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    I just wondered how many on this board have a Longarm and what brand you have.
    I went to a show yesterday and saw the new Innova. I love it. My Millennium is 8 years old. Might be time for an upgrade!

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    I recently bought a Nolting Pro 24" and LOVE IT.

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    I have a Nolting Pro 24". Best purchase I have ever made!

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    I have an HQ 16. It doesn't get enough use, but I am changing that! :)

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    Charismah has an Innova and she does amazing work with it.

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    Yes...I own an INNOVA. If you need any info just ask. I think there are some great differences...mainly thread options....and a few others...it is a very nice machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CircleSquare
    I just wondered how many on this board have a Longarm and what brand you have.
    I went to a show yesterday and saw the new Innova. I love it. My Millennium is 8 years old. Might be time for an upgrade!

    What doesn't your Millenium do that you'd need to upgrade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    Yes...I own an INNOVA. If you need any info just ask. I think there are some great differences...mainly thread options....and a few others...it is a very nice machine.

    :thumbup:
    This is the one that makes my heart go pitter-pat. ;) I got to play with one a little bit, yesterday and boy, was it cool!

    Is it as picky about threads as some of the other long arms seem to be? I don't want to have to deal with matching thread weights in the bobbin and needle. I like being able to put something like Bottom Line or 70wt bobbin thread in the bobbin and a huge thread in the needle.

    Another question - if you're quilting with a fine thread in the needle, can you actually use the small needle that is right for the thread, or do you have to use the 16-18-20 size needles that seem to commonly recommended?

    Oops - forgot one - do you have the stitch regulator and how do you like it? Some of them seem pretty troublesome, but on the sample I saw yesterday, it looked like the stitch regulator was right on the money, even though the piece was clearly experimented with by numerous other newbies. :)

    Thank you! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    Yes...I own an INNOVA. If you need any info just ask. I think there are some great differences...mainly thread options....and a few others...it is a very nice machine.

    :thumbup:
    This is the one that makes my heart go pitter-pat. ;) I got to play with one a little bit, yesterday and boy, was it cool!

    Is it as picky about threads as some of the other long arms seem to be? I don't want to have to deal with matching thread weights in the bobbin and needle. I like being able to put something like Bottom Line or 70wt bobbin thread in the bobbin and a huge thread in the needle.

    Another question - if you're quilting with a fine thread in the needle, can you actually use the small needle that is right for the thread, or do you have to use the 16-18-20 size needles that seem to commonly recommended?

    Oops - forgot one - do you have the stitch regulator and how do you like it? Some of them seem pretty troublesome, but on the sample I saw yesterday, it looked like the stitch regulator was right on the money, even though the piece was clearly experimented with by numerous other newbies. :)

    Thank you! :)
    Actually the INNOVA is the only machine that can use any thread on the market.

    The machine has 7 patents.

    One of them being the constant tensioner. Which is why it can use so many different threads.
    It can use very thin silk thread.....it can also use PERLE cotton..that really thick embroidery thread. SO for art quilters this machine is really nice. It also has so many RPM's that you can buy an extra attachment for couching down specialty yarns and fibers..which is really cool.

    You do have to use the standard needle sizes.

    I do change my thread weight in the top and bottom all the time...in fact most of the time I use disposable bobbins...and my top thread is anything I want it to be...

    The only thing I haven't been able to do without freckling is put variegated thread in the bobbin and on the top...because you can never get the thread to match up perfectly. But I don't think that is possible in any machine... :?

    I have the regular stitch regulator and it works perfectly fine...I don't think I will spend the 4000$ for the lightening stitch because there is nothing wrong with my current one...why pay more? My next investment will actually be the e-cording attachment so I can have fun with the couching. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    Yes...I own an INNOVA. If you need any info just ask. I think there are some great differences...mainly thread options....and a few others...it is a very nice machine.

    :thumbup:
    This is the one that makes my heart go pitter-pat. ;) I got to play with one a little bit, yesterday and boy, was it cool!

