whitepinesquilter

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  1. 22 hours ago, dlnewell said:

    Is the intellistitch just an add on stitch regulator or is this a computer guided machine.  A friend of mine is wanting to buy a longarm when she retires, but this might be too good of a deal to pass up.

    It’s the stitch regulation from same company as Intelliquilter. It’s a high quality system. And the Ultimate I is the mama of the Millie, the same machine without the bells and whistles. So the same quality machine upgraded with I/S.  Thanks for asking!


  2. 9 hours ago, jimerickson said:

    This is a really good buy!  A full featured machine at an entry level price.  Jim

    Thank you Jim. This has been my baby, and well taken care of. Before me she was purchased for a drapery business to sew long yardage’s of drape and lining pieces together, but in short order they preferred to do it by sit down industrial and took the Ulti I down. They then stored her for quite a few years at their business. I purchased and, to make sure everything was working perfect I did the maintenance and upgrades as listed in the main post. I’m not sure they were necessary but I wanted to start fresh, so I just went ahead and did them.

    For the setup’s age, it really hasn’t been used much. I’d keep but I have no room plus I now have a blissed Freddie that I can so easily use with my crabby shoulders.  I’m sure someone is out there wanting to get an inexpensive start with an outstanding quality machine. Or there surely is someone considering going computerized. My machine can be computerized with the Intelliquilter system so easily and up and going for so much less expense than a new computerized system.  Plus we are willing to deliver depending on the location as stated in the post.  

    Thanks again, Jim, for your shoutout.  Hope all is well with you!  Marci


  3. Hi friends, I’ve tried locally to sell my used Ultimate I but there are several in the area with machines already established.  I’m running into the ‘that’s an old machine’ excuse, but we know it’s a great machine, especially if wanting to upgrade to a computerized quilting setup. Which I do not.  So...  Here’s what I’m selling for $3800.       **I will post to the Machines for Sale Page when I am at a regular computer. For some reason the only place I can get to on my phone today is this one.

    Ultimate I (upgraded to I/S Turbo in 2012 but used little due to two shoulder surgeries) with the 14’ frame with older upgraded legs (square tube but newer than the original) that I bought used from APQS,  newer carriage, M&M wheels, new tension assembly, and new hook assembly (I hope that’s the right term!).  Because of my shoulder issues I added some bike handle grips and a cup holder for my supplies on the front handles that I’ll remove yet.  The  ruler base in the pics is one I made and doesn’t go with it but will have the original in place.

    We could deliver, DEPENDING on location, for a fee. That can be discussed with an interested party.  PM me here and I’ll get back to you.

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  4. Hi friends, I’ve tried locally to sell my used Ultimate I but there are several in the area with machines already established.  I’m running into the ‘that’s an old machine’ excuse, but we know it’s a great machine, especially if wanting to upgrade to a computerized quilting setup. Which I do not.  So...  Here’s what I’m selling for $3800.       **I will post to the Machines for Sale Page when I am at a regular computer. For some reason the only place I can get to on my phone today is this one.

    Ultimate I (upgraded to I/S Turbo in 2012 but used little due to two shoulder surgeries) with the 14’ frame with older upgraded legs (square tube but newer than the original) that I bought used from APQS,  newer carriage, M&M wheels, new tension assembly, and new hook assembly (I hope that’s the right term!).  Because of my shoulder issues I added some bike handle grips and a cup holder for my supplies on the front handles that I’ll remove yet.  The  ruler base in the pics is one I made and doesn’t go with it but will have the original in place.

    We could deliver, DEPENDING on location, for a fee. That can be discussed with an interested party.  PM me here and I’ll get back to you.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I hope your day is blessed with comforting food and friends and family!   Its just the Mr and myself this year. We both just want good hearty beef stew and garlic bread, so that's all cooking now.  We're getting down to the last 10-ish pounds of garlic remaining, so I've been processing it into powder and dehydrated minced (we grow all natural (organic w/o the certification) garlic) so you can imagine what smell my house is filled with!  It's strong, but smells so good with the beef cooking.

