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  1. Lora, I've been using the Simplicity bobbin winder that came with my Lenni. The Simplicity works, but every time I wind a bobbin I have to readjust the shut off and I have to stand there and babysit all bobbin winding. I've had the thread wrap around the spindle and make a big mess. I decided I wanted a better, higher quality bobbin winder so I ordered a New Joy bobbin winder on Ebay. Here's a link New Joy It was $88.88, including shipping, it's made in the USA and you can plug it in or use a 9volt battery. I bought it late Friday and it arrived today. It's high quality, heavy duty, very smooth and quiet, winds a beautiful bobbin and the bobbin shut off adjustment stays exactly how I adjusted it. With my last quilting machine I had the motor mounted on a board with bobbin winding mechanism, I really prefer this New Joy as it's all enclosed. I have no affiliation with New Joy, other than being a happy customer.
  2. Connie, Thanks so much for noticing these and posting the picture. I would have never seen these and they look fairly easy to construct and not too expensive. I'll be taking a trip to Home Depot as soon as weather permits.
  3. Do your stitches look the same with the M bobbin?
  4. Cyndi I don't know if the Lucey handles will fit a Lenni, but APQS does sell the adjustable, ergonomic handles for the Lenni. I called APQS and the price was around $500.00. Renee'
  5. I haven't tried the Warm Co 80/20, but I do have some of the Warm Co. warm & plush batting. It's probably twice the thickness of warm & natural, no scrim so it needs to be quilted a little closer. I absolutely love it, it's thick, soft and drapey. I bought it from Joanns online, 1/2 off and free shipping.
  6. Carrie, Can you move your single front roller to the "top" roller location so you'd be closer to your work and not have such a big open space. You'd need to have the quilt top roll off of the bottom of the bar, then it wouldn't be so high. That would also reduce the reach to the back, which I totally understand, I'm 5'1". My Lenni has about 2-1/2" inches from the needle to the bar when the machine is all the way forward, but I have all the bars on. I just reread your post and now I get it Is it possible to order new roller arms from APQS that do not have the holes in them yet? Then you could have the holes drilled on the arms for just the one roller - lower and closer. I have an older Lenni and the roller arms are solid with the exception of the holes for the rollers. I see the newer machines have a big cut out.
  7. Jeanne, First off - congratulations!! I have a pretty good idea how you're feeling. I've worked at the University of Idaho for over 26 years, I'll be 56 this month and I'm retiring on May 31st. I am so excited I can hardly sit still. It's kinda scary and really exciting all at the same time.
  8. Mary Beth I used to work with a woman that "went to the gym" one or two nights a week, after work. What she really did was shop at the mall and her purchases were transported into the house via gym bag. Also back in the days before debit cards when we all used checks I had a friend that would write the name of a specific grocery store in place of the quilt shop. She didn't shop at that grocery store so knew exactly what the purchases were but she passed all audits from her hubster .
  9. I had a Gammill Classic on 12' table for about 16 years. I sold the Gammill and bought a used Lenni on a 10' bliss table. I love this little machine on the 10' table. It's a simple but amazing quilting machine and the smaller machine on a smaller table are just exactly what I wanted. If I were buying a new Lenni I would definitely get the Bliss table.
  10. Dave, Both the Singer 301 and Pfaff 1475 are great sewing machines. If you think you might need a zigzag stitch, blanket stitch or anything more than straight stitch, take the 1475. I've owned both of the machines you're considering and personally I love the Pfaff dual feed, for piecing, sewing garments - for everything. The 1475 has the low bobbin indicator and needle up/down feature, gotta love those modern conveniences.
  11. Congratulations Barb, that's great news!! Good for you, but even better for all of us in the Pacific NW. I'm going to start thinking about a road trip, have you got a date for your grand opening ??
  12. Here's a website that sells decals for your machine.
  13. Hi Anna, My Lenni is on a 10' table. I am loving the small table and the compact, simple Lenni. Renee'
  14. Gail, I recently bought a used Lenni and I bought a Rulermate extended base. I leave the extended base on all the time. It doesn't reduce my quilting space at all, the back of the throat hits the bar before the extended base makes contact with the front roller. If you're interested, here's the website . I absolutely love my Lenni on the Bliss table, it's lightweight and the perfect size for me. Renee'
  15. You might want to check and make sure you won't need additional insurance coverage if you have people in your studio for an extended time, using your equipment. Just something to think about.
  16. Does anyone know when APQS started putting the horizontal wheels on the Lenni? I just sold my Gammill Classic and and I'm thinking I might want a used Lenni. Thanks, Renee'
  17. Marsha, Have you tried the Oxo good grips clips. I found them locally, but here's a link to Amazon. They're easy to open, grip really well, have holes to attach velcro and they're inexpensive. I love 'em. Renee'
  18. Shana, Do you have a Bernina? There are binders for different sizes of binding and different machines on Ebay. Here's one for a Bernina Renee'
  19. Fran, Here's a web site that specializes in western fabrics. Renee'
  20. Dream Puff is kind of a fooler. Straight out of the package it doesn't look like anything special. I tossed it in the dryer with a damp towel to fluff it up. I opened the dryer, pulled out the batting and it had increased in thickness at least twice. It is soft and has nice drape, but it's kinda reminded me of big hair Renee'
  21. Hi Kay, So glad you found a house, that's exciting!! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about moving your machine. It's really pretty easy to take apart and put back together. Be sure and take the head off of the table as soon as you've removed the pick up roller. There will be nothing to stop the head from rolling right off the table. Ask me how I know. My email is slickstitches @ yahoo dot com Don't forget to post pictures of your studio once you get all settled in. Renee'
  22. Kay, Your Gammill table will break down to two 14' long x about 3" around pieces, the tubes under the table, long screws and the table top in 2 pieces. It would much easier to handle through an upstairs window if needed. A friend of mine just moved her 14' machine a few weeks ago. Her nephews moved it for her and they took the table completely apart to move it. It was taken down, moved to the new location just a few miles away and put back together in about 5 hours. I have another friend that had her husband shortened the table and rollers. I know it involved some welding, not sure what else but it worked great. Renee'
  23. Vicki, It sounds like you've got it figured out, but here's a picture of how it looks when you don't connect the rows. About 1/3 of the way down you'll see the row between the rows. And here's a picture of why I don't connect the rows.
  24. Vicki, I have the baptist fan boards by Quilt EZ and I could not get the bottom of one row to line up all the way across with top of the previous row. I tried it once and decided it didn't look good and it was time consuming. Now I love the BF boards, I quilt the rows but I don't stitch the little tail that hangs down. Then when I'm ready to sew the next row, I roll the quilt and line up the bottom of the row to be quilted 1/2" from the top of the row just completed. I use 1/2" because that's how far apart the lines are on my baptist fan. Then I quilt the next row and continue on. My rows are not connected to each other, but you really can't tell unless you look for it. They look a whole lot better than when I tried to line up the rows. I'll take a picture of one I did with the BF boards if you want to see how it looks. Renee'