Deb Semmens

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    Deb Semmens got a reaction from chickenscratch in Lennie not controllable   
    Marley I have a lenni also, with horizontal wheels, but not blissed. I find that if I am moving to slow in SR mode that I may not get a smooth ride. The faster I actually move the better the quilting looks. I had an Ultimate ll for 8 years, and learned to quilt in manual. So when I'm in SR and hear the motor I tend to adjust my speed to it, when in reality I need to just find my pace.
    Just a thought. I think I will try Mat's exercise also......nothing on the books as of this moment.
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    Deb Semmens got a reaction from Sandra Darlington in Quilt Path vs. IntelliQuilter   
    I just want to say that I believe all the systems have pro's and con's, and one system probably won't be right for everyone.
    I made my final decision based on a commodity that I already new....customer service. I have had an APQS machine for 8 years, and I have had Quilt Path since August 5th. I love it! It does everything I want it to do, and I am getting beautiful results with it.
    I won't lie, there has been a learning curve for me.... but between Bob, Jim, Mike and Nathan my answers come very quickly.
    The system is wonderful as it is, and the future updates will only make it better.
    Customer Service ultimately made my decision for me. I can tell you that even when I do something STUPID, like call and say that I have a tablet that will not turn on, Bob was at my house within an hour with a new tablet.... Not that I needed it (I plugged the power cord into ear jack hole on the tablet). Bob didn't make me feel stupid, and said that I was just helping him trouble shoot for future customers. There is no way to place a value to that kind of service....IMHO
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    Deb Semmens got a reaction from o2b Quilting in Quilt Path vs. IntelliQuilter   
    Funny Lynne! As a matter of fact I just finished a quilt that I used Quilt Path for block work, and free handed the borders on. And there was no DRAG AT ALL, once I released both brakes. I was able to go back and forth from computerized to free motion quickly and effortlessly. The borders had 3D stuff in them and I need to navigate around the charms, buttons and what nots.
    Well have to have another play date just for Fonzie (for everyone but Lynne, Fonzie is what I named my Quilt Path. It seemed like a natural fit, since I had Lennie and Squiggy{Squiggy was my new table}). And of course when you order Chachie I'll plan on coming up a spending a day with you!
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    Deb Semmens got a reaction from Darlene Epp in Quilt Path vs. IntelliQuilter   
    I just want to say that I believe all the systems have pro's and con's, and one system probably won't be right for everyone.
    I made my final decision based on a commodity that I already new....customer service. I have had an APQS machine for 8 years, and I have had Quilt Path since August 5th. I love it! It does everything I want it to do, and I am getting beautiful results with it.
    I won't lie, there has been a learning curve for me.... but between Bob, Jim, Mike and Nathan my answers come very quickly.
    The system is wonderful as it is, and the future updates will only make it better.
    Customer Service ultimately made my decision for me. I can tell you that even when I do something STUPID, like call and say that I have a tablet that will not turn on, Bob was at my house within an hour with a new tablet.... Not that I needed it (I plugged the power cord into ear jack hole on the tablet). Bob didn't make me feel stupid, and said that I was just helping him trouble shoot for future customers. There is no way to place a value to that kind of service....IMHO
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    Deb Semmens reacted to apylinski in Newbie advice   
    Well I did it...took the plunge. A former co-worker of mine called yesterday and asked if I'd like a couple of table runners to practice on. No pressure and I could do something easy...meandering or stippling or whatever. She didnt care if they weren't perfect. Of course she'd like them for Christmas gifts. I was ready to actually load a quilt of mine to start. I decided I would do it. It took me all afternoon to load the first one. I have one part done and feel pretty good about it. After a little break I am headed back down to continue. I kind of feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders and I've stepped out of my box and comfort zone. Whew! Thanks for all the encouraging words from all of you.
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    Deb Semmens got a reaction from anicatt in Quilt Path vs. IntelliQuilter   
    I do have a Quilt Path, and with a tap of the screen I can move my head anywhere I want to. I can also tell you that when the you run out of bobbin thead, Quilt Path's system is extremely accurate in following the previous sewing. Your customer would not see holes, because the same path would be stitched again.
