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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to quiltmonkey in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    The Quilted Lemon  ---  Great business name! I love it.
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from cmkeindl1 in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    Since there's the incredibly informative thread of what's the worse business decision you've ever made, I thought that it would be interesting to find out what every one thinks their BEST business decision they've made. Of course my business hasn't even been started yet but I think that for me it'll have been the decision not to rush into anything, to take the time for research, etc. Oh, and since I've had a blog for eight years I thought that my business name should be a reflection of that (Lemon Tree Tales) so I chose to call it The Quilted Lemon. Is that too dorky? Can you tell that I'm very excited and hope to be able to order my machine soon? 
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to ffq-lar in What do you keep handy?   
    We have lots of newbies now and I know this has been gone over before--but what do you keep within easy reach when you quilt?
    I have a table behind be with a tray holding my "necessaries". Within easy reach I find I must have:
     
    Scissors. One curved-tip embroidery scissors on my top spindle and a pair of Fiskars for cutting batting and trimming the finished quilt, in the tray.
    Metal tape measure.
    Magnetic pin bowl with yellow glass-head pins.
    Machine needles and oil. Sewer's Aid in the pin bowl and at the back corner of the frame table.
    Tiny screwdriver for needle replacement and a large Phillips for machine screws and the needle plate.
    Coffee filter taped to the side of the machine to catch thread tails.
    Purple marker, blue marker, Bohin white mechanical pencil, cheap school chalk--in the tray. Plus a water-dispensing tool to remove marks.
    Tiny crochet hook and several used machine needles for grooming the back.
    Scapel-like frogging tool. I seldom use a seam ripper any more. And a fat block eraser for coaxing snipped threads from a frogged area.
    A long acrylic rotary cutter ruler and a small 1" by 6" ruler used for measuring.
    Also within reach but not getting continual use--various acrylic rulers/templates in several stands, an acrylic rectangle with half-inch grooves for marking crosshatching and parallel lines, my Simflex expanding tool for marking odd but consistent marks along a border or sashing, and Darlene Zimmermans easy scallop marker. Both of the last items available from Nancy's Notions.
    Pigma pens. The longarmers secret weapon. Great for coloring batting pokies and those runs in the fabric caused by over-dyed and stiff fabrics. Evident when the high-speed needle displaces a thread and you end up with dots of under-side color going out from the hole.
    Air compressor. 
    All thread stored within view.
     
    If that's all I really need, why is my table/studio so full?! 
     
    What else is close by? Band-aids, emery file (for a ragged nail), toothbrush for balky chalk removal, tweezers, hemostat.
    What else is around and occasionally used? Big magnifier with light, small LED flashlight, vacuum cleaner (I said "occasionally", didn't I!), sand paper, a baggie of parts and pieces (pigtails, bobbin assembly, tensioner spring, machine screws), dressmaker curves, alcohol, Grandma's Secret Spot Remover, and various useless things I thought would be helpful but weren't!
     
    What's your must-have-can't-live-without? 
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Busy Quilting in Think I'm in love with a different machine   
    Tami,
    You are in a very fortunate position.  osst of us have never had a chance other than fleeting moments at shows to try out machines 
    Please stop in and try out the APQS machines for an extended time.  You have spent a lot of time on another brand machine so you now need to spend an equal amount on other brands.
     
