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Thread: APQS Ultimate II Longarm

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    Does anyone have any information on American Professional Quilting System Ultimate II Longarm with a 12 foot table? I am looking at buying one, but cannot find any information on the Internet. The longarm is made out of airplane material and is very light with no stitch regulator. The woman that has this machine only used it 6 times and has had it for about 5 years and I understand she bought it new. This group is so great about knowing everything about quilting, that I am sure some one know something.

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    dont know much about that one

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    you should be able to get info about that machine from the apqs website.

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    There is probably a yahoo group dedicated to just this machine. I have a HQ16 and belong to that yahoo group and find it an invaluable resource

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    Hi! I'm an APQS Sales Rep in Nebraska. I'd suggest you go on the website www.apqs.com and look on the forum. You can register and post questions if you like. That model is no longer made, but I know it was a good model, my sister has had one for years. There is a section for selling used machines which might give you a good idea of how much it should cost you. One thing though. If you ever want a stitch regulated model, you won't be able to get one put on it. APQS builds their stitch regulators into the machine while it is being built. Can't be an add on. And yes, they are built with aircraft aluminum. And built one at a time in the USA!! And they now come with an 8 year warranty. Great machines! I've had mine since '04 and am taking it in for it's first "check-up" this month, only because I want to sell it to get a newer model. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions I can answer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NonaX9
    Does anyone have any information on American Professional Quilting System Ultimate II Longarm with a 12 foot table? I am looking at buying one, but cannot find any information on the Internet. The longarm is made out of airplane material and is very light with no stitch regulator. The woman that has this machine only used it 6 times and has had it for about 5 years and I understand she bought it new. This group is so great about knowing everything about quilting, that I am sure some one know something.

    Have something new to add. My husband informed me last night after I put the post on the board that he has purchased the system and we will be picking it up on Saturday. I am so excited and can't wait to start playing.

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    have you visited the APQS web site? that is where you will find information...also...
    buying a long-arm system is AN INVESTMENT-and a fairly expensive one...you should not buy one just because you read something good about it...you need to try out as many long-arm as you can find and make an educated decision. just because i love my machine does not automatically mean it is the machine for you. would you buy a car or a house without looking/trying out many? i hope not
    and why has the woman only used the machine a few times in 5 years? does she have problems with it? like tension issues?
    it might be important to know why she is selling it. doesn't sound like she's just up-grading, there must be a reason.
    before making such a HUGE commitment you really need to do LOTS OF HOMEWORK
    good luck :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    have you visited the APQS web site? that is where you will find information...also...
    buying a long-arm system is AN INVESTMENT-and a fairly expensive one...you should not buy one just because you read something good about it...you need to try out as many long-arm as you can find and make an educated decision. just because i love my machine does not automatically mean it is the machine for you. would you buy a car or a house without looking/trying out many? i hope not
    and why has the woman only used the machine a few times in 5 years? does she have problems with it? like tension issues?
    it might be important to know why she is selling it. doesn't sound like she's just up-grading, there must be a reason.
    before making such a HUGE commitment you really need to do LOTS OF HOMEWORK
    good luck :thumbup:
    I tried the machine at her house when I went to check it out and also took a quilting friend with me. We were able to play with it and even set it up. The lady is very ill, frail and cannot use it anymore. She is going into the hospital for extensive surgery and wanted the money to help with medical bills. She just wanted someone that enjoys quilting.

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    I love my Ultimate II. It's a great workhorse. I've been longarm quilting now with her for over 6 years with excellent results. Most people who have the stitch regulator say they don't use it most of the time. I know there are times it could come in handy, but I've done fine without one. I believe there is still a place that puts aftermarket regulators onto the old APQS machines too.

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    Nona...how do you like this machine now? I'm looking at one now, so I'd be interested in how yours is working out for you.
    May I always be the person my pets think I am..

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    I have an APQS Ult 1 and have had it for almost 15 yrs...bought it used-5 yrs- I have been using it on. Professional basis for all that time and NEVER have had any problems...but I must add I religiously keep it as lint free as I can, oil regularly and I do take a trip to the factory every 4/5 yrs to give it a spa day.......and me a weekend of antiquing, fabric shopping or whatever. I live in Illinois so it is a short road trip and well worth it. There is a learning curve, be patient...take a class if you can, I was fortunate to be able to take a day long class from Dawn Cavanaugh, who is now in administration w/company, and that was worth every penny...if you have questions don't hesitate contacting the company techs...they are great! Have fun, good luck

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    Thanks Geri..
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    I have one. I used to quilt with my mother who recently passed & left it to me. We've used it for years and it's still running very well. My only issue (if you want to call it that) is that I'm not sure whether a stitch regulator is available for this model or not...not even sure I really want one. So far I've been doing well without a regulator, but I thought it would be nice for more detailed quilting.

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    Thanks Quiltergirl. From what I've read, a regulator is not available from APQS for that machine, however, you might be able to pick up an aftermarket one from someone that will fit it. Thats what I read somewhere. You might check the APQS forum.
    May I always be the person my pets think I am..

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    IMHO, you just can't beat an APQS machine. I bought my Millenium in 2004 and have never had a problem with it except for operator malfunction. Go to the APQS website or better still, call them and they will tell you everything that you want to know. Their customer service is great.

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    I have mine up for sale with all of the booklets and information you need for it.
    Would you be interested?

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    I consider the stitch regulator as UBER important in a LA system. Think again.
    marykayhopkins123.blogspot.com

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    Buying one of these machines is very risky since you will not have any support from a local dealer which will offer service and classes. I agree with ckcowl, you have to find if the machine is a perfect fit for you. Good luck.
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