    Being so very thankful with all we've been blessed with this year I'm taking a break from the kitchen to go get to know my new-to-me Freedom. One thing I'm finding quite different from my I/S on my Ulti I is the laser light connection.  Is it right that when I turn the Freedom on the laser light comes on and stays on unless I pull the RCA plug connection? I asked the seller who said it always just came on and stayed on while powered up. Did she, and now me, miss a button or switch?

    Thanks, in advance, for your knowledge. And again, Happy Thanksgiving all!


  6. Hi all,  Tomorrow we go pick up the 2009 Freedom I bought. The table has the hydraulic lift on it, and I'm wondering what all needs to be disassembled to take the table apart to load and move it? Does each leg's lift have to be removed as well as the pump and transformer? I'm sort of a wreck worrying that something is going to get damaged in the move, and I so want to avoid that. It also has the quilt advance - anything I need to know about that as well?  Thanks, in advance, for any and all imput!


  7. On 10/15/2017 at 8:54 AM, sewingpup said:

    I agree...very nice quilts and quilting........I lost my brother suddenly a few years back, he was 63.  We were only 1 1/2 years apart and in our younger years, folks thought we were twins....I miss him so much.....I too had rotator cuff surgery this spring...they fixed the rotator tear, cleaned the joint, and removed part of my collar bone....I am just getting back into piecing and am hopefully going to get a quilt on the long arm to start doing some quilting again....I have a blissed Lucey so she is easy to move....a little scared....I know I will have to take breaks for a while.....and probably don't have the muscle control so plan on just doing over-alls at first...thanks for sharing.....Lin  I started posting this yesterday....then the internet went down for me....glad it saved what I wrote as a draft....I am 4 1/2 months post surgery...still don't have full range of motion and strength....but at least I don't have the pain I had for the first three months...they say it is really important to keep doing the exercises so I will...see the doc again in a few months....this sure is a slow recovery...but they tell me it can take up to a year.....

    Sewingpup, I'm sorry for the loss of your brother, it's hard to process the loss of a sibling so young, isn't it?  As for your shoulder, I know exactly what you're going through with your recooperation. I wish you a full return to movement and joint freedom!  My first one took almost a couple years to not be hurting, but they did extensive bone work because of a defect in the bone shape from birth. I just wish it hadn't taken so many years to get them to deal with it.  Then five years later they did the left one, same problem but with a tear as well. That one took about a year and a half, but I knew what to do and not to do.  Both surgeries also included the AC joint like you had as well.  Keep up on your therapy, and do use ice - icing my shoulder was my friend.  Regular sewing still gives me some pain. I think it's the sitting and arms forward moving fabric under the needle.  But I truly can't complain compared to what I dealt with before. 

    ETA: I used a mix of half isopropyl alcohol and distilled water in a double layered freezer bag and freeze that. When I need to ice my shoulders I take it out of the freezer and break it up easily and it forms to the shoulder so well, it's like hard slush.  Keep a hand towel between your skin and the bag, though, and only for up to 20 minutes at a time.


  8. On 10/16/2017 at 12:01 PM, Gator said:

    Marci, welcome back.   I love seeing what has been done for memory quilts.  The ones you have pics of are beautiful.  I really love how you did the ties.  So sorry to hear about your brother.  There's a lot of new quilters in the forum and many of us "old ones".  A lot of APQS quilters are in the "I love APQS" facebook group instead of here.  Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

    Thank you, Gator. I wondered where everyone was at. I'll have to check that FB group out. But I do like the forum here. I just was hurting for so long that I could seldom use my machine and stopped participating. But I hope to engage here again and meet new people and gain new ideas and hopefully help others, too.


  9. On 10/16/2017 at 12:19 PM, Primitive1 said:

    Welcome back Marci!  I am glad you are feeling better and how exciting - a new Millie!  Your quilts are beautiful and the one you made of your brother's ties will be a cherished one...I hope making it helped in the healing process for you and now when you see the quilt it brings only good memories for you!

    Thank you, Vickie. i have an update on that, but I'm still just as excited! I found a lightly used 2009 Freedom only 65 miles away, went and test drove it and purchased it. It has the hydraulic lift as well as the quilt advance, and I'm upgrading the table to Bliss. So all the things I need!   I'll be bringing it home at the end of the month!


