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    Wow, Nancy, that' s a lot of clipping. I have a rag die for my Accuquilt Studio, so all the squares are pre-cut/ragged. I don't know if I'd do them any other way! So much work otherwise. I do quite a few of them for our community service quilts. That's great you all are working together. I taught my 5 year old niece how to sew and our first project was a small, rag quilt. Sadly, it was for her grandmother in the hospital, who didn't pull through:<

    It sounds like you're VERY busy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Wow, Nancy, that' s a lot of clipping. I have a rag die for my Accuquilt Studio, so all the squares are pre-cut/ragged. I don't know if I'd do them any other way! So much work otherwise. I do quite a few of them for our community service quilts. That's great you all are working together. I taught my 5 year old niece how to sew and our first project was a small, rag quilt. Sadly, it was for her grandmother in the hospital, who didn't pull through:<


    It sounds like you're VERY busy!
    That might get me to buy an accuquilt. Since I piece in a very Liberated manner, I don't really care about the cuts being perfect. But I like how rag quilts look, i just don't ever want to do all that clipping again! Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    That might get me to buy an accuquilt. Since I piece in a very Liberated manner, I don't really care about the cuts being perfect. But I like how rag quilts look, i just don't ever want to do all that clipping again! Laura
    If you're ever in my neck of the woods, you can use mine. I love it, though I don't have that many dies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Wow, Nancy, that' s a lot of clipping. I have a rag die for my Accuquilt Studio, so all the squares are pre-cut/ragged. I don't know if I'd do them any other way! So much work otherwise. I do quite a few of them for our community service quilts. That's great you all are working together. I taught my 5 year old niece how to sew and our first project was a small, rag quilt. Sadly, it was for her grandmother in the hospital, who didn't pull through:<

    It sounds like you're VERY busy!
    Geeze, I don't have the Accuquilt - now I am going to look into one! I didn't think about getting the blocks already clipped! Geeze, for a lap sized rag quilt that would be nice, but for the one Kassidy is doing I am not so sure it would work! This quilt is so large that it is fraying from just being wrestled with so much! I'd of worried if the blocks were already clipped! I had to go over her seams as she added row after row because I caught her pulling the quilt through the feed dogs, which caused some very very long stitches! Luckily, I caught that and re-did those seams! Don't ya love those old Japanese machines with all metal gears! If Kassidy has tried pulling the fabric through - forcing it instead of letting the feed dogs do their jobs - on a modern plastic wonder there would have been major problems - probably a ruined machine! That pink Sterling just keeps right on sewing! Love it!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Hummmmmm, I remember Cathy, Mizkaki, telling me that you will get skipped stitches if the eye of the needle doesn't rotate across the hook at the right time. Now I will have to remember how to re-time my 319w as my 4 years old grandson did a number on that machine again! It is all messed up with the needle hitting the hook - AGAIN! So frustrating as that is my at home piecing machine these days - it is always set up ready to go! Now, I will have to remove it from the treadle and re-time it for the second time!

    Nancy
    Nancy, you are going to be a pro if this keeps up. Then I will know where to go when I have a problem lol Kathie

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    I just picked up a 1920 Red Head for $25. The decals are in great shape. There are only two problems with this machine. It is missing a bobbin plate and is a head only. Now I have four red heads. If anyone is in the Sacramento
    area and would like this head I will let it go for what I paid for it. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine- View Post
    I watched "How to make an American Quilt" last night for the umpteenth time. I know you've probably watched this movie a lot too, right? This movie has subtle life messages in it, and some not so subtle. Each time I watch it something new stands out. For instance, last night there was a scene where one woman says the hardest thing about being friends with women is that they're women. Some women can be nasty and mean. She lost her husband to cancer a year before, and although she joined the other women in they're quilting task, it seemed she was singled out as the one they picked on, and with no good reason. I thought she handled their treatment of her graciously and with forbearance.

    As the movie progresses, we're shown the various struggles each woman has had in her life. The only woman whose life was picture perfect was the woman they picked on. She had a wonderful relationship with her husband, she missed him terribly. A husband of one of the other women targeted her vulnerability, and was rebuffed. Her character, out of all the women, was notably the most sterling.

    When I see women picking on someone, (it happens to all us) I try to keep this in mind, you don't know what they've gone through in life. The mere fact that they're picking at you, is proof they have some struggle going on. Sometimes I fail, and lash back, but most times I absorb it... and let it roll of my back at a later time.

    Anyway, these are just thoughts running through my head this morning. How's your morning going?
    Been thinking of this post for days now.

    Questions and thoughts keep coming to my mind.

