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  1. Well, after lots of thought, I went with my Circle Lord Jester boards. I really like how it looks, and so do my daughter and son-in-law!
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  2. dbams

    Loyal customers. ???

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  3. I have just inherited three antique quilts that an Aunt of mine quilted. Her Motherwho would be my Grandmother, was a quilter and apparently taught her to quilt at a young age. Both are deceased and I never met either one of them. A cousin of mine inherited them in a cedar chest from Aunt Vera. They lived in Iowa. Recently my cousin told me after hearing me talking about quilting that she had the quilts and thought they would be better off with me. Two were quilt tops and one was a completed quilt. One top is tumbling blocks and the completed quilt we are looking for the name of the desi
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  4. Deb S.

    Glide track system

    Thank you for your prompt reply. I appreciate your help. I tried the Bliss track at an APQS roadshow this spring, and did like it. I'm going to go try it next week and I will let you know.
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  5. ffq-lar

    Glide track system

    Hi Deb. I will assume you mean the Bliss system instead of Glide tracks. Some newer APQS machines have "Quilt Glide", but it has nothing to do with the wheels. So---Bliss is a ball-bearing pod set on a stainless steel rod that runs the length of the frame at the front and the back. It eases the horizontal movement. The vertical movement is on M&M wheels and regular rails on the carriage, which are the best wheels available on APQS longarms. One set of four wheels on the carriage and the ball-bearing pods on the table. They are fabulous. I believe you can retro-fit Bliss for about $3000 if
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  7. Great job. Thank you for sharing pictures of the finished quilt. Cagey
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  8. SueD

    Front and back Minky

    I have issues with top thread shredding when I have the quilt rolled too tight on the frame. I think that might easily happen with minky on top and bottom. Have you tried loosening it a bit?
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  9. Looks fabulous!!
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  10. JollyDude I would not scrap this machine! If it only runs wide open, then the settings are not adjusted or the stitch regulator is not engaged. Pictures would go a long way in us helping you to figure out what is going on with this machine. The ULT1 machines are power house machines and there are many of them that are still running very well today. Another option would be to contact APQS and see if they have any suggestions for you.
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  11. In my mind no don’t scrap it parts are readily available and I don’t think the new ones really sew much better. Do you know the manufacturer of the stitch regulator and the computer? The most common aftermarket one was Intellistitch and Intelliquilter. If that is the case there is lots of support available. Let us know what you have or post a picture and we can probably send you in the right direction. My old Ultimate 1 is still going strong daily in someone else’s business, not bad for a twenty five year old piece of equipment. Nigel
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  12. Sharon Deming

    Lenni Bliss table

    Joyce. Call APQS anyway. Tell them the situation, that you don't know the name of the part, and can you text them a picture of it. I have had the need to send videos, audios, pictures, and they stayed right on the phone with me. They will help you! Blessings!
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  14. Cagey

    Ideas for quilting, please!

    When I saw your quilt this is what comes to mind. Corner blocks - SID and that is it Trees - trapunto trees so they have two layers of batting behind them so they pop out at you. Then a tight pebble, meander, something you are comfortable around the trees to stitch down the blue. Hearts - flowing feathers to fill out the top points Cabin - SID all the seams, and then horizontal log lines in the wood areas, vertical or sudo-wavey lines in the roof, stitch around the clouds in the sky, so they stand out Sides and bottom border - definitely bear claws pointed different d
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  15. Never mind, figured it out. Had cleaned the machine and lost one of the gold washers under the stitch plate. Replaced it and it works now.
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  16. Lora Are you talking about the aluminum axle being loose on the bottom of the head? From memory they are held on with two Phillips screws each and I think you can access them by laying on your back under the machine. Nigel
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  17. Sue E.

    Stitch Count

    I've had my Millie since 2005 and I've never seen a stitch count. I believe that APQS machines don't track stitches. If I am wrong, I hope someone corrects me and tells me how to find the count. I've never seen anything or heard anything about a stitch count on an APQS machine.
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  18. For those looking for alteration of a Rulermate base---contact a local machine shop. A welding shop or even an auto repair shop may have a milling machine that can remove a sliver along the edges so it will fit. They'll need very specific measurements (though a bit too big will still work since the base is supported and the screws are what holds it secure). If you have a relationship with a local machinist, give that a try.
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  19. CAn you update heading with SOLD? Thx.
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  20. You can find blogs and websites where the heavy-hitters share their quilting. Margaret Solomon Gunn comes to mind. Also Karen McTavish, Lisa Calle, Bethanne Nemesh, Karen Marchetti, et al. I had a great class (in the before times) from Renae Haddadin about what judges look for in competitions and what they mark down on. Check out any of these talented people and then find out if they have videos or classes available. Also look for the judging criteria of the separate shows. Many stress piecing over quilting, some will split the difference. But winning quilts are usually an original pattern and
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  21. Good morning. Is this still available?
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  22. Thank You very much ! A pantograph would be better than the hand quilting I am presently doing. Am including files of some of the quilts I have finished all quilted by hand. Most of them are !00" x 100" (my idea of a queen quilt ) - The Lisa Quilt was made with my own copyright patterns. Katie's Quilt was made in 1997. It is all satin with rayon embroidery thread where I used it. I have been looking for a longarm for quite some time now, but Alaska doesn't have many up for sale that I could afford. I have a chance at the APQS U2 and was wanting to find out more about it. Thank you for yo
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  23. ffq-lar

    Labyrinth quilt

    A customer quilt from 2019. I did a combo of feathers, CCs, and freehand swirls. Every area/border was stitched differently-but-similar.
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  24. Beautiful! Love the colors, the handles are so cool and the workmanship stellar.
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  25. ffq-lar

    SID on a large quilt

    If you plan to do all SID first, start in the center. That's where the most fullness will live and where the eye focuses first, so it needs to be flat and symmetrical. The big issue with this is what happens to the rest of the quilt when you start in the middle. You'll need to float it, so secure the top edge of the top with pins (don't stitch it down because you may need to re-position it later). Then advance to the center, smoothing as you advance. When you reach the center, adjust so it's symmetrical then stitch baste or pin baste horizontally above and below the center. Then baste the enti
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  26. The whole concept is appealing the fabric and the handles especially
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  27. I love the bag and the colors you picked are wonderful. I have that pattern and haven't taken the time to make it.
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  28. My personal Dinner Plate Dahlia is off the long arm. I don’t have a computer on my long arm so this was all hand guided. I am thrilled with the finished quilt
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  29. My most recent pieced quilt and quilted on my Millenium. I used IQ and panto Earth wind & fire(I think?) by Darlene Epp. Pattern is by Kathy Doughty.
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  30. Quilt them! Since they are family heirlooms, if quilted they'll be used and displayed. As unquilted tops they'll be stored and be passed down and maybe not appreciated. Much more "valuable" quilted and on display. I've quilted vintage tops on the longarm that dated to the 1920's without any problems besides an occasional seam repair. I even quilted a top that had some hand-quilting started and we decided to leave the hand-stitching alone since it was part of the legacy of the quilt. Since vintage quilts are dated from the "youngest" element (whether it's the newest piece of fabric in a fi
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