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Thread: Possibly buying a longarm...

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    So I was in my local Joann's tonight and they had a longarm setup ( I think it was a longarm..still learning) Anyway, it's a metal frame that extends to fit a king sized quilt, a Husqavarna quilting machine ( The mega quilter, I believe), a stitch regulator, and they will throw in the Pattern Pro software, all for 3500..Sounds too good to be true..Any ideas?? The woman let me play around with it..So totally cool! Talk about cutting down on turnaround..Now where's my rich uncle??? :lol:

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    I've seen a similar set up at my local sewing shop and I've wondered if the throat size of the Husqvarna (probably a mid arm) is large enough to accomodate the king size quilt as it's rolled. Being a shortie, I had issues with following the pattern.... it was up high on a tray of some sort instead of table height.

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    I bought one about 3-4 years ago. I had so much trouble with it, that I took it back and got my money back. My husband doesn't even want me to buy anything Huskvarna now. Ask if you can get your money back if it doesn't work for you.

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    Here I go again.....but at least check out the Bailey Quilting machines. They make both 13 inch and 15 inch machines. I have the 13 and quite pleased. My frame is the GMQ Pro and I have it set up for a Queen size quilt. That will take 104 inches of quilt. I don't plan to do the King size. But can add the extension if needed.

    http://www.baileyssewingcenter.com/homequilter.html

    I bought package #4 and am very pleased with it.

    Send me a PM if you have specific questions.

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    I bought a Hinterberg stretch frame with the original thought of using my home sewing machine with it and eventually getting a longarm. But, impatient as I am, I got me the Hobby Quilter by Nolting. They changed the name of it to the Fun Quilter now. I have had mine for a few years and am so glad that I got it. It has a 17" throat.

    Barb

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    Hi, I am June from the Quilting Board.

    I have the Bailey 13 quilting machine. I am 74 and chose to not go with the 15 inch because of the cost and my age and how much use I would get from it. If you are are less than 60 years old, I would suggest you consider buying the 15 inch. However, it depends on what you plan to do once you get this equipment. I make quilts for charity and am quite happy doing up to Queen size quilts.

    There are also other mid-arm machines that you can find by doing a goodle search.

    I also suggest you call Bailey and talk to Chuck. He created this machine and knows more than anyone about it. Be sure to tell him June in Cincinnati sent you. He will probably say "WHO??"

    any questions? just ask

    June

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    That last message was supposed to have been posted as a PM. I went to the member's name and clicked on SEND PM. What happened.? Does this happen often?

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    well June- it was helpful for me- so thanks for it not being a PM. :)

    Barb

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    Quote Originally Posted by june6995
    That last message was supposed to have been posted as a PM. I went to the member's name and clicked on SEND PM. What happened.? Does this happen often?
    Hi June6995, Just to let you know, you have to click on the Private Message at the top first, put the name in of who you want to send it to, then your subject and then you can type your message. Submit is at the bottom of the form.
    Takes a little time to get used to how things are all set up, I am still learning to.
    By the way wish I had a long arm. Canīt afford it though :(

    Elle

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    nicrn27.....hey girl...best advice is don't hurry into buying any machine until you are happy and you have tried them all out and they do exactly what you want......

    My Dad has a Gammil it is wonderful...has so many cool things and has been great..... the price is high but depends on the use and problems one is having....and things do where out ..so metal is good....thoat distance to me would be important....Good luck decideing.... :D

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