One frequently asked question is, “What kind of longarm quilting machine do you have?”.
Given space and the opportunity I would have this: the APQS Millennium with the Bliss drive system, the 14′ rails, micro handles and a stitch regulator and whatever other bells and whistles that would aid in using the longarm well. Yep, that’s what I’d have.
George would be a very close second as the way I quilt is more consistent with how George is used. Sitting at the machine and moving the quilt under the needle rather than moving the machine across the surface of the quilt.
But alas, I do not have a Millennium or George. I don’t have space for either one of these machines. The foot print for both of these is just too big for any space that I have in the house.
So the answer to the question is: I don’t have a longarm.
Here’s my Bernina 1080 perched on a table ready for quilting. I love my 1080. I’ve learned her sounds and feel and rhythm.
We’ve quilted for hours and hours and hours together. I’ve learned how to listen for when the bobbin is running out, that MasterPiece needs to be threaded through the eye of the bobbin and that a good cleaning every now and again is a good thing.
When quilting the feed dogs are down, the tension is adjusted to meet the weight of the thread, needles get changed quite frequently and the new thread stand rocks! (I don’t know why I waited so long to get the thread stand.)
I find it a compliment that I’m frequently asked what kind of longarm I have. I do enjoy telling them that I quilt on a domestic and that with some practice they can too. That breakthrough moments happen and the quilting becomes easier and easier as time accrues. You’ll get to know your machine and how it functions.