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Thread: Is there a long - or midarm machine with feeddogs?

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    Super Member granny_59's Avatar
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    I am quilting right now these boring long lines along the sashings and as always have a hard time to stuff all that fabric under my normal sewing machine.
    I was thinking of buying a HQ sweet sixteen because of the big throat. But I could not do straight lines on it, couldnt I?

    Is there a longarm machine with feeddogs so stitch in the ditch could also be done on it?

    thanks a lot
    Granny

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    You use rulers with the longarms to help with straight lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    You use rulers with the longarms to help with straight lines.
    I saw on youtube a lady working with such a ruler. Doesnt it take ages to make a 60" line like that?

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    No. But, honestly SITD is not really what you're aiming towards as a long-armer. If I'm going to do longarming or pay for longarming, it's not going to be SITD.

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    long arm's do not have feed dogs because the fabric does not move...it has a hopping foot and the machine itself travels on a carrage. there are plenty of rulers and 'tools' available for following straight lines and patterns.

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    Try looking at the Pfaff, Viking or Brother 9 inch throat machines.
    They have the feed dogs, only do the straight stitch.
    I found a beautiful Pfaff Grand Quilter on Ebay for a great price.
    I am enjoying it.
    Kirsten

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    The new Janome Horizon has a 11" throat which should be fine for all home quilting. I have the Janome 6500 with the 9" throat space and can quilt a King sized quilt with a a bit of manouvering. It will also handle FM quilting very well and Janome 6500's have come down in price since the new Hoizon was released.

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    thank you all. I know that longarms are not made for SID but I would like to have a machine that can do that next to the free motion.
    The Janome Horizon has a lot of features I dont need. I love and want to keep my Bernina.............
    Why dont they make a Machine with a huge throat whitout all this extra stuff most Quilters dont need :?

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    You can clamp the rollers on the long/mid arms without feed dogs and get the straight stitching you are talking about. If you want a square grid it would mean going across the quilt left to right, unload it then re load it the other way. If you wanted it corner to corner you'd have to load the quilt on the diagonal.

    I had a domestic on a table top frame that I only wanted straight stitching left to right, not up and down and this is what I did to keep the stitching even.

    If there is a will there is a way......

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    Quote Originally Posted by granny_59
    thank you all. I know that longarms are not made for SID but I would like to have a machine that can do that next to the free motion.
    The Janome Horizon has a lot of features I dont need. I love and want to keep my Bernina.............
    Why dont they make a Machine with a huge throat whitout all this extra stuff most Quilters dont need :?
    I believe the Bailey Home Quilter still has the feed dogs in it. I'm not 100% positive, though. It is a simple domestic machine that has been stretched to 13-15 or 17" depending on which model you purchase.

    There are industrial machines that they use for sewing curtains, tents, sails, etc. with large throats/harps but they are big, loud, fast and take different needles & bobbins.

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