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  1. Audrey, sometimes the top thread doesn't feed smoothly off the cone or spool.  The thread when feeding off the spool gets embedded and then gets trapped/caught so it won't unwind evenly so therefor  your top thread is pulled too tight and breaks.  Try a different top thread, additionally the same scenario can happen with the bobbin thread. Sharon

  2. I'm going to jump in here, Jill you won't be sorry if you go with the 12 ft table, I promise.  After spending the $$$ for a long arm it's hard to justify sending out the larger occasional quilt you MIGHT want to do.  If I had a tight space I would consider getting casters so I easily move my LA to accommodate available space. When is use you could pull it out and when not in use you could push it back against the wall out of the way. Anyway, that's my opinion--and I love my Lenni!


  3. I have a Ruler Mate, without thread cutter, for sale. $65.00, plus shipping.   Or save shipping as I am in the KC area and would be willing to meet at the KC Quilt Festival in Overland Park, in June, or ??  I bought it for my Lenni, but it is more suited for machines with a larger throat as on my Lenni the sewing field was too small with the Ruler Mate attached.  Won't use and needs to go, Sharonimage.jpeg.3ed26e05f4a16cd829703bfd345cfc6d.jpeg

  4. Hi, IMO it would depend on how you plan to use it, your budget, how much the machine cost, and what extras will come with it. I bought a used 2011 Lenni a little over two years ago, have done some 50+ quilts with no problems (after the first 7-8 months learning curve) and I am absolutely delighted with it.  But I don't have a business, don't ever plan on adding a computer, and use Circle Lord boards almost exclusively.  The older Lenni's have the vertical wheels and the tables aren't bliss compatible so I feel my circles aren't too great---but this may be an excuse for lack of skill.  Also, if you planned to make a business the 20 inch throat may be limiting. APQS machines are exceptional and service is only a phone call away.  Truly these are great machines designed to last forever.  Additionally, this form is a great resource, I have learned sooo much from the people who share their problems and solutions. Hope this helps you to make the right decision for you.  Sharon

  5. Hi, I'm no expert---not by a long shot, but I might check the batting and whether the scrim is on the bottom of the quilt sandwich--this has caused me some problems in the past.  Other than that you have already gone thru my check list when I have problems.  But, please let us know what solution you find as I will add that to my list of things to check in the future.                                                                                             Sharon

  6. Hi, My opinion/experience would be to buy a 12 ft table and then maybe angle it a little bit to fit in the room better.  I haven't seen the room setup as in doors or closets, but I'll bet you could accommodate a 12 foot table.  I used to have a different quilting machine on a 10 ft table and found that to be limiting.  I know 10 ft is 120 inches but you can't quilt the full 120 inches and where is the machine when loading the quilt except "in the way".  Sooo if you were asking me I would say get the 12 foot.  


  7. I had this same question, I was tired of replacing blades after only a short time and some blades even from the same package didn't seem equal.  So a friend gave me a Martelli cutter to try, that had the guard broke, guess she didn't think about replacement parts.  I contacted the company and they sent me a new guard, spring, and a new bolt, at no cost to me.  When she gave it to me she put in a new blade and that was two months ago, It is still cutting well.  I just finished (almost) Bonnie Hunter's On Ringo Lake among other smaller projects,  so I have used it a fair amount.  I am not necessarily sold on the cutter's ergonomics, but the design of the cutter may increase the life of the blade.  Maybe????  This is my first blade experience so time will tell.


  8. OK, I don't do Facebook and really, really hope you all continue use this forum!  When I do a search, I can see that at one time the forum was extremely active, I wish I was here then, but I've only had a longarm for a couple years..  I so enjoy all of your posts, pictures and comments, you all have guided this novice more than you'll ever know. The information and inspiration is priceless!  I realize it takes everyone's participation to have a great forum but I feel it is worth it.  Anyway that's my thoughts.


  9. Hi, I bought a used Lenni off this forum in 2016, and couldn't be happier.  I just quilt for myself and yes my Lenni is worth every penny.  If you have the room and one is in your budget I'd say go for it.   Also, if  I have a question or issue that can't be answered with a search on here, APQS is just a phone call away. I have always been treated at APQS like I just purchased their most expensive new machine,  Anyway that's my two cents.  Sharon

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