ramona-quilter

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    ramona-quilter got a reaction from ClaireVoyant in APQS vs Gammill   
    Hello, Moochie and welcome to the forum.
    I agree with Mary Beth. You have to try the machines before you buy them. If you are not in a place where you could rent these machines, then try them out at a show. It is a big investment and you want to make the choice that is right for you.
    Before I bought my Bernina, there were 2 things that I wanted more than anything; needle up/down and memory stitch. Those are the features that I compared in all brands that I tried. Bernina just felt better to me.
    I am one of the Gammill gals on this forum. I had 2 used APQS Ultimate I machines on 14 ft tables and loved them. When I was ready to buy, I thought about the features I wanted most.
    -- I wanted a stitch regulator that I could not outrun and had great stitch quality
    -- I have long arms so I wanted a big throated machine but smaller table (12 ft).
    --And I wanted a bigger bobbin and a bobbin alarm to tell me when I only had 10 yds of thread left.
    It makes me crazy to look up from a panto and find that I ran out of bobbin thread 6 inches ago. Grrr:mad:
    So I bought the Gammill Optimum Plus with a 30 inch throat, 215 yds bobbins and a wonderful stitch regulator.
    Though the Gammill cast-aluminum mold is created in Taiwan, the machine is assembled in the U.S. Gammills are heavier than APQS machines but they still glide like they are on glass. They use way more oil than APQS and they will leave oil spots on the table in the "park" position.
    There is a feature that only APQS has. That is this APQS chat forum. As Mr. Margie said "It's without equal for information, friendship, and support." I completely agree.
    So would I recommend Gammill over APQS? No. You have to try the machines that interest you and buy what feels good to you.
    Good luck and Happy Quilting.
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    ramona-quilter got a reaction from Karielle in Batting storage?   
    Hi Lore,
    Ikeep several rolls of batting on hand for my customers. If you have a tax-id, you can get the batting wholesale at quite a saving.
    Storage is a tough one. I can hold a regular batt (90" long) and a king batt on the roller under my machine. The batts are folded in half, like Boni mentioned but they can be pulled up and cut pretty easily the way Linda R (ffq-lar) explained. I have a batting storage solution that I have been nagging my DH about for months. So far, it is just a photo.
    I think this is from Vicki Welsh over on MQ Resource. This would be my cadillac of batting storage.

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    ramona-quilter got a reaction from texasquilter in You all are so quiet!   
    Hey, MB, I had to come check out the chat and I find you here.  It seems like yesterday. 
    I remember when we got to know each other on APQS chat until a bunch of us met
    MQS 2008(?) in Overland Park.  I want to know who is going to Houston next month.
    Maybe I should start a new post for that. 
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    ramona-quilter got a reaction from Mary Beth in You all are so quiet!   
    Okay, Im going to try to post a photo to see if I can remember. I took a Quilt Path Class
    at Over The Top Quilting Studio - Central Texas APQS Reps.  I am working on a 
    charity quilt but will not post that photo since it is not done.  I did finish a church
    banner at Over The Top a few weeks ago.  I rented one of their Millie's.  I had
    very specific instructions from the piecing duo on how they wanted it quilted.
    I think it needed more but it wasn't my call. Here's the photo. Hmm, when
    I used to post photos, I think I used flickr or webshots. Now my stuff is on
    Picasa.  Not sure how this goes
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    ramona-quilter reacted to Mary Beth in Anyone going to Houston this year?   
    A lot of people from this site - old times    - are going. Linda Card, Donna Smith, Patti Butcher, Jolene, I cannot remember who else. I am still undecided. Donna is going to just the day on Friday, and I was thinking about that too, but I have been off work sick, so no more vacation time. I am out of the running. Besides, I am saving my money for a quilting machine.
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    ramona-quilter got a reaction from Mary Beth in You all are so quiet!   
    Hey, MB, I had to come check out the chat and I find you here.  It seems like yesterday. 
    I remember when we got to know each other on APQS chat until a bunch of us met
    MQS 2008(?) in Overland Park.  I want to know who is going to Houston next month.
    Maybe I should start a new post for that. 
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    ramona-quilter got a reaction from LinneaMarie in Batting storage?   
    Hi Lore,
    Ikeep several rolls of batting on hand for my customers. If you have a tax-id, you can get the batting wholesale at quite a saving.
    Storage is a tough one. I can hold a regular batt (90" long) and a king batt on the roller under my machine. The batts are folded in half, like Boni mentioned but they can be pulled up and cut pretty easily the way Linda R (ffq-lar) explained. I have a batting storage solution that I have been nagging my DH about for months. So far, it is just a photo.
    I think this is from Vicki Welsh over on MQ Resource. This would be my cadillac of batting storage.