    I have had my Quilt Path since early Septemeber, I liked the first version, I like the current version even better. What I like best is that the APQS gang, listened to what the actual quilters wish list was, and went back to the programers and had it added. Bob and Jim spent several afternoons with me and watched me quilt using the system on actual customer quilts, by doing so they understood what I needed and why.
    I also like that the weight of my Red Snappers do not interfer with Quilt Path at all. I think I saw a work around for IQ several months back.(but that could be fixed by now for them)
    Meg is right no one system is going to be perfect for everyone, and you have to ask the right questions.....but I can tell you that Quilt Path already has the ability to do things that I will never use, and there are more improvements in the pipeline.
    I am not a dealer or an employee of APQS, just a grateful customer that happened into the shop for a spa date and happened to mention to Amy that I was going to purchase a computerized system. Luckily for me I lived in the right place, and had the right type of machine to allow me to get Quilt Path when I did.
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    Deb Semmens got a reaction from Parm in Quilt Path vs. IntelliQuilter   
    I do have a Quilt Path, and with a tap of the screen I can move my head anywhere I want to. I can also tell you that when the you run out of bobbin thead, Quilt Path's system is extremely accurate in following the previous sewing. Your customer would not see holes, because the same path would be stitched again.
    I have had my Quilt Path since early Septemeber, I liked the first version, I like the current version even better. What I like best is that the APQS gang, listened to what the actual quilters wish list was, and went back to the programers and had it added. Bob and Jim spent several afternoons with me and watched me quilt using the system on actual customer quilts, by doing so they understood what I needed and why.
    I also like that the weight of my Red Snappers do not interfer with Quilt Path at all. I think I saw a work around for IQ several months back.(but that could be fixed by now for them)
    Meg is right no one system is going to be perfect for everyone, and you have to ask the right questions.....but I can tell you that Quilt Path already has the ability to do things that I will never use, and there are more improvements in the pipeline.
    I am not a dealer or an employee of APQS, just a grateful customer that happened into the shop for a spa date and happened to mention to Amy that I was going to purchase a computerized system. Luckily for me I lived in the right place, and had the right type of machine to allow me to get Quilt Path when I did.
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    Deb Semmens got a reaction from meg_marsh in Quilt Path vs. IntelliQuilter   
    I do have a Quilt Path, and with a tap of the screen I can move my head anywhere I want to. I can also tell you that when the you run out of bobbin thead, Quilt Path's system is extremely accurate in following the previous sewing. Your customer would not see holes, because the same path would be stitched again.
    I have had my Quilt Path since early Septemeber, I liked the first version, I like the current version even better. What I like best is that the APQS gang, listened to what the actual quilters wish list was, and went back to the programers and had it added. Bob and Jim spent several afternoons with me and watched me quilt using the system on actual customer quilts, by doing so they understood what I needed and why.
    I also like that the weight of my Red Snappers do not interfer with Quilt Path at all. I think I saw a work around for IQ several months back.(but that could be fixed by now for them)
    Meg is right no one system is going to be perfect for everyone, and you have to ask the right questions.....but I can tell you that Quilt Path already has the ability to do things that I will never use, and there are more improvements in the pipeline.
    I am not a dealer or an employee of APQS, just a grateful customer that happened into the shop for a spa date and happened to mention to Amy that I was going to purchase a computerized system. Luckily for me I lived in the right place, and had the right type of machine to allow me to get Quilt Path when I did.
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    Deb Semmens got a reaction from Prairie Quilter in Quilt Path vs. IntelliQuilter   
    I just want to say that I believe all the systems have pro's and con's, and one system probably won't be right for everyone.
    I made my final decision based on a commodity that I already new....customer service. I have had an APQS machine for 8 years, and I have had Quilt Path since August 5th. I love it! It does everything I want it to do, and I am getting beautiful results with it.
    I won't lie, there has been a learning curve for me.... but between Bob, Jim, Mike and Nathan my answers come very quickly.
    The system is wonderful as it is, and the future updates will only make it better.
