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    Super Member Quilting Aggi's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by june6995
    Aggi, I read somewhere not to use compressed air on a computer key board because it forces dust and dirt into crevices where it should not go. I have applied that same rule to the sewing machine. What do you think about this idea? Is it possible it could be driving the dust and fuzz someplace where it could cause damage? I am not sure about it myself, but decided to take the precaution. I have never had a repair on my machine that is close to 25 years old. We all follow our own rules and that is OK..Whatever works!

    June
    you point the nozzle away from the main computer components, so to the left of the machine where it wouldnt' cause the damage. I asked that same question to the woman who offered the class. She services machines for a living. I figured she would have the right answers. By pointing the nozzle that way the lint will keep away from where we don't want it.

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    Hi Patty,
    I know what you are talking about the cost of cleaning a machine. The nicks on your plate is somethng you can take care of yourself. There is a very fine sand paper you can use and it smooths out the nicks and burs you get from learning to use your machine. I ordered mine form Clotilda's catalog not to expensive and it does the job. I use a set of craft paint brushes to clean my machine. they are really small and some are flat so you can get in places otherwise you couldnt. Long handles help a lot too. good luck Bonnie

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    Gee, great question and unfortunately I don't know the answer, my Janome has 2 vertical spool pins! Do you have those plastic round things that push onto the pin to hold the thread on, wouldn't that work? Or isn't there room on the pin for a large spool? I've seen those metal stands that people use for the really big spools.

    My best suggestion is to call your closest Janome dealer or maybe ask at JoAnn's but in the sewing machine center there if they have one. That is where I buy my Superior thread, at JoAnn's in the sewing machine center, not in the normal thread area of JoAnn's. I've gotten better prices of Superior Threads when they are at the big quilt shows, they offer better deals and you can ask questions in person, see a whole wall of sample stitches of all their threads.

    I think you will be so pleased with the Connecting Threads Essential, the price is wonderful and so is the thread. I got the 'bright' collection and planning on getting either the neutral or the spring set.

    best of luck!

    PS, I'm originally from the Canton/Akron Ohio area, I see you are in NW OH

    sue

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    Hi Again,

    Thought you might like this link to Cindy Needham, she does all her own quilting and uses Superior Thread. Her specialty is quilting vintage linens. she was our guild's guest speaker 2 wks ago and her work is phenomenal, unfortunately the photos in her website just don't do her work justice. She was the featured artist at Road to California Quilt Show in January and I walked right past her and her exhibit...duh, a lost opportunity!

    http://www.cindyneedham.com When you look at her gallery of photos, click on a photo and there will be a series of photos to look at. I missed that the 1st time I looked, I thought it was only 1 photo.

    Ladies, if you have vintage linens in drawers with no idea what to do with them, Cindy's website will give you an idea. It doesn't matter if they are stained, have holes or in anyway damaged. she recommends instead of tossing them to somehow use them even if it is on the back as the hanging sleeve or label. I don't think there any photos of her sleeves but she uses the lace ends of old pillowcases for her sleeves and they look stunning.

    sue

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    well, i picked up my machine yesterday (monday). WHAT A DIFFERENCE! i free-motion quilted my name as practice (just like before) and it was beautiful! I guess the $90 is worth it! but may try to stretch it to every other year. now that my kenmore is working nicely, i can switch out!

    i'm off to my free-motion quilting class tonight! got some fancy-schmancy machine quilting thread (one spool, just enough until i can order some of the 'essential thread').

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