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The hanson email List FAQ's

The hanson list was discontinued as of the end of June 2000. We are leaving this page, up for the time being, so that others might see what we did with regard to running a list. We do this in the hopes that it might benefit someone else, who might be thinking about starting a list, whether it be machine quilting or around some other interest. All refund checks for unused portions of subscriptions to the hanson list have been sent out by snail mail as of July 13, 2000. 

Welcome to the hanson list FAQ page. (hanson list with the "h" in lower case) This list was started for the busy professional machine quilter. The list was created December 28, 1998 and went public January 1, 1999. After an initial trial period as of  March 1, 1999 the list went to a $5 monthly subscription fee.

Who is eligible to join the list? List subscription membership is open to everyone on a paid subscription basis.

What makes this list unique? The hanson list is moderated. Messages to the list automatically go to the moderator first. The moderator can post a message to the list verbatim, edit it before posting, incorporate it into a digest, or reject it outright. The hanson list's server currently sends out a digest every 10 messages or 24 hours whichever comes first. The hanson list has its own Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) Page and the hanson list does not accept paid advertising.

How do I become a list member?  Simply fill in the following "form". This will generate an email message to us. We do this so that if you are using someone else's computer or you are at a library computer, for instance, you can still join the list using your regular email address (and your name of course). By the way we do not use cookies on our web site. So there is never a security issue when you visit our web site.

I would like to subscribe to the hanson list:
Please use the following email address:  
My name is:  
I acknowledge the hanson list is by paid subscription.


We will subscribe you to the list as soon as possible to save time rather than wait for your check to arrive via snail mail. You will receive a confirmation email from us once you have been added to the list. If for some reason the form above does not work simply email us the same information using the email links at the bottom of any of our web pages.

Simply send your check to:

House of Hanson
122 Coronado Avenue
San Carlos, CA 94070-2806

$5 (U.S. funds) per month, starting March 1st, 1999. You can pay by the month, quarter or yearly. We suggest you pay by the month until you get to an easy month to remember such as your birthday. Then you can pay in longer periods if you wish. We are currently not taking credit cards. 

For those of you who ask, Isn't this a lot of money? 60 dollars a year divided by 365 days works out to 16 cents a day. This is usually less than the cost of a needle, newspaper, cup of coffee or telephone call. Think about it. If you get one good idea from the list........Think about this the next time you are frog stitching (, rip-it) for a few hours something that could have been prevent by something you learned from the list.........How else are you as a professional keeping up on the latest stuff in your field daily? What's your time worth to you? Also, the $5 a month might be tax deductible depending on your individual situation.

Who is behind the hanson list? Jeff and Jackie

Who's idea was the hanson list?  Actually many people were involved in this decision. Marcia Stevens had three days of classes at our location in November 1998. We discussed the idea with the students and everyone seemed enthusiastic about the idea. We have heard from many past members of other lists as well.

After I have joined the list what should I do next? (You will receive a welcome message from us which includes this information as well as having it posted here.) Once you join the list please send a message to the list members simply saying you are requesting Jeff and Jackie send you the latest archives of previous digests. This serves several purposes.

1. It lets you confirm you are getting through to the list with your message.
2. You should see your message show up in the next digest.
3. It alerts us to send you the latest archives now that you are up and running (if you don't want the archives just don't ask for is not a requirement) <G>
4. It alerts other members that you have joined the list. Lurker status is respected, but sending messages is encouraged.<g>

Sometimes when we send you the archives you end up missing the latest digest (they pass each other). If this happens to you simply email us again with your request for that specific digest.

How do I quit the list? You can email us directly and ask to be removed from the list or since this list is a subscription you could not renew your subscription.