    You may find once you find the brand that fits!!!! that you become one eyed like the rest of us.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to jimerickson in Think I'm in love with a different machine   
    Tami:  Don't feel guilty.  Boersma in McMinnville OR was the (according to him) the largest Gammill dealer in the world.  He has switched from selling Gammills to selling Innovas because he thinks they are better machines.  There are is a lot to like about the Innovas.  Jim
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to cmkeindl1 in Think I'm in love with a different machine   
    The title and your post are cute!
    As everyone says above - try them all and decide what is most important for you.   My friend has an Innova and really likes it - but I don't know that they have anything like this forum.  APQS is very happy to help you over the phone (even if you bought your machine second hand) and everyone on here is so helpful!  Not that you couldn't still come here - but, she had a couple things she needed on her machine (add CL, stitch issues) and she paid the gentleman to come up here (we are north of Salt Lake City).  Those things Amy or Dawn (or anyone here) can help you do?   just a thought . . .
    Good Luck!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to shirleyl in Think I'm in love with a different machine   
    You have a great opportunity in St. George. Teryl and her crew at Let's Quilt are great and have great classes. I use there machines when I'm down there and need to finish something. Great to work with. I still prefer my APQS and I was happy to visit with Myrna while down there last time, it will be a great resource to the area. Make sure to stop at Scrap Apple Quilts a couple doors down from the APQS showroom, and Ace Hardware has lots of fabric also, then a block over is Quilted a Works. It is like car shopping, find the right one for you. If you choose an Innova over an APQS you will get Great Service From John and Jason. Enjoy your time, I'm back in Wyoming so sorry I missed you. I won't be back down for a couple of weeks.
    Enjoy the sunshine, and the toys.
    Shirley
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to LindaSteller in Think I'm in love with a different machine   
    Tami - don't forget that you don't have to have Quilt Path as your computer driver.  I have an Intelliquilter on my Liberty (and APQS machine no longer made) and it is fantastic.  Linux operating system, fantastic customer support, and free upgrades as time goes on.  The creators/owners are so open to requests from users and are always improving what is already a splendid product.  While I love my APQS quilting machine, I'm not convinced the Quilt Path is the way to go on robotics.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Georgene in Think I'm in love with a different machine   
    Tami, I think you're wise to get it all at once.  It's good though to learn the basics and do some free motion quilting and custom work like stitch in the ditch and ruler work, etc., but having the option of the computer from the get go, will save you money in the long run.  You won't be buying a bunch of rulers, stencils, pantographs, templates, etc.  I bought enough of that stuff to pay for a computer and then some.
     
    But, for me, I'm glad I waited since Quilt Path wasn't available when I bought my machine, and I like the idea of it being an APQS sponsored or promoted item. I can hardly wait for my new machine with QP to arrive.  15 more days.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to ffq-lar in Think I'm in love with a different machine   
    I applaud your choice! And also that you did your research with diligence and an open mind. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from cmkeindl1 in Think I'm in love with a different machine   
    Okay today was a very long day and wonderful. First thing this morning my husband and I went over to the APQS showroom and met Myrna and Tony. They both were so very nice and took time out from preparing for tomorrow's Grand Opening to spend about two hours with us answering questions and letting me try out Millie. The Auto Path wasn't set up on Freddie quite yet so we took off for lunch and to take the dogs to the dog park.
     
    We then went to Let's Quilt to check out the Auto Pilot on the Innova. Okay I have to admit that I was a wee bit disappointed with the UI of their software. Their InnovaSketch is cool but not something I'd spend $1500 on. The real test was to try out the machine with the Auto Pilot on it but with the belts disconnected. It didn't feel quite as smooth as the Millie did. But the Millie didn't have Auto Path on it so I didn't know whether that would make a difference or not. We weren't in a rush to leave town so we headed back to APQS to try out Freddie and see the Auto Path in action. Myrna showed the Auto Path and wow was I impressed with the ease of the UI. It felt like it would be super easy to figure out. Also I liked that a shape that you drew created vector points as opposed to saving it as one complete bit map of the Innova's Auto Pilot. The real surprise was when Myrna took off the belts so that I could try out a bit of FMQ. WOW! That felt so smooth and easy to move.
     
    So here's what I personally felt about each of the three brands (JMHO) and how I ranked them:
     
    1) APQS Freedom (Freddie)   PROS... Smoothness of FMQ and handling, pointy and fantastic stitches, super friendly UI of Auto Path software which will come out with more features in the future, computer hardware is easily replaceable at your local Best Buy if anything goes wrong, Just a tablet as opposed to a huge computer set up, touch screen on tablet and can pause at machine head,  fantastic customer service, of course this uber friendly forum     CONS... My husband didn't like that the wheels aren't made of longer lasting nylon, nor the frame or open areas of motor in back, it does have some routine maintenances (motor brushes every 3 years or so) etc
     
    2) Innova    PROS... My husband and I both thought the frame was very sturdy even though I think it looks funky, non exposed motor area, only one oiling point, long lasting teflon part, decent stitching, 24/7 customer service   CONS... The UI of the software wasn't as fantastic or advanced as I'd expect, the small computer that runs the Lightning Stitch is an outdated hardware (how long will it be made? Innova doesn't support any problems with this hardware), no way to pause AP from machine head unless you pay extra to get the remote access tablet, non-smoothness of FMQ when belts are dropped
     
    3) Gammill Statler Stitcher    PROS... Love the sturdiness of the table, nice stitches, nice software, great local dealer   CONS... oil dripping from machine head on table (or God forbid a customer quilt!), really heavy machine for FMQ, robotics are on the inside of the sewing machine so if something goes wrong with robotics it affects the entire machine
     
    Bottom line is that I think that I want to get a Freddie! (I hated the bobbin thread cutter on the Millie and the Auto Path can make straight lines so I don't need the electric channel lock) Now I just have to figure out financing and see if we can get this going.
     