    How does one respond to a person that you meet for the first (or second) time that states, " I have been known to get up and move to a new seat or just leave a class or group gathering because of disliking the people near me".

    Well, this happened to me. I was so dumbfounded that I didn't know how to respond at the time. I just smiled and said oh. The first time I met this person making such a comment was too brief for us to chat. This was our second meeting when she came out with such a statement.

    Well, that person did pack up and leave early that day. She was sitting across the table from me. I didn't say anything to insult her. I don't know if she was sending a message to me by leaving, but to this day I'm wondering what the heck really happened that day.

    Doesn't that person making such a comment realize the message that they are sending to others. A message of I don't value you as a worthy person. Should one judge so soon onto others that they meet for the first time.

    So, I think now on these words about the thoughts of the movie "How to Make an American Quilt", and I try not to judge.

    How does one respond nicely to a comment like that?

    Should I have just reseated myself elsewhere? That way both of us would be comfortable from that point on.


    Such a shame because we can all learn from each other.


    Sorry this is off topic from sewing, but we all take classes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S. View Post
    I just picked up a 1920 Red Head for $25. The decals are in great shape. There are only two problems with this machine. It is missing a bobbin plate and is a head only. Now I have four red heads. If anyone is in the Sacramento
    area and would like this head I will let it go for what I paid for it. Kathie
    Kathie I am sure either Loretta or I will take the machine! We will be at Runs on Monday!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    If you're ever in my neck of the woods, you can use mine. I love it, though I don't have that many dies.
    I may take you up on that...if i travel to outer space :0)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    I may take you up on that...if i travel to outer space :0)
    Candace is a super member so maybe she can meet you part way from outer space
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    I may take you up on that...if i travel to outer space :0)
    You do know Curiosity made it to Mars. I'm betting you pass closer to my area than that. ;>

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Been thinking of this post for days now.

    Questions and thoughts keep coming to my mind.

    How does one respond to a person that you meet for the first (or second) time that states, " I have been known to get up and move to a new seat or just leave a class or group gathering because of disliking the people near me".

    Well, this happened to me. I was so dumbfounded that I didn't know how to respond at the time. I just smiled and said oh. The first time I met this person making such a comment was too brief for us to chat. This was our second meeting when she came out with such a statement.

    Well, that person did pack up and leave early that day. She was sitting across the table from me. I didn't say anything to insult her. I don't know if she was sending a message to me by leaving, but to this day I'm wondering what the heck really happened that day.

    Doesn't that person making such a comment realize the message that they are sending to others. A message of I don't value you as a worthy person. Should one judge so soon onto others that they meet for the first time.

    So, I think now on these words about the thoughts of the movie "How to Make an American Quilt", and I try not to judge.

    How does one respond nicely to a comment like that?

    Should I have just reseated myself elsewhere? That way both of us would be comfortable from that point on.


    Such a shame because we can all learn from each other.


    Sorry this is off topic from sewing, but we all take classes.
    This reminds me of a time when I attended a quilting party just after Thanksgiving. There was a raffle table full of fabrics with Christmas themes. Numerous folks were standing around the table admiring some of the fabrics. Someone asked one gal if she was going to purchase a ticket. The gal screamed out in a nasty tone "I'm Jewish, I'm Jewish". That day, I wish I had told her, "GOD doesn't judge. Those fabrics could be made up to keep someone warm".

    Sometimes it is best to ignore rude behaviour like hers and other times not.

    And with that..... God bless you Laura.

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    Years ago, when we had a guild in this town I went out to sew blocks for a raffel quilt. Well, I was a bit late in ariving and took the last seat, with a newbie. Rude person for sure, and sure she knew it all after one class at the local shop. She started out by refusing to change the light blue bobbin thread as that was a waste of money, and took offence to any and all who even looked at her work. Well I went to do coffee and visit some of the other gals and then went back to my machine. Son of a gun, my block had a huge mistake. Well my jaw dropped and I was very surprised. Rude nuwbie is packing up and saying in a very loud voice " just goes to show you old quilter's (I am younger than her) don't know it all" "I am a better peicer than all of you " ect. I turned the block over....light blue bobbin thread!!!
    More nerve than Dick Tracey!

    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Been thinking of this post for days now.

    Questions and thoughts keep coming to my mind.

    How does one respond to a person that you meet for the first (or second) time that states, " I have been known to get up and move to a new seat or just leave a class or group gathering because of disliking the people near me".

    Well, this happened to me. I was so dumbfounded that I didn't know how to respond at the time. I just smiled and said oh. The first time I met this person making such a comment was too brief for us to chat. This was our second meeting when she came out with such a statement.

