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    RunningThreads got a reaction from sdrunge123@gmail.com in 10 ft rods for a used longarm set I just purchased (APQS wooden table/Ultimate II machine).   
    Occasionally they come up for sale but they are usually expensive to ship.  Maybe a local welder or machinist can take off one end cut down the length and weld the end back on.  Then you would need to make or buy new leaders.  Should be pretty cost effective. 
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads reacted to Marie0722 in Sea Breeze   
    I recently finished this quilt for a customer who usually does her own quilting on her domestic machine but thought that this one was too big for her to handle. Aren't the colours just beautiful? She had already drafted most of the feather design for the background, I just added the centre part as it was too much space to be left unquilted and chose the design for the circles. We are both very happy with the way it turned out.





     
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from dbams in Quilting design boards   
    Looks like Circle Lord Comos
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from HelenK in A-1 Elite stitch regulated longarm   
    Helen
    Click on her ID and you will see an option to send her a private message that will go to her email.  It doesn’t look like she has been here since she posted the ad.
    Jim is right that is or was a good deal.
     
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from Amy Chaney in Difference in features between Millie and Freddie   
    The channel locks we used a fair bit but the thread cutter almost never.  I think you would get most of the $1100 back in resale but if my intent was to keep the machine forever I don’t know I would spend the extra.  I guess the answer to your question is maybe.  
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from dbams in Info   
    Dbaz. What info do you need?  From the factory 20 inch throat no stitch regulator (many were upgraded to Intellistitch) built until the late nineties or early two thousands.  Like all APQS machines well constructed and reliable.  Jim Erickson has one as his primary machine in his business.  I’m sure he will pop in and answer any further questions.  
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from ORNurse56 in Discovery?   
    Jim is right that the IQ requires needle positioning.  My Ultimate 1 had it but it was an option.  The Discovery was a later machine but I don’t know if it included or still an option.  If your machine stops with the needle in the same position every time then you have it.  To the best of my knowledge there are two aftermarket stitch regulator option available.  Perfect Stitch and Intellistitch and each are affiliated with a robotic system.
     
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from dbams in Millie has blown a fuse, screws too tight   
    There is another method to get the screws out I learned from Amy.  Take a standard (flat) screwdriver and hold it perpendicular to the edge of the screw and give it a decent whack with a hammer and that will leave a divot in the edge.  Put the tip of tip of the screwdriver in the divot and angle the screwdriver so when you tap the handle with the hammer the screw turns counter clockwise.  Once it starts to turn it will come out easy.  You can use a 4 amp slow blow fuse if you can’t find the 3.15 locally but no larger, this I was told by APQS.   I am sure Matt Sparrow will have them.  
     
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from quiltmonkey in 2002 Millie - stitch length selector   
    I suggest calling or emailing APQS service tomorrow.  They are very good at diagnosing over the phone and will get the needed parts out to you quickly.  They will also supply very detailed instructions with pictures to replace those parts.  
     
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from quiltmonkey in Millie has blown a fuse, screws too tight   
    You need a screwdriver that fits the screws well with a decent sized handle.  If you don’t have the strength to push in and turn at the same time and nobody stronger to help you. Try tapping the handle of the screwdriver with a hammer at the same time as you are turning the screw out.  The heads of the screws are quite soft so if you mess them up replace them ASAP.  You can get suitable replacements at your local hardware store if you don’t have spares.  
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from dbams in Glide thread   
    I’ve always had to back the tension off for Glide.  Try one of these things at a time until you have success.  First check the pigtail guides for grooves.  For the three hole guide above the tension thread under the first hole and down the third hole, next I would back off the top tension one of two turns until the thread stops breaking then adjust the bobbin tension to balance.  Also slowing down a little may help.   That is what has worked for me in the past.
     
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads reacted to jimerickson in Quilt Path vs. Intelliquilter   
    Maribeth:  I've been quilting for over 10 years now.  Started with a KenQuilt stretched 622. moved to a P17.(a Singer 201 based stretched machine), and then to a Gammill Classic, and a year later added my APQS Ult 2.  I've had the Ult 2 for nearly 9 years.  Having had a couple of "lesser" machines, I really appreciate the design and quality of the Gammill and APQS.  I do the occasional commission quilt as well as most of the quilting for our sewing group, and have probably quilted about 1000 quilts over my quilting "life".
    I'm happy to share some of the insights I've gained as a result of my experience, and hope my thoughts are helpful to the folks here on the forum.  Jim
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from Bonnie in Ok in Pricing question on quilt   
    Well said Gail.
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    RunningThreads reacted to Gail O in Pricing question on quilt   
    Let it go. If you quilted what was requested in the price range you quoted, then you did nothing wrong. (Lovely quilting, by the way)  There could be a boatload of reasons that she has moved on to another quilter; the most likely being that she wants custom quilting for pantograph pricing. 
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from whitepinesquilter in Selling my 1990 Ultimate I with I/S   
    Intellistitch is the add on stitch regulation.  As Jim said it is a really good deal, a commercial grade stitch regulated machine for under four thousand.  Marci would have paid over three just to add the stitch regulator.  
     