  10. On 10/15/2017 at 12:45 PM, Cagey said:

    Marci;

    When you made the tie quilt, did you cut of the extra fabric on the back of the ties, and did you alter the width of them to get them to form the circle properly?

    Cagey 

    Cagey, I didn't use ties. I just used pieces left from his shirts after the first two quilts. I sewed them together and then appliquéd the large circle on the backing. Then appliqués the little center circle over the inner blad ends, then quilted.  I had a small template for the blade from MSQC but I made a plastic one larger for this. I believe each blade was 11 1/2" long, both for the center and the four corner quarters.


  11. Gosh, I'm really sorry to hear about Rita. I haven't been on here in so long, but I know she suffered with a lot of pain and health issues. I was looking back through the forum and it really looks like she had hopes the surgery she was to undergo would help.  I will always remember her dry humor with and about 'himself'. What a beautiful picture of them above.


  12. Is your Ulti the one with the original speed control and no needle up/down feature? (That's how mine was before I added Intellistitch, an aftermarket stitch regulation.)  If you have the knob to turn on and turn up the speed (if I remember correctly it went from 0-1 to 10?) your machine will start stitching just as soon as you power it on. You have to be ready to move the head around. As soon as you're going to cease quilting you reach to shut it off.  IF I remember correctly.  By '93 it may have had the button on the handle to start and stop the machine, but you still would set your stitch speed above.  I hope you get years of enjoyment from your Ulti. I have loved mine.


  13. UPDATE:   I am not getting the Millie I had planned on. But I'm still very excited. Because I bought a very lightly used 2009 Freedom - and it was only 65 miles from my home.  It has the quilt advance and hydraulic leg lifts, and I am upgrading the table to Bliss!!

    Hi ladies and gents, I haven't been on here in ages after going through a second shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff and impingement problems.  My last surgery was 1 1/2 years ago, and I have been back to my heavy textile repair sewing and longarming for just a few months.  I never regained all my strength back in my arms/shoulders so it's been a struggle to move my Ulti I around and get the smooth circles and feathers I used to do. I have M&M wheels on it and Intellistitch stitch regulation, but spending a lot to get a new table that could be blissed just didn't make sense to us.  Sooo,  I am making the jump!! Head first!! To a blissed Millie!!! God is good!  My Ulti I is still, and has been, an amazing machine set up.  I bought it from the original owner who sewed duvets and lined drapes together. She didn't use it much and eventually took it down and stored it for years. I bought it in 2011, added stitch regulation in 2012, quilted as I could while going through all the shoulder issues, and now am upgrading myself! I will be selling my Ulti soon, but I want to wait until my new one is here and going as I do memory quilts and other customer quilts.  At that time I'll list the Ulti for sale here.  I just have to keep pinching myself - this is real!

    I wanted to share a few pics of the memory quilts I recently made. These were made with personal love and tears as they are made from my younger brother's Lee's shirts.  He passed away at only 50 years old, and I made quilts for his daughter, grandson, and mom.  It is amazing how comforting these were to make, and so much more to see them bring comfort to them.

     

    Blessings to you all,   Marci, Ulti I w/Intellistitch & M&M's

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  14. I, also, have an Ulti I, and I've added curved bicycle handle extenders so the machine is easier for me to handle.  I've added them front and back because I found it hard to move the machine smoothly from the back with the upright ones. This picture isn't great, but you can see the style I've added on the front.  I needed to remove the foam handle to install them but I added the back.  This at least gives you an idea of an option.  I also added a bottle holder onto the extender to hold a cup with pins, bobbins, etc.  :)

     

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  15. It felt so good to get on the longarm again and quilt this up! This is my scrappy 30's reproductions version of Eleanor Burns' Stars and Four Patch quilt. I pieced the backing and used three extra blocks in there.  Quilted with a simple medium stipple as this will be used and washed often.  I'll be making a scrappy binding as well since I'm trying to use up my stash and not buy anymore fabric!  Measures 98"x98".

     

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