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    Gator got a reaction from LibbyG in String of Pearls   
    Wow!!!!
     
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    Gator got a reaction from quiltmonkey in This is what it's all about.......   
    Wow, I am soooo jealous.  What a wonderful story.  I wish, I had girls to teach too. 
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    Gator got a reaction from quiltmonkey in Stitch In the Ditch on longarm   
    You can roll the quilt back and forth like Gail said, but it does have to be stabilized to keep everything in the right place.  There are many ways to do the borders and sashings.  I do mine as I go.  I pick patterns that are easy to match-up.  Some longarmers do their blocks then turn the quilt on the rollers to do the borders and sashing.  In other words,  they take the quilt off the rollers and put it back on so the long side borders and sashings are horizontal.  We each have our own preferences, which was developed as we learnt how to do things.  As far as custom or end to end, again it's a preference.  End to end is your "bread and butter" if doing customer quilts, it's quick but beautiful.  Most customers don't want to pay for custom which can get very expensive.  Stitch in the Ditch is considered custom and would be very tedious for stabilizing a quilt.  We usually baste the tops and sides of the sandwich.  If you're doing custom you can pin the area you're working on to stabilize it, but remember to take the pins out before rolling the quilt.  Christine all great questions.  Visiting a Road Show is a great way to see what APQS machines can do and how they feel.  You will be able to test the machines at the show.  This forum and the I love APQS facebook group is full of quilters ready to answer your questions and help solve problems.  APQS has the greatest customer service in the quilting world too.  Have fun and keep the questions coming, there are no stupid questions. 
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    Gator got a reaction from Kwiltr in Christmas Quilting   
    Very nice, I love the tree skirt. 
     
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    Gator reacted to LibbyG in Flatlining   
    No, it isn't going to come out.  After a quilt is off the frame, the thread settles and it may not look the same.  Just go with the flow.
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    Gator reacted to Sharon Deming in Flatlining   
    Hi Donna. First, you are being too hard on yourself! The quilting is quite acceptable. If  you have used a high quality thread - all will be well as the quilt is used and when it is washed. First, is the quilting in your picture on the top or the back of the quilt? There is an article on this website about railroading on the bobbin side: https://www.apqs.com/what-causes-railroad-tracks/
    When there is railroading on top, I check the following: Is there an issue in the thread path - anything in the wrong place or getting caught on something? Or, try loosening the top tension. Or, if you are racing across your quilt, slow down. You can out run your needle and its ability to make good stitches. Or, try loosening the tension on the quilt. It should be loose enough that the machine throat plate area forms a little "mole-hill" as it moves across the quilt.
    Tension was my biggest learning curve when I got my first machine. Can't tell you how many times I called my dealer for advice! As you are learning, I suggest checking out your tension and speed on a practice sandwich before you load a quilt. Eventually, you will know what works for you.  So, go easy on yourself. You are doing a great job! By the way, I really like the quilting design. Is it free motion or panto? What is the name of the panto?
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    Gator got a reaction from Mydlw in Santa is buying me a LAQ   
    Wow, I wish Santa would have sent me that note.  Congrats!!!!  APQS is the best.  If you have questions, please ask.  We have quilters with all years and models.  You will get straight answers and opinions.
     
