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  1. Hi Lyn It was great to hear your voice today! We'll find out about using the generator in the morning from Amy. I'm sure its OK but another 12hrs to hear from Mike or amy will be worth it. i've spoken to most of our APQS owners in Queensland now and all are OK - no damage to homes which is great news but a few close calls. Did you all see the tv footage of the 500 m - 300 ton (I think) walkway that broke through the pylons that kept it in place. It was floating down the Brisbane river, right in the centre of Brisbance town centre, and had to be nudged in place by a tiny tugboat as it floated down the river, so that it wouldn't hit the bridge supports or the yachts moored along the river. Best wishes to everyone in Queensland, we are thinking about you. sue in australia
  2. Hi everyone Just a reminder when buying books written by owners who use different brands of machine. I visited a customer this week to service her machine. it was in imaculate condition! However she had been over-oiling the wicks because she had followed the instructions in her favourite longarm quilting book, rather than the instructions in the APQS manual. No harm done in this instance, just excess oil running down the needle which could have dropped onto quilts and extra time oiling when its not needed. My first longarm instructional book was by Linda Taylor and it is a great tool. sue in australia
  3. Hi Dave Are you really sick or are you just going back to torment the nurses???? Good luck and get well soon. Sue and steve in australia
  4. Hi Susan Stan has designed new hardware to attach the quilting head to the Bliss table. The hardware that comes with a 2008 CQ will not fit as is. Originally Stan intended to change just the hardware that attaches the CQ to the Bliss table and sewing head, then as he was working on it, he had other ideas and decided that if he changed other parts it would allow him to add new features to the software so that it could do many of the things customers had requested. The new hardware is almost totally different from the original hardware, its neater and much lighter and the new mechanism for locking and unlocking the head to the CQ is quick and easy to operate. The combo of Bliss and new CQ hardware makes a huge difference when freehanding. Most of the original hardware (except the CPU and maybe the motor box (not sure about that) will be replaced. Anyone ordering a CQ from now will get the new set up and the total cost will be $13,500 including training and set up.. Retrofits of the new hardware are self-install with great instructions and come with a full new warranty. There will be an allowance if the old parts are returned and the price of the upgrade is around $2750. Hope that helps. If you need more specific info give Butch a call at SD and he'll be able to help you out. Best wishes sue in australia
  5. Hi Satu Have you tried contacting Michael at Circle Lord. I spoke to one of the Aussie ladies with Bliss a few weeks ago and she said Michael was working on an adjustment to the Circle lord. Best wishes Sue
  6. Hi Clare Having used a Millennium in the standard table since 2000 and having just recently upgraded, I can say the difference in how smoothly and precisely machines move on Bliss is like night and day. If you can, buy a machine with a Bliss table - you will not be sorry. Perhaps you can buy a Green Milli on a Bliss table from APQS.
  7. What a great idea - when you work out how to reuse the carriage, please let us know. sue in australia
  8. Hi Susan If you are looking for a brand new machine, APQS build them to suit the country you tell them it will be used in.. If you want a used machine just advertise here stating which country you need it for and which machine you would like. In Australia we currently have customers who would like to sell their Lennis because they are upgrading to Millenniums. Those Lennis are just over a year old and they want $AUD10000. Freight around australia for these machines would be max. $300. We also have an Ult II coming up for around $5000 - it uses a step down transformer though as it was built before APQS made them wired for Australia. Best wishes sue in australia
  9. Hi Cheri I hope you have some lovely family looking after you - take care and stay positive, everyone here is wishing you well. sue in australia
  10. Have fun Shelley - I have some of those DVDs too - got the Linda Taylor ones maybe 10yrs ago, so it might be a good time to bring them out and watch them again, sure to pick up on some things I missed first time around. What is the dollar going to do? Its at an all time high so it could go anyway. Always a great time to buy quilting "stuff" though. Have a lovely time with all your new tools. Looking forward to seeing the WA girls in Feb. Sue
  11. Hi Lyn That flight really is a killer. I've tried flying all the way through without a stop and having a stopover - no difference either way - but Houston is so worth it! Glad you loved the Bliss - there is nothing like it and our stitch regulator is the best. Now you've had a big spend up, enjoy the Quilt Show. Jenny Raymant sounds great fun. Have a great time Sue
