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  1. I bought a Freedom, never having used one.  I took classes from Jamie Wallen and Deloa Jones.  The best classes I have ever had.  No other classes have helped me in comparison.  They were, pretty much, lectures and drawing, but we  did have a little hands on.  I came home and  practiced, practiced, practiced.  I do a lot of custom.  I, also, do pantographs but I love the custom.  The feeling of having accomplished good custom quilting on a quilt is so great.  .  I don't have a computer and at this point in my life I probably won't buy one. So many of my  quilting friends think the design work comes naturally to me.  It may for some but for me I practiced a lot.  Just drawing on paper or anything that you can draw on is an immense help.  The folks on this Forum have been a great help when I get stuck or have a question.  I bought the longarm before I had ever made a quilt.  I say go for it.  But be sure to practice.  If you can draw it you can quilt it and the quilting is easier!  Good Luck.  janice

  2. Hi Sheila,  I do the borders as I go.  The quilt seems to lay better.  It keeps everything flowing more evenly.  If I am doing  curvy feathers in the border, I draw the curved lines in  before I load the quilt.  If the feathers are to be in a straight line, I  usually do that line as I advance the loaded quilt.  I take a picture of my  first two  corners or diagram them on paper (after I have quilted them) so I will know what they look like when I get to the other end of the quilt and I can repeat the same design on that end.   Sometimes I forget to do that and have to unroll  back to the first corners to see what I did!  I hope this helps. Jan

  3. I lost the little spring or whatever that little thing in the bobbin is. Can I buy it at a sewing machine store or is it unique to apqs?

    Also, I am using wool batting in the quilt and am using a small piece of the batting to remove the chalk marks. It works better than other battings or anything I have used to remove the chalk and Bohn pencil marks. thanks, Janice

  4. I thought  I had posted a reply but I don't see it. If this is a duplicate--so be  it.


    I am experiencing the same problem with my Freedom.  It is very hard to move the machine over  certain areas of the quilt.

      I had  this problem a couple of years ago and APQS replaced my M&M  wheels.  It was O:K  unil recently.  I am having the same problem.  We have checked the level of the table , the height  and width.  I clean the machine rails daily hoping that will help.  My arms and shoulder hurt from pushing  & pulling the machine. 

    I was going to address this problem today.  Thank you for doing this.  I am anxious to hear  a solution.  Janice




  5. I will be happy to hear the answer to your problem as I , also,  am experiencing the same thing.   It is really hard to move the machine over certain areas of the quilt.  I struggle with it.  My shoulder and arms hurt .  I have a Freedom, 12ft. table.

    I had the problem a couple of years ago and APQS replaced my M&M wheels.  That worked until recently and It is happening again.  We have checked for level of table, width of table, anything interfering with  movement.  We even tried adjusting the wheels. 

    Thanks for bring up this subject .  I was going to do that today.  Janice

  6. I would put a piece of plastic over the area and draw the design with an erasable marker. I would practice different looks until I got the one I wanted. Sometimes I draw the border corner on a piece of paper and put the design on it. You can cut-out around the design on the paper, transfer it to cardboard or copy to template plastic, cut it out and mark it on the quilt border. I just finished a quilt on whick I put a snowman panto. The snowman was too big to fit on the border (I would just get parts of him on the border). I copied the snowman design on paper (8 1/2 x 11) with a permanent pen, loaded it into my computer and printed it to fit the size of the border (6"). I tansferred it to cardboard. I copied and drew, with chalk, that little snowman all the way around the quilt on the border. I tried DeLoa's method with a large piece of plastic and the laser light

    ( from the front of the machine) but I couldn't follow it neatly. I think I would need Bliss to do that. I got pretty fast at drawing that little snowman.

  7. I asked for help in doing theses quilts. I am happy with the resuls. You gave very good advice. I appreciate all of the help you give on the Forum. I had fun doing them but was nervous all of the way. I am not sure I am cut-out to do quiltig for others. I get much satisfaction when I get see them finished.

    I haven't posted for several years, so I hope this works. I hope you can see the quilts. Thanks, Janice