ShadowsPapa

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  1. Sorry, I intended to post this much sooner, this has been sold. Thanks to all for your interest. I'm not sure how the forum handles these once sold.........
  2. Sorry, I forgot to include location. Very near APQS office - we are SE of Des Moines, Iowa. As far as fit - I rather doubt if would fit, however, I cannot say with certainty. The reason I doubt is because the two brackets that mount to the machine are likely specific to the Millie. In fact, when we bought this we had to have them supply a different bracket as apparently our machine was a bit newer than what they based the bracket design from. There are two parts that mount directly to the quilting machine - one by where the laser mounts, to the rear, and another on the left side of the front of the machine. Perhaps these will show a bit better..........(these show it on the previous Millie she had - geesh, I think she's on her 4th at least) Sorry, I run an auto forum but can't figure out how to resize an image in a message here when the image is hosted on another server, and I see no provisions to upload one directly here (which is probably a good security measure, really) So this one is HUGE... Dawn probably programmed this BBS code so maybe she can resize it ;-) This was my first attempt at making a "template" for Barbara. It worked fine but it showed me that I will never be making them for a living. I'm so used to the software in the forum I operate that I'm not getting used to this one very fast, sorry. Ugh, and I'm in IT, too!
  3. Barbara has moved to a CNC system on her Millie (an IQ system) and no longer needs the Quiltazoid. Right after she purchased it, I took it to my shop and powder coated the aluminum parts in a neat translucent candy raspberry color. Powder coating isn't paint - it doesn't rub off, it resists fading, staining and chipping and cleans very easily. It is a baked-on professional type finish. The Quiltazoid is complete with everything it originally came with - nothing missing, etc. The only "patterns" we have for it are a cross-hatch block (can be seen in second photo) and a wood sail boat I made on wood that's ok - it works - but isn't my best work. (a wood-worker who is good with router can make the patterns without too much trouble) For $400 plus actual shipping you can be the only person in your country with a candy raspberry quiltazoid! (Shipping costs based on your location and determined after packaging) Everything Quiltazoid-related in the photos goes (except Pickle's tail - he'd like to keep that).
  4. Their page is up and running, and this is a copy 'n paste of what I found on their "about" page - On April 15, 2013, Stan and Dee Dee retired to care for family health issues. They closed the parent company S & D Stitches, Inc. Butch Wiseley who has been Operations Manager for 10 years opened a new company named Odyssey Quilting Machines and the CompuQuilter, KenQuilt and StitchRite brands were passed to the new company. Odyssey Quilting Machines officially opened for business on 5/6/2013. Butch continues to draw on the experience of Stan, Dee Dee and Patrick, our programmer. Contact us at: CompuQuilter 5203 Hwy 94 N Rogers, AR 72756 (479) 636-0444 info@compuquilter.com Or log in and use our contact form. (PS - Dawn, working in IT related areas since the early 80s, a year is a VERY long time with "computers". We have to apply patches and updates pretty much every week, major updates and patches every month to several applications and Windows. Maintenance is never-ending. Things change daily - at times more often. Tablets, phones, computers, all obsolete when you pass through the doors after paying for them. The general rule of thumb was that anyone working in IT typically stayed with an employer for less than 5 years. I used to spec out and "design" the computers that controlled turbo-compressor control systems sold by the company I worked for then. I dealt directly with the company that made the motherboards we used. They were a company started and owned by Koreans based in California. Their head engineer told me the most commonly used portions of their health insurance plan were the mental health parts. It was such a high-stress field due to the insanely intense competition many of them suffered breakdowns after a year or so.)
  5. This is going to sound really crazy - especially since I am supposed to know all about measurements, down into the ten-thousandths of an inch. And for a hobby, I have a wood shop above my auto shop where quite often I work with 4x8 sheets of plywood, and yet something we've had in the quilting room since 2004..........something I've had a tape measure to many dozens of times as we measure quilts.... We were talking to someone about the machine the other day and started talking about the largest quilt we've had on this machine, how easily or not it might handle large quilts. I said "I know I've put on king size - at times a shade more, and Barbara said yes, the last one on the machine was 114" x 107" Let's see, 10 feet is 120 inches. Account for the space the machine itself takes sitting off to one far end, and that quilt went on with a little to spare. So it made me think - how did I put on a 114" quilt, and have more than 6" left on each end? Something's not right here, not at all. So tonight it started bugging me badly - I walked over to the back of the machine and looked where you put those patterns she follows sometimes, there's a ruler attached to the edge of the table. I know where exact center is as the two clear sheets of plastic that cover those patters meet exactly half way. Uh, Bill, what's 72" ? Is that not 6 feet? What's 6 times 2? You've got to be kidding. Staring in disbelief, I grabbed my trusty tape measure, as a result, I sit red-faced typing a correction. It's TWELVE feet, not 10. I guess I have been so used to it being called 10, and not really putting 2 and 2 together when I put big quilts on and they fit ok, hardly ever was any hassle to speak of. So if anyone was put off by the table being 10 feet - it's actually 12'. Somewhere over time we apparently fed it well and it grew 2' (or do we say 2/3 of a yard in here? Wonder what they'd say at the Woodsmith Store if I went in asking for 2/3 of a yard of oak?). At least it didn't shrink! Since we aren't selling it by the foot, nothing else changes, but for the same money, we'll toss in the extra 2'.
  6. Thank you, Linda. Yes, it's still for sale. Amen on the busy - now with spring here (or is it?) outside chores come into play. I run a busy car forum so sometimes get torn or run out of time before covering all bases - but like was said, email is a common thing - ties it all together. If you are interested, I might suggest not waiting too long as whether it was the snow storm pushing folks back inside, or their tax refunds have arrived, all of a sudden multiple emails come in. They are good machines - if it was a car I'd say it was a "reliable workhorse" and with these forums here I suspect finding answers to questions related to the machines, or machine quilting in general, would be an easy matter. I'm impressed as to how busy this site is.
  7. Price reduced - $9,900 Possible delivery and setup if reasonable distance. Please see full description and photos in earlier posts.
  8. I am the husband of the friend Dawn posted this for. I thought I would add some photos to the mix here. Being a former auto tech (mechanic) and all-around mechanical junkie, I have maintained this machine and kept thing running smoothly (not that this takes any real work on these machines). It has been back to APQS when necessary for upgrades, and when it was time for more advanced routine service. We have pretty much told them to "do whatever" in each case, so it has some of the upgrades some similar machines of this age might not have. I have also upgraded the wheels - what a difference. In one photo you might notice I added a spindle on the side so that my wife could run thread that should unwind straight off the side of the spool and not pulled from the top. This kept certain threads from winding, or unwinding as they came off the spool. Simple, but effective. As her studio is in a fully finished basement, this machine has never seen extremes of climate - it's always been at the same temperatures and humidities that we appreciate, and has never seen water or dampness. Please email us with any questions. Depending on where you live, delivery and even setup could be included or handled for a reasonable fee. That part is open for discussion. ** I will disassemble and pack for shipping. *Shipping at buyers expense* if outside of our area. -> I will include the disasembly and packing/crating and getting it ready to ship. I have experience shipping large, heavy and electronic items around the world. Thanks for looking.