Clare

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  1. I have never owned a long arm quilting machine, but I am on the hunt for one (new or used). From my recent research (greatly assisted by this forum!!), I think I am most drawn to the APQS Millie (it would have to be used - can't afford new), Green Lucey or Lenni. Here is my question: How much would you prioritize it being Bliss ready? At an additional $3000, I'm not sure that I would add the Bliss system. So should I only look for machines that are Bliss ready (add $1000 for the Bliss system - as opposed to $3000, for those machines not Bliss ready), or are some of the used machines operating without the Bliss system good enough for my purposes. (which are: I am a quilt artist, I only work on my own large pieces using free motion quilting - nothing computerized). Would love to hear what some of you who are out there using your machines have to say. Would you love to be one step closer to using the Bliss system, or is your current setup fabulous the way it is - even if there is a newer, "better" system out there???
  2. Hi I have my eye on the Green Lucey with a 12' table right now, but the customs and taxes to cross the border are quite something - so I am wondering if anyone in Canada has a long arm quilting machine (as described in the header) available for sale and in good condition. Thank you Clare
  3. Hi Nadia Where are you located in BC? Is the big difference between the Lenni and the Green Lucey the arm length? Can the Bliss system be fitted to this Lenni? Thank you Clare Victoria BC;)
  4. Thank you so much for giving me the chance to see the Bliss system in action!
  5. Thank you all for your quick responses - I feel more enlightened all the time. I am sooo excited to have found this forum. I really was in the dark. I connected with my local APQS rep in BC. Canada, Debra Sanderson (thank you Beth Durrand for your suggestion) It sounds like the Green Lucey with Bliss is quite the buy right now - and has most of what I am looking for. I will keep looking on the "Used machines" section of this forum. I think the Lucey deal ($9,000) is till the end of December, so I have some time to look around still. I live in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - for those of you who asked.
  6. I took a while to find your forum - and I just know that I will be visiting frequently!! I am coming back to quilting after a break of 12 years (had twins 12 years ago and lost my studio space to bedrooms). We're just about finished renovating to create a beautiful studio for me (I am hopping excited!!!). Anyway, I have created an area where I could put a long arm quilting machine - the thing is I don't know anyone who has one. Our local sewing shop has a beautiful looking system the Pfaff Grand Quilter 18.8 with the Inspira Imperial quilt frame. The price is around $10,000. I have noticed that almost no one on your forum has mentioned this machine or frame. Any comments? Recommendations? I am very happy to look at a second hand machine - any recommendations there also? I never use quilting patterns, almost always free motion. Also I use heat n bond quite a bit. My quilts are used as wall hangings as opposed to traditional quilts for beds/comfort. My pieces are usually quite large 6' x 6' and larger. Thank you Clare Hope someone can help me find my way.
  7. I took a while to find your forum - and I just know that I will be visiting frequently!! I am coming back to quilting after a break of 12 years (had twins 12 years ago and lost my studio space to bedrooms). We're just about finished renovating to create a beautiful studio for me (I am hopping excited!!!). Anyway, I have created an area where I could put a long arm quilting machine - the thing is I don't know anyone who has one. Our local sewing shop has a beautiful looking system the Pfaff Grand Quilter 18.8 with the Inspira Imperial quilt frame. The price is around $10,000. I have noticed that almost no one has mentioned this machine or frame. Any comments? Recommendations? I am very happy to look at a second hand machine - any recommendations there also? I never use quilting patterns, almost always free motion. Also I use heat n bond quite a bit. My quilts are used as wall hangings as opposed to traditional quilts for beds/comfort. My pieces are usually quite large 6' x 6' and larger. Thank you Clare Hope someone can help me find my way.