Sunday, March 23, 2014

Exploring Pantographs

Recently I was asked to recommend a beginner (easy) pantograph. This brought to mind the process  I went through when I purchased my APQS Millennium five years ago. I would spend hours online looking for the perfect quilting design that  would allow a newbie like me to create a quilting design on a customer quilt that looked like I had been quilting for years.  I have built my business using pantographs and would love to share with you some of my favorites over the next several posts.

When you are building your inventory I would suggest starting out with a good feather, flower, leaf, geometric or "guy" design, and a design that would do well on a baby quilt.  Having spent $$$ on pantographs I  would recommend  trying to resist impulse buying to start with.  Look for patterns that have registration lines for the next row.  This will make advancing the quilt for row placement much easier.   Look for a design that "nests".   If a pattern nests well you should not be able to tell where one row ends and the next row begins.  

Plumage is my favorite easy feather.   Practice following with the laser for a couple of passes and you will be ready to quilt your first all over feather.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 21, 2014

APQS Used Machine Sale!

APQS has updated their list of Used Machines. These machines are being sold at incredible prices.
Call now to reserve your machine as they will not last long!
2013 - Was $15,900  - Now - $14,900 **8yr Warranty** 
2012 - Was $14,500  - Now - $13,500
2009 - Was $12,600  - Now - $11,600
2008 - Was $12,000  - Now - $11,000 
Freedom SR 
2013 - Was $15,300  - Now - $14,300 **8yr Warranty**  

2013  - Was $10,500 - Now - $9,700 **8yr Warranty** 
2013 Demo - Was $10,300  - Now $9,000 *Lifetime Warranty*  
2012 - Was $9,000  - Now $8,300 
2011 - Was $8,700  - Now $7,900 

2011 - Was $5,200  - Now $4,700
**Bliss can be added to any machine for $1,000**  

A $500 fully-refundable deposit is required to secure the machine. All customers must take possession of the machine within 30 days or order will be canceled and deposit refunded. Machines are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

** All 2013 used machines include a Eight-Year warranty and a new standard table. All 2012 and older machines include a One-Year warranty and new standard table. 

For more information on this offer contact Sheri Collette 336-971-2747