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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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I thought all the big changes had already happened with the new machines..........new color, interchangeable feet, thread sensor, etc.  I haven't seen anything else about more changes.  Now, I'm curious !


Linda B.       :rolleyes: 

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Huh - now you have me curious!  I'll have to keep watching.  I'm invested for at least a few years on this machine, but will be interested to see what could possibly be next!  :)


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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.


Valerie Smith

Pumpkin Patch Quilter

http://www.pumpkinpatchquilter.com

http://www.pumpkinpatchquilter.etsy.com

Pantograph Co-Designer for Urban Elementz

https://www.urbanelementz.com/shop/category/quilting-designs-by-designer/valerie-smith/

 

**As of March 2015 I will be Quilting on a 2000 APQS Certified Used Millennium!**

Quilting from January 2013 to February 2015 on a non-stitch regulated 1999 Ultimate 1

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I guess having the bigger throat space would be great for computerized quilting..........you could cover a lot of space !   Anything bigger than the 26" would be too hard to use by hand guided.  


Linda B.       :rolleyes: 

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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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Ty Nigel! I've never seen that machine before. I want one now lol. I wonder why that's never caught on?

 

It probably worked for the slow speed of the domestic machine.  I am sure you would have all kinds of tension issues when changing speeds and controlling the backlash.

 

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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