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Old 02-14-2017, 05:53 PM
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Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

I am not a quilter but my wife is as a member of the Manteca CA Quilters.

We, my wife Maggie and I, inherited a Design-A-Quilt with the intent that we would get it back in working order and make it available to the Manteca Guild. "Get back in working order" has become a Herculean task and has been going on for nearly 2 years. I have past experience as a manufacturing engineer and have "reverse" engineered the machine, located the manufacturer of the control PCA and lucked out in speaking with the last remaining design engineer of the controller. He gave me some input as to what was supposed to happen when you pushed some buttons but not all of it. I purchased some damaged/worn out components but so far we are somewhat stumbling around in the dark.

Is there anyone out there who owns one of the machines? How about someone who worked for Design-a-Quilt in Murray, KY in the mid '90's? We know that the founder and previous owner had some issues and are not trying to get him in trouble or recoup any damages. All we want to do is get it sewing so that our guild members can use it.


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Old 02-14-2017, 06:06 PM
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Welcome from Ontario, Canada. Sorry I can't help with your problem.
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Old 02-14-2017, 07:37 PM
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Jim, you might get a better response if you would start another thread with Design A Quilt in the heading.
Welcome to QB, hope you find answers here!
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Old 02-14-2017, 10:28 PM
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Jim, is it only the machine that does not sew...maybe a sewing machine repair person would be of some help. Maybe that is why it was donated. There are older machines being sold that would be better for the Guild.

I have a question? Does the Guild want this machine. I know many members of guilds have longarm quilting machines at home.
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Old 02-15-2017, 02:44 AM
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:16 AM
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Just wanted to say Welcome to the board to you Jim and your wife Maggie, I hope you find the answers to your problem here we are very good at that.
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Old 02-15-2017, 09:32 AM
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Old 02-15-2017, 03:28 PM
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Sorry, I can't provide any help, but I can welcome you from the beautiful mountains of western NC.
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Old 02-16-2017, 06:38 AM
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Welcome aboard from East Tenn.
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Jim, No one would blame you for giving up. Two years of effort is plenty.
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