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  1. Hi, I am a first time blog user so if I'm not doing this right please give me some gentle guidance. I'm considering a longarm machine purchase and leaning toward an APQS Millie. I'm wondering how frequently other owners have encountered problems requiring maintenance of some sort and how difficult it is to do this. Thanks for any responses.
  2. Are you an APQS owner needing a 'Spa Treatment' in the greater Toronto area? Our Service Technician will be travelling with us to Creativ Festival October 24-26. We only have a few appointments left... Book your spot today! For availability & pricing Email matt@apqs.com
  3. Hello, I'm very excited because I'm seriously thinking about getting the Intelliquilter for my Ultimate I. I was thinking about getting a new Millie and the IQ, but the cost was a little beyond my reach (okay, I'd have to sell a kidney, lol). Anyway, when I was talking to the IQ sales person in California (Ron Paul) he recommended that I get all the spare parts I would need for him to service the machine. ????? Like what??? He said, just call APQS and they can tell you what you need. I'll be honest, I'm at a complete loss. So far all I've got on my list are motor brushes and I'm not even sure what those are. Can anyone help me figure out what normal wear parts I might need to order to give my Ult I a nice "like new" tune up? I'm also thinking about putting a laser light on the front of the machine. I see that the one that mounts in the back of the machine has a place where it plugs in to the machine (I'm assuming for power). Does anyone know how I would go about putting one on the front of the machine? Do I need to purchase a separate power adapter or is there a place on the front (maybe on the inside) of the machine where the laser light would plug in? Thanks soooooo much for anyone to takes the time to respond to this posting. I truly need and apprciate any and all help and suggestions. Lora.
  4. Hi Everyone. I just ordered a Lucey! As you can imagine I'm super excited. But now, as I wait, buyer's remorse sets in...well not remorse, but worry. My background is I'm a very confident quilter, published author, pattern designer etc. I've been quilting for more than 20 years and I've quilted most of my quilts on my DSM. I know and love my DSM very well. I have a Viking and I almost never have any trouble. Might have to tweak the tension once in a while but other than that it's a work horse. I've had it 9 years and had it serviced only once. And I'm embarrassed to say I'm terrible about cleaning it. I almost never do and I usually only change the needle when it breaks. So, as you can imagine I'm nervous about maintaining a longarm. I've been reading around this forum and all the tension troubles etc are scaring me. I'm really not worried that I won't be able to do it. I'm mechanically inclined and good at troubleshooting etc so I'm fairly confident that I'll get it to work. I'm just nervous that I won't like it. Fiddling with a machine and having to clean it a lot is so not my thing! So really do I have to clean out the bobbin case every time I change it? And oil and clean the machine after every quilt? And am I really going to have to spend forever balancing the tension? I'm also concerned about thread. I really wasn't a snob. For many years I used the basic Coats Dual Duty in all my quilts. Never had a problem, even without cleaning. But I have been converted to Aurifil. I love it. The colors are awesome. Its smooth and beautiful. And I love that it's cotton. I know that poly isn't really "sharp" anymore, but I like to use all cotton (fabric, batting, thread). So I'm wondering if I'll be able to stick to Aurfil 50wt. I'd really rather not explore threads forever. Maybe I'll try So Fine or something for a thread that disappears a little more in the cases that I need that, but do you think I'll be able to make Aurifil work? Oh, I should have mentioned that I'll mostly be quilting for me. Maybe a few customer quilts but mostly I ordered a longarm because I want to continue to do it all start to finish myself. I wish I could believe that Lucey will just work without a lot of thought or care. Is that possible??? Or should I be getting my mind ready for a change? Thanks!! Jess
  5. We are leaving for FL on Saturday for the winter. "Maddie" aka Millie is going to be in my basement with a temp of about 50-55 degrees. My question is is there anything I should be sure to do to her before I leave? Will probably be here all alone until at least April 1. I want to make sure she's properly cared for until I return. Any advice is welcome!