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  1. Please share with us what was wrong, and how you fixed it. It will help others who might have a similar problem. Thanks. Jim
  2. Jill: Brenni hasn't visited this sight since she sold her Lenni, so you might not get a reply from her anytime soon. I have a tricked out Ult 2 which isn't exactly the same as a Lenni, but they share the same basic sewing head, as does your George. This one had a 10' table which is a bit unusual. Most have 12' tables. Unless you absolutely can't fit a 12 footer in, or you can make a great buy on one like this, I'd recommend you buy 12', not the 10'. As far as quilt size goes. This 10' table should have been able to handle a quilt up to about 100 inches wide. You reference an "XL twin" as an example. I'd remind you that you could easily orient such as quilt on your leaders so that it could be any length you'd like. The only size that would be an issue would be a quilt that is more than 100 inches in both width and length. A pretty good size king. The quilting field on my Ult 2 is about 14" wide. I think the factory Lenni's are a little bit less - 12.5" to 13.5" or so. As for frame quilting compared to a sit down quilting, it pretty much is an issue of standing or sitting (although a rolling saddle stool will let you sit and quilt on the frame). If you don't like to stand the Lenni might not be the right choice. On the other hand if you're tired of wrestling with the quilt to do free motion quilting, then you'll probably love Lenni. What type roller system you buy is purely a matter of choice. Wheels or wheels and linear bearings. I find nothing wrong with all wheels, others seem to really value the linear bearings. It's only a matter of your willingness to pay for the bearings. The linear bearings are better, not worth it to me, but obviously worth it to some others. I must emphasize, my Ult 2 is custom made for me, so it really suits my desires, as such a Lenni might not suit me as well, but I am very happy with it. I sometimes think I'd like it better if it were bigger, and then other times am happy it is the size it is. I guess that's really an issue of speed of production. There's nothing that can be done a bigger machine that can't be done (maybe there is - wide pantos) on a Lenni. It just might take a bit more time to do it. Whether you should go from George to Lenni, is a matter of standing vs sitting, and wrestling vs freely moving the machine. Hope this helps. Jim
  3. Carefully check your thread path. It sounds like you might have upset the threading. Make sure all the guides are properly threaded, and that the thread is properly seated in the tension disks. Good luck. Jim
  4. Are you using black batting? When ever I do a dark backed quilt with cotton batting, I opt for black batting. Saves a lot of frustration. Jim
  5. I've never seen one of these before. I think you've probably pretty well figured out how to use it. I might consider using a rod to roll the quilt up on as it's completed and stored in the "tray. I think the grey tubing that's laying in the front black channel, is probably intended to hold the quilt "sandwich" in place as you quilt. Get yourself some inexpensive materials, and try it out. As you work, the function of the various pieces will probably become apparent. Good luck. Jim
  6. Red: When I've encounter this kind of problem, it typically is because the tension is too low. I normally resolve it by changing top tension (increasing it). There are however, a couple of other issues you might look at. Your hopping foot adjustment might be one. Is this quilt sandwich thinner than those your normally use? If it is, you might not be getting enough foot pressure to make good stitches. Since you've changed needles, the chance you have a dull needle has been eliminated. If you hadn't, it might have been a dull needle. If you haven't completely resolved the problem, try spraying the thread cone and all your guides as well as the needle itself, with silicone. That will help the thread slide through the sandwich. One more thing to check: The thread path. Make sure your machine is threaded properly and that the take up spring is adjusted and working properly. Once in a while my thread will get out of place and that shows up as missed stitches. The last thing is your timing. If it isn't right, you'll skip stitches. Check and make sure. Good luck. Jim
  7. You might be missing the fact that the original post looking for the machine dates back more than 5 years. Pretty old. Jim
  8. One of the arguments for buying APQS machines. Jim
  9. Zeke hasn't visited this forum since Aug 23. I doubt you'll get a reply anytime soon. Jim
  10. See my comments on you other post. Jim
  11. Barb: Given the unusual fabric choice (knit backing), I'd suggest changing the thread you're using. King Tut is notorious for being difficult even when used with common quilt fabrics. Try replacing it with a strong poly thread. I think you'll have fewer problems. Jim
  12. Stace: Since alwaysquilts hasn't visited the forum for nearly seven years, I doubt you'll receive a reply. If your machine labors and stitches slowly, you may have thread wrapped around the hook, or wrapped around the thread take-up assembly. If so, remove all the thread, oil, and see if that doesn't correct the problem. Good luck. Jim
  13. On the other identical post I mentioned I made myself a similar set. I however, use mine differently. I hook the "loop" end over the leveling roller, not the backing roller. Jim
  14. I just made me a very similar set a few weeks ago. These look good. Jim