Marion S

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  1. I am selling my 2009 APQS Lenni quilting machine! This is a great opportunity for any quilter interested in trying a longarm machine! What I am selling: The machine head (with stitch regulator) and 12’ table, a turbo bobbin winder, assorted needles, bobbins and clamps, maintenance and assembly manuals, a Hartley fence with user’s guide and video, spare fuses and brushes and some assorted pantographs. $4,300. Why am I selling the machine? This is the machine that introduced me to the world of machine quilting. I bought it used and therefore was able to ‘test the waters’ without making a huge investment. It is time for me to upgrade to a machine with a larger working area and auto advance. I am staying with APQS – their machines and customer service are exceptional. They have online videos that can walk you through any maintenance issues you have, and great telephone support staff. The machine I am selling is currently set up in my studio in Johnson, VT PM me with any questions and I will do my best to answer them! Marion
  2. I am selling my 2009 APQS Lenni quilting machine! This is a great opportunity for any quilter interested in trying a longarm machine! What I am selling: The machine head (with stitch regulator) and 12’ table, a turbo bobbin winder, assorted needles, bobbins and clamps, maintenance and assembly manuals, a Hartley fence with user’s guide and video, spare fuses and brushes and some assorted pantographs. $4,300. Why am I selling the machine? This is the machine that introduced me to the world of machine quilting. I bought it used and therefore was able to ‘test the waters’ without making a huge investment. It is time for me to upgrade to a machine with a larger working area and auto advance. I am staying with APQS – their machines and customer service are exceptional. They have online videos that can walk you through any maintenance issues you have, and great telephone support staff. The machine I am selling is currently set up in my studio in Johnson, VT PM me with any questions and I will do my best to answer them! Marion
  3. It's done! The original problem was tension, then humudity. I was ready to throw the thread away, but the humidifier helped. Dawn, I used a lot of the tricks I learned in your classes!! Would have taken a lot longer to figure out, and most likely some tearful phone calls to someone there for help. Trying to figure out how to post a photo......
  4. Well....after 9 hours of unquilting I tested and adjusted the tension on a muslin sandwich. Gonna reload the quilt and hold my breath! Update: Mon I reloaded quilt yesterday, did a whole row across, advanced the quilt and held my breath - I had been checking the bottom but it's hard to see - my husband picked up some high power mag. glasses at the dollar store for me yesterday :-) The tension/stitch quality looked fine. Started the second row and snap! The top thread broke on the top this time. Started again and same thing. I turned off the machine, poured myself a big fat glass of wine and watched tv for the rest of the night. ( I did refill my glass) This morning I got up and loaded the humidifier, ran it for 4 hours while working on other things, walking back and forth glaring at the quilt through the corner of my eye.... just tried a row and it was fine. I was ready to throw the cone of thread away. I have bonded with this quilt at this point - do you think my customer will mind if I visit once and a while?
  5. I just posted on here with the same problem - got lots of good advice, tried it all and also remembered that I was told that if you have the bobbin loaded in the case while keeping one hand under it so it doesn't hit the floor, if you just grab the thread. It (the case) should slowly creep down. If it just hangs there the tension is too tight. I just spent 9 hours unquilting a customers quilt because the thread kept breaking and I didn't realize it until I started rolling. ugh.
  6. Lots of good advice here! I am going to finish taking it all out - should be done by noon :-( and start over. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to respond. I'll post later to let you know how its going. You know, the thread breakage made me forget for awhile - I just took a class w Dawn Cavanaugh at the New England Quilt show - it was about trouble shooting problems w a customers quilt. I caught a popped seam in the quilt before I loaded it and repaired it - then I loaded the quilt and started quilting and found a seam where she had missed when adding the borders and there was an actual hole in the top. So, I have had a lot of 'new' experience in one quilt!! I hand sewed this (which I don't love). Murphy's law or something. My first 'paid' quilting experience has a lot of experience involved! BTW Dawn's classes were great. I would recommend to beginner and experienced quilters.
  7. I am using superior threads 'so fine' top and bottom. Same size needle I have been using all along - 4.0. The bottom thread just broke, but it kept sewing and looked normal on top. I am using warm and natural cotton batting which is what I've used on almost every other quilt. My big concern right now is, can I take it all out and start over - can I get rid of the needle holes - it looks like maybe kansas troubles or thimbleberries fabric. I use mostly batiks so am not sure which one. (although I have quilted a lot of different fabrics - charity quilts) There are enough thread breaks that I think it would be better to start over if I can. Any suggestions for the needle holes? I am going to take the whole thing off the machine and take it out. - (3 bobbins worth UGH!!) I have the humidifier going - we are in northern VT and it is still cold and dry. The stitches looked fine, but I'm guessing the bobbin tension was too tight I appreciate any helpful hints! No I haven't figured it out for sure - took a break to clear my head.
  8. I am a little stressed out - I have quilted more than 15 quilts on my new to me lenni and haven't had any major problems. I am working on my first quilt for a customer and I'm having a terrible time. I always check the back for tension issues I finished my first row and was advancing the quilt when I noticed several - more than 5 places where the bottom thread broke - on the top it looked like it was still stitching. I repaired them and did another row - holy cow it's still doing it!! I feel like I should take it all out and start over. Why is the thread breaking? I put a new needle in. If I take it all of the machine and take it apart will I be able to get the needle holes out of the fabric? Help!!
  9. Thank you for your responses. I am glad my friend told me about the forum!
  10. Just finished my first ever longarm quilting. With help from a friend cleaned and prepared machine, loaded first quilt, and finished it. Loaded second quilt myself, and having hard time working on anything else! Love it. Completely hooked. The only complaint I have is the beeping when using the stitch regulator. Is there a way to stop it? I have become prone to migraines and am afraid it might trigger one. It is loud even with ipod going! On my way to studio to use it now!