What is the difference between the 5 APQS longarm quilting machines?
September 23, 2014

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.

Millennium

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Our top-of-the-line machine, the Millie or Millennium, 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 47 pounds so that you can quilt for hours without it taking a toll on your body. You’ll love the incredibly responsive stitch regulator, top thread break detector, low bobbin indicator, electronic channel locks, bobbin thread cutter and heafty pro grade all metal table.

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

Freedom

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The Freedom, or Freddie, is one step below our Millie and enjoys all of the same features as the Millie except for two features. The Freedom does not have electronic channel locks or a bobbin thread cutter. The elimination of those two features allows the Freddie to be a sleek 43 pounds while still sporting that massive 26” throat to help you complete your projects faster. The Freedom does have 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 Millennium, and most of our Freedom owners equip their machines with the ever popular Quilt Glide, our Motorized Fabric Advance and our computerized quilting system, Quilt Path.

Lucey

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The Lucey is the next machine in the line up 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 41 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 ergonomic adjustable handles with simple button controls.

We find that the Lucey and Lenni machines are very popular with home hobbyist who are looking for an entry-level machine. That isn’t to say that Lucey is limited in any way, as 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

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Lenni is our sweet little machine that is popular with those who are 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 upright handles only. 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 35 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.

George

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While George is the last machine on this list, don’t think he isn’t a powerhouse, too. George is a sit down quilting machine that is incredibly popular due to its large 20” throat, and industrial grade motor (2400 SPM). What catches most people’s attention, though, is his ability to run most any thread. Do you want to run super finicky threads or challenge it with artsy techniques for your next masterpiece? George will be more than happy to be your creative partner. It will purr alongside you for years to come.

George is speed regulated and has a number of specialized feet that can be added so you’ll be able to easily finish your projects. Notice how he is positioned in the table. Many of the other sit down quilting machine are positioned in the table facing you so when you move the fabric through the machine you are pushing it into the throat of the machine- the machine would be in your way. We’ve deliberately set George off to the side of the table so it is positioned in the same manner as your regular sewing machine to give you maximum maneuverability. If you are a sit down quilter and looking for your perfect quilting machine … meet George.

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 free info packet 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 any of a number of national quilt shows or allow one of our fabulous dealers to walk you through the features of our machines.

Angela Huffman is an APQS dealer and the owner of Quilted Joy Studio in Louisville, Kentucky

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