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  1. "ISO" generally means "in search of", so this doesn't appear to be a "for sale" ad, but rather a "wanted" ad.
  2. Have you called HandiQuilter? This is the APQS forum ;-)
  3. Ah, OK. Usually when one talks about a shorter longarm because of space constraints, they are talking about table length not table/machine depth. Definitely look at Lenni. 2019 and newer are 22" throat depth (older are 20", I think). If you look at a Sweet Sixteen plus table new, they're probably close to the same price and Lenni gets you more quilting space AND the amazing APQS team behind the machine. And definitely get Bliss on the table if you go APQS. Bliss is the rail system that makes the machine head much easier/more graceful to move as you quilt, especially compared to the competition. Michelle
  4. Have you tried calling the cell number in the ad? If you click on the advertiser's profile, they haven't been on the forum in a year.
  5. This sounds like a "hoop frame" type machine. Babylock Coronet/HQ Simply Sixteen, Brother Dream Quilter/BlockRockIt/Grace Q'Nique. APQS doesn't make one like that. None of the frames are designed for "re-hooping" to quilt a new area. While the "hoop frame" systems do allow you to quilt by moving the machine (vs the fabric), be aware that you will still have to baste (pin, glue, spray, etc.) the quilt sandwich before loading, just like doing sit-down quilting where you move the quilt sandwich. You have to secure all three layers just like you do now. If you want to do pantographs, that's going to be "challenging" when you have to keep unloading and reloading the quilt sandwich and hoping to get it lined up properly. I'm not sure those hoop frames have a table designed for doing pantos, either. If you are seriously interested in one of those machines, the "Quilting with Grace" FB page has a lot of Q'Nique owners and you can learn more about the hoop frame there. (You'll also see a lot of people trying to sell their hoop frame so they can buy a traditional Continuum frame). Michelle
  6. "Mid arm" meaning sit-down? Where you move the fabric as opposed to a longarm where you move the machine head on rails?
  7. Well, since this is the APQS forum, most of us here are huge fans :-) That said, buying a longarm is a big investment. Have you rented one at all? Do you have a particular reason why you are wanting to buy one (vs. rent vs. pay for longarming)? As to brand, every one is a bit different. The best thing you can do, just like when buying any big purchase, it try out as many as interest you. Just like buying a car - you wouldn't buy what someone else likes without trying it for yourself, and trying a few others as well, right? While you can see most in one place a the big quilt shows, that's really not the best place to try them (and right now, that's not an option). There are too many people, too much distraction. Instead, find dealers within a reasonable distance from you and also look at road show schedules for the brands you're interested in. If possible, do a certification course so you get the chance to learn about loading a quilt, how the machine works. Some classes will require you to bring you own quilt media, others will have some charity quilts for you to learn on. At a road show, try to arrive a little early so you can look at the machines. You'll be able to try them after the presentation. Do so! Try every one of them. Ask lots of questions. I have tried a number of brands over the years. I was certified on and have rented APQS machines. I still wasn't sure, so I went to a couple of brand road shows over the past couple of years. For me, APQS was the smoothest, easiest machine to operate. Another well-known brand seemed very heavy and my hands and wrists couldn't handle the vibration for very long (plus my husband, the mechanical engineer, wasn't impressed with their construction features). Take your time to educate yourself and try, try, try. Michelle
  8. Yes. Lifetime warranty is original owner only. Some used machines, if sold by APQS or one of their dealers, will have a 1 to 3 year warranty depending on the age of the machine. Private party sales do not.
  9. The important take-away is adequate power (have seen it listed as 1000 VA pure sine wave for non-fabric advance, non-Quilt Path and 1500 VA pure sine wave for the bigger/more complex machines). The models in the above graphic might be older. Personally, we run APC equipment for our UPSes (we use them for computer networking equipment and security cameras). I've had issues with loose-fitting connectors and poor customer support on CyberPower.
  10. Isn't that what Quilt Glide is supposed to do for you (if you have it turned on)? At least that was my understanding from the road show I attended - when turned on it was supposed to use the stitch regulator during larger motions but automatically suspend regulation when you did small movements.
  11. You might want to include Year of machine Table length and whether or not it has Bliss Location Photos
  12. Thanks - she arrives when we go pick her up, which is after the current owner's new Millie gets delivered I think it's in just over 2 weeks (just in time for my birthday I've used several of the optional feet on a rental Millie in the past so I was excited to see your ad. Off to PayPal! Michelle
  13. Great! E-mail sent to confirm amount and my shipping address! I'm buying a 2014 Millie so these will be perfect! Michelle