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  1. I recently upgraded to a Freddie and found the same issues. It drove me nuts when changing threads frequently on a particular quilt. I finally turned mine off. I found that unless you are using the same thread throughout your quilt, it really doesn't help me when I'm constantly changing bobbin for a different color. I don't know if this is your issue. But I felt compelled to write. I hope your issue has resolved.
  2. After having recently purchased a Freddie. I too, now have Quilt Glide and absolutely love it. I adore doing micro quilting and working between designs, this feature is a blessing!!!
  3. Am back to quilting full time!  Had to take off a number of years to be back out working in the retail world.  I am so happy to be back.  In the last six months, upgraded from my APQS Liberty to and APQS Freddie.  Oh I am even more in love!!!!  So grateful.

  4. Nigel, thank you for your advice. Honest to G-d, I just got it working. I swear I don't know what I did differently, but I'm sewing!!!!!!! I ran to my computer to spread my joy! ha ha ha. I will keep your advice at hand. I had jammed a needle a few months ago, but with Amy's help, had re-timed and was doing okay until today. Go figure! That's what amazes me about these machines.....the littlest thing can affect everything!!!! I just am SO grateful to be back on track. Speaking of......I'd better get back to it. I love this forum. Thanks so much!!!!
  5. I've only begun having this issue. I am SO FRUSTRATED. I've changed bobbins, thread, the whole gambit. I drop my needle down, pull up and the bobbin thread catches. I can't even get one stitch. I'm pulling my hair out. Please please tell me what I am doing wrong. I've quilted for years and have never hit this low. I've used the same bobbins, same thread. I've gone over the APQS videos thinking I've forgotten something.....cannot find the culprit. The bobbin thread gets caught in the bobbin with the very first needle down. I go to pull it up and it is 'stuck'. I do not have a thread cutter. I have a Liberty - which I have adored up to this point!
  6. Thanks Trinity! This is really quite exciting. There really are other possibilities with your product. Imagination is the key as they say.......... Thanks so much. I will check out the pics you posted and keep following. :-)
  7. Thanks Oma. I had not read that thread. I am excited. I didn't realize Trinity's idea was so new. I've often wished I could change my handles around on the back of my machine to make the angle easier for me to quilt but alas, that is not possible. Trinity wrote me on FB and said she has shipped several units out and awaits feedback. I think if one does enough pantographs, it certainly could warrant the purchase....time will tell. You wrote you just got one? How exciting!! Please let us know how the set up went and what you think. My timing may not have been so bad after all! :-) thanks so much.
  8. I've recently come across a product called 'Precise' pantograph system. It looks great. Trinity of 2sistersquilting states it fits with all APQS machines. Frankly, it's an idea I imagine many of us have thought of in some form or other when doing pantographs. I find the angle at which our machines are in the back, to work; just kills my neck and back. I would have loved something like this to come out years ago but from APQS!! :-) I'm curious if anyone else has one? What are your thoughts? It's pricey of course, like most of our toys/tools. They have a page on Facebook a well. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. BTW, I have an APQS Liberty for the past 9 years. thanks folks. I always appreciate the input from everyone here. The forum is such a terrific resource!!
  9. Super information. I've never tried Essence but I'll look into it. Thank you for your input!! :-)
  10. I've read a great deal about using monofilament for echoing applique. Is there ever a reason when you would use it on a wall hanging vs thread? It seems like that is 'frowned upon'. I've only used it once for a quilt. It worked great but I am considering using it for my freehand on a wall hanging. There is some applique on it and I thought I would use the mono throughout.
  11. I currently own a Liberty that is over 7 years old in perfect condition. Does APQs take trade ins for higher model, i.e. Freedom or Millenium? Does APQS for any deals in that regard?
  12. I actually just emailed them. I mailed in a check as per her website, for a ruler. The check was cashed over 6 weeks ago but I never received the ruler......
  13. We finally put new M&M wheels on my Liberty too. Golly I was amazed at the difference. She absolutely glides now..... love 'em !!
  14. Dawn is correct. About $100/yr or so is about what I was looking at. I also made the choice to bring mine in when I did. I was not having any issues at the time but I can certainly say it is running better now. I just felt that after five yrs or so and the very few problems I've had during those years, that I would get mine in. I am truly amazed at how well built these machines are. I still believe APQS has the best in the longarm market, but that's just me! :-) Sorry if I 'concerned' anyone about the cost in my previous post. That was not my intention. I just wanted folks to know that my experience was great and I was very pleased with both the service and the education that Amy provided. Happy Quilting!
  15. I really appeciate all the feedback on this subject. I too have disc problems in my lower back and constantly fight with back pain. I just throught it was the price to pay for the job I chose. Reading about so many of you and how the hydraulic lift can make such a difference, I may have to start saving for one. I never had one and my dear hubby & I have manually changed the height a few times. It's not difficult to do but not fun, that's for sure. Thank you to everyone and the information that you posted!! :-)
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