Archives of previous digests and vacation holds: Archives of previous digest are easy to receive. Simply email us and we will email them to list members. When you go on vacation your email inbox at your Internet Service Provider can fill up and cause messages to bounce or become lost. Because you pay for this list, we can offer extra services. You can simply email us when you are going and we will hold all your digest. When you return from vacation email us again when you are ready to receive the digest that have come in while you were gone. We will forward those digests to you at that time so there is no danger of filling your mailbox and losing your digests and all other email you might receive while you were on vacation.

The list has two list moderators (Jeff and/or Jackie, husband and wife) who moderate all messages. Extraneous rich text formatting code, non-quilt related posts, extra long signatures (second time around or more), etc. Some messages might be sent to one member (a simple thank-you for example), others might be returned to the sender for editing so as to guarantee we don't change the wording of someone's message, and others might be edited. Moderating is very labor intense, but moderating will save you a lot of time. If you have ever belonged to a list you know the value of having a moderated list. "Moderated list tend to be have a less interactive feeling, but a very high level of substance." from Managing Mailing List by Alan Schwartz, Copyright 1998, O'Reilly & Associates.

What is Rich Text formatting in email messages?  Unless you send a message in Plain Text format you are probably sending it in Rich Text format. When you send a message in Rich Text format without using italics or underline or colors of fonts you send extra coding saying you are not sending italics, nor underline, nor colors. Plain Text can't do those things so it doesn't have to include code telling that it can't.

How do I send messages in PLAIN TEXT?   If you are sending messages to the list in Rich Text formatting you will be referred back to this web page to learn how to set your email software up to accomplish this goal. The digest will be sent out in plain text format for technical reasons and because not everyone can receive rich text format with their particular email software. If your email software is configured to send messages in Rich Text format, it will send out messages that show up in the list digest with the message repeated and with extra code. This is not your fault. Your email software is just not setup for an email list.

If you can change to sending messages to the list in plain text it would help our editing time. HOWEVER, if you can't figure that out we would rather you continue to post your messages (because they are worth reading) and we will strip the extra code and duplicate text out of your message.

Most of the problems ironically come with Microsoft Outlook Express which is a terrific email program. And, here is what you can do to help. If you are not using Outlook Express these instruction below will more than likely help you configure your email software as well.

When you type your next message to the list, open a new message window that is blank. Simply, go to the top and click on "Format" and a pull down menu appears Then click on "Plain Text" and that's all there is to it.

Even though you might send a message without using italics or underline or colors of fonts you were sending extra coding saying you were not sending italics, nor underline, nor colors. Plain Text can't do those things so it doesn't have to include code telling that it can't.

Now, if you put into your address book and select the WB01371_.gif (289 bytes) Send E-mail Using Plain Text Only check box as you enter that email address into your address book, you can type your messages to the list any way you want. Then when you go to press the send button a screen will come up telling you that can ONLY be sent Plain Text messages and will convert it for you automatically.

You probably have one other setting that is making the
= character at the end of each line of your message. This is because you have your setting set for "quoted printable". You should change this for all your email anyway. From the main opening window of Outlook Express click on "Tools" at the top of your screen. Select "Options" which is at the end of the pull down list. Select the "Send" Tab. You should see "Mail Sending Format" and for yours you have the HTML Settings selected. Click on the "Settings" button where you will then see "MIME message format" and "Encode text using:".  There is a pull down with three choices. You have "Quoted Printable" selected. You should change this to "None". The third option is BASE 64 which you should not use.

If you have questions please email us from the bottom of any of our web pages using the email links provided. And you can send a test or practice message to the list any time you want. We will intercept it for you (and comment back to you) and not upload it to the digest.

Jeff and Jackie


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Kathy Olson wrote:  This quilt was made for the art department of Joshua Intermediate in Texas by pressing the kids handprints into fabric paint that matched the primary colors in the www. fabric...the kids then signed each block. The fabric on the back is the same Hoffman www. fabric that frames the handprints on the front.  All materials were donated and the assembly of the quilt was done by Sandy's Quilt Shop in Joshua Texas.  For the quilting, I outlined the handprints and signatures in white. The www. fabric is meandered in a bright blue that matches the background.  For the center block, Peter drew a globe with the major continents on it, and I quilted it in...but of course, you can't see that (and it's even hard to see in person!) The quilt is destined for auction for money for art supplies for the school.