    Customer Service ultimately made my decision for me. I can tell you that even when I do something STUPID, like call and say that I have a tablet that will not turn on, Bob was at my house within an hour with a new tablet.... Not that I needed it (I plugged the power cord into ear jack hole on the tablet). Bob didn't make me feel stupid, and said that I was just helping him trouble shoot for future customers. There is no way to place a value to that kind of service....IMHO
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    Deb Semmens got a reaction from Lynne in Iowa in Quilt Path vs. IntelliQuilter   
    Funny Lynne! As a matter of fact I just finished a quilt that I used Quilt Path for block work, and free handed the borders on. And there was no DRAG AT ALL, once I released both brakes. I was able to go back and forth from computerized to free motion quickly and effortlessly. The borders had 3D stuff in them and I need to navigate around the charms, buttons and what nots.
    Well have to have another play date just for Fonzie (for everyone but Lynne, Fonzie is what I named my Quilt Path. It seemed like a natural fit, since I had Lennie and Squiggy{Squiggy was my new table}). And of course when you order Chachie I'll plan on coming up a spending a day with you!
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    Deb Semmens got a reaction from Busy Quilting in Quilt Path vs. IntelliQuilter   
    Funny Lynne! As a matter of fact I just finished a quilt that I used Quilt Path for block work, and free handed the borders on. And there was no DRAG AT ALL, once I released both brakes. I was able to go back and forth from computerized to free motion quickly and effortlessly. The borders had 3D stuff in them and I need to navigate around the charms, buttons and what nots.
    Well have to have another play date just for Fonzie (for everyone but Lynne, Fonzie is what I named my Quilt Path. It seemed like a natural fit, since I had Lennie and Squiggy{Squiggy was my new table}). And of course when you order Chachie I'll plan on coming up a spending a day with you!
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    Deb Semmens reacted to Matt Sparrow in Newbie advice   
    UhOh! First let me say, Great discussion for newbies... I apologize for mis-intepreting your first post Linda and not focusing on the 'Newbie advice' topic. I feel the exact same as Linda. My bad if my comment discouraged anyone. I was only commenting on 'Expert' Status for any skill. Our goal when we first start longarming isn't to become an expert it is simply to become proficient so we can start getting some quilts finished almost effortlessly.
    When I first started on a longarm, I had to fight the urge not to stitch everything in the ditch really slow with a ruler or stitch every quilt using groovy boards. About a month in I started doing freehand quilting. I did the same design which was headbands/teardrops - whatever we are calling it now... lol I must have quilted that design on over 50 charity quilts in a row. Then I moved into flowers and leaves, changing the centres of the shapes between teardrops and swirls. These were ALL large all over echoing designs. Shortly after that I started making these same designs really small and using them as background fillers. From there I finally got enough courage to get into feathers.
    Funny enough, It took me over a year to master stippling. I don't know why but my mind just couldn't wrap itself around the spacing or the fast curvy direction changes.
    We now start all our new renters with a 3hr class and then have them follow a pantograph from the front/back of the machine(depending on their preference). We find removing the idea that they have to come up with a design removes a lot of anxiety. Allowing them to just swing the machine around in all directions following a nice big open stipple panto, allows them to find the most comfortable speed for them. We then stitch rows of L's and e's to show them that their muscles will repeat the same size and shape of design with very little practice. We find that everyone has a different goal as far as how they want to quilt their quilts. We have renters that stitch a large freehand stipple on a large quilt in less than an hour and others that will take four hours practicing a much denser stipple on the same sized quilt. We have renters that can panto a quilt in half the time it takes others.
    We learned very early in our rental program that everyone is different. Some want to finish as many quilts as fast as they possibly can while others want to master the art of longarm quilting and take their time getting better with every single quilt. I honour all our renters. Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing a brand new renter pull their first quilt off the machine. It is pure magic! I think I enjoy it even more than finishing my own customer's quilts.
