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  1. This machine has been sold. It was a great experience and I think a very nice match with her new owners. Thanks so much for a great transaction.
  2. Dear Beckie: This machines is still available, but we packed it up over the last two days into it's original boxes. We are moving to Iowa on Monday and just couldn't wait any longer. I don't know if Intelliquilt software can be used with it, I'm sure the APQS people could tell you. I have discounted it by quite a lot, could wait for you to pick up before Mon. but can not set up again due to how much time we have before the movers arrive. I does a great job of quilting, I'll take it to Iowa and try to fit it into a downsized house (oh oh....) . If you have any questions please get back to me. Thank you, Pat
  3. Yes this is still available. We will finish packing Feb 21, so at that time I'll be taking it down and packing it up . Hope not to have to move it across the country though....Thank you for your interest. Pat
  4. Dear CBing: YES, this is stitch regulated and has a wonderful quality stitch. I've had great stitches whether going left to right or even backtracking to left to complete an area . It is a great deal for the features it has. Call me if you need anymore information, thank you, Pat
  5. It's almost time for our move! No room in the truck for my beloved Millie. I am forced to sell her as we are moving across the country. Only used on my personal quilts; very low hours. Its stitches have always been perfect! The machine has been kept in a climate-controlled room and has been well maintained. Picture her finishing all YOUR quilts for you! Serious offers considered. It is a great machine! I'll leave it up for a little while longer so that it can be "test driven " ! LOCATION: Georgia Features: 2008 Millennium Electronic Directional Locks Lower Thread Cutter 14-foot Table L bobbin Automatic Fabric Advance Turbo Bobbin Winder Hartley Fence M & M Wheels Instruction Manual Original Boxes Price: $9000 Reduced to $7,900 Located in Alpharetta, Georgia. Buyer must pick up, but we still have the original shipping boxes, including the long rail and roller boxes to protect it during transport to its new home! Questions? Email Pat at: irisrose125@aol.com or call 770-789-7532
  6. I like what Kat said...... Many years ago, I made things to sell at craft fairs in the Midwest. I had spent the winter crossstitching a quilt kit, many, many hours of work and more $ than I really had. I had displayed it at the fair, and a guy I knew from the fairs asked me if I would trade. Well , he had some really nice hand carved woodducks, I thought one would be perfect for my new husband on our first Christmas. I thought I was getting a woodduck, he thought a pine decoy (barely carved and not stained) was the "even" trade. SOOOO, the moral of the story, never not know exactly what you are trading AHEAD of time. That decoy is treasured, but only I know the real message. No one will value your work and time and even $ except yourself. Value yourself.... I hope you will get your courage up and tell her that you are really attached to this quilt, will need it for the ideas you have stitched into it, and that you hope to trade with her later in the year when you have a few more stitched and you can both choose something each of you regards as a good trade...... Pat
  7. Dear All: Read and reread this thread several times, lots of neat things to think about. I have the luxury of quilting without needing to make money at it....I wish everyone had the same.... With this said, I realize I quilt solely because I have an idea just wanting to be created in real fabric, so that the idea in my head can be seen by others, usually others that I really care for. That said, it means that I don't usually make something that's already been made, or that might be part of a fad. (I've never used a crystal...) The quilts that most appeal to me, both hand done, and machine done, say something powerful and unique to me. The clearer the message, the more I appreciate the quilter's expertise. Something simple and pure can have the same degree of WOW as something quite complicated. Something done in understated colors (think Japanese taupe) can be as forceful as something done in brights. Simple but well designed geometrics can knock your socks off. And yes, even simple crosshatching and original line designs can so make the quilt sing. When I look at a quilt show, I'm trying to see the real message the quilter has for me. If it is powerful and thought provoking it succeeds, if the message is lost in bling, brights, 100,000 yards of thread, then the artist perhaps has less of a message and more of a desire to wow for wow's sake, not what I, at least, am looking for. SOOO: I'm always hoping that quilts that really reach their audience with good design and a clear message are judged with the highest marks. Simple, elegant, quilts could win..... The older I get, the more pleasure I have looking at quilts that tell a story, of family, love, new babies, young going out into the world, lives lived well, stories of gentle spirit. Wrapped in soft, fluid quilt, worn, cuddled, comforted, at peace. but no matter what, keep smiling and quilt Pat
  8. I'll add something that will horrify some people !!! I had some old aprons made and used a long time ago from feedsacks, and a little embroidery, rickrack, buttons. They were stained, and as I really couldn't see keeping them if they weren't looking CLEAN, I first tried many of the above things for vintage things, and then when nothing worked, soaked, and washed in original Tide.....They were almost bright....and very soft and nice. So you never can tell....Pat
  9. Dotty: I did exactly as Meg recommends, only it took 2 shows to nail it down for me. I ended up really liking the information and the people of APQS. I lived a long way away from any dealer, and when they said I would be able to handle the care of the machine and learning a bit independently, they were exactly right. Also I have this forum, any question you might have , the answer will be right here from really helpful people. The option of the height lift was made for you! Also, do talk to Myrna if you get the chance, she has many really helpful ideas, she ultimately helped me decide with lots of information. I have heard of quite a few on the forum that the used machines are an excellent way to go, and also know that the right fit is soooo important. Trust me, you will have that Ah Ha moment Pat Good hunting!
