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  1. Nora…I believe there is one for sale in Texas but it has the older cabinet which is huge and wonderful but no fun to move or ship. Search back a few of days for the listing. Nancy in Tucson
  2. Barbara Moran is my quilting student. We worked on her quilt for almost 3 years. It is a monster, measuring 120 x 120". I did the color & fabric selection and changed up Kim McLean's pattern a bit. Barbara did all the appliqué: fused and machine blanket stitched. She finds the rhythm of the machine soothing hence the name Better Than Prozac. Valerie did a wonderful job quilting it and really pushed it over the top! Barbara and I did the binding together and then I blocked that sucker on my hands & knees Anyway, MQX is a terrific show and I'm thrilled that Barbara's quilt took a blue ribbon in the Group category. Nancy in Tucson
  3. Exactly…I used them for #100 silk (my favorite) and on the rare occasions that I used monofilament. Would work well also for those who quilt with the thin threads like Invisafil or Bottom Line.
  4. When I had my (old style) George converted to the split shaft so that it could utilize the interchangeable feet, I was scared to do it myself. Dave Jones was in town doing service calls. He retrofitted mine with ease. Any dealers or techs in your area?
  5. P.S. I'm a big believer in changing needles so I always purchase the box of 100 needles. MUCH better price than the small packs.
  6. Hi Guys: I may not have my George anymore but I am still enjoying the forum on occasion. Yes, I purchased the Schmetz needles that work on George from the Raichert website. I would agree that it is not very easy to navigate but you could also phone them. They're in Phoenix AZ. Last time I checked, they carried the correct needles in sizes 75/11, 80/12 and 90/14. All of those are smaller than the machine is timed for, but I never had an issue using them. Hope this helps. Nancy in Arizona
  7. Sorry. George has moved on to his new home.
  8. Ideally, you should make an opportunity to sit down at all the machines to get a feel for them. It really depends on what you'll be doing with the machine. I quilted on the APQS George machine for seven years. Now that I'm entering the major shows, I decided to check out the sit-down models at the Houston show in October. The HQ Sweet 16 is certainly a popular machine. The visibility is pretty good because the machine is oriented in a different direction from a domestic machine. Many HQ quilters are experimenting with ruler work so there are tools & videos from the company which are helpful. I did not have confidence in the machine's durability so I opted not to buy this machine. Because I'm making quilts for competition, I purchased the Innova sit down machine. This machine really will run any thread at all (some threads never worked for me on George) but most of all, I chose the Innova because the stitch quality is superior to the other brands. I added the upgraded stitch regulation (Lightning Stitch) which is probably only worth it if your quilts will be judged. The company (in Texas) has been building quilting machines for 70 years and 3 generations. The current sit down machine is very well made & the customer support so far has been good. There are two drawbacks in my opinion: #1 the table is simply not big enough (ABM is working on some other table options) and #2 in manual mode, the machine speed is not controlled by the foot pedal. Instead, you set a speed and the machine runs constantly at that speed whenever you depress the pedal. There is a bit of a learning curve with this but it is not too difficult to adjust. Sewing in regulated mode, however, is a major change. For my work, I believe it should prove worthwhile in the long run. I do miss my George, however, and also the support & inspiration I found in this forum. Depending on your needs, I would recommend you consider the APQS George machine too. It is sturdy and simple. The company, the reps and the forum offer great support. The 20" throat is larger than either of the other machines you are considering. My George ran problem free for seven years before I sold it…never needed the lifetime warranty but it was a comfort to have. If you quilt for yourself, if you make large quilts, if your space is too limited for a stand up long arm machine, George is a reliable machine at a very fair price. Hope this helps with your decision. Nancy in Tucson
  9. Sorry Val…trying to get a photo from Barbara. You did a splendid job!
  10. Great video, Patsy. Thanks for the clear instruction & great camera work. You are leading sit-down quilters into a whole new area of possibility! So glad that George found his way to you. Nancy in Tucson
  11. Good for you, Jim. Those are the best prices you will see from Accuquilt. If you haven't already done so, sign up for their email alerts so that you can add to your die collection during future sales. And I think they still offer a 'frequent flyer' program of sorts…sign up to earn points for your purchases or any reviews you post to their website.
