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  1. The thread must go around the thread break sensor wheel clockwise and usually more than once around the wheel. If the thread is "whipping off" the spool, you may need to put a small piece of cotton batting in the large thread guide that is directly above the thread spool. If the thread whips off the spool and gets slack in the thread path, the thread break sensor doesn't spin for a second or two and therefore it thinks the thread is broken.
  2. ***SOLD**** 2012 APQS Lucey (white) with the curved ergonomic handles, bliss, 12' table with Quilt Path for sale. $16,000. This is a great system for starting your own business or for a second machine...have the computer do the work while you prepare the next quilt. (Or better yet, let the computer do the quilting while you are piecing your next beautiful creation) All of the features of this Lucey and Quilt Path are available on the APQS website. Free Delivery and setup available within 200 miles of my location. Free beginner's class here in my studio. Please email me directly at lucy@acegroup.cc with your contact information and I will give you a call.
  3. Sometimes all you need to do is to run the table all the way to the top and then back down to your height. If you are not level when in the lowest position, check to make sure the bottom cap of the hydraulic foot hasn't fallen off...one of mine did. I need to have a piece of cardboard under that one foot to level it.
  4. A "white" board became my best friend and I still use it today. It is one of those white boards that you can keep wiping off the markers. It is large enough that it barely fits in my lap. I practiced drawing 15 - 20 minutes every night while listening to the news. I practiced drawing leaves and feathers going every direction. It saves a good deal of fabric. DO NOT move the marker with your wrist, but rather move your arm like you will when you are moving your machine. It is called "Muscle Memory". I actually use this white board each day to "warm up" or practice a new design before I go to the actual quilt. It allows me to "wrap my brain around" a new idea or to get a feel for the size of a pattern I want to do. After I have decided the size or proportion of the design (especially on an all-over) I leave the white board sit on the end of my table/frame as a reference so I can keep comparing my stitching to the pattern on the marker board...am I getting smaller or larger as I travel down the quilt??? Also, when you are practicing, you can keep changing thread color to a darker color (as mentioned in a post above) and stitching over the previous color. Then you can just lay another piece of fabric over the top and start with a light colored thread again. You don't have to keep using a new backing and batting.
  5. Congratulations on your new Lenni and welcome to the APQS family. You have many hours of enjoyment ahead of you. Remember to post pictures of your projects and also remember that this forum is a wealth of knowledge. We were all new beginners at one time so no question is a "dumb" question...many of us have already asked them and are more than happy to answer them. Any mistakes you might make have likely already been made by many of us and soon you will know the joys and feelings of great accomplishment that we have all come to know as we became acquainted with our machines and developed our own style of quilting. ENJOY!!!!
  6. I have taken down and moved several machines. If you don't have the original boxes for the rollers and table rails it is ok. I found that if I wrap the rollers together in shipping blankets or old quilts, etc and put plenty of string or shipping tape around the wrapped rollers and then transport them flat on the floor of the trailer they do fine. The table can be transported carefully with the cross tubes and the rails still assembled. Just take the table ends off. If you need the space in the transport vehicle then you can take the table completely apart. I make sure that everything is padded/wrapped and transported flat. It is important that the rails do not get bent or dented.
  7. Where are you taking it for the "spa Treatment"? If you are taking it to the factory you do NOT need the carriage. If you are taking it to your local dealer, I suggest you ask them. I doubt they need it.
  8. There are lots of great youtube videos of loading quilts using the various types of machines and specialty items like the leader grips. I found these very helpful when I was a beginner and I encourage my customers to watch them....new ones are posted all the time too. You don't say what type of machine you have so I am not sure what kind of pointers to give you to help keep your backing from getting the creases. I f the creases are on the top of the quilt there are also some really good videos of how to heal with "wavy" or "friendly" borders and "D cup" or blocks that are too full. As far as practicing....get a couple of twin flat sheets from walmart (their brand that comes in a cloth draw string bag is cheapest) and load them with some cheap batting. Start out with light colored thread and then when the area is full of stitching, change to a little darker thread and practice some more. Continue going over the same area with progressively darker or different color thread. you will be able to see your progress and it saves a lot of money. Keep this piece and reload it whenever you want to try something new before loading you "good" quilt. You can keep layering a new sheet or piece of fabric on top of this practice piece without having to add a new back or batting. Have fun and welcome to the wonderful world of longarming.
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