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    Sold my brand new long arm machine...kinda sad.

    Yesterday I sent my brand new LA machine to LA. I have had it for 2 years and it's sat in my garage all that time. I had no place to put it up. My husband didn't want to take down the dining room table and put up the LA table in its place, so there it sat. On a thread, I jokingly said, does anyone want to buy a longarm table? lol...and I had quite a few askers. The first one I offered it to her for what I bought it for...$500. I'm so happy for her. She's so excited to get it. But, I'm a little sad. I never did have the desire to quilt, but after she and I made the agreement, my husband said I could put it up in the dining room. Dang him!! I already promised it to her and I wouldn't go back on my word for anything. I need you gals to remind me that I didn't have the desire to quilt and it would have sat in my garage forever and I sent it to someone who really wants it and is so happy to get it. I am so happy for her. I just need to know that it I would never have used it.
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    Guess it is like all the stuff we all saved and say that "someday I'll need it" but still 19 years later we still don't need it so why haven't we gotten rid of it? You did the right thing. Use the money for more fabric or something you know you'll really use.

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    You didn't have the desire to quilt and it would have sat in your garage forever and you sent it to someone who really wants it and............................Just kidding! If we aren't going to use something, we need to give, give. The other person will reallly love it and love you for selling it to her. You are very kind.

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    I truly believe things happen for a reason. Take the $$ and do something special with it to take the away the sting of the loss. In hindsight, would you really want it set up in your dining room at all times and if it was just sitting in the garage........

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    Bless you and have a cup of coffee or tea and get out the magazines ---- check out all the lovely projects and then go to the local phone book and see who you can have stitch your next finished project. LOL Get to know the people who LA in your area ---n oh yeah, keep in touch with the person who got your stuff and when she is going well with it, hire her to quilt your tops. LOL Coffee and a nice chocolate brownie will get you through the moment.

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    pining over what might have been is a waste of time. Use the money to do what you know you want to do. Consider it a new start, and one less thing weighing on your mind ;-)
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    If you are going to be a long arm quilter designing the quilting needs to be your favorite part. Even though I enjoy piecing as well as quilting for clients, before I even start the top I am thinking about how I will quilt it. I am computerized with Intelliquilter. One of my favorite things to do is browse digital designs on my iPad and imagine the types of quilts they would look good on. If none of these things are true for you then you did the right thing for you and made someone else happy at the same time. You made your decision, now free yourself from second guessing and go enjoy whatever you like most about quilting.
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    Smile

    Remember too that you can still do FMQ so it isn't like you will never quilt again. You can have fun and relax now with small projects that you FMQ yourself, and remove the stress of the big quilts by sending them out. And your dfining room STAYS a dining room!!

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    I do understand this. I used to be into scrapbooking, and had so much stuff I'd never use anymore. So I sold it to my neighbor at a huge loss. Thats ok,though, I'd rather do that to see it get used and make someone happy.

    Sometimes we move on, and thats ok.

    Just to be on the safe side, anyone else in jcrow's position, I'd be happy to help! LOL! I'd give my right arm to find one cheap!

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    exactly. I think you have freed yourself to move on.
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    Very sad your DH didn't want you to enjoy the frame. Buy another one, bigger and better.
    Got fabric?

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    Yes, I don't think about quilting my quilts ever. So, I guess I was right in selling it. The gal who it's being delivered to seems like a wonderful woman and is so excited that it makes me happy. I already bought a barn quilt for on top of my garage. It was only $75 so I have lots more to spend. I'm going to save a lot of it, but I'm going to buy a couple more things. You are right, I am not a quilter, I'm a piecer and an appliquer. That's the fun part for me. I know I never would have used it. I just got scared when I saw it being loaded up and driven away. But I hope the gal who bought it will pm me when she sets it up and lets me know how she likes it. I told her to go to YouTube and watch a video on how to set it up. If you want to see how to set up a Bernina table (it's fascinating) go to:
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    Yes, I don't think about quilting my quilts ever. So, I guess I was right in selling it. The gal who it's being delivered to seems like a wonderful woman and is so excited that it makes me happy. I already bought a barn quilt for on top of my garage. It was only $75 so I have lots more to spend. I'm going to save a lot of it, but I'm going to buy a couple more things. You are right, I am not a quilter, I'm a piecer and an appliquer. That's the fun part for me. I know I never would have used it. I just got scared when I saw it being loaded up and driven away. But I hope the gal who bought it will pm me when she sets it up and lets me know how she likes it. I told her to go to YouTube and watch a video on how to set it up. If you want to see how to set up a Bernina table (it's fascinating) go to:
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    If you didn't even THINK about quilting your quilts in 2 years ? Yes, you did the right thing ! Now you're set FREE ... Free to go find an eager LA quilter who will be HAPPY to finish your quilt tops !

