feed dogs. I do it all the time, it gives me more control on where the quilt is going without it sliding every where and the stitches are better than when I drop the feed dogs. Try it out on something else first, but I would either sew around the blocks in a SID method and stipple then if you want THEN remove the other sewing if you want to. That way it wont have to be re-pinned.
    Annya:
    What size stitch do you use, and what about the tension? I'm interested. Maybe I'll try this on something small to see how it looks to me.

    8-)
    My feed dog doesn't drop unfortnately. And I've tried to freehand and just can't seem to make it look nice, or even.
    I use the #4 length and I keep adjusting the tension. For some reason my stitches are smaller than I'd like, but I don't have an expensive machine. It does the job I need.

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    love your quilt

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    I heard of someone quilting w/o dropping their feed dogs. so I tried it and am soooooooooo pleased with the results. T
    marla
    Quote Originally Posted by klgreene
    Quote Originally Posted by Bev
    Quote Originally Posted by Annya
    Did you know you can stipple quilt with out dropping the feed dogs. I do it all the time, it gives me more control on where the quilt is going without it sliding every where and the stitches are better than when I drop the feed dogs. Try it out on something else first, but I would either sew around the blocks in a SID method and stipple then if you want THEN remove the other sewing if you want to. That way it wont have to be re-pinned.
    Annya:
    What size stitch do you use, and what about the tension? I'm interested. Maybe I'll try this on something small to see how it looks to me.

    8-)
    My feed dog doesn't drop unfortnately. And I've tried to freehand and just can't seem to make it look nice, or even.
    I use the #4 length and I keep adjusting the tension. For some reason my stitches are smaller than I'd like, but I don't have an expensive machine. It does the job I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annya
    I use the normal stitch and the same tension if the same cotton on both bobbin and top. But get a piece of sandwiched fabric as if it is the quilt and practice first until you are happy with the way it looks. Put a new needle in too and take your time or big stitches will appear and spoil it. Check the tension to see if both top and bottom are good. Lately I found that I cant use Rasant and Threadart cottons together, it doesn't see properly and I have had to unpick a whole big block, most annoying when you think it is right only to find out it is not. Remember practice, practice, practice. The more you do the better your work. GOOD LUCK. :thumbup:
    Without dropping the feed dogs ....do you get the rounded stipples?...I mean the up and down rounded hills and valleys of a bigger stipple?

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    You have to practice on a piece of sandwich fabric first to get into a rythmn and go slow so you do not get those big stitches. Keep your stitch length on what you normally sew and do not change it but most of all GO SLOW and do position your hands and do one section at a time. It you have some sort of gloves like the cheap garden gloves with the dots if you can't afford the right ones(I can't) They will help to grip the quilt as you sew. If you do a bit then leave the machine, get a drink or something, it will help release the tension from your neck. Flex it and your shoulders, it does help you to relax more. You do not have to do circles. what ever you want but be consistent with it. Always start from the center out too. If you go around applique, sew around it first to anchor the patch then go down one side then the next and meet at the top or bottom and continue across the square to the edges. Pin the backing fabric outside the top so it will not get caught underneath as you do the edges. I call the stippling a drunkards path, it goes all over and does not necessary have to cross over or not. You know how drunks walk. GOOD LUCK :thumbup:

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    Okay, thanks for this info! Am going to try this.

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