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    Beachside Quilter got a reaction from LindaCH in New APQS Scoop Foot   
    Just received my new Scoop foot!  Can I say how cool it is that APQS engineers keep making our machines better and better?  This new foot is the bomb; glides right over wavey quilt edges, stray threads, "creatively pieced" blocks with pleats , etc.  Love, love, my new foot; got one for each machine, Millie and Lucey.  Check out the new foot on the APQS online store.  New shoes for my babies for the New Year!
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    Beachside Quilter reacted to Quilting Heidi in Project Angel Quilt   
    I just heard from Rita's daughter that himself received the quilt today and will bring it to Rita tomorrow!  She is going to be so excited and feel so loved.  I wish I could just see her face when she gets it.
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    Beachside Quilter reacted to T Row Studio in Tried Three Longarms   
    I love my Apqs I bought used so it was well trained to create amazing stitches I have had it for 5 years and have never looke back I am a free hand girl and love my machine. You are right to try- try- try- then buy the amazing machine that will work for you.
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    Beachside Quilter reacted to Primitive1 in Tried Three Longarms   
    I have had my Millie for 8 years now and still love it!  You won't be sorry that you waited for the right machine.
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    Beachside Quilter reacted to dbams in Project Angel Quilt   
    One block in today's mail, from Vickie (Beachside Quilter).  Since this is the last block I expect to receive, I am going to start the process of arranging the blocks now!
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    Beachside Quilter reacted to brendasr8 in New feet: Thank you, APQS!   
    APQS listened and really came through for quilters. Last week new feet were added to the online store and those feet make it possible for us to use rulers on all sides of the feet. For George they are the Saddle Shoe (open-toe) ruler foot and the True ¼ inch Platform (closed-toe) Ruler foot. I have my new feet and I love them!!! I couldn’t use rulers on the right side of the previous feet because the rulers would run into the slanted bar that connected the foot to the machine. The new feet have a bent shaft that attaches to the foot vertically so the ruler can now sit right next to the foot on all sides. In addition, it is so nice to have ¼ inch distance between the needle and the foot edges. Everything about the new feet is wonderful. The changes make a world of difference. Thank you, APQS!
    In addition, special thanks to Dawn Cavanaugh. When my new George foot kit arrived last Saturday, it had two Platform Ruler feet and no Saddle Shoe foot. I emailed Dawn and she wrote back that day saying that she would take care of it. Monday evening (Presidents’ Day) I received an email notification that a package was being sent to me and the Saddle Shoe foot arrived today (Wednesday). Wow!
    It means so much to know that we are listened to and that the APQS employees care about us.
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    Beachside Quilter got a reaction from dbams in Project Angel Quilt   
    I'll make a block for Rita!
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    Beachside Quilter got a reaction from NHDeb in New Lenni shipping   
    Congratulations on your new Lenni, and welcome to the APQS family!
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    Beachside Quilter got a reaction from T Row Studio in Dance of the Dragonflys   
    Wow, Terry; Simply gorgeous!  Makes me think of spring; hope it comes early for you this year!
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    Beachside Quilter reacted to Cagey in New APQS Scoop Foot   
    Here is the link;  http://shop.apqs.com/Scoop-Foot_p_382.html
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    Beachside Quilter reacted to Cagey in 2nd (and LAST) Olaf Finished   
    Is there such a thing...... too many pictures????
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    Beachside Quilter got a reaction from delld in Quilt of Valor   
    Fabulous, Dell!  Love the way you used Soar in the triangles! Perfect for this quilt!
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    Beachside Quilter reacted to Gator in Millie 30   
    Yep, it was at Houston.   Good idea for APQS to lower their inventory of 26in Millies, I could use a new one.
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    Beachside Quilter reacted to mlsa3 in Millie 30   
    Did you see on the APQS website where they just came out with the new Millie 30?  Wow...that's twice the length of my midarm.
    If they need to clear out some inventory of those little ole 26" Millie's I would take one to help them out.
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    Beachside Quilter reacted to AnnP in Quilting with Lucy   
    I did a customer's quilt that had squares inside squares today. The inside squares were sequins. I wasn't sure what would happen if I quilted them with Lucey. But she did fine. I just slowed down when I was in that square. I did loopy flowers on the whole quilt. After quilting the first half, my top thread broke twice, so I changed my needle, and went smooth from there. Those stitches were so perfect all the way through. Just wanted to say I am so glad I picked this machine. It has not given me any trouble even on the sparkling, decorative threads or quilts. Who wouldn't want an APQS machine?
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    Beachside Quilter got a reaction from Pepsi Girl in Can't Wait   
    Adorable! Wish I was going to the tea!
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    Beachside Quilter reacted to T Row Studio in Kaffe tote bags   
    that is a great idea Oma
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    Beachside Quilter got a reaction from T Row Studio in Kaffe tote bags   
    Awesome, Terri! They will be wonderful and unique christmas gifts!