    Thank you every one for all the support. This is truly a fantastic forum full of sweet people willing to share their advice and knowledge.  
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from JeannieB in Think I'm in love with a different machine   
    Oops I meant Quilt Path. Since I'd be financing everything at once I liked the idea of getting the robotics at the same time. The only thing that the software doesn't do at this time is to mask around an applique with a fill or panto. But Tony said that was just a few months away. :-)
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Georgene in Think I'm in love with a different machine   
    Okay today was a very long day and wonderful. First thing this morning my husband and I went over to the APQS showroom and met Myrna and Tony. They both were so very nice and took time out from preparing for tomorrow's Grand Opening to spend about two hours with us answering questions and letting me try out Millie. The Auto Path wasn't set up on Freddie quite yet so we took off for lunch and to take the dogs to the dog park.
     
    We then went to Let's Quilt to check out the Auto Pilot on the Innova. Okay I have to admit that I was a wee bit disappointed with the UI of their software. Their InnovaSketch is cool but not something I'd spend $1500 on. The real test was to try out the machine with the Auto Pilot on it but with the belts disconnected. It didn't feel quite as smooth as the Millie did. But the Millie didn't have Auto Path on it so I didn't know whether that would make a difference or not. We weren't in a rush to leave town so we headed back to APQS to try out Freddie and see the Auto Path in action. Myrna showed the Auto Path and wow was I impressed with the ease of the UI. It felt like it would be super easy to figure out. Also I liked that a shape that you drew created vector points as opposed to saving it as one complete bit map of the Innova's Auto Pilot. The real surprise was when Myrna took off the belts so that I could try out a bit of FMQ. WOW! That felt so smooth and easy to move.
     
    So here's what I personally felt about each of the three brands (JMHO) and how I ranked them:
     
    1) APQS Freedom (Freddie)   PROS... Smoothness of FMQ and handling, pointy and fantastic stitches, super friendly UI of Auto Path software which will come out with more features in the future, computer hardware is easily replaceable at your local Best Buy if anything goes wrong, Just a tablet as opposed to a huge computer set up, touch screen on tablet and can pause at machine head,  fantastic customer service, of course this uber friendly forum     CONS... My husband didn't like that the wheels aren't made of longer lasting nylon, nor the frame or open areas of motor in back, it does have some routine maintenances (motor brushes every 3 years or so) etc
     
    2) Innova    PROS... My husband and I both thought the frame was very sturdy even though I think it looks funky, non exposed motor area, only one oiling point, long lasting teflon part, decent stitching, 24/7 customer service   CONS... The UI of the software wasn't as fantastic or advanced as I'd expect, the small computer that runs the Lightning Stitch is an outdated hardware (how long will it be made? Innova doesn't support any problems with this hardware), no way to pause AP from machine head unless you pay extra to get the remote access tablet, non-smoothness of FMQ when belts are dropped
     
    3) Gammill Statler Stitcher    PROS... Love the sturdiness of the table, nice stitches, nice software, great local dealer   CONS... oil dripping from machine head on table (or God forbid a customer quilt!), really heavy machine for FMQ, robotics are on the inside of the sewing machine so if something goes wrong with robotics it affects the entire machine
     
    Bottom line is that I think that I want to get a Freddie! (I hated the bobbin thread cutter on the Millie and the Auto Path can make straight lines so I don't need the electric channel lock) Now I just have to figure out financing and see if we can get this going.
     
    Thank you every one for all the support. This is truly a fantastic forum full of sweet people willing to share their advice and knowledge.  
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from WandaGerdes in Think I'm in love with a different machine   
    Okay today was a very long day and wonderful. First thing this morning my husband and I went over to the APQS showroom and met Myrna and Tony. They both were so very nice and took time out from preparing for tomorrow's Grand Opening to spend about two hours with us answering questions and letting me try out Millie. The Auto Path wasn't set up on Freddie quite yet so we took off for lunch and to take the dogs to the dog park.
     