    So in case I wasn't clear above, I'd recommend you quilt one design over and over until you feel proficient at it. Your goal should be to build confidence and nothing builds confidence faster than checking quilt tops off your list of UFO's. Finishing lingering projects releases endorphins and you'll find it really hard not to feel good about it. As you practice the same design, it gives you the opportunity to play with tension, learn how fabric behaves, figure out how to advance a quilt, decide whether you want to load your top or float it, tying in & out, what button does what... It frees up your mind to learn all the subtle intricacies that will become your regular habits.
    Most of all have fun and find a mentor or friend that you can go to before getting so frustrated that you don't want to quilt.
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    Deb Semmens got a reaction from meg_marsh in Quilt Path vs. IntelliQuilter   
    I just want to say that I believe all the systems have pro's and con's, and one system probably won't be right for everyone.
    I made my final decision based on a commodity that I already new....customer service. I have had an APQS machine for 8 years, and I have had Quilt Path since August 5th. I love it! It does everything I want it to do, and I am getting beautiful results with it.
    I won't lie, there has been a learning curve for me.... but between Bob, Jim, Mike and Nathan my answers come very quickly.
    The system is wonderful as it is, and the future updates will only make it better.
    Customer Service ultimately made my decision for me. I can tell you that even when I do something STUPID, like call and say that I have a tablet that will not turn on, Bob was at my house within an hour with a new tablet.... Not that I needed it (I plugged the power cord into ear jack hole on the tablet). Bob didn't make me feel stupid, and said that I was just helping him trouble shoot for future customers. There is no way to place a value to that kind of service....IMHO
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    Deb Semmens got a reaction from meg_marsh in Quilt Path vs. IntelliQuilter   
    Funny Lynne! As a matter of fact I just finished a quilt that I used Quilt Path for block work, and free handed the borders on. And there was no DRAG AT ALL, once I released both brakes. I was able to go back and forth from computerized to free motion quickly and effortlessly. The borders had 3D stuff in them and I need to navigate around the charms, buttons and what nots.
    Well have to have another play date just for Fonzie (for everyone but Lynne, Fonzie is what I named my Quilt Path. It seemed like a natural fit, since I had Lennie and Squiggy{Squiggy was my new table}). And of course when you order Chachie I'll plan on coming up a spending a day with you!
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    Deb Semmens got a reaction from Lynne in Iowa in Quilt Path vs. IntelliQuilter   
    I just want to say that I believe all the systems have pro's and con's, and one system probably won't be right for everyone.
    I made my final decision based on a commodity that I already new....customer service. I have had an APQS machine for 8 years, and I have had Quilt Path since August 5th. I love it! It does everything I want it to do, and I am getting beautiful results with it.
    I won't lie, there has been a learning curve for me.... but between Bob, Jim, Mike and Nathan my answers come very quickly.
    The system is wonderful as it is, and the future updates will only make it better.
    Customer Service ultimately made my decision for me. I can tell you that even when I do something STUPID, like call and say that I have a tablet that will not turn on, Bob was at my house within an hour with a new tablet.... Not that I needed it (I plugged the power cord into ear jack hole on the tablet). Bob didn't make me feel stupid, and said that I was just helping him trouble shoot for future customers. There is no way to place a value to that kind of service....IMHO
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    Deb Semmens got a reaction from Matt Sparrow in Quilt Path vs. IntelliQuilter   
    I just want to say that I believe all the systems have pro's and con's, and one system probably won't be right for everyone.
    I made my final decision based on a commodity that I already new....customer service. I have had an APQS machine for 8 years, and I have had Quilt Path since August 5th. I love it! It does everything I want it to do, and I am getting beautiful results with it.
    I won't lie, there has been a learning curve for me.... but between Bob, Jim, Mike and Nathan my answers come very quickly.
    The system is wonderful as it is, and the future updates will only make it better.
    Customer Service ultimately made my decision for me. I can tell you that even when I do something STUPID, like call and say that I have a tablet that will not turn on, Bob was at my house within an hour with a new tablet.... Not that I needed it (I plugged the power cord into ear jack hole on the tablet). Bob didn't make me feel stupid, and said that I was just helping him trouble shoot for future customers. There is no way to place a value to that kind of service....IMHO