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Thread: What is the difference between mid and long arms & which is best, affordable brand?

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    I have recently begun to get interested in the possibility of owning a mid or long arm for myself. So far, the one I like so far is called a Homesteader. I would welcome any suggestions, especially about mid arms also. Thanks ahead of time for your help. Linda

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    Hi :D:D:D You might want to post this in the Main section, you will get a lot more responses there :wink:

    The difference in a mid-long arm is the area in the the throat of the machine :D That's about all I know on this lol

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    Thanks Amma. I have no idea how to post this in the main area. Would you mind pointing me in the right direction? I have tried to look all over this site but I know I have missed something. Linda :oops: :oops: :oops:

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    I recommend joining the homequiltingsystems group at http://groups.yahoo.com . They have a lot of info in their files, plus it is a large and active group so there is a lot of information in the posts.

    There isn't a single best, affordable brand. It's a lot like buying a car -- different strokes for different folks.

    My understanding is that a harp size of 13" to 16" or so is considered a midarm. 18" and larger are longarms. Harp size is the area under the arm of the machine which limits how big a roll the machine can handle. The smaller the harp area, the less area that is available to quilt once the quilt is rolled up. I believe the rule-of-thumb is to allow 7-8" of harp space to accommodate a large quilt. With a 13" harp, that leaves 5 to 6" of quilting area towards the end of a quilt. Many quilters like longarms because they can do 12" designs at the end of a quilt as well as at the beginning.

    But, I'm not an expert in this area......

    Oh, and I don't know where your initial post was before, but it is now in the Main section of the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I recommend joining the homequiltingsystems group at http://groups.yahoo.com . They have a lot of info in their files, plus it is a large and active group so there is a lot of information in the posts.

    There isn't a single best, affordable brand. It's a lot like buying a car -- different strokes for different folks.

    My understanding is that a harp size of 13" to 16" or so is considered a midarm. 18" and larger are longarms. Harp size is the area under the arm of the machine which limits how big a roll the machine can handle. The smaller the harp area, the less area that is available to quilt once the quilt is rolled up. I believe the rule-of-thumb is to allow 7-8" of harp space to accommodate a large quilt. With a 13" harp, that leaves 5 to 6" of quilting area towards the end of a quilt. Many quilters like longarms because they can do 12" designs at the end of a quilt as well as at the beginning.

    But, I'm not an expert in this area......

    Oh, and I don't know where your initial post was before, but it is now in the Main section of the forum.
    Thank you for your help. I will check out the yahoo group. Linda

    :lol: :D

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