Carla Riley

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  1. Awesome machine for sale in Iowa! 6 to 7-year-old Liberty. Lightly used and lovingly maintained. I’ve got TONS of accessories, extra tools and a sizable thread collection to go with it. Its on a 12’ table and has motorized feed with foot pedal control. Original value on everything nears $18,000!!! I’m asking $11,200 but will entertain reasonable offers. Will help setup and train within driving distance. Super light and fun machine! Email inquiries to .
  2. Okay's one way you can finance your new machine --- APQS works with a bank here in Iowa that enjoys financing our machines. It is a national bank, they have very attractive terms; they'll finance up to 80% of the value of your machine, so you only have to save up the 20% down. They will finance out as long as five years and their interest rates are very reasonable; they are actually bank rates instead of paying finance company or credit card-type rates. They're great guys to work with and they understand the value in our machines. You don't have to present a business plan to them; they already understand what most folks are doing with their machines and they see these plans succeed every day as our customers pay off their machines. If you are interested in speaking with them or filling out their simple application form. just let me know and I can email you the form to print from your own computer or I can put an application in the mail to you. I can provide the name and number of the loan officer as well, so if you want to talk with them ahead of time, you can do that as well. Let me know what else I can do to help! Carla APQS
  3. Hi Everybody! Its great to see so much chat going on about George! He really IS a popular guy. And can "suck up" anytime when you're calling me a "gorgeous blonde!" ha ha. I love it!! Seriously though, we are SO glad to have you as part of our little family! I've enjoyed visiting with you and helping out in my own little way with getting you started. Thanks so much for such kind words. It makes me feel so proud to hear about all of you George owners having such a good time with your machines! This is what it really IS all about -- the passion you all have for your art! And George is fitting right in and helping you develop that art and perpetuate that passion! It does my heart good to listen in on all these terrific positive comments! I am definitely a George believer and I enjoy hearing everyone else's opinions too. I just have to stick my neck out here and address the stitch regulator concern one more time from a different angle. I want to thank the ladies at High Country Quilts in Colorado for inviting me out to work their show with them last week; it really gave me more time than I've ever had in one sitting to work with George uninterrupted and really get a grasp of what makes George so phenomenal. Since I'm originally a "machine mover," this was important time for me. I really had a great time and got comfortable with George. One of the reasons I believe stitch regulation is important when moving the machine, as with our traditional longarms, is because the machines glide so smoothly and easily that I think sometimes we get in a big hurry with manipulating our machine. Then we get into tight spots (like bringing our feathers in to meet their spines) and we automatically slow down significantly to make those spaces just as smooth as when we're whipping the machine out on those plumes. Does that make sense? With the stitch regulator on those machines, it allows us to do the fast parts fast and the slow parts slow without changing stitch length or speed. It is something we don't even have to think about anymore. On the other hand, when we're moving the quilt instead of the machine, I really believe that we are relatively consistent with that motion to begin with. The ability to set that speed control dial and govern the foot pedal with it really just helps to smooth things out for us. We don't have a tendency to vary our speed a whole lot when we're pushing the quilt around like we do when we're driving the machine around on the quilt. Very simply, I don't think we need quite as much help with the stitch length when using George as we do with the traditional longarms. Its also helpful that you have the ability with George to really get your hands and even your arms into that nice, big throat space to manipulate the quilt with much more ease and efficiency than with your smaller home sewing machine. Just having more control over that quilt is a huge help. Then on top of that, when you find your "groove" or your "happy place" where you like stitching a particular pattern or design, you can govern that foot pedal with the speed control dial and just hold the pedal to the floor and maintain that even speed control. Its great not to have to balance the foot pedal. It frees up your mind to concentrate on the creative aspect of your work instead of the operational aspect. Simple explanation....its just WAY cool! :cool: Did I miss any of the newer questions that were put out here since my last post? If I guys let me know and I'll get back on here and do what I do! Again everybody, thanks for all the good feedback on George and for the updates from some of you that already have your Georges! I love to keep up to date with what everybody is getting accomplished with their machines. We're just lucky to have a terrific forum like this to help us do that!! Thanks again Shana for the nice compliments. You're a hoot!
