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Thread: Mid arm quilting question

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    Super Member carolaug's Avatar
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    I have heard this term a few times...I did a search and started reading the posts...but there are many posts...what is a mid arm quilter?? Is it just a regular sewing machine that you do FMQ'ing on?

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    mid arm machines have a 9 inch throat.

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    And a long arm has up to an 18 inch throat.

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    Longarms are the large quilting machines, with throats over 18", midarms are under 18".

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    Out of curiosoity I did a search to see what I could find. It seems like various people have different opinions. One book has domestic machines 10" throat space or less, midarm machines 15-18" throat space, and largarm machines over 18". This book skips over machines that have between 10 and 15" throats or harps. Other places I found list the numbers similiar to what has already been said.

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    Many people use the term longarm to encompass any size quilting only machine. They will even refer to the 9" domestic machines as a longarm if they are sitting on a frame. Mid-arm to most is any of the 9-18" machines that can be used on a machine quilting frame but are not necessarily permanently fixed onto a quilt frame like a true longarm.

    Some people call the 10-15" machines short-arms & 16-18" midarms. Knowing the different machines & moddels is the only real way of determining how large the throat. Even then you will occasionally run into a machine that has been stretched or a converted industrial machine that doesn't fit in any of the short, mid, or longarm categories.

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