Greenmtn

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    Greenmtn got a reaction from lindasewsit in Charlotte, NC.   
    Welcome to Charlotte!  I am in Charlotte not far from Matthews.  Let me know if you have any questions.  
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    Greenmtn got a reaction from Mary Beth in Did I win??   
    I hope you did!  Alas my phone did not ring. 
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    Greenmtn got a reaction from Quilting Heidi in NQR Prayer warriors needed   
    So glad he is recovering well.  I will be thinking of you all!!!
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    Greenmtn got a reaction from EHonour in Special Safari   
    That is adorable.  Love the quilting!
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    Greenmtn got a reaction from T Row Studio in Ellie and Squeak   
    Amazing.  Love it. The colors and quilting are outstanding!
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    Greenmtn got a reaction from Mary Beth in Grandma's state Quilt   
    I am so sorry about your father, and I'm sure your mother is thankful to be near you.  I love this the story behind this quilt!  Be sure and show us when it is done.
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    Greenmtn got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in So Many Questions   
    I was in your shoes just a few months ago.  I would have loved the Millie but knew my budget would not allow it.  This is my first entry into longarming and I was very nervous   I purchased a Lucey 10' blissed table and have had it about three months.  Yes, I think you will be glad in the end that you went with the larger throat space.  I posted a similar post to your's and that was the advice I received.  
     
    I went with the L bobbin because it was the recommendation I received from my dealer.  However, now I am doing a lot of pantos and wish I had the M.  I really do not know much about the difference.  There have been discussion about tension being better on the L but from what I am seeing on the forum that is not really an issue.  I think those with M bobbins have been very happy.  I wish I had done more research on that.
     
    I have been experimenting with batting.  I am liking the 80/20 blends because I think they show the quilting better.  I would not buy a large roll of anything yet.  Get your machine and start experimenting with different ones first.  Some batting tends to pull apart more when you are loading it and smoothing it on the frame.
     
    I purchased the Quick Zip zippers.  I am using my machine for personal use right now and also have friends that come over to play.  I wanted to be able to take my quilt off when they come and then easily put it back on. I would love to try the red snappers or similar products at a show.
     
    I love the Glide magnetic bobbins, but I don't mind winding my own.  I have not even tried the bobbin winder that came with Lucey.  My Bernina 440 winds a fantastic bobbin for Lucey.  I purchased an extra bobbin case so that I have one for the magnetic bobbins (take the spring out) and one for my other bobbins I wind (leave the spring in).  I purchase thread when I am at an APQS store (several hours away) and online from several sites.  I am in the process of getting my tax exempt license and then you can purchase from Fil-Tec.
     
    I have had ZERO tension problems with my machine.  The stitches have been fantastic.  I have had a few minor issues with the machine but the APQS service team has been wonderful.  They are very responsive and helpful. 
     
    My best advice would be to take it one step at a time.  I tried to rush into everything at once and it can become overwhelming.  For example, practice loading, try a few methods and then start thinking about zippers or red snappers.  Try the various thread samples they send and see what you like.  There are many Youtube videos that are great for getting up and going.  Angela Huffman at Quilted Joy also has a wonderful DVD set.  
     
    There were a few moments in the first few weeks when I thought "What have I done?"  However, now I feel so much more comfortable with the machine, with the processes and it is really fun.  I know I will not be a pro anytime soon.  I am just enjoying the process and can see I get a little better each week.
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    Greenmtn got a reaction from Battynurse in Removing partly done quilt from frame   
    So glad you asked this question, I was just wondering this today.  I have a friend that will be doing a pantograph at my house.  We know she will not be able to finish it in one session and will need to come back at another time.  I have zippers.
     
    So, we pin the back to the zippers and then float the batting and top.  Baste top/sides and do pantograph until she runs out of time.  
     
    What do we do with the rest of the quilt that is still "floating" and not quilted or basted?  Do we baste it all the way down?  There will be no SID work since it will be all pantograph.   
     