  4. Hi Everybody! Since George is my favorite friend right now, I thought I'd better jump in here and give you my 2-cents worth!! George is a terrific machine and an easy transition for anyone who has done any quilting on their smaller home machine. Its like quilting on your little machine, only bigger, better and easier! In regard to visibility, it is awesome because there is a lot more clearance with this machine. It is built higher, for lack of a better term. The height in the throat is about 8.5 inches, which gives you lots of space to see where you've been and where you're going. The foot is nice and small and has a good-sized bored out opening, so you can see easily right around the foot if you're doing smaller more intricate work. Its cool. As far as stitch regulator goes, keep in mind that George has a speed control dial up on the head of the machine that will "govern" the foot pedal. So when you find your happy place where you like to stitch for certain types of work, you can simply set your speed control dial and press the foot all the way to the floor and just keep on truckin'! I believe the ability to do that is more important than stitch regulation with a machine like this where we're moving fabric instead of the machine. Most of us are very consistent to begin with and with very little practice, you can achieve astounding results with your stitch length. I think it is helpful that you can get your hands all the way inside and underneath that arm to really manipulate your quilt freely. I also found it interesting that it seems when you can space your hands apart a bit more than you do with quilting on your sewing machine, you actually engage some larger muscle groups for moving that quilt around. Sturdier muscle groups being used helps tremendously in moving the quilt and it also helps prevent you from getting fatigued quickly. I worked the George at a show last week and was busy with the machine pretty much all day and I felt great afterward. No aching muscles, no tension, etc. It was great! In answer to the basting issue: yes, you need to baste your quilt in some fashion. Whatever works best and easiest for you can be used. There are many efficient ways to baste your quilts these days thanks to some newer products in our industry. You can use fusible batting, you can use basting sprays, etc., or you can simply pin baste. I think the fusibles and the sprays are terrific! I like whatever is fastest and easiest!! If you all have further questions about George, please feel free to call me and/or email me at the APQS Showroom & Training Center in Des Moines. I can be reached at 800-426-7233, ext. 4 or my cell is 515-710-7751. My email is I'll be happy to visit with you guys anytime! George is one of my favorite topics to chat about. Also, please let me know where you are located. There is a possibility that we may have a Road Show or something coming your way. We don't generally put that information on the calendar until it ges closer, but I might be able to tell you if we're planning to come to your part of the country and when. There is also the possibility that we could perhaps have another George customer in your vicinity and they usually really enjoy showing off their Georges! Just let me know what I can do to helpl
  5. I have to tell you....I got a "sneak peek" at this awesome new book when I did a class with Deloa a couple of weeks ago. It is truly a gem! Deloa's unique quilting style jumps right out of each page and she makes her designs SO workable for everyone -- no matter what "level" you may be at in regard to your quilting skills. If you've ever had the pleasure of admiring Deloa's award-winning quilts, you'll love this book! Deloa breaks down her fantastic designs and simplifies them for us. Once you get started working with this book, you'll have a hard time putting it down. And the price!! This is a terrific deal on a fabulous new book!! I also think I heard that Deloa has developed or is developing a class curriculum around this particular book, so watch for her classes at some of the upcoming shows! Hint...she also travels and teaches just about anywhere there is a group of quilters who want to get together for some fun and education!
