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  1. I usually buy fabric at the LQS. Some brands are lighter weight and thinner than others. I sometimes don't realize it until after i pre wash them. Does anyone have any brands that they avoid because of this?? Also when buying on the internet, any suggestions of making sure to get good quality fabric. Thanks in advance for comments.
  2. Sounds like you are a wonderful daughter in law. Nice to hear she now understands the amount of time and work put into the "blanket".
  3. Claudia, I would be interested in any classes that you would be giving. Please let me know when you are going to do that. Thanks. Linda
  4. Thanks for everyones input. I decided to go with the George. We have a good interest rate until middle of December, so that put a time issue on the decision. Thanks for the input. The George will allow me to do my own quilts for now and the transition will hopefully be smooth since I am currently doing quilting with my Bernina. Eventually I hope to move up to a longarm with stitch regulator. I was sort of scared of going to a long arm without the stitch regulator. Thanks to all!!
  5. Hi everyone, Thanks for the responses to my original question. I have thought about a used machine, but haven't found one that is in my price range (again about the $8000 area). I have seen some of the Ultimate's on the used site recently. I may consider one of them, especially if there would be a chance in the future of it being able to be upgraded to a green millineum in a couple of years. I don't know if that is even possible. The other clincher is the sellers request that it be picked up and the traveling distance doesn't make this possible. I have room for a 12 foot table and some of the machines have either 10 foot or 14 foot. Again, thanks for any input that can be provided. Linda
  6. Hi, I am new to this site. I have been reading everything for the a while now and have been impressed with how helpful everyone is. So now I am turning to you all... I started thinking about getting a longarm about 5 years ago, but due to the cost didn't get very far. Since then I have done a lot of piecing and have quilted queen size and king size quilts with my Bernina. I don't want to do that again, it was just too difficult with the amount of room available. Cost is an issue (of course). I loved the APQS long arms and thought a green millineum would be perfect. Initially my husband went along with this. However, he is now having serious doubts and wants me cut back to about the $8000 area. My initial plan was to use the machine for personal use, and if possible start doing quilting for others. Our area all ready has a lot of long arm quilters and I may not get much (if any business). Also, since I work full time (and overtime) and am busy with family, my husband has expressed concerns about me not having the time to do everything. Soooo...I think it comes down to two options: I have looked at a Handi Quilter 16. In this option, I would be able to do my own quilts easily. I don't think this would allow me any option of getting into business. I have had some people tell me that they think the machine would be frustrating and I would quickly regret this decision...However, it has a stitch regulator that I have been wanting. My other thought is going to the APQS George. The positive is that since I am currently doing quilting with my Bernina, the transition to using George would hopefully go smoothly. It has speed control but not a stitch regulator (so I would be giving up on this want). I am hoping that in the next few years maybe it could be traded in or sold used to move up to a long arm. I was thinking it would be easier to deal with the George and APQS rather than a Handi Quilter. But would a Handi Quilter get me started on long arm technique (without being too frustrating)? I know the APQS site talks about being able to pay off the machine by doing quilting for others, but I don't think I can count on this, as I need to know for sure that we can afford to make payments and at this time can not think of a "hope" or a "may be". I have been going back and forth for a couple of weeks am getting a headache. I trying this route and would be ever so thankful for any input. Thanks so very much!!! Linda