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    Beachside Quilter reacted to qltnbe in Millie 30   
    It's being introduced at the Houston show.
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    Beachside Quilter reacted to Laura Farnham in Vintage Linen,......   
    Needed to take a break and do something for me,...  so loaded this little linen last night and played,...
    I tried a couple new things to see how it would turn out,..... 
    Layered the piece on silk to see how it would play together and I really liked the framing effect,...
    then,  instead of Batting,... I used the the foam liner,...  I believe it is called Bosal Foam or Soft and Stable Foam
    (The stuff used to line bags and purses} 
    Wanted to see how my Milli would handle it and I was pleased with the results...
    It gave the piece some defined texture,... but was not bulky in any way,....
    Did not have to adjust tension and it quilted super easy,...... 
    I think I am going to be working with this stuff a lot in the future!..... 
    I am attaching a couple pics of the piece,... and one of the back,..... 
    I used a black cloth for the back,... Just a piece I had in a pile of linens,...
    the black came off on my hands as I handled the piece,.... and it changed the color
    of my Thread,... I used Glide,... in White,...  but it stitched almost a pale grey blue,....
    I like how it played with the piece,... so just kept stitching,..... 
    Sometimes it is just fun to PLAY and try new things,..... 
    Always something new to learn!!! 
    Thanks for looking,......
    Happy Quilting,....

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    Beachside Quilter reacted to HeidiP in Spa Treatment   
    If your machine is just experiencing normal wear after lots of use, an APQS Dealer, who has gone through the 4-Day intensive Dealer Maintenance Certification class, should be able to give your machine a Spa Treatment.  If you are having electronic issues, a trip to the APQS Service Department might be necessary.
    A Mini Spa would include a thorough cleaning and sanding off any burrs.  It would also include replacing the check spring, pigtails, hook assembly, including the hook finger and timing your machine, motor brushes, wave washers for the thread cutter, and packing fresh grease in the gear box.  Call your Dealer.  They should have a set price for parts and labor. There will also be a charge for mileage, unless you deliver the machine to their studio. 
    A Deluxe Spa would include the above, plus replacing the needle bar, needle bar bushings and rocker assembly.  Your Dealer should have a price for this service also.  
    The price for parts is $150 to $200 more if you have the large M bobbin, and both should be much less than the quote you received from the Service Department. 
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    Beachside Quilter reacted to HeidiP in Spa Treatment   
    Many of the APQS Dealers have been trained at the factory to do spa treatments in your home or their studio, depending how involved. They give it a thorough check up and replace parts worn from use. A few examples might be motor brushes, needle bar, rocker arm, hook assembly, re-packing the gear box.
    A good indicator of what your machine might need would be how many hours it has been used for actual quilting. It may just need a thorough cleaning. In your manual is a maintenance chart you can follow to keep your machine running smooth for years.
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    Beachside Quilter got a reaction from T Row Studio in Ellie and Squeak   
    Simply stunning, Terry! Perfect in every way!!
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    Beachside Quilter reacted to Bonnie in Ok in Quilts of Valor   
    In case any of the longarmers out there would like to get involved. Quilts of Valor is look for longarmers to quilts tops for them. Look at their website for more information from Elayne Gassett, www.QOVF.org I have been doing quilting for this organization for the past three years and has been great. Gives me lots of opportunities to create designs on various quilts and hone my quilting skills. The quilt tops I received have always been of quality peicing so not a lot of issues when quilting. They are in need of more longarmers and it is a great way to give back to our veterans.
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    Beachside Quilter reacted to jimerickson in New Lenni... Thread breakage, tension issues, jerky movements...   
    Susan:  I'm late to the discussion, but if you have bird's nests on the back, and you have pulled the bobbin thread and held the top thread when you started, the problem is too loose top tension.  The top thread gets pulled down, tangles, and breaks because of the tangle. You've apparently already discovered that your tension wasn't balanced.  The best way to adjust tension is to start with the top thread too tight, and then loosen until you get the stitch balance you're looking for.  Sewingpup gives good advice.  Start with some really strong thread combos, master tension with them, then move to the more difficult choices.  I'd recommend YLI Longarm Professional (not their cotton quilting thread) or Superior's Sew Fine, both of which are poly threads.  These are probably the least demanding of all the threads.
    By starting with this kind of thread, you eliminate a lot of thread related problems, which allows you to master other machine operations, like tension, movement speed, stitch length etc.  Similarly, I'd keep to easy quilting (something like a random meander) staying away from ruler work and patterns until you feel completely comfortable starting, stopping, pulling up bobbin thread and tying off.  That will give you time to get a feel for the machine, and it's operation.  The fewer variables, the fewer things to puzzle over, and quicker discovery.  Good luck.  Jim 
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