  6. I LOVE the Hartley Fence! Let's talk about this subject a little bit more. I know a lot of people that really like their Circle Lords and I think everybody has a right to their own opinion. I find the Fence to be quite versatile for doing all of my circular designs and for cross-hatching corner to corner, not to mention the endless variety of designs that can be completed with the Cookie Cutter Stencils! All a person needs to do is check out Myrna Ficken's quilts to see what a truly powerful tool the Fence can be when used appropriately. The simplicity of the design is genius -- not a lot of parts to get lost in the shuffle or figure out how to use. Keeping it simple is the best and easiest way to turn out beautiful quilts. I've got a copy of Myrna's book, which is extremely helpful in learning to use the Fence and I've got a set of instructions in a file that is easy to email if anyone is interested. I would be happy to send out the step-by-step instructions I've got for FREE to anyone interested. Just email me for the file. When you get up and running with basic circles, cross-hatching, might want to take a serious look at Myrna's book with all the additional diagrams, photos, step-by-step instruction...etc. I'm not saying that the Circle Lord isn't a terrific tool, but I'm a Hartley Fence Fan and I think if you would obtain the new instructions and set aside one afternoon for some "play time," you just might realize what an awesome tool you have in your possession!
  7. Hi Steph: This is Carla -- I work at the APQS showroom and training center in Des Moines, Iowa. I would love to talk with you some more and get you some additional information or literature to consider. We've got a great literature package and a CD-Rom with a short video on it (if you haven't already received it) that I can send you right away. That might help you sort through the different machines/features, etc. Of course, I'm available by phone or email anytime for questions and clarification. Sometimes all the information gets a bit overwhelming and you need someone to just help walk you through it. Give me a call or email me. You know better than anyone else exactly what you need in a machine; I think we just need to get to know you better to help determine which machine might be the best "fit" for you. I'm happy to help anytime! I can be reached at APQS at 800-426-7233, ext. 15 or via cell phone 515-710-7751. My email is Hope to talk with you soon!
  8. Hi Pam: I understand how frustrating it can be to experience tension difficulties and I want to help you with it if I can. Give me a call at the APQS Showroom & Training Center and we can visit about it in more detail and see if we can figure out what the problem is in your situation. I will be in the office all day today (Tuesday) and I'll be out the rest of the week, but will be able to be contacted by cell phone. I'll give you both numbers. The office number is: 800-426-7233, ext. 15 and the cell number is 515-710-7751. Please feel free to call either one whenever it is convenient for you to talk for a few minutes. I'll be looking forward to talking with you and we'll tackle this issue together!
  9. You can accomplish a sort of "spiral" design using the Hartley Fence like this: Each time you complete a circle with the circlemaker, loosen the knob holding the circlemaker onto the Fence (leave everything else right where it is) and rotate the circlemaker clockwise. Work another circle. Rotate again clockwise and work the next circle. By the time you work all the way around the "clock" you'll have a perfect spiral design. The important part of working these spirals is that you keep the spacing between the circles or the distance you're rotating the circlemaker even all the time so that the spiral is evenly spaced. The closer the spacing is, the more intricate the spiral and vice versa. Try it and let me know how it works for you. I'm not certain that this is the type of "spiral" design you're looking for, but it looks awesome on the quilt! Let me know what else I might do to help!
  10. Hi Everybody: You've all got some excellent questions about the Fence and how to use it and it looks like Sue has done a great job explaining it on this message board. THANKS Sue!! A couple of you have asked about being shown how to use it at Pacific International Quilt Festival and at Festival in Houston later this fall. You're in luck! Marilyn Badger will be working our booth at BOTH of those shows and she is always happy to do some demonstration of the Fence and explain more fully how to use it. Look her up at the show and she'll be glad to spend some time showing off the Fence. Another bit of info for you.....Marilyn and I are working on a more detailed set of instructions for the Fence and the other accessories from the Hartley family as we speak. We should have something done and ready for everyone in the next few weeks. So if you can just hang on a bit longer, we should have some more help on the way . When the booklet is completed, I'll post something here so that you'll all know how to get a copy for yourselves. We're working on a lot of detailed instruction as well as some good photos and diagrams so it will all make more sense. So get your Fences all set up on your tables and get ready! You're gonna love it once you know a little more about using it!!
  11. If you'd like a copy of the Business Plan and ROI info, please email me at and I'll be happy to send it!! I can email it or send it via US Mail. Let me know!! Carla
  12. Rosemary: No problem at all. I hope you received the documents I emailed to you as well. I'm glad you're going to contact Sue. I think she will be a terrific resource for you. I'm also available anytime if there is anything at all I can do to help. Keep us posted on your progress with your research!
