When I left my studio on Friday night, never did I imagine that an hour later I would be buying another longarm quilting machine, but some opportunities are really too good to miss !
My quilting friend Kay from Scotland, contacted me via email and facebook, telling me about an APQS Lucey that was being advertised for sale in the UK.... she knew that I could be interested in upgrading my current set up... as there are not too many of this particular machine yet over here, because they were a fairly recent addition to the APQS product line, therefore to find a secondhand one at a good price, was just too good to be true... I nearly upgraded to this exact machine in April, but the time was obviously not the right time..
So on Sunday we hired a very long van, set off at 8am and drove 3 hours to the Cotswolds to collect my new machine... dismantled it, loaded it, drove back and reassembled it in my studio by 7.30 that night... all ready for work on Monday morning... me and my husband were absolutely shattered... but I am so thankful to my husband for his help and support this weekend..
Now of course my original machine an APQS Lenni, is perfectly fine for my needs, and has really worked hard in the last four years of owning him... although I am not going to part with him just yet..... but I had been wanting to upgrade my table to the improved bliss frame which came out a couple of years ago but really felt that just to upgrade the table would be a waste of my current table which would just go to waste without a machine to go with it, so I upgraded my current carriage instead which has been great. All the while wanting to upgrade to the bliss table but feeling that unless I was also upgrading the machine too, it was just not worth the price tag... import duties and vat alone add so much to the cost !
However, finding the space in my studio for the both of them was a bit tricky... so I had to move out my workshop space into a working space for Lucey... so on Saturday evening I was moving desks and furniture out of the way to make room for Lucey..
So from this....
and my Lenni is where he was originally in my other room.