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Alright, I'm ready to take the leap... but which machine?

I'm looking at a Millie or Freedom, and am wondering if the Channel locks are something I'd use... please let me know. Otherwise, seems to be about the same machine. Please send lots of advice... love the forum!

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I use my channel locks to do piano key, but don't let channel locks be the deciding factor, there are ways to get around that feature. You need to think about the size of the head, types of qults you will be doing, etc.

I bought a Millie thinking that I would get all the bells and whistles so I would need to trade in the near future. After 5 1/2 years, I know that there are things I could have done differently and been just fine.

Oh, I'm not much help am I? :o


Mary Beth 

Powered by 2009 Freedom

Future winner of the Millie Sweepstakes

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I recently bought a Millie. Tough decision I know! Love the channel locks, but as Mary Beth said, there are ways around that. You could use a bull clamp on either side of your wheel to get the vertical channel lock very easily. The only other difference I saw between the Millie & the Freedom SR is the thread cutter, which I have never used (I bring my bobbin thread to the top) I do love the hydraulic lift, and the auto fabric advance though, and if I had to choose between either of those and the vertical channel lock, I would save the $600 by getting the Freedom and put that towards the hydraulic lift. JMHO! My hubby said get the Cadillac :D, otherwise it probably would have been the Freedom for me! Either one is a fantastic choice! Good luck with your decision!

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Looks like the Millennium comes with the channel locks, thread cutter and turbo winder as compared to the Freedom which doesn't include these items. For the $600 difference...I would go with the Millennium. I use all the extra features that I listed above.

You could also consider the Green Millennium. It has all the features of the Millennium except it does not carry the QuiltGlide option. It is considerably less for cost if that is a concern.


Kristina at website http://withakquilting.blogspot.com/ and personal blog http://froggybottomquilting.blogspot.com/

 

Hoppily quilting along with FROGGER - my Green Millennium, and TOAD - my Liberty. Quiltazoid equipped too!

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I removed my thread cutter because even though the Millie comes with one, I like bringing my thread to the top to cut it so I don't have a tail hanging. I was spending an hour clipping threads from my quilts until I figured out that I didn't need the thread cutter.


Mary Beth 

Powered by 2009 Freedom

Future winner of the Millie Sweepstakes

http://marysnutshell.blogspot.com/




 

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I use the channel locks but again, as Mary Beth said, there are ways around that. I do not use the thread cutter or the on-board bobbin winder. I have the motorized fabric advance and love it. I believe it's optional on both machines. Of course if I had never had it I suppose I wouldn't know what I was missing. Basically, knowing what I know now, the Freedom would have been fine for me.


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Millenium

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I bought an all singing Milli BUT took off the thread cutter, laser, never use the channel locks because I only do free motion - could have bought a lesser spec machine, I guess!

I love the turbo winder and power fabric advance.


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see more pics!...

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I love all of the things that came with my Millennium. I have not removed anything from it. I love my thread cutter, channel locks, power advance feed, etc.

I added the vertical cone holder and horizontal spool holders to the front of the machine, and installed the Rulermate. I bought the little magnifying glass to clamp onto the front handles. I have a little snake light to use as a side light when I need to see while quilting white on white or black on black or busy fabrics. I will install the edgrider wheels in a few weeks. I don't expect to pimp my ride with any other gadgets....

Yeah, right...


"Of all the things a woman's hands have made---The quilt so lightly thrown across her bed---The quilt that keeps her loved ones warm---Is woven of her love and dreams and thread." excerpt from The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt by Carrie A. Hall
 

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Shana in North Pole, Alaska ---- The Farthest North APQS Sales Rep  
 Always quilting with her faithful friend, Mademoiselle Madeleine Millennium, Bliss-fully skating gracefully...and having lots of fun with IntelliQuilter

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i'd much rather be saying "what is THAT thingie for?" than "Oh, rats ... wish I had yada-yada ..."

As someone else has said, buy the best you can afford ... plus a little more!

jete ... jete .... grande jete across the room ... oops ... pardon me.


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Sylvia Smith
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APQS Sales Rep
Max Millennium - with Quilt Path  ... just me and Max, dancing as we quilt!

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I have a Liberty - no channel locks, no thread cutter, but I do have the auto advance feature and absolutely love, love, love it!

I might use the channel locks if I had them, but as others have said, you can get around that issue with a few clamps.

I probably would not use the thread cutter, except possibly when doing an edge to edge when the little thread tails would be in the excess edge of the quilt, not actually on the quilt, so I wouldn't have to go back and clip them all. BUT, I like to tie & bury my threads, so I would not use the cutter for any other reason, than beyond the boundaries of the top.

It's a tough decision to make. My personal thoughts...if I were to get a larger machine and money was not a deciding factor, I would get the Freedom anyway. If I wasn't going to use the thread cutter, why buy it and why drag around that extra few pounds.


Sandra Darlington

Darlington Quilts

2005 APQS Liberty, Circle Lord Enhanced

sandradarlington@aol.com or

DarlingtonQuilts@Gmail.com

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Always take into account how the machine moves. Do you really need the channel locks & thread cutter or can rulers do the same thing for you. The Freedom SR has everything but those two items and the weight difference might make a difference for you. Check them both out if you can. Have fun getting your machine!


Laura

www.butterflyquilting.com

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Test drive any machine you are thinking about purchasing. It's got to be good for you and YOUR specs - no one else.

I chose Freedom because it was less weighty (sans channel locks and thread cutter). It came with the fabric advance, SR and I added on the hydraulics.

Worth every $!!!!

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The Quilt glide is awesome.


Myrna Ficken A Quilter's Choice - APQS West, 5787 S. Gallup, Littleton, CO 80120;  Store 435-414-2026 Mobile 435-229-2703  myrnaf@q.com  www.aquilterschoice.com community. Look me up on Facebook   A Quilter's Choice - APQS West

 

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You do get the Tubo winder with the Freedom. so you only lose the chanel locks and the cutter. I have the Milli but I don't use the cutter or the chanel locks very often. I love my hydraulics, and my fabic advance. You will love which ever machine you get.


Quilting Joyfully,

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Joyce Coburn

APQS Sales,Service, Training

EdgeRider Wheels Dealer

joyce@coburnsquilting.com

www.coburnsquilting.com

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Rocket Girl. Where are you located?


Myrna Ficken A Quilter's Choice - APQS West, 5787 S. Gallup, Littleton, CO 80120;  Store 435-414-2026 Mobile 435-229-2703  myrnaf@q.com  www.aquilterschoice.com community. Look me up on Facebook   A Quilter's Choice - APQS West

 

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You need to try out the machines to suit you and what you can afford. I think one thing to remember is that even the top of the line machine will take lots of practice and classes. You will still have a learning curve. The machine does not necessarily make the quilt -- it's the quilter that controls the machine that makes the quilt sing!!

I have a Lenni and quilt customer quilts and couldn't be happier with her!

Best of luck with your decision --- Any APQS machine and it's support staff will not disappoint you!

Sharon


Sharon Whittlesey

Sharon@weinmaninsurance.com

Woodburn, Iowa

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