Lemon Tree Tami

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  1. SOLD We've installed can lights in Freddie's longarm studio so I no longer need the overhead lighting system. (When I had it in our older home it was a wonderful source of extra lighting .. especially at night. I just don't need it anymore.) It fits the 12' table for Mille, Millie30, Freddie or a Lucey that has been upgraded to a deluxe table. Brand new it retails for $795 on the APQS website but I'd like $300 for it. Local pickup or delivery only. Vancouver, WA area across from Portland, OR Right now I have the white bar completely in one piece, but it does come apart with a little set screw. The directions are in the APQS booklet, but I'll photocopy the installation instructions to go with it. The black lights are three to a section .. two sections for a total of 6 lights. If you're interested send me an email ... tami.levin@gmail.com
  2. I opted for the M bobbin on my Freddie since I knew that I'd be concentrating on a panto business. They're the aluminum ones through APQS. I've never had a tension issue with them at all. I wind my own bobbins and then do the bobbin test a la' Jamie Wallen from his YouTube video. I can stitch to the very last inch without problems at all. Love it! Most of my quilts take anywhere from 3 to 4 bobbins depending on the size of quilt and how dense the stitching is. Much nicer than having to change a bobbin 12 times each quilt IMHO. Now, if I were a custom quilter who had many different thread changes then an L bobbin might be a better option.
  3. Myrna Ficken showed me how to couch using a matching thread or a monofilament. But it basically involved taking tiny zigzag stitches as you manually manipulated the yarn into place. It's doable that way but what I was intrigued by when I saw Karlee Porter doing it on her HandiQuilter was that she basically was just FMQ as normal and it held the yarn in place as she quilted. I don't recall a special spool holder for the yarn, just a skein of it laying loosely on the quilt top.
  4. Does anyone know whether the good folks at APQS plan on coming out with a couching foot? If so, when? I just saw that Gammill came out with one the other day and I've been wanting to play with one ever since I saw the one for HandiQuilter. Yes, I'm sure that it'll just be a gimmick foot, but it sure looks like a lot of fun.
  5. I would first fuse it to your quilt top. Then after you've quilted everything else ... take it to your DSM and hand-guide it stitch by stitch using a very large needle. You could do the same on your longarm but since you'll be turning the handwheel it's much easier to do that on the DSM. I had a tshirt quilt that used sweatshirts with similar applique letters. I ended up quilting around them but not through them since they were already appliqued to the sweatshirt material.
  6. Go to the IntelliQuilter website and look at their tutorial videos. That'll give you an idea of how the program functions. I think that Quilt Path also has some videos on YouTube. That way you can be familiar with what both systems do before you go to try either of them out. But you can always decide later down the road. Not necessary on an APQS to decide up front.
  7. I chose IntelliQuilter over Quilt Path because I wanted to have a no-sew zone feature which I have used quite a bit. At the time of purchase Quilt Path didn't have that feature and I'm not sure if they've come out with it yet or not. Also, for me, I loved being able to switch from computerized to FMQ with the push of a button to raise/lower the drive motors as opposed to walking around the back of the machine to release the belts. Both of those features made the IQ top for me. But it's truly a personal preference.
  8. Also keep in mind that with an APQS you have the option of either going with Quilt Path or an IntelliQuilter for later if you do decide to go computerized.
  9. Depends on the customer ... for the ones in Santa Cruz (which is 45 mins from my house) I pick up and drop off at the monthly quilt guild I attend or an hour earlier at the quilt shop that hosts the meetings. A few of my customers I go to their houses and the rest meet me at my local Starbucks which is less than 5 minutes from my house. My husband is ill so I stopped having people come to the house. Most of the LQS' near me also have longarms so that doesn't work to meet them there. I had an understanding with one LQS that doesn't have a longarm service. But the last time that I met a customer there the owner seemed to have forgotten that he gave me permission to meet there. It was a bit awkward so I decided not to go back. It's nice to be able to sit at a table in the Starbucks anyway. But I also do a lot of the prep work via email so I already know what their quilt looks like, etc.
  10. Barb, Cagey, Nigel and Jim .. thank you so much for the words of encouragement and ideas for the videos. I think that once the new hook assembly gets here that I'll wait until my quilt queue is short so that I don't get frustrated if it takes me a few days to get it right. Yes, Jim, I do agree that timing my machine is a skill that I need to have. I've just been a bit afraid of messing up. :-)
  11. Awesome quilts! I love the quilted detail that you added to the elephant background. It definitely elevated that design. Good luck and have fun!
  12. PayPal has a new Pay Me invoice system where you email your customer the PayPal invoice. It's come in handy a few times now.
