Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Long Arm Question >

Long Arm Question

Long Arm Question

Old 06-12-2013, 07:08 AM
Thread Starter
thyme2quilt's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 90
Default Long Arm Question

I have the opportunity to buy an APQS Millennium 2008 model with compuquilter. I am new to long arm quilting and was actually looking at a Handiquilter. I think this APQS is way too much for me right now. Thoughts? Also, any idea what a good price for this APQS machine would be? The seller wants an offer instead of naming a price. Thanks for your help!
thyme2quilt is offline  
Old 06-12-2013, 07:35 AM
Super Member
alleyoop1's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 1,355

Search ebay and other web sites. Contact an APQS dealer and ask. But in the end you are looking at a major investment of probably $15000 to $20000 or more.
alleyoop1 is offline  
Old 06-12-2013, 08:08 AM
Senior Member
crashnquilt's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lebanon, Missouri
Posts: 602

I can't help with pricing but don't worry about the machine being too much for you. After a bit of practice you will be just fine. Don't buy a low end machine and then think you will upgrade later. It is a bit tough to sell the first machine and get a good price for it.
crashnquilt is offline  
Old 06-12-2013, 08:16 AM
Power Poster
Join Date: May 2009
Location: NY
Posts: 10,568

I agree with crashnquilt in not worrying about it being too much machine for you if you can get it for a bargain. I am not familiar enough with APQS to know what size (throats) the Millis are.

That said, I think it is highly unusual that someone doesn't want to put a selling price out there especially for a machine that is computer guided. 2008 is only a 5 YO machine so relatively new in my mind. something not quite right that the seller isn't even giving you a ball park but wants you to submit an offer. I would offer her the same price as the HQ you were looking at with no bells or whistles. If you can get it for that price, find someway to get training on the machine and go for it!
feline fanatic is offline  
Old 06-12-2013, 08:37 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: West Coast
Posts: 9,267

yes, I would offer what you would pay for the new or used HQ, which by the way is hardly a low end machine these days depending on the model. Another thing to think about is the support you would receive with either machine.
DebraK is offline  
Old 06-12-2013, 09:35 AM
Power Poster
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Western Wisconsin
Posts: 12,930

Try scanning ads on this website to see what similar setups have sold for (asking price is much less relevant):
It would at least give you a ballpark.

I don't know if this website puts "sold" on machines, but you can see what people are asking:

I wouldn't be afraid of buying too much machine.

Edit: I do think you need to ask why the person is selling. Is it to upgrade? Or is she not using the machine. If not using, ask why.
Prism99 is offline  
Old 06-12-2013, 11:56 AM
Thread Starter
thyme2quilt's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 90

Thank you to all for the input. Along with being new to long arm quilting, I am also new to this site I really appreciate all the thoughts on the APQS.

The seller is moving out of state which is why she is putting it up for sale. All she said is that she paid $30,000 and that she would like me to make an offer. I really like the advice of offering what I would pay for the HQ. Like my husband says - the worst answer I'll get is no.

I'll continue my research into the machine. Thank you again for the ideas!
thyme2quilt is offline  
Old 06-12-2013, 12:14 PM
Power Poster
Jingle's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Outside St. Louis
Posts: 36,129

I can't help. I would like to welcome you to this wonderful quilt board. Lots of knowledgeable people on here. They all seem willing to help,when they can.
Jingle is online now  
Old 06-12-2013, 09:01 PM
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 4

I have this machine without the computer. First longarm machine for me and I found it easy to learn, much more user friendly than other machines I have seen. Go to the APQS web site, there's new and used machines to get an idea of price and they have a great forum for all the advice you need. The APQS forum have used machines advertised. I am so glad I didn't buy something less that I may have regretted later. Maintenance seems to be very easy too.
Panto is offline  
Old 06-13-2013, 06:43 AM
Power Poster
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Upland CA
Posts: 18,376

I have no idea on the price. They are really beautiful machine. I have the Babylock Crown jewel and love it.
mighty is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Links and Resources
11-28-2019 06:48 AM
11-20-2017 05:10 AM
04-13-2013 06:36 AM
10-18-2010 09:42 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.