Bugs Bunny in "Bully for Bugs" (1953)
|My Naked Millie, Waiting to Play|
But I have to confess that there has also been a bit of -- well, if not fear, then at least trepidation. We were in a bit of a rush when we swooped in to pick up the machine from my APQS dealer, and I arranged to postpone my full day of training until after Bernie had recovered from surgery. In hindsight, that was probably a mistake, because I didn't have a chance to get familiar with the parts of the machine, how to load a quilt onto the frame, and the very basic details of how to operate the controls. Don't get me wrong -- my dealer showed me all of this stuff when I first came to look at the machines a couple of months ago, but there's a certain amount of information overload when you are still in the phase where you haven't decided which model machine you're going to buy, let alone which model. I wasn't paying attention to those specific operating details, and I expected that information to be in the manual. And it IS in the manual, some of it... Sort of!
The printed spiral bound manual that comes with the machine only covers the setup and assembly information, which is kind of silly, IMO, since the APQS dealer handles that for most customers anyway (my husband is "handy" and wasn't inclined to pay the setup fee, and he needed a project to get his mind off the upcoming surgery anyway). The information about loading quilts as well as operating and maintaining the machine is only found in the digital version of the user manual, which I received loaded onto a flash drive. I finally got around to pulling that up on my computer yesterday and emailing the PDF to my Kindle account so I could read it on my iPad upstairs. That was a little annoying. I think I'm going to have to print out some of those pages so I can highlight, take whatever notes, and refer to them more easily.
And one really weird omission? The APQS Millenium user manual neglects to tell you how the controls work to run the machine. In the Appendix there are instructions for the old style controls on the pre-2012 Millenium machines, but no instructions for how to work the controls on the current models!
|APQS Millenium, Adjustable Handles with Toggle Switches and Touch Screen Controls|
|Each Toggle Switch has a White Dot on Top|
There are step-by-step instructions for different methods of loading quilts onto the frame in the digital manual as well, so now that I know how to load a quilt and how to work the machine, I feel like I have the information I was missing to get started.
I bought an 80/20 cotton/poly King sized batting from JoAnn's for practice, so I'm going to piece together some bright colored "positive energy" solid fabrics for a giant practice quilt and get that loaded onto my machine. Hopefully that will happen TODAY! Wish me luck, and no more rabbit holes to get me sidetracked!