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Thread: sewing machine for a grace frame

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    What are quilters using for a mid or short arm sewing machine with a grace frame?

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    Hi I use a janome memory craft 6500 on my little gracie quilting rack. It has a lot more then I need but I got a great price. And It has a 9 inch opening not just a 5 inch. They do make other longer neck machine that can be used. I love it. I also take it off to do my free motiion quilting

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    Are you saying Janome makes larger throated machines? Do you know the name of any other largerer throated machines that are not long arm machines for >$4000? Thank you for your reply.

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    janome's newest is the memory craft 11000 which they say has the largest throat on a machine in its category (as in not an "official" long-arm). i don't know what the price is, but it must be a doosey because none of the websites i've found so far for vendors state the price. just "call us". AND not all janome vendors list it on their sites. i'm guessing that adds up to around $7,000.

    one of these days i'm going to make that call to get the price. not until i have the smelling salts on hand first, though.

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    Thank you! If I call sooner than you, I'll reply.

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    Brother also has a longer arm machine. http://www.allbrands.com/products/abc0851.html. has alot of sewing machine's and some are longer armed.. They have good prices also. This is who I got my Little Gracie Quilting Rack from

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    The Janome 1600P-DB is about $600 it has a 9 X5 work area
    The Juki TL98QE/FS Economy High Speed Longarm Flatbed Sew & Quilt Machine, is about $600 also. Brother makes one also but I could not find a price. But in talking to dealers the Brother longer arm quilting machine had a couple qliches in it. I don't know if they have been worked out or not. It was about a year ago. I love Brother sewing machine but choose not to get there longer arm machine due to this problem. I do remember It was less exspence then the others. But I would talk to a dealer to see if it problems have been work out in the last year.

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    Super Member ceannastahr's Avatar
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    I use the Juki TL98QE and love it not too expensive either

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    How big of a quilt do you quilt on your frame with this machine? Do you turn the quilt? I appreciate your info.

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    I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR INFO. HOW BIG OF A QUILT DO YOU DO ON YOUR FRAME? MUST YOU TURN IT?

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