    We then went to Let's Quilt to check out the Auto Pilot on the Innova. Okay I have to admit that I was a wee bit disappointed with the UI of their software. Their InnovaSketch is cool but not something I'd spend $1500 on. The real test was to try out the machine with the Auto Pilot on it but with the belts disconnected. It didn't feel quite as smooth as the Millie did. But the Millie didn't have Auto Path on it so I didn't know whether that would make a difference or not. We weren't in a rush to leave town so we headed back to APQS to try out Freddie and see the Auto Path in action. Myrna showed the Auto Path and wow was I impressed with the ease of the UI. It felt like it would be super easy to figure out. Also I liked that a shape that you drew created vector points as opposed to saving it as one complete bit map of the Innova's Auto Pilot. The real surprise was when Myrna took off the belts so that I could try out a bit of FMQ. WOW! That felt so smooth and easy to move.
     
    So here's what I personally felt about each of the three brands (JMHO) and how I ranked them:
     
    1) APQS Freedom (Freddie)   PROS... Smoothness of FMQ and handling, pointy and fantastic stitches, super friendly UI of Auto Path software which will come out with more features in the future, computer hardware is easily replaceable at your local Best Buy if anything goes wrong, Just a tablet as opposed to a huge computer set up, touch screen on tablet and can pause at machine head,  fantastic customer service, of course this uber friendly forum     CONS... My husband didn't like that the wheels aren't made of longer lasting nylon, nor the frame or open areas of motor in back, it does have some routine maintenances (motor brushes every 3 years or so) etc
     
    2) Innova    PROS... My husband and I both thought the frame was very sturdy even though I think it looks funky, non exposed motor area, only one oiling point, long lasting teflon part, decent stitching, 24/7 customer service   CONS... The UI of the software wasn't as fantastic or advanced as I'd expect, the small computer that runs the Lightning Stitch is an outdated hardware (how long will it be made? Innova doesn't support any problems with this hardware), no way to pause AP from machine head unless you pay extra to get the remote access tablet, non-smoothness of FMQ when belts are dropped
     
    3) Gammill Statler Stitcher    PROS... Love the sturdiness of the table, nice stitches, nice software, great local dealer   CONS... oil dripping from machine head on table (or God forbid a customer quilt!), really heavy machine for FMQ, robotics are on the inside of the sewing machine so if something goes wrong with robotics it affects the entire machine
     
    Bottom line is that I think that I want to get a Freddie! (I hated the bobbin thread cutter on the Millie and the Auto Path can make straight lines so I don't need the electric channel lock) Now I just have to figure out financing and see if we can get this going.
     
    Thank you every one for all the support. This is truly a fantastic forum full of sweet people willing to share their advice and knowledge.  
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Zora in Think I'm in love with a different machine   
    Okay today was a very long day and wonderful. First thing this morning my husband and I went over to the APQS showroom and met Myrna and Tony. They both were so very nice and took time out from preparing for tomorrow's Grand Opening to spend about two hours with us answering questions and letting me try out Millie. The Auto Path wasn't set up on Freddie quite yet so we took off for lunch and to take the dogs to the dog park.
     
    We then went to Let's Quilt to check out the Auto Pilot on the Innova. Okay I have to admit that I was a wee bit disappointed with the UI of their software. Their InnovaSketch is cool but not something I'd spend $1500 on. The real test was to try out the machine with the Auto Pilot on it but with the belts disconnected. It didn't feel quite as smooth as the Millie did. But the Millie didn't have Auto Path on it so I didn't know whether that would make a difference or not. We weren't in a rush to leave town so we headed back to APQS to try out Freddie and see the Auto Path in action. Myrna showed the Auto Path and wow was I impressed with the ease of the UI. It felt like it would be super easy to figure out. Also I liked that a shape that you drew created vector points as opposed to saving it as one complete bit map of the Innova's Auto Pilot. The real surprise was when Myrna took off the belts so that I could try out a bit of FMQ. WOW! That felt so smooth and easy to move.
     
