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Thread: Long arm question

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    I am wondering if I ever have the money to purchase a long arm quilting machine would it be safe to have it in the garage in an unheated builing?

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    What are the temps where you live?

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    If it has any kind of LED screen (the touch kind), then do NOT store it where the weather freezes. We left a clock in our camp trailer, with temps below freezing, and the stuff in it froze...we had to toss the clock. Oh, i live where we get 20 below at night. I have mind in a shop off the garage. I bought a radiator type heater where there is oil in it that circulates around.....the heating in that shop costs me very little to run during the winter. The shop is insulated really well and is small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    If it has any kind of LED screen (the touch kind), then do NOT store it where the weather freezes. We left a clock in our camp trailer, with temps below freezing, and the stuff in it froze...we had to toss the clock. Oh, i live where we get 20 below at night. I have mind in a shop off the garage. I bought a radiator type heater where there is oil in it that circulates around.....the heating in that shop costs me very little to run during the winter. The shop is insulated really well and is small.
    I was wondering about that.Thanks for the reply.I have a oil heater also and a storage shed. That I believe a quilting machine would fit in. But I doubt if I ever have thousands of dollars to spend.But maybe a little gracie someday!
    Our temps here in Northern Missouri get pretty COLD :shock:

    Thanks for R.S.V.P I probably should just keep practicing my FMQ :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    What are the temps where you live?
    It gets below zero at times.
    I am afraid even if I bought one I wouldn't be able to quiltn it as I can't FMQ. So I would want one I didn't have to do anything except let it quilt. If they even have such a thing? And I know on SS I won't ever be able to afford one. But we can dream right?

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    I had a megaquilter in the shop and it was fine, but it was a very mellow winter. I wouldn't put my longarm out there though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I had a megaquilter in the shop and it was fine, but it was a very mellow winter. I wouldn't put my longarm out there though.
    What is a megaquilter?Do you have address I can look it up?

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    another issue besides temperature to keep in mind is humidity; if your garage is not insulated then moisture probably builds up in there too; and it sounds like you want one of the machines with all the bells and whistles; the ones with the computer program(the statler stitcher) costs $30-40 thousand dollars...i would not keep it in the garage. before that kind of investment i'd be building a 'safe-haven' for it.

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    I had the HQ16 with pro-stitcher in my quilt room out in the barn garage for several years. In the winter while I head south it was put into a smaller room that was temp controled so it would not freeze or get the humidity build up. That worked just fine. I now have the HQ118 Avante that I will do the same thing to next month when we head south. Got to take care of that baby!

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    Critters, sand, dust, variable moisture=rust, Don't do it.
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