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from dbams in which version of Intelliquilter is preferred?   
    I believe at one time the smaller tablet wasn’t as powerful as the larger one so it didn’t have all the functions.  That shows up in the difference between basic and classic.  It looks like there is a full function small tablet and you can save some money.  I have an older tablet with the full screen and sometimes I wish it was bigger when I am trying to see a pattern in actual size.  As an example we have two IPads one 8 inch and one 10 and the difference is huge between them.  The large one will be easier on the eyes for sure.
     
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from Quilta93 in Track lighting above long arm?   
    Matt Sparrow posted an inexpensive light system many years ago.  I would use led shop light instead of the fluorescent lamps as they are  only slightly more money.  On the set I made for the Millie I also used a wireless outlet switch and velcroed the remote to the power advance switch box. When I got it to my liking I took the pipe outside and sprayed it flat black to match the table.  https://manquilter.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/new-lighting-for-2009-apqs-millennium/
     
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from dbams in Track lighting above long arm?   
    Matt Sparrow posted an inexpensive light system many years ago.  I would use led shop light instead of the fluorescent lamps as they are  only slightly more money.  On the set I made for the Millie I also used a wireless outlet switch and velcroed the remote to the power advance switch box. When I got it to my liking I took the pipe outside and sprayed it flat black to match the table.  https://manquilter.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/new-lighting-for-2009-apqs-millennium/
     
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads reacted to Quilting Regina in Previously Quilted Quilt   
    So I finally finished quilting the quilt.  It's my first one on a longarm.  It was fun and I learned a lot.  Anyway, I used Bottom Line in the top and bobbin for the cathedral window pattern in the chain area and the piano keys in the border, and So Fine 50 in the top for the quilting in the background fabric.  It's got some "irregularities" as you can imagine, but it's a present for my parents, so I'm sure they will be forgiving.  
     
    Thanks to all who gave advice for how to go about quilting it.  I ended up using Quilt Path for the design in the background square (Indian Summer Block by Patricia Ritter) and free handing the cathedral windows and piano keys.
     
     

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    RunningThreads got a reaction from quilterkp in Is it possible to quilt when top is same size as backing?   
    You can sew or baste some scrap fabric to the back all the way around to use as leaders to attach to.  This still requires the back to be an inch larger than the top.  If you do this make sure you add the pita charge to the bill.  We often tell customers to do this when the back is slightly smaller than we require.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from redhotmama in Skipped stitches and top thread breaking...   
    Hi Bobbie there sure is.From the APQS main page click on Support then Service videos and have a look most of the common stuff is there.  The finger adjustment is the last part of the timing process.  Here is a link to the video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xWeqiuvwk5E&time_continue=2336
     
    Nigel
     
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from dbams in Tell me about your travel machine   
    Brenda has a featherweight and I’ve used the Singer 301.  The 301 has a built in handle and weighs about the same as a featherweight in it’s case.  They both use the same bobbins and hook.  My 301 came in a table and snaps in and out of the table in seconds.  My complaint with the featherweight has been every time I found one for myself someone wanted to buy it off me.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from NHDeb in Tell me about your travel machine   
    Brenda has a featherweight and I’ve used the Singer 301.  The 301 has a built in handle and weighs about the same as a featherweight in it’s case.  They both use the same bobbins and hook.  My 301 came in a table and snaps in and out of the table in seconds.  My complaint with the featherweight has been every time I found one for myself someone wanted to buy it off me.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from NHDeb in Comparing APQS Millie with Handi Quilter Infinity   
    It looks like there is only about a thousand dollars difference in price until you add some options.  Another way to look at it is what is the value of the machine you buy now going to be in five or ten years compared to the purchase price.  I suspect the APQS will cost you less over that time period.  Also there is quite often factory overhauled used APQS machines with new tables and warranty at a very good price.  Check the events calendar for a Road Show or Quilt Show because they always have special show pricing.  Having good tools always makes the job more pleasurable so buy the one you think is best for you.
    APQS always encourages us to service our own machines and is very good with detailed instructions should you ever have to do a repair.
    Just my 2 cents.
    Nigel
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    RunningThreads got a reaction from dbams in Comparing APQS Millie with Handi Quilter Infinity   
    It looks like there is only about a thousand dollars difference in price until you add some options.  Another way to look at it is what is the value of the machine you buy now going to be in five or ten years compared to the purchase price.  I suspect the APQS will cost you less over that time period.  Also there is quite often factory overhauled used APQS machines with new tables and warranty at a very good price.  Check the events calendar for a Road Show or Quilt Show because they always have special show pricing.  Having good tools always makes the job more pleasurable so buy the one you think is best for you.
    APQS always encourages us to service our own machines and is very good with detailed instructions should you ever have to do a repair.
    Just my 2 cents.
    Nigel