    So here's what I personally felt about each of the three brands (JMHO) and how I ranked them:
     
    1) APQS Freedom (Freddie)   PROS... Smoothness of FMQ and handling, pointy and fantastic stitches, super friendly UI of Auto Path software which will come out with more features in the future, computer hardware is easily replaceable at your local Best Buy if anything goes wrong, Just a tablet as opposed to a huge computer set up, touch screen on tablet and can pause at machine head,  fantastic customer service, of course this uber friendly forum     CONS... My husband didn't like that the wheels aren't made of longer lasting nylon, nor the frame or open areas of motor in back, it does have some routine maintenances (motor brushes every 3 years or so) etc
     
    2) Innova    PROS... My husband and I both thought the frame was very sturdy even though I think it looks funky, non exposed motor area, only one oiling point, long lasting teflon part, decent stitching, 24/7 customer service   CONS... The UI of the software wasn't as fantastic or advanced as I'd expect, the small computer that runs the Lightning Stitch is an outdated hardware (how long will it be made? Innova doesn't support any problems with this hardware), no way to pause AP from machine head unless you pay extra to get the remote access tablet, non-smoothness of FMQ when belts are dropped
     
    3) Gammill Statler Stitcher    PROS... Love the sturdiness of the table, nice stitches, nice software, great local dealer   CONS... oil dripping from machine head on table (or God forbid a customer quilt!), really heavy machine for FMQ, robotics are on the inside of the sewing machine so if something goes wrong with robotics it affects the entire machine
     
    Bottom line is that I think that I want to get a Freddie! (I hated the bobbin thread cutter on the Millie and the Auto Path can make straight lines so I don't need the electric channel lock) Now I just have to figure out financing and see if we can get this going.
     
    Thank you every one for all the support. This is truly a fantastic forum full of sweet people willing to share their advice and knowledge.  
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from JustSewSimple in Think I'm in love with a different machine   
    Okay today was a very long day and wonderful. First thing this morning my husband and I went over to the APQS showroom and met Myrna and Tony. They both were so very nice and took time out from preparing for tomorrow's Grand Opening to spend about two hours with us answering questions and letting me try out Millie. The Auto Path wasn't set up on Freddie quite yet so we took off for lunch and to take the dogs to the dog park.
     
    We then went to Let's Quilt to check out the Auto Pilot on the Innova. Okay I have to admit that I was a wee bit disappointed with the UI of their software. Their InnovaSketch is cool but not something I'd spend $1500 on. The real test was to try out the machine with the Auto Pilot on it but with the belts disconnected. It didn't feel quite as smooth as the Millie did. But the Millie didn't have Auto Path on it so I didn't know whether that would make a difference or not. We weren't in a rush to leave town so we headed back to APQS to try out Freddie and see the Auto Path in action. Myrna showed the Auto Path and wow was I impressed with the ease of the UI. It felt like it would be super easy to figure out. Also I liked that a shape that you drew created vector points as opposed to saving it as one complete bit map of the Innova's Auto Pilot. The real surprise was when Myrna took off the belts so that I could try out a bit of FMQ. WOW! That felt so smooth and easy to move.
     
    So here's what I personally felt about each of the three brands (JMHO) and how I ranked them:
     
    1) APQS Freedom (Freddie)   PROS... Smoothness of FMQ and handling, pointy and fantastic stitches, super friendly UI of Auto Path software which will come out with more features in the future, computer hardware is easily replaceable at your local Best Buy if anything goes wrong, Just a tablet as opposed to a huge computer set up, touch screen on tablet and can pause at machine head,  fantastic customer service, of course this uber friendly forum     CONS... My husband didn't like that the wheels aren't made of longer lasting nylon, nor the frame or open areas of motor in back, it does have some routine maintenances (motor brushes every 3 years or so) etc
     
    2) Innova    PROS... My husband and I both thought the frame was very sturdy even though I think it looks funky, non exposed motor area, only one oiling point, long lasting teflon part, decent stitching, 24/7 customer service   CONS... The UI of the software wasn't as fantastic or advanced as I'd expect, the small computer that runs the Lightning Stitch is an outdated hardware (how long will it be made? Innova doesn't support any problems with this hardware), no way to pause AP from machine head unless you pay extra to get the remote access tablet, non-smoothness of FMQ when belts are dropped
     
    3) Gammill Statler Stitcher    PROS... Love the sturdiness of the table, nice stitches, nice software, great local dealer   CONS... oil dripping from machine head on table (or God forbid a customer quilt!), really heavy machine for FMQ, robotics are on the inside of the sewing machine so if something goes wrong with robotics it affects the entire machine
     
    Bottom line is that I think that I want to get a Freddie! (I hated the bobbin thread cutter on the Millie and the Auto Path can make straight lines so I don't need the electric channel lock) Now I just have to figure out financing and see if we can get this going.
     