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    Gator got a reaction from InesR in Juki long arms   
    Hi Sandy welcome to the forum.  Sharon has given you very good advice.  I don't know where you are located but I highly recommend you go to one or more of the shows and test drive different longarm machines.  If there's no shows near try joining a guild or just ask around if anyone would demonstrate their longarm for you (maybe even let you do a test drive).  Check our dealer/retailer locator on this website, you may have one near you.  All the APQS dealers will let you test drive their machines and offer info to you.   A longarm is a big investment, so get something you love and meets your requirements.  As Sharon, specified there is a huge difference between a domestic sewing machine sitting  on a carrier and frame than a longarm.  Check out the used machines listed on this website and do lots of homework.  Please feel welcome to come hear and ask questions, it's a great group of quilters who will give you their honest opinions. 
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    Gator got a reaction from dbams in Juki long arms   
    Hi Sandy welcome to the forum.  Sharon has given you very good advice.  I don't know where you are located but I highly recommend you go to one or more of the shows and test drive different longarm machines.  If there's no shows near try joining a guild or just ask around if anyone would demonstrate their longarm for you (maybe even let you do a test drive).  Check our dealer/retailer locator on this website, you may have one near you.  All the APQS dealers will let you test drive their machines and offer info to you.   A longarm is a big investment, so get something you love and meets your requirements.  As Sharon, specified there is a huge difference between a domestic sewing machine sitting  on a carrier and frame than a longarm.  Check out the used machines listed on this website and do lots of homework.  Please feel welcome to come hear and ask questions, it's a great group of quilters who will give you their honest opinions. 
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    Gator reacted to Sharon Deming in Juki long arms   
    Hi Sandy. Welcome to the APQS forum! If I am not mistaken, both of the machines you mention are primarily sewing machines and have limited quilting space. Only 9" for the TL 2000, and I couldn't find any info on the other one, just a picture. They appear to be decent machines for domestic machine quilting. If you plan to do any quilting for other people, please hold out for a "big girl" longarm (as Cindy Roth) calls them, with at least 18" to 20" of throat space, and a good stitch regulator. Wait for a top quality longarm, too. My sewing machine repair guy services all kinds of sewing machines, longarms, etc., as well as the big commercial machines of all sorts. He knows everything.  When I was deciding on a brand, I asked him what brand he would select for himself if he were in the market. APQS is at the top of the list. He said "they are very easy to service, and, besides, they never break down." The other brand that is on his very short list (of 2) is Innova. Whatever brand you are checking out, look for reviews online from people who bought them - and not on the manufacturer's website. Oh, there is a longarms for sale group on facebook. Check them out, too.
    Buying a longarm is very personal , of course. And there is more to consider than just price, especially if you want to quilt for others at some point. You don't want to just "make do" with a machine that was handy to get and affordable, but constantly gives you trouble or is inadequate for what you want it to do. Look for high quality stitches, a stitch regulator, adequate throat depth, and reliability. Equally as important: the availability of good customer service. When you find a nice longarm you are interested in, talk to the manufacturer or a dealer to see if they would be willing to answer questions and help you with any issues that come up. APQS is happy to provide excellent customer service to any APQS owner. You may have a great sewing machine repair service that also  handles a variety of longarm machines. Just be sure you will have support when you need it.
    So, keep digging into information and reviews - and be patient, don't settle. Determine the maximum you can afford and go for as much longarm as you can. You will know the right machine when you see it. Feel free to message me if you have other questions.
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    Gator got a reaction from Quilta93 in Newbie Questions   
    I'm right handed so left to right in the front feels natural.  You can go either way.  I have a computer on my machine and it quilts in both directions with no problems not even thread breakage.  I think what sewingpup has hit the nail on the head, moving the machine smoothly in both directions should work fine.  If you thread breaks going right to left, slow down a tad to reduce needle flex.  I use a neutral thread on quilts with a lot of colors (unless it's super custom), usually gray, linen or mossy green.
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    Gator got a reaction from Gail O in Newbie Questions   
    I'm right handed so left to right in the front feels natural.  You can go either way.  I have a computer on my machine and it quilts in both directions with no problems not even thread breakage.  I think what sewingpup has hit the nail on the head, moving the machine smoothly in both directions should work fine.  If you thread breaks going right to left, slow down a tad to reduce needle flex.  I use a neutral thread on quilts with a lot of colors (unless it's super custom), usually gray, linen or mossy green.
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    Gator got a reaction from tootsquilts in Quilts for Grandson and one for 8 year old neighbor for Christmas   
    Love them, looks like a real labor of love. 
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    Gator got a reaction from InesR in Tablerunners   
    I agree, makes me want Ribbon Candy.  Great pattern choice. 
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    Gator got a reaction from tootsquilts in Hi-Tech Inbonded Quilting thread   
    EmbroPoly, recommend you provide volunteer LongArm quilters with a few spools of thread for testing.  Trust me these guys will be honest with their evaluations.  We did this with another company a few years ago.  The  company was very gracious/generous  with the quilter's who tested their threads.  They would be representing themselves for endorsing your thread not the APQS Company.
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    Gator got a reaction from Neher-in-law5 in Hi-Tech Inbonded Quilting thread   
    EmbroPoly, recommend you provide volunteer LongArm quilters with a few spools of thread for testing.  Trust me these guys will be honest with their evaluations.  We did this with another company a few years ago.  The  company was very gracious/generous  with the quilter's who tested their threads.  They would be representing themselves for endorsing your thread not the APQS Company.
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    Gator got a reaction from quilterkp in Freddie or Lucy? Which one is the best & why?   
    I don't know what Jim uses his channel locks for but I use mine with every quilt.   They are great for sewing straight lines.  I float my quilts, so I run a straight basting line across the batting and line the top up on it to ensuring my top is straight.  I also can use the vertical ones to check the sides to keep my top square.  I have a computer on my machine so those that do manual quilting can give you more examples of their many uses.
     