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This is a close-up of the world wide web Hoffman fabric with metallic gold.


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Here is our personal bobbin winder we made for ourselves. The 110 volt receptacle (always hot) is on the end of the aluminum box in case we need to plug something else in. An orange/amber pilot light on top lights if the 110 volt cord of the entire unit is plugged into a wall outlet. There are two toggle switches. The first toggle switch is located below the pilot light on the end of the box which is for the winder on/off.  The speed of winding is controlled by the slider on the "light" dimmer (the black rectangle that the winder plugs into). The second toggle switch located on the top of the box is for the heavy gooseneck lamp on/off with a 100 watt bulb (the lamp is rated for a 100 watt maximum not the usual 60 watt). The gooseneck and winder are from Brewer Supply. (Gooseneck item #633M $8 regular price and the Automatic Bobbin Winder item #P60999 $35 regular price.) The dimmer has a red LED that lights when the toggle allows power to it. The light dimmer (being used as a speed control) is from Home Depot and cost about $13. It is made by Westek (An American Tack and Hardware Company) model # 6089B rated at 500 watts and is called a "Foot Control Lamp Dimmer".

We used two large four inch handles on each end to move around the entire oak board (8 inches wide by 24.5 inches long and 3/4 inch thick) kind of like a serving tray <G>. There are four rubber feet about a half inch thick so that the board can be lifted by sliding your fingers under the edges of the board OR lifted by the handles. The four feet are 4 inches in from the left and right edges to allow the unit to overhang the edge of a narrow table if necessary. The center of gravity of the entire unit is centrally located on board so that both handles lift the same weight. We were surprised that the unit is NOT top heavy with the gooseneck lamp.

The aluminum box is from an electronics parts store and is very beefy. With the heavy duty gooseneck we needed a substantial box. The inside walls are actually grooved or finned to accept printed circuit boards. The two end rectangles are flat heavy gauge aluminum. About $14 if I recall.

The red caps are just plastic thread covers (from Home Depot) to cover the extra long exposed threads on the two long bolts that go through the motor of the winder. It was easier to cover them than cut them off, and I wasn't sure if they were left long on purpose to allow disassembly of the motor unit for new brushes or whatever.

Someone might ask why we wanted a separate bobbin winder when our Gammill Optimum longarm has a bobbin winder built-in. The built-in winder winds while you sew and requires TWO spools of thread. One to sew with and one for the winder. Sometimes this is not convenient. Also, if we wind bobbins separately (while NOT sewing) we have to unthread the needle and several guides to keep from getting a knot of thread as the needle and arm go up and down. We have to move the machine off the quilt we are working on and move the machine off to the side so that we can easily reach the winder and so we don't poke thousands of holes in the quilt in the same spot as we wind the bobbin. We also feel winding bobbins on the machine while NOT sewing is extra wear and tear on the longarm that we can avoid if we have a separate bobbin winder. And, lastly we do a lot of sewing with both of us present. While one is sewing the other can wind bobbins on the separate winder.

Separate bobbin winders......there're a good thing.      <G> Think Martha Stewart   


As you know from the hanson list it has been discussed that with real estate it is location, location, location. With machine quilting it is tension, tension, tension........thread tension that is. One of our major problems is changing from one thread type to another and getting the tension reset correctly for the new thread. Also, for trouble shooting purposes a tension gauge will help you know immediately if something is wrong.