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    ramona-quilter got a reaction from Sharond in Batting storage?   
    Hi Lore,
    Ikeep several rolls of batting on hand for my customers. If you have a tax-id, you can get the batting wholesale at quite a saving.
    Storage is a tough one. I can hold a regular batt (90" long) and a king batt on the roller under my machine. The batts are folded in half, like Boni mentioned but they can be pulled up and cut pretty easily the way Linda R (ffq-lar) explained. I have a batting storage solution that I have been nagging my DH about for months. So far, it is just a photo.
    I think this is from Vicki Welsh over on MQ Resource. This would be my cadillac of batting storage.

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    ramona-quilter got a reaction from Marti10245 in Grip Lite Clamps   
    Yes, I love my clamps. Sue and Mark own Quliter's Paradise in Escondido. They have a wonderful shop, big class room, rental Accu-Cut, rental longarm (Gammill).
    Sue quilts and Mark makes tools that help sure quilt. I saw the clamps one day when I was in Sue's shop. I bought 2 sets, a red and a black. So lightwieght. I use the red set closest to the takeup roller and the black closest to me. The different color just helps me figure out where to clamp.
    I heard from LindaR that these are available at E.E Schenk in Portland if you have a tax-id.
    I am currently one of the longarm testers for another of Mark's inventions. It promises to make loading a quilt so much easier. That is all I will say. Patent is pending.
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    ramona-quilter got a reaction from SherrieF in Batting storage?   
    Hi Lore,
    Ikeep several rolls of batting on hand for my customers. If you have a tax-id, you can get the batting wholesale at quite a saving.
    Storage is a tough one. I can hold a regular batt (90" long) and a king batt on the roller under my machine. The batts are folded in half, like Boni mentioned but they can be pulled up and cut pretty easily the way Linda R (ffq-lar) explained. I have a batting storage solution that I have been nagging my DH about for months. So far, it is just a photo.
    I think this is from Vicki Welsh over on MQ Resource. This would be my cadillac of batting storage.

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    ramona-quilter got a reaction from SusieQ(uilting) in Batting storage?   
    Hi Lore,
    Ikeep several rolls of batting on hand for my customers. If you have a tax-id, you can get the batting wholesale at quite a saving.
    Storage is a tough one. I can hold a regular batt (90" long) and a king batt on the roller under my machine. The batts are folded in half, like Boni mentioned but they can be pulled up and cut pretty easily the way Linda R (ffq-lar) explained. I have a batting storage solution that I have been nagging my DH about for months. So far, it is just a photo.
    I think this is from Vicki Welsh over on MQ Resource. This would be my cadillac of batting storage.

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    ramona-quilter got a reaction from LinneaMarie in Just finished this book....   
    I have been looking for that one Sandra. I heard that it was good.
    I just finished Water for Elephants. A wonderful story and a great read.
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    ramona-quilter got a reaction from ormondbeach in Batting storage?   
    Hi Lore,
    Ikeep several rolls of batting on hand for my customers. If you have a tax-id, you can get the batting wholesale at quite a saving.
    Storage is a tough one. I can hold a regular batt (90" long) and a king batt on the roller under my machine. The batts are folded in half, like Boni mentioned but they can be pulled up and cut pretty easily the way Linda R (ffq-lar) explained. I have a batting storage solution that I have been nagging my DH about for months. So far, it is just a photo.
    I think this is from Vicki Welsh over on MQ Resource. This would be my cadillac of batting storage.

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    ramona-quilter got a reaction from HeidiP in Batting storage?   
    Hi Lore,
    Ikeep several rolls of batting on hand for my customers. If you have a tax-id, you can get the batting wholesale at quite a saving.
    Storage is a tough one. I can hold a regular batt (90" long) and a king batt on the roller under my machine. The batts are folded in half, like Boni mentioned but they can be pulled up and cut pretty easily the way Linda R (ffq-lar) explained. I have a batting storage solution that I have been nagging my DH about for months. So far, it is just a photo.
    I think this is from Vicki Welsh over on MQ Resource. This would be my cadillac of batting storage.