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Thread: Buying a Quilting machine

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    Paula CTSR's Avatar
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    Hi, I'm close to purchasing a Hinterberg frame with a Voyager 17 quilting machine. Does anyone have this? What additional options should I be getting?
    I know I want the stitch regulator, for sure. It comes with some wooden boards with designs on it, presumably to follow with the machine somehow for quilting the design.
    Thanks for any advice you can give me!

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    Here's some old postings from cyberspace on it...go to: http://wildfire.hnet.net/hinterforum/thread.php?tid=497

    Some more at: http://swn-archive.sew-whats-up.com/...e/t-22349.html

    and at: http://forums.marthapullen.com/read....&i=3141&t=3141

    Hope that helps a bit:)But, a real person w/experience on their system would be better I am sure:)Skeat

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    Hi. I have a Voyager 17 with the stretch hinterberg frame. I have 10' poles. Wish I had 12', could do a king size quilt more easily. I have 2 sets of handles, that is a huge plus. This way you can quilt from the front of the machine to do freehand and the back of the machine to do pantos. I also have the wooden templates, but mine are turned over to the opposite side because I don't use them. I place my Pantos on the table on top of the template boards. I also have the stitch regulator. Great investment. I have a stand alone bobbin winder. I do not have the one offered by Hinterberg because I heard bad things about theirs, but I did purchase mine off of Ebay, and love it. The L size bobbins don't fit on my domestic machines. I would suggest you have at least 10 extra bobbins. I would suggest you get extra needles, size 18 and 20. I would also suggest you get a TOWA bobbin gauge, it is a little pricey, but well worth it. I hear that a pigtail bobbin is a good investment. I don't have it yet, but will be getting it soon. Also, join the Hinterberg Yahoo group website, that site is a wealth of information. They are awesome, and you can learn alot from them because they are also owners of the V17 and HSF. Oh, I would also suggest if you join the yahoo group, get the Bowers Lifts from Kathy Bowers. They are these things that she invented to help raise the take up bar as you advance your quilt. Great invention. Also, I bought the Grip Lite clamps. Like those alot. I have the Featherlite clamps, not too thrilled with them, but that is my opinion. Hmm, can't think of anything else right now. Do you have any questions for me?

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    Oh ya, forgot to mention, Hinterberg has awesome customer service.

    Where in NH are you?

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    Wow! Thanks so much for this info! I'm printing it out and will refer back to you a LOT when I get the machine. I'm in Barrington, formerly from Portsmouth. Are you in NH?

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    Oh ya, make sure you get or make the zipper leader system. Love the zippers.

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    I am 3 miles from Rindge NH, which is southern NH. About 20 minutes from Keene.

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    My sister in law has the Nolting machine and she also said to be sure to get the zipper system . I guess all this will make sense to me once I get my setup. I can't wait! Is Rindge near Windham? I'm getting my machine from Merri Stitches in Portsmouth and I know they have another store in Windham.

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    My zipper leaders are attached using tape, but you can attach them to your poles using Velcro. I bought my poles at Home Depot. As a matter of fact, I just replaced one because it had grooves all the way around it. I paid $8.76 for it. I don't have the Cruise Control, might look into that. Are you a newbie at quilting. I am. I have only had my machine since April. I set it up in May and really haven't practiced that I should and want to. I love my machine though. I bought it used from a wonderful lady in RI.

    If you want you can email me privately because I don't come on this website all the time.

    Try to make sure that when the boxes are delivered that someone is home to help you bring in the boxes because the machine is very heavy. I am not sure if the UPS driver will bring the box into the house for you. Oh and save your boxes because if you have to send back your machine for any reason, you will want to send it back in the original box because of the special packaging they include. They charge $75.00 for that box if you were to purchase it separately.

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    No Rindge is not near Windham. Rindge is more Southern Central NH. More near Keene, Peterboro. More central but in the southern part of the state. Windham is more to the east, where Canobie Lake is, near Methuen Ma.


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