Since the hanson list has been discontinued we have not kept this web page updated so the 3 links below are no longer valid. However, the web site is still active and much of the information mention below is still there. Jeff May 29, 2005 is a must visit (before you have trouble while you still have a clear head) for learning about needles, looping, thread breaking, bird nesting, and thread tensions or the tracking down of problems with the sewn stitch. is the web page discussing thread tensions in detail and the use of tension gauges to adjust your tensions. is a web page devoted to photos and information and prices of 3 levels of Tajima tension gauges. Since the Tension King tension gauge is no longer available we recommend the Tajima $20 tension gauge. We like it very much. It goes up to 250 grams which is more than our $80 red Elna all metal gauge that is made in Switzerland, that only goes to 150 grams. The hook on the end of the Tajima tension gauge is easy to engage the thread and disengage after use. The Elna model is not easy to engage the thread with.

Sew-Art International, 942 East 350 North, P.O. Box 1244, Bountiful, Utah, 84011 USA telephone  800-231-2787 FAX 801-294-0984 (Pat and Chuck) had the last of the Tension King Model No. TK-100B which full retailed for $4.95. Even though the Tension King is no longer available Sew-Art does have a catalog that carries many items of interest to the longarm community.

We have been meaning to write something about this specialty thread for quite some time. But, I wanted to be able to furnish more information such as cost and where to get it before I said anything. This thread has been discussed before elsewhere but not in the detail I am going to go into shortly. The thread is Heavy Metal No. 30 (Den. 300/1) 50% Polyester 50% Metallized Polyester. This is a metallic thread that will work well with Christmas quilt, after quilt, after quilt. It works so well with Nymo (our normal thread) in the bobbin that it sews like our normal thread (Nymo). We sew our usual speed, with no broken threads, no silicon, and little to no tension adjustment. As a matter of fact we enjoy using it and found ourselves hoarding the thread until we knew where to get more. <G> What's more is our customers love it, too.

It is available in 6 colors, but that is misleading. There are 2 silvers and 4 gold colors. They differ in color very slightly. We use the #6033 gold. It comes in 3000 meter cones (approximately 3000+ yards) or 220 yard spools.  This thread is made in Germany and is a Rheingold Brand thread. 

Where can you get it?  It is finally available from King's Men Quilting Supply, Inc., 2570 N Walnut, Rochester, Illinois 62563 U.S.A. Phone 217-498-9460; FAX 217-498-9476, David and Debbie Taft owners,  web site  

All 6 colors start with the same Order Number of M983 +4 digit color # :

M983 6031 silver
M983 6030 another silver

M983 6032 gold
M983 6033 another gold (the one we use)
M983 6037 another gold
M983 6034 another gold

I listed the numbers so that you can check the bottom of any cones you might have that you might THINK are this thread. There is a lot of thread using the name "Metallic" or "Heavy Metal". This thread is designed for Professional Embroiderers. We saw a demonstration at a New Home/Janome meeting of the Wade's email list several years ago when this thread just started being imported. They passed around a sample with two examples of the same gold anchor embroidery done with "normal" gold metallic embroidery thread and the other was with this thread. They also passed around a magnifier to examine the two closely. The one was not "solid". You could see the fabric under the embroidery. It was also fuzzy and rough to the touch. The other was smooth, soft, completely covered solid and this was after many WASHINGS of the sample. We do embroidery work too and believe you owe it to yourself to try it yourself on YOUR machine. Hopefully it will work as flawlessly for you as it does for us. You will notice I have avoided the use of the words Madeira Thread "Heavy Metal". Some of this thread is NOT the same thing as the thread we are speaking about above. That is why we have furnished you with the "M" numbers. You should look for the 4 digit color number on any cones you might have. Unless you have a gold or silver thread you are happy with you owe it to yourself to try this out for yourself.  Let us know how it works out for you. It sure makes our Christmas rush a lot more special and fun. We hope it does the same for you. Tell David and Debbie we sent you!!

Jeff and Jackie

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Changes: updated King's Men Quilting Supply, Inc.  information and added note at the top of the hanson list being discontinued.