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    Gator got a reaction from quilterkp in Hi-Tech Inbonded Quilting thread   
    EmbroPoly, recommend you provide volunteer LongArm quilters with a few spools of thread for testing.  Trust me these guys will be honest with their evaluations.  We did this with another company a few years ago.  The  company was very gracious/generous  with the quilter's who tested their threads.  They would be representing themselves for endorsing your thread not the APQS Company.
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    Gator got a reaction from quilterkp in Do you quilt with glasses while quilting, my needle shattered   
    I have worked in an industrial environment most of my life (military).  Safety was always the way of life.  I always had safety glasses on but now I wear glasses because of age.  I was doing a quilt over the weekend and all of a sudden my IQ said obstruction and stopped, grrrr but no problem.  I was using minkee as my backing and the top had some thick seams.  I have always used my bobbin thread cutter (had Millie's since 2007).  Ok, to make a short story long, I thought I cleared everything and cleaned the wheels and table?   I hit the start button and "BANG, BANG, BANG" the needle shattered, right,  it didn't just break it shattered, pieces went everywhere!  I'm only 5ft tall so a piece hit me in the face.  Now you get my question, my reading glasses probably kept the piece from going into my eye.  I was using a 4.0 machine needle, glad it wasn't titanium.  When you think about using rulers, needles, etc with a fast moving machine, maybe we should take a minute to think about eye safety (fingers too).   After settling my nerves and cleaning my pants, here's the good part:  I have both eyes.  The quilt wasn't ripped or damaged.  I found 5 pieces of the needle including the eye (with thread in it), which looked like I got all of it.  I blew out the bobbin housing and made sure I still had a hook.  I changed the needle and proceeded with the quilt, guess what!!!!   I love my APQS machine, the stitches were beautiful, whew no retiming required.  The only thing that may have caused the needle to shatter, was my bobbin thread cutter knife gets stuck every now and then and maybe the needle hit it?  I can't think of anything else that could have happened without destroying the hook?  Any other ideas?  I've been quilting since 2007 and never had a needle shatter, break yes but shatter no.
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    Gator got a reaction from Gail O in Do you quilt with glasses while quilting, my needle shattered   
    All good comments.   I was just glad that I had my reading glasses on.  I'm sure it was probably needle flex.  I was doing a quilt with hexagons, lots of "y" seams, batting and minkee.  IQ stopped for an obstruction which was probably the needle flexing/bending holding onto the fabric.  I first thought it may have hit the bobbin thread cutter which sometimes sticks on me, but I would have noticed it by sound.  I am aware that it sticks sometimes,  heck it's 8 years old, in my hast to check a problem with my IQ tablet, I didn't check it too.    I have 3 domestic machines, 2 10-needle embroidery machines and a serger, in other words lots and lots of needles with breaks over the years.  I think most only broke into two pieces, this was the first one that shattered.  I am so proud of my girl (Millie), she was born in 2008 and is running smooth, that needle breaking had to hurt.  APQS quality is superb.   I don't want to scare anyone, because needle breaks are  part of our world, just be careful.  For our "newbies" yep us "oldies" still gets the stuffing scared out of us when it happens because it totally catches you off guard and sounds a lot worse then it is.
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    Gator got a reaction from Gail O in Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!   
    Betsy, thank you for sharing the ribbon and Roland's note.  I'm in tears once again but good tears knowing the quilt not only made Rita smile but "himself", Roland is getting comfort from this quilt.  It's amazing  he entered it in the show, I agree Rita was behind his thoughts saying do it!   I get the feeling that's it's her way of saying thank you, smile.  I forgot how beautiful the quilt was, thank you for posting the picture again. 
    I love running across old posts that still have Rita's comments on them, she will always be with us.
    Betsy, I think you deserve the ribbon.  You volunteered without hesitating to gather the blocks, arrange them, add sashing and quilt it.  You also got it done in a hast, enabling us to get it to Rita who was gravely ill at the time.
    Please be sure Dawn gets a copy of the letter, picture of the ribbon and quilt.  She would love to post it on the blog and probably the APQS Facebook site too.
     
