What is the difference between the 5 APQS longarm quilting machines?

September 23, 2022

Have you been dreaming about an APQS longarm quilting machine but aren’t certain which model suits you best? In this article we will explore the differences between our machines to help you determine which one is best for you.

In addition to the list below, this comparison chart is a great tool to compare APQS longarm machines.


Our top-of-the-line machine, the Millie, is our best-selling machine. It has every luxury a quilter would ever need. This is the machine of your dreams and, like all of our machines, comes with the extensive industry exclusive APQS Lifetime Warranty, which even covers the electronics of our machines!

Millie has a 26” throat and weighs an unbelievable 46 pounds so that you can quilt for hours without it taking a toll on your body.

You’ll love the touch pad controls, top thread break detector, low bobbin indicator, electronic channel locks, bobbin thread cutter and hefty pro grade all metal table.

Some of the most popular options to add to the Millie are Quilt Glide, the Automatic Quilt Advance and our computerized quilting system, Quilt Path.


Our Millie30 has all the features of our top-of-the-line Millie machine PLUS four extra inches of throat space! With the additional throat space, the machine weighs 4 lbs more than Millie (50 lbs).  But keep in mind that the deeper throat space enables you to complete quilts faster and incorporate even bigger design elements.

The 8-, 10-, 12- or 14-foot deluxe table with adjustable height lets you dial in the perfect height for you and is full of great time-saving features. For example, the quilt top, batting and backing all load from the top. This simplifies bobbin changes and lets you quilt while sitting.

The Millie30 options include Quilt Glide, the Automatic Quilt Advance and our computerized quilting system, Quilt Path.


Freddie inlcudes all of the same features as the Millie with the exception of two: it does not have electronic channel locks or a bobbin thread cutter.

The elimination of those two features allows the Freddie to be a sleek 45 pounds while still sporting that massive 26” throat to help you complete your projects faster. It also has a manual channel lock for the horizontal axis.

This machine is very popular with those who are seeking the lightest weight machine possible with as many of the top-of-the-line features as possible. It also comes with the same top-of-the-line table as our Millie, and most of our Freddie owners equip their machines with the ever popular Quilt Glide, our Automatic Quilt Advance and our computerized quilting system, Quilt Path.


The Lucey is the next machine in the lineup and is a great value. It enjoys the same amazing APQS stitch regulator as our Millie and Freddie, with a large industrial motor but weighs only 44 pounds.

While it does not have the bobbin thread cutter, top thread break detector or low bobbin indicator found in our two top-of-the-line machines, it does feature the same e front & rear multi-positional handles with simple button controls.

We find that the Lucey and Lenni machines are very popular with quilt hobbyist who are looking for an entry-level machine. That isn’t to say that Lucey is limited in any way – her large 26” throat will allow you to cover a lot of quilt in very little time.

You’ll love her standard table, but keep in mind you can also add Bliss to any of our tables for luscious fingertip control. If you would like to add our computerized system, Quilt Path, it is ready to take it with no retrofitting necessary.


Lenni is popular with quilters who are slightly more limited on space. The 20” throat is perfect for those who are just doing their own quilts and don’t anticipate ever quilting for others.

Lenni has a slightly smaller motor than the Lucey and front multi-positional  handles, and does not have rear handles. You won’t find a better midarm quilting machine on the market. The best news? You can add Bliss to the table, which takes this machine to a new level. That is a lot of machine packed into a spritely 38 pounds and if you want to add our computerized quilting system, Quilt Path, it is ready for the system with no changes needed to his electronics.

If you have more questions about our machines, we’d love to hear from you. Give your local dealer a call or call our toll-free number at 800-426-7233. You can also order a brochure with more details about our models.

Of course, the best way to get to know us is to take a test drive. You can do that at our Road Shows, a number of national quilt shows or allow one of our fabulous retailers to walk you through the features of our machines.