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Thread: Longarm/midarm quilters - need your input

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    Senior Member ncredbird's Avatar
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    I am considering purchasing a longarm/ midarm machine and would like to know what you have and why you like it. My neighbor has the Gammill Vision and I was allowed to play on it the other day. I really liked it , especially the stitch regulator feature. I had a Voyager 17 system at one time and hated it, but it didn't have the stitch regulator. Didn't think I would ever want another but am seriously considering one with this feature. It is more affordable than most that I have seen. Tell me what you have and why you like it. Ann in TN

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    I have the Fun Quilter by Nolting, 17 inch stretch with stitch regulator wand not a bit of trouble with it. Customer service, when you need it, is excellent. Out of Hiawatha Iowa.

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    I have the ABM Innova with lightning stitch and ABSOLUTELY love it!!!.

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    I have an A-1 and am very happy with it. It has a 23 inch throat with stitch reg and up/down lift to raise and lower the table. It came with a saddle stool. You might not think you would sit, but occasionally you will want to sit and you can. You can also get the fabric advance for additionally monies.

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    I have a Gammill Premier without the stitch regulator and really like it. I haven't had many problems, it stitches very nicely with most threads that I put on it. I had a short arm before so was used to regulating my own stitching. But could see where one might be very nice. They have wonderful tech service, and can help you over the phone with most things. I did try a vision at the MQS in Overland Park this spring and it is a wonderfully smooth machine. I just don't want to work that hard at this point in my life to buy a new one. :)

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    Well, it sounds like you need to do your homework, and go to different quilt shows, and try several different ones and see which ones you like, what features you like, and the price range as well, when i bought mine, i didnt want to ''buy the farm'', i just wanted a good down payment :-D
    so, I bought an HQ16, and have my own custom made table. So, dont rush yourself into it, but research the features, for me, that was a big thing, and of course, a stitch regulator is a must for consistent length stitches!!
    good luck,
    katz

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    Bailey Home Quilter 17 Pro with stitch regulator and lollipop for doing ruler work. It was inexpensive as LA/MA machines go and it sews like a dream. I have mine on a Grace frame.

    I like it because I can actually finish my quilts and that's what matters.

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    I have a Tin Lizzie 18LS, and love it. Cost alot less than Gammill (yes, I test drove both before buying). I have quilted on both and don't see much difference in stitch regulator, handling, nor quality.

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    I have the HandiQuilter Sixteen with the PRO Stitcher. Love it - tried many. What sold me was it was easier to manipulate that Gammill and they came to my house and set it up and trained me... The customer service at the company is wonderful!!!! The nicest people.

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    Another ABM Innova owner/lover here. I have the 26" model with their regular stitch regulator. I adore my Innova!! IMHO it has the most bang for the buck.

    If I were buying now I would upgrade to the lightening stitch regulator. Innovas come 18" 22" and 26" and have one of the nicest frames on the market with a 4 roller system and never any need to adjust the take up roller. They move so nicely you can quilt easily with just your fingertips of one hand. In fact when I do pantos I do quilt one handed.

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