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  1. For Sale: 2015 APQS Lenni Longarm Quilting Machine $9,200 CAD 20x8” Throat 12’ Frame with Bliss Track System Machine Weight: 38 lbs Needle Speed: 0-3500 Lovingly cared-for and just given a full spa treatment from APQS headquarters in Iowa. Comes with Hartley Ruler Base, bobbin winder, laser light, side clamps, rod pockets for “red snappers” or similar loading method (red snappers not included). Stitch regulator, horizontal channel lock, needle up/down positioner, and more! Quilt top “belly bar” is not seen in these photos, but IS included. B
  2. For Sale: 2015 APQS Lenni Longarm Quilting Machine $9,200 CAD 20x8” Throat 12’ Frame with Bliss Track System Machine Weight: 38 lbs Needle Speed: 0-3500 Lovingly cared-for and just given a full spa treatment from APQS headquarters in Iowa. Comes with Hartley Ruler Base, bobbin winder, laser light, side clamps, rod pockets for “red snappers” or similar loading method (red snappers not included). Stitch regulator, horizontal channel lock, needle up/down positioner, and more! Quilt top “belly bar” is not seen in these photos, but IS included. B
  3. I would really like to get into the ear of the powers that be at APQS. I've had a bee in my bonnet about wasted space in my frame for MONTHS. I can't let it go! FYI, I have a 2015 Lenni. I think it is a CRYING SHAME that there is a LOT of wasted space inside my quilting frame. It is especially important to me because I'm short (5'0"), but it applies to us all (eye sight!). I removed my quilt top belly bar, because I float ALL of my quilt tops. I have NEVER rolled a quilt top, and never want to. So, since my quilt top belly bar is absent, it's all the more obvious that I've got, like 8" o
  4. Helen, it's so nice to hear your perspective, as a sort-of insider. I proudly received YOUR teacher's ribbon, which basically saved my experience. I attended MQS this year, and it was my first time to a quilt show. I just got my longarm last August, and I cherry-picked THIS quilt show, because I read that they have a rookie category and it fit my schedule. I emailed the show organizers before registering, to confirm that I qualified as a rookie (I had been quilting on my domestic machine for a couple years previously), and Laura Wertwign assured me, via email, that I was indeed a qualified roo
  5. My biggest symptom right now is usually a thread break that actually fixes itself after a few stitches, before I can actually even get stopped. But this time( I will try to post a photo), it didn't quite break completely. It looped up the top thread for several stitches (where I'm pointing), then continued on normally. And you can look above where I'm pointing to see earlier stitches. When these earlier stitches were made, they were perfect, but when the break/loop-up happened it snapped the top thread tight, like a slingshot, and distorted those previous stitches.
  6. Hi, everyone! Reporting back. I was hopeful that the wd40 bath in the bobbin area had fixed my problem. It did indeed improve it, but my problems have been creeping back up and no amount of wd40ing can make it go away now. Jim, I'd like to try your idea. Are there any videos or illustrations available for clueless people like me? I have a feeling you are more experienced than me. Like, when you said to make sure the spring isn't damaged... I don't even know how to tell whether or not it's damaged! Ha!
  7. Thanks, everyone! I'm going to work through your suggestions and report back later. Wow, Jim, yours was especially intriguing. I'm going to start with wd40 bath. And then go from there.
  8. I've been fighting with my Lenni for several days - well, weeks actually. I'll be quilting along and every 30-60 seconds it loops up the top thread. The thread doesn't get pulled tightly. Occasionally it's just a single stitch, other times it's several stitches in a row, which really creates havoc. And when it's not looping up random stitches, it's just breaking the thread. I mainly use glide on top and magnaglide bobbins. I've also tried So Fine and Magnifico by superior. It's happened on several different quilts over the last week. I'm in a very dry climate, and I've started using sewers aid
  9. Lemon Tree Tami, did you ever go through the re-timing process? How did it go? I'm scared of it! I have a strange grinding noise in my Lenni (always have) and I also can't stitch from R to L without shredding/unwinding/breaking. APQS sent me a new hook assembly to combat the grinding noise, and I also wondered about re-timing, since I'm having the R to L problem. Did you find the emery cloth they recommend in the re-timing video. What grit? Where did you find it? I think I actually may have conversed with you a while ago about the R to L problem. Your handle (name) sounds familiar. Hoping I ca
  10. Anyone know if APQS makes a "texas hold'em" bracket for the Lenni frame? It's a bracket that allows you to completely remove the quilt top roller bar on the front (I float all my quilt tops). On the APQS website, it makes it sound like the Texas Holdem brackets are only available for the larger frames. Anyone know something about this?
  11. Tami - did you have nesting of the top thread on the bottom of the quilt when this happened? Like I did? See my post for photos of what I mean... http://forum.apqs.com/index.php?/topic/38207-right-to-left-shreddinglooping/
  12. OMG - Tami - I absolutely love your work-around, taped-on safety pin. That is SO hilariously priceless! We have these super pricey machines and a safety pin is keeping it all running! It reminds me of so many things on my family's farm that are duct taped together. Our symptoms really sound similar - about shredding when going in long lines from right to left. I'm gonna try your approach tomorrow and see. Fingers crossed!
  13. This is just stupid. I'm really getting exasperated. Still happening after playing with top tension (not bottom) a LOT. I figured out that it's not really "shredding" I don't think. It's UNWINDING. Somewhere around the tension disks. But I don't think that's really the cause, more of a symptom. I also noticed that the top thread is being pulled down to the bottom and making a rat's nest down there when this happens. And I also feel a "shucking" sound/feel in the handle. It happens when going right to left and especially when I slow down near the end of a block. If I'm going really fast, it doe
  14. Tami - did you ever get this figured out? I am having the same issue. I think it is ridiculous if we really can't use our machines going from right to left. That's just not practical! Hoping you found the answer!
  15. I have had my new Lenni for just over a week. Just started having really frustrating issue. My (Glide) thread keeps shredding and/or looping on the top when I'm going right to left, in straight-ish lines. Also common when going from bottom to top (pushing away from me), but not as bad as right to left. No problems at all when I'm doing swirls, meanders, etc. Top-to-bottom and left-to-right straight lines are fine. But going right to left, major problems with loops/skipped stitches/shredding. REALLY FRUSTRATED! Here's what I've tried... - new needle - bigger needle - turned needle from strai
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