    Is it as picky about threads as some of the other long arms seem to be? I don't want to have to deal with matching thread weights in the bobbin and needle. I like being able to put something like Bottom Line or 70wt bobbin thread in the bobbin and a huge thread in the needle.

    Another question - if you're quilting with a fine thread in the needle, can you actually use the small needle that is right for the thread, or do you have to use the 16-18-20 size needles that seem to commonly recommended?

    Oops - forgot one - do you have the stitch regulator and how do you like it? Some of them seem pretty troublesome, but on the sample I saw yesterday, it looked like the stitch regulator was right on the money, even though the piece was clearly experimented with by numerous other newbies. :)

    Thank you! :)
    Actually the INNOVA is the only machine that can use any thread on the market.

    The machine has 7 patents.

    One of them being the constant tensioner. Which is why it can use so many different threads.
    It can use very thin silk thread.....it can also use PERLE cotton..that really thick embroidery thread. SO for art quilters this machine is really nice. It also has so many RPM's that you can buy an extra attachment for couching down specialty yarns and fibers..which is really cool.

    You do have to use the standard needle sizes.

    I do change my thread weight in the top and bottom all the time...in fact most of the time I use disposable bobbins...and my top thread is anything I want it to be...

    The only thing I haven't been able to do without freckling is put variegated thread in the bobbin and on the top...because you can never get the thread to match up perfectly. But I don't think that is possible in any machine... :?

    I have the regular stitch regulator and it works perfectly fine...I don't think I will spend the 4000$ for the lightening stitch because there is nothing wrong with my current one...why pay more? My next investment will actually be the e-cording attachment so I can have fun with the couching. :thumbup:
    Thanks SO MUCH for this info!! I will PM you when I get my list of questions ready. How new is your machine? The one at the show yesterday is nicer than the one on their web site, which they told me they are in the process of re-designing. (The web site.)

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    I have a Tin Lizzie 18LS. I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by CircleSquare
    I just wondered how many on this board have a Longarm and what brand you have.
    I went to a show yesterday and saw the new Innova. I love it. My Millennium is 8 years old. Might be time for an upgrade!

    What doesn't your Millenium do that you'd need to upgrade?
    There are several issues with the Mille - I have really enjoyed it, but it is still hard to do detail work with it. Can't really follow an outline on the fabric very well, and limited on kinds of thread that will run on it. It just seems big and awkward compared to the Innova. But, it is 8 years old, and technology has made leaps and bounds since then! Even the new Mille is better.

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    I'm very interested in test driving at a local show here in a few weeks! I test drove the smallest Gammil last week and it was sooooooo heavy. I can't imagine what the largest Gammil is like! I only weigh 125 lbs. so what ever longarm I choose will have to be easy to move and not feel like a tank.

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    I also have an Innova and love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CircleSquare
    I just wondered how many on this board have a Longarm and what brand you have.
    I have a Nolting 24" PRO, love it.

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    I recently put M&M wheels on my Millie and that sure made a difference in how she handles. Carreen

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    I also have an Innova and love it.
    How old is your Innova and which size is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CircleSquare
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    I also have an Innova and love it.
    How old is your Innova and which size is it?
    Got it in December 2009, and it's 26", 12' table.

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    I have the Handi Quilter 18/Avante and it also can use any type of thread with no problems. I have used many. Less maintance then other long arms.

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    Thanks so much for all the info! :)

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    I would love to get a LA. Probably won't happen any time soon.But is interesting to hear about the likes and dislikes.

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    I HAVE A GAMMIL MYSELF CLOSE TO TEN YRS OLD. SHE MAY BE UP FOR SELL SOON. HAVENT DECIDED YET. GONNA BREAK MY HEART TO SEE HER GO...

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    Does anyone own a A-1? I have talked to one other owner and, of course, the reps. What do you A-1 owners think?

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    I also have a Nolting and llllllllllllloooooooooooeeeeeeeeee it!!!

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    I have an APQS Lenni (18"). I love it for the price. I would really like the milli with the new Bliss system they have. I think you might be able add the Bliss to your machine. Check their website or call them.

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