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    I'm so glad I'm single. The dining room is exactly where my machine quilting frame is set up! In fact, thinking back on my dating life, I would have chosen the long arm machine over any of those guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    Yesterday I sent my brand new LA machine to LA. I have had it for 2 years and it's sat in my garage all that time. I had no place to put it up. My husband didn't want to take down the dining room table and put up the LA table in its place, so there it sat. On a thread, I jokingly said, does anyone want to buy a longarm table? lol...and I had quite a few askers. The first one I offered it to her for what I bought it for...$500. I'm so happy for her. She's so excited to get it. But, I'm a little sad. I never did have the desire to quilt, but after she and I made the agreement, my husband said I could put it up in the dining room. Dang him!! I already promised it to her and I wouldn't go back on my word for anything. I need you gals to remind me that I didn't have the desire to quilt and it would have sat in my garage forever and I sent it to someone who really wants it and is so happy to get it. I am so happy for her. I just need to know that it I would never have used it.
    If the bug didn't hit you in 2 years it never would have. I'm so blessed when my DH will change just about any room in the house into my passion---quilting!

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    I know how you feel. I hang on to things far longer than I should. I just made a promise to my husband that if he could find a buyer for my Kiln, Treadmill, and Radial Arm Saw I would sell them. The catch is they have to be sold at a reasonable price.
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    I love gagets, so I usually buy them all. Now I may use em once or twice and then they just sit there. So, at least you know the person you sent this too, will make use of it, and enjoy it. Its not doing anyone any good just sitting in the garage. Now you have the cash to buy things you will use.
    Amythyst

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    You did the right thing in selling your LA if it's never been used and it didn't bother you that it was just in pieces in the garage. Now the new person can enjoy it and you can enjoy having the cash back. Nothing wrong with enjoying piecing and applique.

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    Hi jcrow!!! Rejoice!!!! LOL At least it will be used this way and you have some more jingle to shop with!! I have a short armed set up. I got a bit of money from my dad and I was all set to buy a Tin Lizzie. I had priced them and knew I had enough plus a few extras to go with it. Well the day I went to get it I was so sick.I should have canceled my plans but didn't. Got to the shop and the Tin Lizzie was a lot more than was first thought. I guess when I had priced them the one I got was for a used one. Couldn't figure anything else out. I could buy the Empress made by Tin Lizzie for about a $1,000 more than I was expecting. Well I hemmed and hawed about it. My friend was with me and I know I about drove her crazy that day trying to decide. Well I backed out and didn't get it. Now I'm soooo thankful I didn't. I love long-arm quilting. I just don't want to have to learn how to do it. I wouldn't be able to invision looking at a quilt and saying it needs this or that designed quilted into it. I still have my short arm. Maybe I'll practice on it and do some table or bedrunners....but for now I"m thankful I don't have a long-arm!!!

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    I think once it's gone, you'll feel better. And if your hubby and put it up in the dining room, it would have just sat there, and you'd have seen it multiple times every day, feeling guilty each and every time. Be free!
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    You absolutely, positively did the right thing. Who knows what your DH's motivation was to agree to it being in the DR after you'd said you'd sell it. If you'd really wanted to use it, you would have found a way around him. Trust me on that. Use the $500 to buy something you'll enjoy. (It was already spent money, so have fun with it.)
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    Wait a minute, I am all sorts of confused. Did you mean to write that you sold just the quilting rack for your Bernina (not a LA and not a machine, just the rack for your Bernina) Your previous posts about this indicated you had the rack for machine quilting that you got when you bought your Bernina 830 in pieces in your garage. Did you also have a complete LA set up too???

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliP View Post
    Bless you and have a cup of coffee or tea and get out the magazines ---- check out all the lovely projects and then go to the local phone book and see who you can have stitch your next finished project. LOL Get to know the people who LA in your area ---n oh yeah, keep in touch with the person who got your stuff and when she is going well with it, hire her to quilt your tops. LOL Coffee and a nice chocolate brownie will get you through the moment.
    My thoughts exactly, give her time to learn to use it then hire her to do your quilt tops. At least then you could say you had them done on the LA that you once owned. I would love to have a LA and learn to use it well, but I have NO place to put one, unless I win the Lottery and build a bigger house with one wing dedicated to quilting only. lol, like that is really going to happen tomorrow. But we can always dream.

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    that money aside to use to send projects to a professional long arm quilter.......LOL and now start thinking of dreamed for designs for those projects.

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    Good for you!!! It's empowering to get rid of stuff you don't use and you have made someone very happy.

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