  12. Hi Beryl I'll give you a call later this morning about the Bliss. I'm not sure if you received my recent emails or saw the postings here about the Bliss get togethers. We have another get together coming up in the next few weeks and hope to have a special guest to demonstrate her quilting related product. We'd love to see you. At this time, Quit glide cannot be retrofitted which is a big shame. Now that I have the Bliss, when I'm doing very intricate quilting I turn off the stitch regulator and find I can do beautiful circles and curves, much nicer than with the sr on. Love that Bliss movement. I also hold maintenance classes in all states, either one on one or group classes. they follow the same course topics as those run by Amy in the States with the same literature so if you are interested just drop me an email or we can talk later this morning. Best wishes Sue
  13. Congratulations to all the winners - especially Marilyn and Claudia who are winners every time. Nice to see computerised quilting awards too
  14. Hi Aussie APQS owners We're planning our next overseas teacher event for 2011. We need to make sure that the teachers you're most eager to meet. If you are interested in having an APQS owner teacher, here next year reply to me privately stating, who you would like, what you would like to learn and what month suits you best. Best wishes Sue in Australia
  15. Dave, how many times - you are very welcome so long as Jane comes too and you pack your bags with those wonderful clamps and laser brackets. sue
  16. HI Lyn I've heard she'll be in disguise (110volts) with some other Aussie bound Millis/Bliss' until she gets back to the factory! Sue
  17. Hi everyone What a great afternoon we had on Saturday playing with the Bliss. The best part for me was watching the expressions on everyone's faces as they moved the Milli on Bliss for the first time. At one time we had ladies on either side of the table flickiing the Milli from one side of the table to the other as if they were playing ping pong - giggling and laughing all the time. We'll be holding a series of get togethers over the next few months, so that everyone can get to know Bliss. For the next get together we hope to have a special quilting guest to show us her latest quilting invention, there will be show and tell and as usual lots of great food and company. Aussie ladies, watch your inbox for the next date or, preferrbly send me a quick email to let me know when you will be available to visit.
  18. Congratulations Claudia - and why are you surprised???????? Welll done sue in australia
  19. Hi everyone My bliss upgrade arrived on Thursday and I set it up on Friday. it took 2 hours. There are less pieces than previously and no adjustmentss needed to the wheels, just plonk it onto the table rails and it glides like a knife through butter. The carriage wheels run horizontally as before but the carriage wheels are vertical on a steel rod. I was a bit surprised to see that there weren't any regular wheels on the back of the new style carriage (did someone make a mistake in packing???) no definitely not . Once the track was in place its obvious. It almost floats along the table. I can't wait to get my Compuquilter parts and add it too. The horizontal track is perfect. Nothing like anything I have seen on any of the other brands of machine. There is no where for thread and dust to collect and slow down the movement of the machine. There is no vibration at all. Now I wish I had Quilt Glide. The way this machine moves all I want to do is those backtracking feathers - its so easy with the Bliss. Back to my Milli with Bliss. sue in australia
  20. Hi Robin I have CQ and couldn't do without it. I love the accuracy of the quilting because of the hardware used to connect the machine head to the carriage and table and my APQS Milli. CQ are changing the hardware to be compatible with the Bliss system so watch out for that in the next week or so, it will be different again. CQ was just upgraded a month ago and the new additions to the Boundary feature really speed up any custom quilting. I think it saved me an hour on the quilt I finished yesterday. Setting up a pattern is a visual thing with CQ no maths, so what you see is what you get and if a block is not pieced perfectly, you can morph the design to fit the block. Check out all the systems to see which one will be the simplest and quickest for you. good luck sue
  21. Hi Laura I fully float, all the time. To make sure the bottom edge doesn't curve up you need to make sure that every time your roll on, the quilt top is as straight as possible. After the first roll on, I stand at the front of the machine and smooth the top so that it looks "eyeball" straight. Then I choose a horizontal seam, preferabbly one that goes from one side of the quilt to the other, a row or blocks, or some other reference point that repeats across the top in a straight line, I place my hopping foot edge on that reference point, somewhere neard the centre of the top then smooth the top from the centre to the edge so that the seam line stays along the edge of the foot as I move the machine from the centre out. This might mean pushing the fabric towards or away from you. This works well to ease in fluted borders - its hard to explain in words though!
  22. Maybe its wide backs - wide backing fabric - but the drugs, not sure.
  23. Hi Kay Beautiful feathers - beautiful cushions. I can't wait to get my bliss later this week - I hope. sue in Australia