    I hope you get your machine working for you.  It sounds like you have had a rough time with it
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    Greenmtn got a reaction from T Row Studio in Chop Sticks Quilt   
    Wow, wow, wow!  It is beautiful.  Fantastic job!
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    Greenmtn got a reaction from dbams in What to think about in deciding between machines?   
    Lucey is here!  I have had it for about a week and have had a great time.  A quilting friend came over and we were able to get it installed.  It took us several hours since we are both new at this.  I have had a great time learning and playing.  I have so much to learn!!  I tried to post a picture but I can't figure it out.  LOVED the red bow she was wearing when delivered.
     
    edited: Thanks dbams.  Here is a picture.  Love her!!

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    Greenmtn got a reaction from Mary Beth in What to think about in deciding between machines?   
    Well, I did it!  I ordered a new Lucey with Bliss rails, and it will be here soon.  Would have loved a Millie but the budget was already stretched.  Thank you all for the help.  I'm really glad I chose APQS.  Now to get my space in order for the big day
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    Greenmtn got a reaction from Mattie-Sue in What to think about in deciding between machines?   
    Well, I did it!  I ordered a new Lucey with Bliss rails, and it will be here soon.  Would have loved a Millie but the budget was already stretched.  Thank you all for the help.  I'm really glad I chose APQS.  Now to get my space in order for the big day
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    Greenmtn got a reaction from dbams in What to think about in deciding between machines?   
    Well, I did it!  I ordered a new Lucey with Bliss rails, and it will be here soon.  Would have loved a Millie but the budget was already stretched.  Thank you all for the help.  I'm really glad I chose APQS.  Now to get my space in order for the big day
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    Greenmtn got a reaction from Mary Beth in What to think about in deciding between machines?   
    I took what you all said to heart and really thought about the size.  Right now I am leaning towards the Lucey.  My only concern is doing small scale work like micro stippling.  It felt a little jerky with the regulator on but I'm sure there are techniques to improve this if I play with the stitch knob?  My other choice would be to wait for a used Millie with Quilt Glide.  For those with this feature: Do you used it often?  Does it make a big difference?
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    Greenmtn reacted to jimerickson in Millie vs. Freddy ?   
    Annie:  It would certainly be good to try each machine out at a road show or some other significant display event.  That will give you some idea of the feel of each variation.  However, I would listen carefully to what others say about the features of the different choices.  Things like bobbin size (L or M), bobbin winders, channel locks, thread cutters, power advance, batting access systems, take up roller adjustments, power lifts, light systems and the like can make a great deal of difference in how convenient a machine is to use day after day.  A test "drive" would likely not make those things apparent.  I've found some things I thought would be important, not to be so, while others that I kind of ignored, turned out to be of great importance.  Unfortunately, not everyone will have the same list of needs.
     
    My lists of musts would include M bobbin system, industrial bobbin winder, electronic channel locks, easy batting access, good LED lighting, responsive machine movement, and a good thread management (guides and tension device) system.  I have good reasons for this list.  Others, maybe not so much.
     
    The reason for the M bobbin:  In my experience most thread/tension issue occur in association with bobbin changes.  So, the fewer changes, the less stitch issues.
     
    Channel locks:  I use both my horizontal and vertical channel locks quite often.  I used manual ones before I installed electronics on my Ult 2, and found them to be quite combersome.
     
    Industrial bobbin winder:  I wind all my own bobbins, so how they wind is important to me.  Others use only pre-wound, and winding bobbins is not an issue for them.  Winding bobbins well and conveniently requires a good winder, and some machines come with really poor winders, be they part of the machine, or stand alone.
     
    Batting access system:  I frequently have problems with wrinkles in my batting and feel like I have to easily get to the batting to smooth it out.  There can be a big difference in how easy it is to get at the batting from one machine/system to another.
     
    Power advance:  I don't have a power advance system on my table.  I know some folks wouldn't be without them, but for me, it doesn't seem so important.  That being said, if I had ever used such a device I might have a different opinion.  But I know at least one person here on the forum has removed his power advance because it was an unnecessary complication that served little purpose.
     
    Now I've listed a few of the things that are important to me.  They are important because of the way I personally quilt.  You'll have to think about how you plan to use your new system, and think through some of the benefits and disadvantages of each feature.  Good luck on your quest.  Jim