  10. First: Queenie I'm so very sorry your family experienced this Second: I know that the system for helping people in need , from natural disasters, to fires, etc. has changed quite a lot in the last years. In years past much of the aid was very , very , local. The local towns people knew their inhabitants and with need, helped out, through church or civic charities. Local charities, run by local people, who were "watched" by their neighbors. I personally think it kept most people very responsible and also kept donations to things that were really needed. Now days it is truly different. Charities are sometimes multi-million dollar entities, with no local ties. They have no idea what is needed, where it should go, and no one watching. Yes money is needed, but that too brings the risk of theft. In some areas, people mistakenly think donating clothing will help, huge problems washing, wrong sizes, wrong suitability, storage in clean places, and of course, some people think cleaning out their closet is OK because victims should be glad of anything.... Organizations can get too big, too prone to mismanagement.... I see positive things come from many sources, most of the time it really depends on WHO is out there being responsible for things, and of course, many more people might be more prepared for natural disasters...(have some savings, be a bit less dependent on others for help) .I feel strongly about local people helping local people. Food banks are some of the most helpful community charities ... To be truly helpful, I need to be involved , and listen to what is really needed. I do believe most people like to have the person helping them be someone they know or can relate to. I applaud any one helping in any capacity, but especially like the local volunteers who work all year, without public praise, just listening....and doing..... Pat
  11. I'm not very good at all the fine points of adjustment with Milli, If I had to worry about what others did to her, and not have the luxury of being able to step up to the machine and use it without a care, I wouldn't enjoy it at all. I like that my workplace is tidied up and the machine cleaned and oiled, so that when I am all excited about my next project I don't need to stress. So many people want to try longarming, mostly because they want to save the cost of having it done, not because they really want to quilt...so you become the place they really aren't happy, they don't do the quilting nearly as nicely as a pro, and they don't save as much as they thought they would, because of course, they are really looking for a deal that you as the owner of the machine can't afford to do because of the time. Unless you find those perfect matches in others with regard to cleanliness, work ethic, and care of machinery, I think you would find yourself doing more babysitting than it might be worth, and the costs of doing it would be hard to pass on to the customer. I haven't seen many set ups for renting working well, only a few because the owner liked people and the teaching aspects of it ( like Lucy!!) I really like that my Milli is all mine.... Pat
  12. Our turn tonight for low temps.....I have been caught, took 30+ large (100 lbs) pots out for the spring, will need to bring them all in again tonight...UGH luckily am between bulbs and azaleas +lilac, not yet roses, peonies and daylillies. Will need to cover just a few things. We have permanent plant covers (never use them for anything else), the weather is so very silly in GA... I can say that the orchids, clivia and lantana did look fabulous while they were out the last 2 weeks! I quilt year round, I garden most of the year, between the two, never a dull moment:cool: Pat
  13. Dear Connie: I know your friend well (too well sometimes), take care of yourself . Perhaps buy a new quilting book, take it along, and when you have a small break , refresh and hydrate, look at the pictures, plan a new project, perhaps just for you. You mean so much to everyone, hope you can do the best you can for the people affected by this accident, but also for yourself. I've seen some new books on feathers that looked tempting.....love , Pat;)
  14. Dear Lib: I have used a variety of bobbin winders, while working with embroidery machines for a commercial embroiderer, and at a workshop with upholstery, and also with friends set ups, I'm so very glad I got the turbo winder from APQS, it is totally adjustable as to so many issues, and if I pay attention to what I'm doing winds perfectly every time. I'd try to get a used one or save a little more for a new one. I do know that when ever I've heard of a friend having lots of thread problems more times than not, she has a problem with bobbins if she winds her own. They absolutely have to have even stable tension to let the stitches flow evenly. Most of the problems in one friends case were in the first 1/3 of the bobbin winding, so you could stitch ok for the first 2/3, then it all fell apart for her. When I looked at the bobbin, the rest pulled off very badly. See if you could ask around for a used turbo, they are made to last, the most you might need to do is a little adjustment. Pat