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Thread: The date is set - one excited quilter here

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    Talking The date is set - one excited quilter here

    I have set the date to pick up my new to me Baileys 17" Pro with Gracie King frame. June 1st!!!

    It is about a year old, gently used. I think I am definitely getting a fair deal.

    Now hurry and tell everything I need to know as a beginner long arm quilter. What is the one thing that you are so glad you know that will benefit a beginner.

    Thanks, just had to share my excitement. All of the wonderful information on this board lead me to this decision.

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    Congratulations! You will have such a wonderful time with your new baby!! Oh the things you will learn together.

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    We talked earlier today. Congratulations and be sure to post some pictures when you get it all set up.

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    How exciting for you!
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    I just got my Bailey17 sitdown.I absolutely love her.Still learning but she is a dream.

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    congratulations! how exciting.
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    The one thing I can share with you is: "patience" and plenty of it. You will not automatically duplicate the quilting of some of the posting on this site. It takes time to learn, time to train your mind and muscles to do it. Enjoy the process.

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    congrats. be patient with your learning curve and have fun
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    Congrats!!! Have fun!

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    Congrats! You now will have a fun learning curve, so enjoy the journey!
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    Good for you. If I had the room, I would like to get a sit down LA.
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    Good luck with it

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    Congratulations! There is a learning curve, but I think it is so true no matter what brand is involved. I have a Bailey 17" Pro, too, and I like it very much. No computer parts to break down and you can do your own cleaning and oiling without having to pay someone else do it for you.

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    Thanks everyone! I know I will have good days and not so good days, but I can't wait to start learning. Getting the room ready now - a project that has escalated into more than I bargained for, but I am sure it will be worth it once I am finished and happily quilting!

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    Congrats....Enjoy.....

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    Remember to BREATHE, relax and enjoy learning

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    Smile

    I got a long arm 6 weeks ago and several friends told me to load a plain (and cheap) quilt on it and then quilt the whole thing in one color thread, and then re-load and quilt again in another thread color, and so on. Basically just practice every design we can think of. So far I'm still working in the same color thread. One friend told me that her "picnic" quilt weighs a ton due to the 40lbs of thread in it! But once she's worked it over she was so much more confident. So that's what I'm working on, too!

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    Wow! Sounds like fun and I can understand why you are so excited!

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    I hope you enjoy it. I bought a mid-arm quilting machine and frame and find that I like FMQing on my Janome 6600 better - hate the setting up, etc. on the frame. I'm going to try and sell it, I think.

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    Oh Congrats

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    Congratulations. I'm sure you'll be happy with it One of the ladies in my guild has a 15" Bailey. I used to have a 15 but now I'm a Lizzie sit down person.
    The best advice I got for frame quilting was to load cheap sheets with batting of course and then to start quilting song lyrics, poems, etc all the way to the bottom. You'll get the movements down with the alphabet and won't get as bored practicing if you are able to sing along more or less... and by the time you get to the bottom of the sheet, your stitches will look nice and pretty - probably sooner than that... then start again. I have also heard to do as another suggested - quilt in one color thread all the way to the bottom then load again and do it over and over until you are happy with your stitches.


    Oh - a few of the big machine quilters in my guild are in love with Glide thread. It's inexpensive, doesn't lint up and has a very nice sheen to it. You might want to give it a try so you have thread ready to go.

    Also if you haven't already, join the Bailey yahoogroup. They are absolutely fabulous

    Best of luck

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    Congrats. I am green with envy. That is the machine I want

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    Congrats, I almost hated my Gammill because of the pining of the backing and top. Then I found Zipper leads and I love them. Oh that was 13 yrs ago and I would not do witout my Gammill LA, to be sure.
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