    Thank you every one for all the support. This is truly a fantastic forum full of sweet people willing to share their advice and knowledge.  
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from dbams in Think I'm in love with a different machine   
    Okay today was a very long day and wonderful. First thing this morning my husband and I went over to the APQS showroom and met Myrna and Tony. They both were so very nice and took time out from preparing for tomorrow's Grand Opening to spend about two hours with us answering questions and letting me try out Millie. The Auto Path wasn't set up on Freddie quite yet so we took off for lunch and to take the dogs to the dog park.
     
    We then went to Let's Quilt to check out the Auto Pilot on the Innova. Okay I have to admit that I was a wee bit disappointed with the UI of their software. Their InnovaSketch is cool but not something I'd spend $1500 on. The real test was to try out the machine with the Auto Pilot on it but with the belts disconnected. It didn't feel quite as smooth as the Millie did. But the Millie didn't have Auto Path on it so I didn't know whether that would make a difference or not. We weren't in a rush to leave town so we headed back to APQS to try out Freddie and see the Auto Path in action. Myrna showed the Auto Path and wow was I impressed with the ease of the UI. It felt like it would be super easy to figure out. Also I liked that a shape that you drew created vector points as opposed to saving it as one complete bit map of the Innova's Auto Pilot. The real surprise was when Myrna took off the belts so that I could try out a bit of FMQ. WOW! That felt so smooth and easy to move.
     
    So here's what I personally felt about each of the three brands (JMHO) and how I ranked them:
     
    1) APQS Freedom (Freddie)   PROS... Smoothness of FMQ and handling, pointy and fantastic stitches, super friendly UI of Auto Path software which will come out with more features in the future, computer hardware is easily replaceable at your local Best Buy if anything goes wrong, Just a tablet as opposed to a huge computer set up, touch screen on tablet and can pause at machine head,  fantastic customer service, of course this uber friendly forum     CONS... My husband didn't like that the wheels aren't made of longer lasting nylon, nor the frame or open areas of motor in back, it does have some routine maintenances (motor brushes every 3 years or so) etc
     
    2) Innova    PROS... My husband and I both thought the frame was very sturdy even though I think it looks funky, non exposed motor area, only one oiling point, long lasting teflon part, decent stitching, 24/7 customer service   CONS... The UI of the software wasn't as fantastic or advanced as I'd expect, the small computer that runs the Lightning Stitch is an outdated hardware (how long will it be made? Innova doesn't support any problems with this hardware), no way to pause AP from machine head unless you pay extra to get the remote access tablet, non-smoothness of FMQ when belts are dropped
     
    3) Gammill Statler Stitcher    PROS... Love the sturdiness of the table, nice stitches, nice software, great local dealer   CONS... oil dripping from machine head on table (or God forbid a customer quilt!), really heavy machine for FMQ, robotics are on the inside of the sewing machine so if something goes wrong with robotics it affects the entire machine
     
    Bottom line is that I think that I want to get a Freddie! (I hated the bobbin thread cutter on the Millie and the Auto Path can make straight lines so I don't need the electric channel lock) Now I just have to figure out financing and see if we can get this going.
     
    Thank you every one for all the support. This is truly a fantastic forum full of sweet people willing to share their advice and knowledge.  
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from JeannieB in Think I'm in love with a different machine   
    Okay today was a very long day and wonderful. First thing this morning my husband and I went over to the APQS showroom and met Myrna and Tony. They both were so very nice and took time out from preparing for tomorrow's Grand Opening to spend about two hours with us answering questions and letting me try out Millie. The Auto Path wasn't set up on Freddie quite yet so we took off for lunch and to take the dogs to the dog park.
     
    We then went to Let's Quilt to check out the Auto Pilot on the Innova. Okay I have to admit that I was a wee bit disappointed with the UI of their software. Their InnovaSketch is cool but not something I'd spend $1500 on. The real test was to try out the machine with the Auto Pilot on it but with the belts disconnected. It didn't feel quite as smooth as the Millie did. But the Millie didn't have Auto Path on it so I didn't know whether that would make a difference or not. We weren't in a rush to leave town so we headed back to APQS to try out Freddie and see the Auto Path in action. Myrna showed the Auto Path and wow was I impressed with the ease of the UI. It felt like it would be super easy to figure out. Also I liked that a shape that you drew created vector points as opposed to saving it as one complete bit map of the Innova's Auto Pilot. The real surprise was when Myrna took off the belts so that I could try out a bit of FMQ. WOW! That felt so smooth and easy to move.
     
