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I keep seeing teasers for big changes coming soon to APQS machines, and now is the time to upgrade.  Does anybody know what the big changes are?  I am hoping to upgrade to a larger machine sometime in 2015, but I don't want to do that if I can hold off until the end of the year and get something really great, instead of just good.

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Except for the obvious modifications for a longer throat size--extended head/wiring and wider-apart rollers on a modified frame--I imagine there isn't much difference mechanically and electronically between a Millie and a "Godzillie".

I just made that name up!   :D  Great name for a "monster machine".

So why not? Perfect for computer-guided because no one could reach across that span to quilt! But you could still add custom touches of freehand if you wanted.

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I was going to ask what on earth someone might do with a throat larger than 26"!  But that answers my question!  I never thought about how it might be an advantage if you have a computer set up.

 

Except for the obvious modifications for a longer throat size--extended head/wiring and wider-apart rollers on a modified frame--I imagine there isn't much difference mechanically and electronically between a Millie and a "Godzillie".

I just made that name up!   :D  Great name for a "monster machine".

So why not? Perfect for computer-guided because no one could reach across that span to quilt! But you could still add custom touches of freehand if you wanted.

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I've not seen anything either. I'm curious now as well. Besides bigger throat, I can't think of anything to add. Unless it is the endless bobbin lol. My hubby asked me once why isn't there a way to put a whole cone underneath for the bobbin instead. I told him apparently it can't be done no one has done it lol.

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 My hubby asked me once why isn't there a way to put a whole cone underneath for the bobbin instead. I told him apparently it can't be done no one has done it lol.

 

It's been done, do a search for a National two spool sewing machine.  Here is a video of one. 

I suspect that a current M bobbin holds almost a much thread as that old wooden spool though.

 

Nigel

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Thank you for posting that video, Nigel!  I'll have to show it to my hubby - he's one of those folks who thinks we should be able to use a cone for bobbin thread, as well.  The problem is that our top thread has to go completely around the outside of our bobbin - just like it does around the "mini-spool" in the video.  The amount of thread necessary to go all the way around a cone (of any size!) of thread would make for just the tension issues you mentioned, Nigel!!  So don't count on that happening anytime soon.....

 

And yes, the first-coming change for APQS machines is indeed a price increase.  We haven't been told of any more major changes, but ya never know!

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