  13. So it looks like I need to replace my bobbin hook assembly. Last year I paid a tech to take a look at my Freddie to fix the thread shredding that I kept having when stitching from R to L. Turns out that I must have broken a needle that scarred the bobbin hook assembly. He took a file and gently filed it but the burrs were fairly deep. Since I'm constantly dealing with thread breaks when I stitch certain patterns that like to go from R to L (even when it's only a short 10" or so) I've decided that it's time to replace the entire hook assembly and start with new. (If the tech had the part last year I would have paid for it and have been done with it.) What I want to know is if there is a video that shows how to replace this. Also, does this mean that I'll have to retime the machine with the new part? Because my stitches are gorgeous and I don't want to mess with that if I can help it. Thanks. :-)
  14. I've had the pleasure of quilting a charity quilt top that will be sent to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild to hand out to the survivors, victims' families and first responders from this summer's terrorist attack in Florida. The request was for rainbow colored hearts so I jumped for joy when I discovered this perfect digital e2e design by Keryn Emmerson called Rainbow Hearts. It also stitched out beautifully and will be used again. I pieced the backing from two Northcott cheater panels with a solid blue.
  15. You're going to love Freddie. He's a wonderful quilting companion! I know that I love mine. :-)
  16. I have the 'M' bobbin for my Freddie and so far my business is primarily pantos done using my IQ. It's so nice to have only 2-5 bobbins per quilt depending on size. Most of them are perhaps full sized or a bit smaller and use around 3 bobbins. It means I have fewer spots on the quilts where I have to knot/bury thread ends. So far I haven't noticed any tension problems at the end of the bobbin and I wind them myself with the Turbo Winder. Now I do not let the winder go until it says stop. I usually stop the winder when it looks like it's full. I've plugged it into a surge protector and use that as my on/off button. (I do wish that it came with an on/off button rather than just a plug. But the surge protector does a fine job.) But I'd imagine that if I were doing more custom quilts with lots of thread changes that I'd prefer a smaller sized bobbin. It seems to be a matter of personal preference and needs.
  17. Good luck on the new opening Myrna! I'm sure this new location will be wonderful. :-)
  18. Happy Thanksgiving to all the American members on the forum. And have a delightful week to our friends in other countries.
  19. I've just finished a few client quilts that are improv pieced. This one came off the frame earlier today and I'm in love with the colors of it. Doesn't it just look like a lot of fun to make?! The panto is Modern Maze by Krista Withers. So Fine 50 wt Superior Threads in color Ferrari Green (my go to color for these multi color quilts.) The batting is Quilter's Dream Cotton Deluxe loft batting which added a nice heft to it for a wall-hanging. That gorgeous purple ombre' backing is a Marimekko fabric that my client found at the Crate 'n Barrel outlet in Berkeley, CA.
  20. I didn't know if you had heard, but the quilts have been found. They were misdirected and "lost" in the wrong warehouse somewhere. http://www.sallygouldwright.blogspot.com/2015/10/found.html
  21. I was so sure it was going to be a larger throat machine, but it's very nice to see APQS offer a more affordable machine. Larry is going to make a lot of quilters happy. Did you see the pics on IG from Quilt Market?
  22. Hopefully they're just misplaced in some shipping warehouse somewhere.
  23. I wanted to extend a big thank you to the APQS family for hosting a booth at PIQF in Santa Clara, CA this year. It was so wonderful to see our lovely machines there. Of course my highlight was being able to meet the wonderful quilt artist Marilyn Badger! She was a delight to chit chat with. It was also very nice to meet Dave Binnquist, the owner of the APQS showroom in Rancho Cucamonga. The show was gorgeous and huge as usual. I went Thursday to see all the quilts, Friday to do some shopping and revisit some quilts and Saturday to be a white glove lady for one of my guilds. Sadly I was too tired on Sunday to battle the football stadium traffic to take one last look. But I came away with lots of inspiration!
  24. When my husband asked me to make a quilt for our niece's 21st birthday this past weekend, I wasn't sure if I could make it quick enough to mail it out before the holiday weekend. After a trip to JoAnns for some novelty licensed Spiderman quilting cotton and heavy fleece I cut out and pieced a Take 5 top with a 4" border. (Spiderman is our niece's favorite superhero.) So the piecing went quickly but I wasn't quite sure how well it was going to quilt up with such a heavy fleece backing. It's thicker than minkee which I've used in the past. It also doesn't have the same stretch. I loaded it with selvages on the leaders and started the quilt about an 1" away from the pins. This gave me about 5" of excess room at the bottom of the quilt. Yay! I guess that I could have quilted this without any batting but I wanted the puff factor. So I used Hobbs 80/20 batting and kept my go to thread loaded (Superior Threads So Fine 50 weight for top and bottom). It only took a few minutes of futzing around with the top tension which needed to be loosened quite a bit to accommodate the thickness of the quilt. But then it quilted up wonderfully. No problems at all. Freddie is marvelous!!! The quilting panto is Gossamer by Hermione Agee found on Urban Elementz website. It's about 10" row height with a 13" or so pattern height. All with the assistance of Freddie's sidekick, IntelliQuilter. Thank you APQS!