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New Longarm - Part 2

Yay! With minimal distress and anxiety on my part, the new machine is up and running like a champ. There are a few things I am going to have to get used to.

1. Loading the quilt onto the rollers is different than with my previous machine, which really just requires retraining my muscle memory.

2. The new machine is smaller than the old one. 2 feet narrower on the length and about 3 inches narrower on the width. Again, I am going to have to retrain my muscles on where the quilting area actually is. On my practice run I kept trying to quilt outside of its limits.

3. Since the machine is not as long as the previous one, I can actually walk around the machine and not crawl underneath to get to the back side. And for the first time in 9 years I can open the closet door without shoving a machine out of the way!

4. Really pretty stitches. I have a quilt of my own on the frame now. I plan to get used to the new setup by quilting some of my own tops before working on any quilts that do not belong to me.

Now the new machine is going to need a name. I might have to work with her (she's definitely female) for a while to determine her personality. Suggestions?

New Longarm - Part 1

My Family Quilts Posts are on hold for a couple of days because my new longarm machine arrived!! And now everything is a big mess as we move one machine out and another one in. On Tuesday the machine arrived on an 18 wheeler. It came on a pallet and one long crate. Luckily I have a strong husband and friend who got everything onto my porch. The long crate on the left hold the poles and rails. The crate in the middle holds the machine head.

Opening the crate to get a peek inside:

Bags of nuts and bolts.

This is where the new machine needs to go. Where the old machine was. On the second floor.

Last night my pit crew (aka, husband, brother, and sister-in-law) came over to disassemble the old machine. Now, you ask, how does one get 14 foot poles from the second story to the basement of an old house? Out the window, around the house and through the bulkhead, of course. We looked as if we were training for the high jump as we carried the  poles around the house.

The new machine is 12 feet long, and those poles came up the stairs in a very civilized way.

Don't try and use the bathroom in the middle of the night at my house. The bathroom has become fabric/machine head storage for now.

Now it is time to finish putting the new table together.

Remember back in November when I found the longarm machine of my dreams? Well...an order has been placed. The check is literally in the mail. And in a couple of weeks, I will be retiring my current machine and replacing him with a new Innova!