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Jeanine replied on Mon, Sep 5 2011 12:56 PM | Locked

Thanks, Karla.  I know it will all work out as it is supposed to.

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Jeanine replied on Mon, Sep 5 2011 12:56 PM | Locked

Thanks, Wendy.  God is good.

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Charlotte Casey replied on Mon, Sep 5 2011 1:16 PM | Locked

Hi - I have an APQS Millenium that was used and purchased directly from APQS.  I really think I got a good deal as it was factory refurbished before coming to me and that made me feel better about buying something more affordable, but used.  You may want to contact them directly as they do offer used machines for sale.  When I first started looking, I was focused on quilters who had a machine for sale and didn't think about going directly to the manufactuere.  I highly recommend getting one with the Bliss drive system if you buy an APQS because it is unbelievable smooth and easy to move through a pattern.   Like you, I only wanted to do this once and for all the used machines I looked at (and I looked at just about all brands), the owners were selling them to trade up to a better/larger machine.  That's what made me just go ahead and spend a little more to get the Millenium.  I got the 14 foot table because I had the space and that will accommodate a king size quilt.  Not sure how often I'll actually use the 14 feet and it does take up more room than I expected when you consider how much space you need to have to walk/work around both sides.   We are still getting acquainted but I do love my machine so far.  Don't know if that helps or not but there's my 2 cents!.... Charlotte

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Charlotte Casey replied on Mon, Sep 5 2011 1:20 PM | Locked

I had to "Unquilt" quite a large section of my pattern for the first time and it has left some noticeable needle holes in my project.    Does anyone have a tip to share on how you can get these out/make them less noticeable?    I was thinking maybe wetting the quilt and tossing it in the dryer but wanted to check before I do that in case it makes it worse.. Thanks!!

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Nana replied on Mon, Sep 5 2011 1:40 PM | Locked

Charlotte

All my needle marks have disappeared when I washed the quilt the first time.

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Marge P replied on Mon, Sep 5 2011 3:10 PM | Locked

Charlotte Casey:
I had to "Unquilt" quite a large section of my pattern for the first time and it has left some noticeable needle holes in my project. 

Charlotte -  I did the same thing yesterday and was not a happy camper. I figured I would spray the two 12" blocks with water after the quilt was done but this morning with it just relaxing over night, there doesn't seem to be any noticeable holes.  I use an 18 needle in my Nolting.  Like Nana says washing it will definitely make them go away.  I just don't want to wash this quilt at this time.  Good luck - am sure it will be fine.

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Charlotte Casey replied on Mon, Sep 5 2011 3:32 PM | Locked

Thanks, I'll wash it then - just didn't want to make it worse!

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Judy Lee replied on Mon, Sep 5 2011 6:15 PM | Locked

Hi Charlotte,

I usually steam the area before I requilt it.

Hope this helps

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Elizabeth replied on Mon, Sep 5 2011 8:19 PM | Locked

OK quilt is off the machine.  It is not perfect but pretty ok for the first one.  I love, love, love the groovy boards.  they take the learning curve away.  I did do so free motion in the large picture blocks and it got easier with each one.  I don't know how I did it but the quilting fir perfectly in the quilt!!  I only have two groovy boards so did have to move them.  Not that hard, but I can see why it would be nice to have them the length of the table.  My biggest problem was upper thread breakage.  Seems to happen when I started and stopped.    Of on r vacation for two weeks tomorrow to my son;s in sultan , WA.  Plenty of quilt shops to visit.

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MNnancy replied on Mon, Sep 5 2011 8:38 PM | Locked

Elizabeth, it sounds like you had fun with those groovy boards.  Your quilt is lovely!  Enjoy your vacation.

Jeanine, I am SO happy that things are going so well for you right now!  It's like everything is going back to the way it should be!


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Judy Lee replied on Tue, Sep 6 2011 6:00 PM | Locked

Congrats Elizabeth,

Now you should practice freemotion with the groovy board pattern, you will now find it really easy to do!

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P.S. enjoy your vacation!

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Elizabeth replied on Wed, Sep 7 2011 10:56 AM | Locked

Hi Judylee I did do some.  Because of the large blocks I had to reposistion the groovy board to just do one spriral at a time.  pretty easy had fun.

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Judy Lee replied on Wed, Sep 7 2011 5:30 PM | Locked

That is how I started free motionsing on my longarm, some of the patterns were just easier to do freehand.

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Patti replied on Wed, Sep 7 2011 8:22 PM | Locked

OK, everyone, what is your favorite non-wool batting to use on your longarm?  Do you buy it by the roll?  Where do you buy it?  (Hubby is allergic to wool, so no wool in our quilts.)  What do you like about it?

Thanks!

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gini replied on Wed, Sep 7 2011 8:25 PM | Locked

Elizabeth:
Of on r vacation for two weeks tomorrow to my son;s in sultan , WA.

  i love the sultan bakery,  it's a scheduled stop when we go over hwy 2

gini in north idaho

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