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  1. I'm looking to purchase some used Design Boards. They'd need to be the larger ones as they'll be used with a 26" throat machine. Thanks!
  2. Just FYI- you can find all of Glide colors and sizes and even the new Glide 60 on my website- Quiltedjoy.com I hope that helps!
  3. Sold! I have a sweet Lenni who has barely been used here in the APQS showroom in Louisville, Ky. He was born in 2013 and has been babied all of his life. He has upright handles, 20" throat, stitch regulation, interchangeable hopping foot, L bobbin, and a manual horizontal channel lock. He has never been "owned" by anyone. He has only been used in the showroom for the occasional class and test drives. He comes with a 1 year APQS factory warranty and a new table- your choice of size, 10 or 12 foot. Lenni would ship directly to you with a stand alone bobbin winder. He is a GREAT machine! If you'd like to add Bliss to the table it is an additional $1,000. If you'd like more info about the machine, click here. If you'd like to snag Lenni, all we'd need is a $500 fully refundable deposit! Give me a call (502) 718-7148.
  4. I've got a 2013 sweet APQS George for only $4,750 with a three year warranty! This machine has been in my APQS showroom and has only been used for a few hours. It has been babied and cared for diligently. For more info on what is included hop over to this post: http://www.quiltedjoy.com/2016/05/used-2013-apqs-george-sale.html Give me a ring if you have any questions! (502) 718-7148
  5. Try going around the wheel one more time with the thread. Sometimes certain threads don't "grab" the ridges in that thread break detector wheel and when the wheel doesn't spin it will set off the thread break alarm. Let us know if that helps!
  6. My understanding is that there are many, many shops starting to carry Fil-Tec threads and that they will transition to being a wholesale supplier. You can find Glide in my online shop as well as most of the other APQS stores too- and a host of other retail shops too! I hope that helps!
  7. The 9.7" is the BasiQ and the 12" is the ClassiQ. The BasiQ has refurbished motors and a few of the super high end editing features are not on the BasiQ. The ClassiQ has everything and SuperMotors too. There is also the ClassiQ-LTE which has about 10" tablet but the same exact software as the ClassiQ and is a good compromise if budget is an issue. I have a number of customers who love their BasiQ systems. I also have a bunch who love their ClassiQ- LTE and ClassiQ system. So... it is hard to tell you which is the best fit for you without knowing the kind of quilting you prefer. Are you doing a lot of high level custom quilting? If so, go for one of the ClassiQ versions. Are you a more utilitarian quilter? Then the BasiQ might be better for you. I'd be happy to talk more about their differences. My phone number is below!
  8. Oh my! What a treat to pop in here and trip over this post! Thank you so much for the kind words and I'm delighted you enjoyed your classes! You've got me smiling from ear to ear!
  9. Cagey, You are correct- you can download the video files and the extensive booklets/handouts to your computer so you can access it where ever you want. The videos will all be up on the CraftU site for student for the duration of the two month class. You'll want to follow the instructions on how to back up those video files to a backup drive in the cloud or burn DVDs on your computer to store the files in case your computer should die as the video files will be taken down after the two month class is over. And, yes, I'll have virtual office hours so you can pick my brain with questions as much as you like.
  10. Rita, If you click on the class page it is listed in the upper right hand corner. Here's another link if you need it! I put my final touches on the 35+ page booklet that comes with it too! Oodles of stuff to download with this one! https://www.craftonlineuniversity.com/courses/longarm-fundamentals I hope that helps!
  11. Mary, Bring it with you to the show and we'll look at it in the booth. If you want to order one to have it waiting on you at the booth just call the factory. Do it soon, though, you need to get it on the truck before it starts winding its way to Paducah. We don't bring notions like that to shows but if you order ahead of time you can swing by and snag it when you come!