    Well, that person did pack up and leave early that day. She was sitting across the table from me. I didn't say anything to insult her. I don't know if she was sending a message to me by leaving, but to this day I'm wondering what the heck really happened that day.

    Doesn't that person making such a comment realize the message that they are sending to others. A message of I don't value you as a worthy person. Should one judge so soon onto others that they meet for the first time.

    So, I think now on these words about the thoughts of the movie "How to Make an American Quilt", and I try not to judge.

    How does one respond nicely to a comment like that?

    Should I have just reseated myself elsewhere? That way both of us would be comfortable from that point on.


    Such a shame because we can all learn from each other.


    Sorry this is off topic from sewing, but we all take classes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisDixie View Post
    Years ago, when we had a guild in this town I went out to sew blocks for a raffel quilt. Well, I was a bit late in ariving and took the last seat, with a newbie. Rude person for sure, and sure she knew it all after one class at the local shop. She started out by refusing to change the light blue bobbin thread as that was a waste of money, and took offence to any and all who even looked at her work. Well I went to do coffee and visit some of the other gals and then went back to my machine. Son of a gun, my block had a huge mistake. Well my jaw dropped and I was very surprised. Rude nuwbie is packing up and saying in a very loud voice " just goes to show you old quilter's (I am younger than her) don't know it all" "I am a better peicer than all of you " ect. I turned the block over....light blue bobbin thread!!!
    More nerve than Dick Tracey!
    I think that's one of the funniest stories I've ever heard. Wow, wow, wow!

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    I've been sitting here this morning trying to catch up on all the posts I've missed. Our cabin remodel has taken up all my time the last couple of weeks and I am feeling quilting deprived. I brought a couple of projects to work on this summer but haven't been able to finish anything. Even though I found 3 vintage machines this summer, I haven't been able to work on them either. So, I'm just jealous reading about you all having so much fun with your machines and getting so much quilting done.... but the remodel is almost done.... only 2 or 3 weeks to go.... I hope.

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    I went to Rochester MN Gold Rush flea/antique market. Was looking for just one thing. A 301 singer.Sorry to say I did not stop any in Onoco or Rochester.

    I have a table for a 301 ( looks like a card table). Can anyone tell me if I need a 301 with a long or short flip up arm? I am thinking it take a short arm.

    Also any info how looking for a 301 would help out. I see many on ebay, but not sure which one would be the best.
    Mary

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    Sorry I meant to say that I did not find any. I need to proof read better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by almond View Post
    I went to Rochester MN Gold Rush flea/antique market. Was looking for just one thing. A 301 singer.Sorry to say I did not stop any in Onoco or Rochester.

    I have a table for a 301 ( looks like a card table). Can anyone tell me if I need a 301 with a long or short flip up arm? I am thinking it take a short arm.

    Also any info how looking for a 301 would help out. I see many on ebay, but not sure which one would be the best.
    You can go here to compare your table http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_..._cabinets.html There are a couple of different tables that will fit the 301 short bed or long bed. So, it depends on which table you have. Mine fits, short bed 301's, 401's and 500 machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    You can go here to compare your table http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_..._cabinets.html There are a couple of different tables that will fit the 301 short bed or long bed. So, it depends on which table you have. Mine fits, short bed 301's, 401's and 500 machines.
    Thanks much Candace, will check that out.
    Mary

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    Interesting read: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/cons...ts/alt039.shtm

    It's about buying antiques...
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Interesting read: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/cons...ts/alt039.shtm

    It's about buying antiques...
    Thanks for the web site. I have been reading it and has a lot of good info.
    Mary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    You can go here to compare your table http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_..._cabinets.html There are a couple of different tables that will fit the 301 short bed or long bed. So, it depends on which table you have. Mine fits, short bed 301's, 401's and 500 machines.
    Mine will fit in a 314 card table. Thanks so much. I would have bought the wrong size machine. Very helpful web sit. This is just a wonderful thread with lots of good info.
    Mary

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    Quote Originally Posted by almond View Post
    Mine will fit in a 314 card table. Thanks so much. I would have bought the wrong size machine. Very helpful web sit. This is just a wonderful thread with lots of good info.
    Good to hear. Whatever machine you buy, make sure the bobbin case is there. Getting a replacement is NOT cheap. Both the FW and 301 use the same bobbin case and it will cost you about $50 for a vintage replacement. A bit less for a repro.

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    does a 513 stylest singer have metal gears or plastic? thanks for any help
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    The 513's will have plastic gears. We have a 518 and a 538 and they are plastic geared.

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