  12. I can't imagine turning the crank from a seated position, even with the shorter tray & smaller dies. I do have to 'catch the tray' when using the long tray & strip dies. I keep my cutter on a rolling metal kitchen cart from IKEA. This way, I can scoot the whole thing up against the wall & out of the way when not in use. I store my dies on the lower shelves in the cart and on wire racks (from Accuquilt) mounted on the wall above. Nancy in Tucson
  13. Bumping this listing back to the top. George is still looking for a good home. New machine is about to arrive so I can be somewhat flexible on the price. Anyone?
  14. It is George's favorite thread…I like the matte finish and it comes in tons of colors. I run it on top & in the bobbin.
  15. Truth? I have had a great experience with George. Using him helped me eliminate much of the shoulder strain I was feeling from quilting on my domestic machine. I love the simplicity of the machine and the company support has been great too. Now my quilts are competing at a higher level (just won my first ribbon at Houston) and I want to see what I can do with a stitch regulated machine. I don't want to switch to a stand up machine so I have purchased a new machine from a different longarm company. Their stationery machine has a stitch regulator that I'm convinced will work. Selling dear George to make room for the new kid. Will keep on visiting the forum…everyone here has been helpful and inspiring. Nancy in Tucson
  16. Selling my 2006 George sit-down quilting machine. Unlike the new ones currently offered with a folding table, this machine is mounted in a sturdy wood & laminate cabinet with 4 drawers and two drop leaves. It has been well maintained and was professionally serviced two years ago. Because the cabinet is so heavy, this purchase makes sense only for those who can pick up the machine in Tucson, Arizona. Included in the $5000 price will be interchangeable feet (closed toe, open toe & high profile for ruler work), size L bobbin cases and bobbins, TOWA bobbin tension gauge, printed manual & DVD, and an assortment of needles in different sizes. I'd be happy to include a few lessons to familiarize you with the machine & get you started. Please post questions here or email me directly. Nancy in Tucson
  17. Somebody should jump on this…So Fine is a terrific thread (the strength of polyester but the look of cotton due to the matte finish). Nancy is selling this at 5 cents per cone over the wholesale price. I'm also impressed that she can use King Tut…that's a thread I never mastered. (Another) Nancy in Tucson
  18. The Quilter's Dream cotton batting comes in 4 lofts. The Deluxe is the next-to-thickest that they offer. I have been using it for several years & really like it. Nancy in Tucson
  19. Congrats, Valerie, on your pattern being published and your sample hanging in the booth at Festival! Your talents are many ;-) Nancy in Tucson
  20. My experience is only with the L bobbin. I have, however, had issues with certain bobbins...usually because they are not wound smoothly. Could you provide a little more information: about the bobbin thread you're using & how the bobbin was wound? Hoping a George owner with an M bobbin will weigh in and help here. Nancy in Tucson
  21. No photos, Val, as I am in NY right now but you did such a spectacular job on Barbara's Roseville Album quilt and now CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RIBBON AT MQX! I saw the photos of your stockings and they are just gorgeous! You are a talented & dedicated quilter. I'm so glad that your work has been recognized. Plus a family vacation in FL...life is good! So happy for you, Nancy in Tucson
  22. I'd use a good quality cotton flannel. In my experience, the bamboo products (muslin and batting) have a great hand but they don't wash & wear well.
  23. Gee, Linda. I'm sorry that no one from APQS has responded to your query. George has been present in the APQS booth every year but I don't believe anyone teaches classes on the machine. Is it information on the machine itself that you are looking for, or help with sit down, push through quilting? Maybe we could help you here on the forum? Nancy in Tucson
  24. What a great story about the kangaroo! The quilt looks terrific. Thanks for sharing, Nancy in Tucson
  25. Just completed this baby quilt, commissioned for a rock/pop star celebrity's new baby. Scully Friends consists of machine appliquéd sugar skull blocks. Quilted on my APQS George machine with So Fine thread. Nine different background fills based on the background fabrics in the blocks (circles, spirals, chevrons, leaves…you get the idea) and straight lines in outer border. I cut the rick rack borders with my Accuquilt Studio cutter. Nancy in Tucson
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