    PS:  The ribbon is adorable!
     
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    Gator got a reaction from NHDeb in Superior Bottom Line   
    Glad you discovered the problem.  I think we are as bad at looking at the manuals as men are at asking for directions. 
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    Gator got a reaction from Quilta93 in Do you quilt with glasses while quilting, my needle shattered   
    All good comments.   I was just glad that I had my reading glasses on.  I'm sure it was probably needle flex.  I was doing a quilt with hexagons, lots of "y" seams, batting and minkee.  IQ stopped for an obstruction which was probably the needle flexing/bending holding onto the fabric.  I first thought it may have hit the bobbin thread cutter which sometimes sticks on me, but I would have noticed it by sound.  I am aware that it sticks sometimes,  heck it's 8 years old, in my hast to check a problem with my IQ tablet, I didn't check it too.    I have 3 domestic machines, 2 10-needle embroidery machines and a serger, in other words lots and lots of needles with breaks over the years.  I think most only broke into two pieces, this was the first one that shattered.  I am so proud of my girl (Millie), she was born in 2008 and is running smooth, that needle breaking had to hurt.  APQS quality is superb.   I don't want to scare anyone, because needle breaks are  part of our world, just be careful.  For our "newbies" yep us "oldies" still gets the stuffing scared out of us when it happens because it totally catches you off guard and sounds a lot worse then it is.
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    Gator got a reaction from quilterkp in Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!   
    Betsy, thank you for sharing the ribbon and Roland's note.  I'm in tears once again but good tears knowing the quilt not only made Rita smile but "himself", Roland is getting comfort from this quilt.  It's amazing  he entered it in the show, I agree Rita was behind his thoughts saying do it!   I get the feeling that's it's her way of saying thank you, smile.  I forgot how beautiful the quilt was, thank you for posting the picture again. 
    I love running across old posts that still have Rita's comments on them, she will always be with us.
    Betsy, I think you deserve the ribbon.  You volunteered without hesitating to gather the blocks, arrange them, add sashing and quilt it.  You also got it done in a hast, enabling us to get it to Rita who was gravely ill at the time.
    Please be sure Dawn gets a copy of the letter, picture of the ribbon and quilt.  She would love to post it on the blog and probably the APQS Facebook site too.
     
    PS:  The ribbon is adorable!
     
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    Gator got a reaction from Neher-in-law5 in Do you quilt with glasses while quilting, my needle shattered   
    All good comments.   I was just glad that I had my reading glasses on.  I'm sure it was probably needle flex.  I was doing a quilt with hexagons, lots of "y" seams, batting and minkee.  IQ stopped for an obstruction which was probably the needle flexing/bending holding onto the fabric.  I first thought it may have hit the bobbin thread cutter which sometimes sticks on me, but I would have noticed it by sound.  I am aware that it sticks sometimes,  heck it's 8 years old, in my hast to check a problem with my IQ tablet, I didn't check it too.    I have 3 domestic machines, 2 10-needle embroidery machines and a serger, in other words lots and lots of needles with breaks over the years.  I think most only broke into two pieces, this was the first one that shattered.  I am so proud of my girl (Millie), she was born in 2008 and is running smooth, that needle breaking had to hurt.  APQS quality is superb.   I don't want to scare anyone, because needle breaks are  part of our world, just be careful.  For our "newbies" yep us "oldies" still gets the stuffing scared out of us when it happens because it totally catches you off guard and sounds a lot worse then it is.
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