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Wow, too far from me but I hope someone from the quilting board site gets it
Crafty, that is why I posted all of these links this AM. I was really shocked at the number of older machines and of course the descriptions---like one post that said it had the foot pedal too! It was like that was an 'optional' part :).
I have this frame with a BabyLock Quilters Choice Pro machine on it. It is a short arm, but works really well for its intended use. I have had it for 4 years, and in the next couple of years I want to move up to a mid-arm - maybe 16-17" arm, which would be plenty for my quilting needs. I have enjoyed my smaller setup, though, and the machine has been more than reliable!!
this is the exact set-up i started with. the only thing wrong with it is that when you get to the end of a large quilt, the work area is much too small.
i mentioned on other threads that what i did to compensate was 1) turn the quilt around mid-quilt and finish it off by quilting the other half backwards (so to speak), and
2) quilt large quilts in sections and then put the sections together, which i liked better.
it was stitch regulated and everything and smooooth. it had pantos and a top shelf. very well designed, but not deep enough.
the throat was only 9", which was a lot at that time.
also, it was only $2,000. which was the least expensive thing in the world when they came out. they had no competition then.
now, there is serious competition for that price market.
all in all, imo, that price for a used machine is much too much considering the original price and the fact that it's used and that there's more available on the market today. who pays for shipping?
oh! the poles are in sections and are flexible. when you lean on them, they dip and when you tighten the tension it's eneven.