Furball

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    Furball got a reaction from WW Quilter in Sit-down quilt machines   
    I tried the George and the Charm before settling on the George. I thought they both had nice stitch quality -- better than all the others.
    ..The George offers a lifetime warranty; Gammill is only 4 years.
    ..George has been out for years and any kinks have been worked out; Charm is quite new.
    .. I was able to talk with actual George users and felt that I got the honest scoop; Charm people were really Gammill longarm people and I didn't feel as confident about what they siadm about the Charm.
    .. George can be put in a Stacey's table which was perfect for my limited space. Charm can not.
    .. George did not have a tablet interface. Charm does. Althoug i am a computer geek by trade, the simpler to maintain George apealed to me.
    .. I spent a good bit of time online looking at tutorials and forums and decided that George support was vastly superior.
    Both machines are great. You really need to try them out to see what you prefer.
    I have only had George a few months but I am ecstatic and for me it is the right machine.
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    Furball got a reaction from JeannieB in Love at First Stitch   
    My new George arrived Wednesday night.  Because my mother was visiting, we just opened the box enough to verify there was no overt shipping damage.
     
    I don't have a table because I am waiting for a Tracey's table, but I just couldn't stand the thought of waiting another 4 weeks to try it out.  So I put it on a piece of cardboard on my dining room table.  I put the plexiglass "table" that came with my Janome around it.  Not a perfect fit - still a small gap between George's throat and the plexiglas -- but good enough. 
     
    I played with some test sandwiches and gained some confidence in adjusting tension and generally fell in love.  This morning I dived in and quilted a charity baby quilt I had already sandwiched.  What a dream to have the huge throat and the visibility that the LEDs provide.  I chose a really simple pantograph (Tickle) and Isacord thread because I heard George loves Isacord.  I had no tension or thread breakage or any other problems.  My only issue was due to my setup -- getting the quilt caught on the edge of the plexiglass table because I'm used to having a large flat surface.
     
    My one concern is how loud the motor is.  I don't think this is due to vibration from being on a table because the loud hum is very obvious even when I just do needle down or needle up.  I assume this is normal because it was tested out at the factory before shipping
     
    I'm in love and I can't wait for my table to get here.
    Joy
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    Furball got a reaction from Oma in Love at First Stitch   
    My new George arrived Wednesday night.  Because my mother was visiting, we just opened the box enough to verify there was no overt shipping damage.
     
    I don't have a table because I am waiting for a Tracey's table, but I just couldn't stand the thought of waiting another 4 weeks to try it out.  So I put it on a piece of cardboard on my dining room table.  I put the plexiglass "table" that came with my Janome around it.  Not a perfect fit - still a small gap between George's throat and the plexiglas -- but good enough. 
     
    I played with some test sandwiches and gained some confidence in adjusting tension and generally fell in love.  This morning I dived in and quilted a charity baby quilt I had already sandwiched.  What a dream to have the huge throat and the visibility that the LEDs provide.  I chose a really simple pantograph (Tickle) and Isacord thread because I heard George loves Isacord.  I had no tension or thread breakage or any other problems.  My only issue was due to my setup -- getting the quilt caught on the edge of the plexiglass table because I'm used to having a large flat surface.
     
    My one concern is how loud the motor is.  I don't think this is due to vibration from being on a table because the loud hum is very obvious even when I just do needle down or needle up.  I assume this is normal because it was tested out at the factory before shipping
     
    I'm in love and I can't wait for my table to get here.
    Joy
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    Furball got a reaction from cdilday in George v Charm   
    Thanks for the advice. I decided on the George and now I can't wait to get it.
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    Furball got a reaction from Mattie-Sue in George v Charm   
    Thanks for the advice. I decided on the George and now I can't wait to get it.
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    Furball got a reaction from JeannieB in George v Charm   
    Thanks for the advice. I decided on the George and now I can't wait to get it.