It\'s not illegal to advertise your products on APQS, I for one am for it. I also believe that this site is for sharing information, ideas and opinions. So lets share how to save a buck or two. Newbies are thrilled and wide eyed when they first enter the world of LA\'s, they want to buy every new item out there that will help improve accuracy. The pockets must be deep to buy the things they want or need, but after shelling out big $$$ for a LA, saving money would be great. Buying products not tested widely yet isn\'t wise, they may be very good products but waiting for the product to be proven is prudent, time is the key factor..
Many times the talent or drive or whatever it is isn\'t there. Through the years I\'ve seen quilters, LA\'ers and so on come and go. They buy a expensive machine and it is used a few times till something happens and then up for sale it goes. I\'ve been offered so many LA\'s over the years I\'ve lost count. I don\'t profit from quilting anymore, I never relied on it for my living, I just enjoy the art of it and like passing it on. I have seen people over the years come to my shop and take pictures of my setup and what it does, so they could go home and duplicate or even improve.
The very first person ever sent to me was a person wanting to see a LA before she bought it. Marilyn Badger called me at home and asked if I would let this person come to my home to see my APQS, I of course said yes. Jeff J. owned the company then and had refereed the customers to Marilyn for teaching, but she used a UI and not a UII, this person wanted to see a UII and not pay for Marilyns class to just see a UI when she wanted a UII. I could understand that so I got my first person ever to see my system, a very basic 1997 UII. She bought a UII also, and right off the bat had a Hartley like base made by her husband, I haven\'t seen it but she told me he did, and said it worked great.
One of the boyfriends of another lady I had in my shop pulled out his camera and snapped pictures of my system and even wanted me to start up the computerized carriage so he could get video of it moving so he could do the same for his girlfriends UII. I was e-mailed by a guy named Craig, I explained what system I used how it was hooked up and he went and made a complete computerized system for his wife\'s APQS with a similar OS and it worked great,,,,,Making things for your LA isn\'t a new thing.
When someone "INVENTS" something as an ad on product if they would look into the origin of their new product first. Was it made already or something similar? There are many ad on products to the LAs and a few I\'m not gonna mention.
The HF has changed some over the years and then came the CL, there was debate on this, is it the same product or basically the same thing with a different design, who\'s say, but so many people have their opinion about this one or that one.
My HF came with my machine but I paid $500.00 back in 97, I believe they are around the same price now. Works on APQS and ? Cost plus delivery and any extra ad on products.
It could have been built for approx. $60.00. local hardware store products. I am happy with mine and my modifications and think my improvements to it make it a better product, but would rather have paid less of course. Today I would build it, but back then I didn\'t have any idea really what it was for till I saw it.
The CL is over a $1000.00 with the basic disc and squareicles things, unsure on delivery, and the ad on parts, made to fit most all frames, must order for specific frame...
If you were to home build, it would be harder to make but can be done, and most of the parts from your local hardware store, less than $100.00 for main body parts. Requires more assembly, the moving discs are the hardest to duplicate, may consider purchasing discs from dealer if you make your own base and arm or from e-bay sales....I would make this too, but don\'t need one for my UII, still not to hard to put together. .:cool:
The Topper is a new product approx. $230.00 with free delivery, not widely tested yet, doesn\'t work with all frames, some roller bars may be to flimsy for this product, doesn\'t have design to fit drop off front at this time. May use pattern boards with it.
Can be made from local hardware parts for approx. $30.00. :cool:
now your name calling, twisted and flamer, That\'s subtle...