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New Millie Arriving Today - I can't wait!

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Hi Everyone,

 

I'm brand new to the forum and longarm quilting.  My new Millie is scheduled to arrive this afternoon.  This is my first longarm.  I'm so excited.  My whole family is geared up & ready.  Hubby is clearing the garage as a staging area for the boxes.  My 18 year old son is sleeping - preparing for the heavy lifting.

 

I've been quilting for 30+ years and have quilted over 100 quilts on my domestic machine - up to king size.  I'm really looking forward to having a longarm.  I'm hoping the learning curve isn't too steep.  I have about 2 dozen quilt tops waiting to be quilted and many more that are in various stages of completion.

 

I bought some inexpensive muslin to use for practice.  Any suggestions on the best way to get started? Any ideas to shorten the learning curve?

 

Thanks, Karen

 


Karen K

NW Ohio

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Karen, you are in for a fun ride!!! This is going to be such fun - but you know that already, huh? Congrats and welcome to the forum and we like pictures!


Just Sew Simple Sylvia Blissett APQS Freedom '09 "Stitch" Circle Lord 2010 “"Until one has loved an animal, Part of their soul remains unawakened.”

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Nothing can take the place of practice...  Relax and enjoy!!  Are you signed up to take the beginner class from your local dealer or plan to travel to Des Moines soon?  Your local dealer should be a great help to you and will have many helpful hints.  This forum is the best!!  Lot's of helpful hints and suggestions from wonderful people.  Don't hesitate to ask any question...there are no dumb questions...we have all been a beginner!

 

Have a super day!!


Lucy Drinkall

o2b Quilting, LLC
APQS sales/rental and custom quilting

1025 Industrial Drive, Suite A
Spring Valley, MN 55975
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Welcome to the family! You will love your machine! Have fun and relax!!!! 


Dell 2016 Millie Frannie Ann Jr. with Bliss & she is Quiltaziod and Circle Lord Equipped with lots of Quilting Toys and now has Quilt Path!

 

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How exciting - congratulations! And welcome to the APQS family.  PPP on muslin, take a class if you can, and don't be afraid to take one or two of your tops to try out your practicing earlier than you think you are ready.  You will be surprised how quickly you catch on to longarming especially as you are well experienced quilting on your DM.  Once you have that actual top on the machine ideas will come to you and you'll do wonderful.  I still learn so much from others' pictures, so please share them here!  Again, congratulations, and have a blast with your new machine!


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2009 Freedom, and a 1989 Ulti I w/Intellistitch

 

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Hi Karen,  Welcome to the informative, crazy, insane, funny, prayerful world of APQS quilting,

(no matter what brand).

 

I'm just so happy to hear your excitement and the new machine.  The main diff in dsm and

long arm is with dsm you move the fabric, with the long arm you move the machine.  If you

can transfer that hand motion of the dsm, to your hands on the Milli handles, I think the learning

curve will be a lot shorter.

 

I used a dry erase board and old phone book pages to practice on.. it usually takes 2 or 3 phone 

book pages, but hey, they are free and aren't bad to go into recycle.

 

Good luck and stay with us..

 

Rita

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Let me join the others in welcoming you to the apqs family.

You will love your new millie. Just don't be overwhelmed by the massive size of her compared to your dsm. Loading a quilt can be the most daunting, but even that, you will master soon. Breathe, relax, and enjoy the ride you are about to take.


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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Karen,

Welcome to this forum! You will definitely feel the love here! I have been out of the quilting loop for awhile, but right back in here with so much wonderful support and help.

Have fun with your new machine.

Remember to breathe, and sleep, and eat and surface from your machine to occasionally say hello to your family.

~Shea

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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new millie!  There should be a DVD shipped with your machine.  I suggest watching it and you will pick up lots of information on getting started there.


Cindy Thompson

(My perfect quilting combo...Milli and Quiltazoid)

Chrome Top Quilts

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Karen,

 

Welcome to the family!  You are going to wonder how you ever did a King size quilt on a DSM after you start using your longarm!  Get some DVD's to watch and there are lots to see on you tube too!  Lots of practice and you will feel quite at home on your new machine in no time!!!  We are here if you have any questions!!!  :)


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Proud Millie Owner!

Sew Many Quilts - Sew Little Time

Custom Long Arm Quilting

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Wow! What a great first day.  Thanks for the replies. 

 

Millie arrived around noon.  We spent the afternoon putting her together.  Then I watched the DVD and spent the evening playing.  I need more practice but I think it went well today.  I started with some simple loopy fills then moved on to some flames.  I tried some basket weave too.  I attempted to upload some photos below but included the urls just in case the pictures don't come through.

 

http://flic.kr/p/e8eGy8

 

http://flic.kr/p/e8knib

 

http://flic.kr/p/e8eGk2


Karen K

NW Ohio

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