    So here's what I personally felt about each of the three brands (JMHO) and how I ranked them:
     
    1) APQS Freedom (Freddie)   PROS... Smoothness of FMQ and handling, pointy and fantastic stitches, super friendly UI of Auto Path software which will come out with more features in the future, computer hardware is easily replaceable at your local Best Buy if anything goes wrong, Just a tablet as opposed to a huge computer set up, touch screen on tablet and can pause at machine head,  fantastic customer service, of course this uber friendly forum     CONS... My husband didn't like that the wheels aren't made of longer lasting nylon, nor the frame or open areas of motor in back, it does have some routine maintenances (motor brushes every 3 years or so) etc
     
    2) Innova    PROS... My husband and I both thought the frame was very sturdy even though I think it looks funky, non exposed motor area, only one oiling point, long lasting teflon part, decent stitching, 24/7 customer service   CONS... The UI of the software wasn't as fantastic or advanced as I'd expect, the small computer that runs the Lightning Stitch is an outdated hardware (how long will it be made? Innova doesn't support any problems with this hardware), no way to pause AP from machine head unless you pay extra to get the remote access tablet, non-smoothness of FMQ when belts are dropped
     
    3) Gammill Statler Stitcher    PROS... Love the sturdiness of the table, nice stitches, nice software, great local dealer   CONS... oil dripping from machine head on table (or God forbid a customer quilt!), really heavy machine for FMQ, robotics are on the inside of the sewing machine so if something goes wrong with robotics it affects the entire machine
     
    Bottom line is that I think that I want to get a Freddie! (I hated the bobbin thread cutter on the Millie and the Auto Path can make straight lines so I don't need the electric channel lock) Now I just have to figure out financing and see if we can get this going.
     
    Thank you every one for all the support. This is truly a fantastic forum full of sweet people willing to share their advice and knowledge.  
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from cmkeindl1 in Think I'm in love with a different machine   
    Today I was able to try out an Innova at Let's Quilt in St George, UT. I think I'm seriously in love with this machine.  
    The frame is lightweight and strong and the machine head is much, much lighter than the rental Gammill that I've been using this past year. Tomorrow morning I'll go and see if the APQS showroom is open and try out a Millie before I go back to see the Auto Pilot on the Innova.
     
    Is it wrong that I feel a wee bit guilty about liking the Innova more than I do the Gammill even after all this time working on one? 
     
    Oh and I did get to visit Superior Threads for a quick visit. Did you know that they have an over the top fabulous selection of fabric at their fabric store too? It took a lot of will power but I didn't do much damage.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to DawnCavanaugh in Think I'm in love with a different machine   
    Hi Tami,
     
    I'm sure the crew at St.George would love to see you! In fact, they're preparing for a big open house beginning on Wednesday beginning at 9:30 (with lots of door prizes, and some great deals on APQS machines at the Road Show on Thursday). I sent them a note to let Tony, Myrna and Marilyn know you might pop in tomorrow for a test drive.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Mandalei in Just wrote a tutorial for a background fill   
    I can't help but think about it as an onion, but maybe I should try thinking about it as a lotus, instead.  Just finished writing it up on my blog

    http://mandalei.com/2014/02/03/background-fill-tutorial-for-longarm-or-domestic-quilting/
     
    It's really easy, but does require marking.  At least, *I* require marking to get it right.  Here's a quick pic of what it looks like.

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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to JeannieB in What designs to try out FMQ?   
    This is what apqs recommends: www.apqs.com/quilting-practice
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to RitaR in What designs to try out FMQ?   
    Check out Jamie Wallens  demo's  at Quilter's  Apothecary   He is a terrific eyes-on teacher.  hands-on also.
     
    Rita
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to cmkeindl1 in What designs to try out FMQ?   
    ohhhh - thanks!  (duh)
    Try writing the alphabet?
    Draw squares or blocks on the fabric at home and try cc's and other things?
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Mandalei in What designs to try out FMQ?   
    All I'd say is make sure to mix up your swirly designs with your sharp-corner designs to make sure you get a good feel for how it handles in both situations.  
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