  12. This two month class launches on Monday! I am finalizing the mountain of downloadable printouts that cover free motion designs, alternative feather shapes to make beginner feathers so much simpler, reference sheets for beginning custom block designs, client consultation forms, and oodles more! I've had a few people ask me so you should know that this class applies to any brand machine. All the videos can be downloaded to your computer so you can watch the video lessons whenever you want even after the class forums close. We have a student gallery and student forums as well as virtual office hours with me as your instructor! I hope you can join me!
  13. I'll be teaching at MQX this year. The Beginner class I'm teaching would be perfect for you. E268-15 Essential Skills: Simple Beginnings Into Longarm Quilting with Angela Huffman Take a look and see what you think! I'd love to have you in class.
  14. Great question, Cagey! Yes, much of the instruction in the class would apply to sit down quilters. There are certainly some things that won't, however. Things like multiple ways to load a quilt on a frame and how to work with pantographs, for example. Don't forget that most of the videos for APQS showing free motion designs are applicable to little George too!
  15. Good question! I saw that too but I'm not aware of any coupon codes. I'm going to look hard and if I find one, I'll post it here.
  16. I'm so glad you've found those classes helpful! This class includes those 6 hours of instruction along with another 7 hours! It is a comprehensive class loaded with great info and covers newbies to advanced beginner levels.
  17. I am happy to announce that in conjunction with Fons & Porter, I will be offering an online class covering the fundamentals of longarm quilting that includes over 13 hours of video instruction. This course was designed to be comprehensive class for newbies, beginners and advanced beginners. We will cover a HUGE range of topics and the lessons are applicable to all brands of machines and all sizes of stand up machines. Many of the lessons also apply to sit down quilters too. Look over the outline to get an idea of all that is built into this class. I know you will get a lot out of it. Imagine being able to learn at your own pace without having to travel to a big show and incur hotel/airfare/food costs to get a solid longarm education. The class is yours to watch at your leisure. You can download the lessons and videos to watch them whenever you like! There is also a student forum that is active for two months while you take the class so you can interact with your fellow students. Plus, you'll love the extensive downloadables. You'll have big printable reference sheets that include, free motion designs, alternative feather shapes to make beginner feathers so much simpler, reference sheets for beginning custom block designs, client consultation forms, and oodles more! Head over to the class page and watch the video preview, read over the lesson outline and see if this course is the right fit for you. I hope you'll be able to join me!
  18. I have them on my website for George (and the other APQS machines). http://www.quiltedjoy.com/product/apqs-parts-supplies/apqs-needles-2
  19. We have found a buyer for this system and are in the process of completing the transaction. It was snagged in less than three days! Thanks so much for your interest! I have a pre-owned 2012 ClassiQ with the latest SuperMotors (V3) and over 450 patterns. I am selling this system on behalf of a customer of mine. The system is ready to mount to an APQS Millennium or Freedom on Bliss rails. If you have a different type of machine or table, you could still use this IQ but we'd need to have you purchase slightly different mounting brackets to attach it to your machine. Keep in mind that all updates to the software come included with your purchase so even though you are buying the system used, you will still have support. Also, with your purchase you will have access to over 6+ hours of HD video instruction from Quilted Joy to train you how to use your IQ. This ClassiQ Intelliquilter system is located in Nashville, TN. Shipping/installation is up to the buyer (US only). If you are interested in getting it professionally installed, we can talk about the cost to have that done (based on your studio's location). This IQ has barely been used and I did the original installation. It is in excellent condition but is not under a warranty. If you'd like more photos, let me know. Here are the specs: ClassiQ Intelliquilter 2012 i500 tablet model 12.5" resistive touch screen SM-V3 Super motors Motor brackets included are for APQS Millennium or Freedom on a Bliss table with 8 button mushroom handles. (If you have a different machine/table/handles you'd need to purchase the correct brackets to mount this system to your table. Typically that will be under $250.) Included are over 450+ patterns APQS Hydraulic lift brackets available at no additional cost Training through Quilted Joy's online virtual classroom
