Any suggestions to a beginner quilter on a good quilting machine? Thanks.
I purchased a Brother 1500 on Amazon about 18 months ago when I started quilting. It can handle large quilts, the only downside is it just straight stitches so you need another machine if you want to do any fancy stitches. But for the price I don't think you can go wrong if you want to do your own quilting. Once you get the right position for the 1/4" the piecing goes really fast. I have made about 20 quilts including a double wedding ring queen size. Good luck and Happy Quilting!
I would recommend that you do a little research into local sewing machine dealers. After you know what machine brands are available locally, you could do a little research on all the different models in each brand on-line. This will give you an idea on machine features and price. Then I would take my research and go visit the local dealers. You should consider whether the store has it's own service department or do they send their machines out for service. An In house service department is a plus. Ask a zillion questions and test drive a several machines. It won't take you long to narrow down your choices. When I started quilting four years ago, I bought a Janome DC2010. I believe the current DC model is DC2013. I didn't want to invest a huge amount of money into a sewing machine until I was sure quilting was something I would stay with and enjoy. I spent under $500. I am now a quilting junkie and have recently upgraded into a Janome 8900. Big, high end machine, and I am in love. What I learned there is no right or wrong machine, it is whatever you enjoy sewing on. Good luck with your purchase.