  13. Hi Rosemary! I'd like to address some of your concerns about market saturation and pricing. Something you may want to do in the very near future is check with some of those local quilters you see in the magazines and ask them how their backlog is. If it's anything like it is over here, you're probably going to find that most of them, if they do quality work, are backed up anywhere from 3 to 9 months on average. That speaks volumes to the issue of market saturation. And quilting as an industry continues to grow at record-breaking pace. All the sewing machine manufacturers are bringing out new machines and they're almost always targeting the quilters. They do a lot of market research and if the quilting industry were slowing I don't think they would be working so diligently to come up with new and better sewing machine technology for the quilter. That's just my opinion and observation, of course. But I think the best measure of the market is checking with those quilters. We also have a wonderful Australian representative, Sue Morris, who would be happy to visit with you more about this business as well, I'm certain. Maybe we can get her to jump in here and post some info about pricing in Australia and such. She has been running a successful business for a number of years now and has a couple of machines. In regard to pricing, over here we're seeing average pricing starting at around a penny and a half for simple quilting and ranging all the way up to 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cents per square inch and I've seen it much higher than that. An average queen-size quilt would be roughly 90 by 100 inches so would equal 9,000 square inches. So for simple quilting (pantograph, simple meander allover, etc.) that would be approximately $135 for labor alone. That doesn't figure in any thread charges, batting charges, etc. I'm sorry I can't convert to your currency but I'm sure you can do those numbers. I want to send you an email with our sample business plan and return of investment info. I'll get that done yet today and you can take a look at it. Of course, it is all done in US Funds as well and I apologize for that. Maybe I can talk Sue into helping me convert that for our Australian customers sometime...hint hint Sue -- if you're watching! But I hope that the information will help you to make sense of it all for now. I would ask you not to give up on your dream yet! Let us work out the numbers together and find out if this could be a viable business for you. I've seen so many people get machines from us and launch a very successful business and they've had such a great time pursuing their dreams, I hate to think that you're going to give up just yet. Please let us know how we can help you to sort it all out before you make a decision. We're here to support you and assist with your research, so please use us as a resource anytime there is anything we can do to help. I'll email you later and you let me know what other questions you come up with.
  14. Jeri --- next time you're going to be going through Des Moines for something, give me a call and make sure I'm going to be in the office and maybe we can set aside some time from your trip to have a little Fence lesson. I'd be happy to spend some time with you and show you some easy ways to use the Fence. It is an awesome tool when used properly and once you're shown how to use it, you'll wonder why you had it sitting on the shelf all this time. I swear it is going to be SO easy and fun for you, you won't believe it! Circles can be loads of fun on quilts and are so versatile and can be used for tons of different things and crosshatched quilts just look SO rich and gorgeous! These are the two things that the Fence is best for, so let's just get you some extra training and get that Fence off the shelf! It's always more fun for me to be out working with a quilter in the showroom than sitting in my office, so give me a chance to show you the ropes! 800-426-7233, ext. 15. Anybody else who happens to be coming into or through the Des Moines area (or wherever I happen to be doing a Road Show or something) who wants to have a mini-lesson on the Fence, just let me know. It is my favorite tool to work with and I'm anxious to show you guys how to use it too!
  15. Kathy: I am certainly happy to help you sell yours if you truly don't want to use it. I've helped a few people sell some other items in the past and I don't mind helping again. I just keep mentioning it to customers when they call in for any reason and eventually we find somebody who would need the item you are selling. I'll then put them in touch with you. Can you tell me an approximate age for your Fence? How much do you want to get out of it? Those are the kinds of things I need to know in order to quote it to some people for youl. Also, who will pay for the shiping? Will it be handled by the buyer or the seller? Details details.... Also: anyone who is interested in a copy of the written instructions for the Fence can email me their name and address info and I can send you a copy in the mail.