  20. I can't help you with a review of the Handi Quilter or the Innova sit down machines but I can talk about the APQS George machine. Have you had a chance to meet George? You'll find a large group of happy George owners here in the APQS forums! George has a 20" throat and is speed regulated with an unbeatable LIFETIME warranty from APQS. Remember that you are buying your "big-girl" machine and having a company that stand behind their machine for a LIFETIME of use is going to be critical to you. I hope you'll poke around on the forums here and see how much we all adore the customer support and service we enjoy from APQS. The company is based in a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere in Iowa and those small town values are baked into EVERYTHING the company does. Did I mention that all APQS machines are 100% percent American made? Many other machines are cast overseas and they are brought to the states where the guts are added. They'll say they are made in America but they are, in fact, assembled in America. Again, look at the warranties and you'll see the difference jump out at you. Warranties are super boring but get a copy of each company's warranty and really read it. George is set in the table much the way your domestic quilting machine is positioned in your table. To me, this makes sense and keeps the machine out of my way. Some of the other brand sit down machines are positioned in the table so as you move the fabric through you are pushing the fabric INTO the throat of the machine. The machine is essentially in your way as you sew. George was deliberately placed off to the side so you have much more room to move the quilt. Finally, be sure to take a look at the extraordinarily simple thread path on the APQS George. You'll love how incredibly simple it is. That simple path is one of the reasons George owners enjoy running so many different types of threads. Because you aren't asking the top thread to go through too many guides, you can run really low top tension and really low bottom tension. That means George can run all those finicky, funky threads that art quilts LOVE. Don't worry if you aren't an art quilter- just know that if the art quilters of the world turn to George because he can run any thread, the production quilters of the world won't have a thing to worry about with our more pedestrian thread choices. Are you able to go to a quilt show nearby where APQS will have a booth? If so, laying your hands on a George is the best thing to do. Plus, you'll be able to see the other brands at the show and play on those machines too in order to find the best fit for you. Picking out your longarm machine is a personal thing. Trying out the machines to see how they feel to YOUR body will be important. There are also APQS George dealers listed here on the APQS website. I'm sure they'd love to have you come by and take him for a spin. It is always helpful to talk to owners and not just dealers so be sure to pop over to the George forum here on the site to talk to all the happy George owners who love any chance they'd get to yak your ear off about little George. He is a popular guy! Enjoy!
  21. Don't forget that you could also look at getting a gently used APQS machine. I've enjoyed watching your progression from when you first got your longarm and have been impressed with how well you manage a non-stitch regulated machine. I have found that my customers who owned a non-stitch regulated machine first and then get a stitch regulated one find that they bounce back and forth between using their machine in SR mode for some things and then turning it off for other things. A used Freedom might be the perfect fit for you- especially on Bliss. Plus, our used machines have a one year warranty. The two available right now are: Freedom · 2006 Freedom * Retail $10,600 - Sale $9,399 (silver, L bobbin) · 2007 Freedom * Retail $11,000 - Sale $9,799 (silver, L bobbin) co These come with a NEW table (your choice of size). The table is "Bliss Ready" so you can add Bliss to it for $1,000 or you could also wait a bit to add Bliss and it would still be $1,000 later. Call your local dealer for more info or you can give me or the factory a ring. I think you'd enjoy the benefits of a new-to-you Stitch Regulated machine (especially on Bliss). My biggest advice is not to shop just on price alone as you determine what brand you want to go with for your next machine. I'm glad you've had experience with our machines and I'm glad you've been able to experience the customer service and support that APQS is known for. I think you'd also fall head over heels with how very, very different our machines are from the APQS machines of yesteryear which you've been working on. No doubt, all of the APQS machines are true work horses and will stand the test of time. But the new features and technology contained within longarms built after the stitch regulator was introduced will make you feel like a pampered girl. Good luck with your decision and do let us know what you decide. I personally am looking forward to seeing you fly with your new creative partner whatever that may be.
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