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Thread: need help choosing long arm machine

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    need help choosing long arm machine

    I am looking at two different used long arm machines and just can't figure out how to choose. One is a Gammill classic, the other is a PFAFF POWER QUILTER p3 QUILTING MACHINE w/QUILT ARTIST II. They both come with very nice tables and lots of extras.
    I want it to learn how to long arm quilt and quilt my own tops for now, an maybe if I get good enough, take on other peoples quilts. Any ideas or advice out there??
    Cheryl

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    I cannot speak to the Pfaff..altho I sewed on a Pfaff my 1st sewing machine. I quilt on a Gammill Classic Plus (plus=stitch regulator). Gammill has an excellent reputation in the machine quilting world and mine is a workhorse. I have had it serviced, but not for problem. I would suggest asking to see both set ups, and if possible, quilt some on each. I looked at the Pfaff online and it has more computer type features. Depends on what you want to do with it..and what your budget is. take into consideration moving, taking lessons etc. If you cannot quilt on them , call or go to a local dealer and try theirs out. Ask if they know of any local quilters who would let you test drive one. One will feel better to you ...
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    I have an innova 22 inch with lightning stitch. I bought it in November and it is so fun to use. Innova has great customer service and their machines have very few issues. You get much more machine for the money than you do with a gammill. I test drove just about all the brands, and took classes on both handiquilter and gammill. I preferred the handiquilter over the gamill after my classes, but loved the innova from the first use!

    Good luck in choosing! It is a big purchase so make sure you try the machine out before you buy. You might find that you prefer a brand you haven't even considered once you test drive them. All have a steep learning curve, some more then others.

    Karen
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    That is great advice. They are both a long road trip from me, but at least in the
    same direction. I should maybe plan a road trip.
    Cheryl

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    I have a Nolting 30 PRO and now that I'm getting to know her, I am enjoying her. I'm sorry but I don't know a thing about those other machines. I don't know how used they are or what kind of price you are paying. But, you might want to just check into the Nolting line. They have financing available. The Fun Machine is a really good price if you want a smaller one. Good luck on whatever you choose.
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    I have an APQS Millenium with Intelliquilter computerized quilting. I wouldn't trade them for anything else. APQS's service is wonderful.
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    We traded in a used Voyager we bought (and always had trouble with it) for the Nolting Fun Quilter and really like it. They have great customer service, local and the manufacturer. I would consider them reasonably priced for a LA.
    Texas Sunshine, piney woods of NE Texas

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    There's an Innova dealer in Ephrata, WA at Fabric Patch quilt shop. That's where I bought my Innova, and I love it.

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    I do not have the Innova, I have the Viking 18x8. My wish is to get an Innova, they are really a nice machine, smooth!!!!!!

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    I have a Nolting 24" PRO on a 12ft steel table .... love it. Nolting is USA and has excellent customer service. Only quilt for myself. Sorry I don't know a thing about either one of those machines. Good Luck.

    May I ask why you are making a choice between those 2 machines? Have you tried any others?

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