Hello. I am new to this board. I own several vintage machines - Singers: Featherweight 221, a 66-16, 404, 401, 301 (2 of those), 500A, 600E, 645, and a 648. For my portables I use an Arrow Gidget table so I can switch out machines easily. After some years of being away from sewing, I am quilting, learning different blocks, etc. I do not manage FMQ very well but do not like sending my quilts out because it is so expensive. At the Dallas Quilt Show last week I purchased an Easy Quilter (frame) mechanism. I was allowed to test myself on their set up and found I was able to do the quilting. They were using a Janome 1600 but said I could use any home sewing machine, the larger space between the needle and the inside side of the machine the better. My question is, will any of the machines I have work on this set up?
I know folks talk about FMQ with 15-91, 99, or 201, so I'm wondering if I need to purchase one of these? (I also own a vintage Brother 651, and a modern cheapy Walmart Brother XL5130.)
I will never have the funds for one of the expensive long-arm quilting machines, and couldn't justify the cost of one anyway. So need to find some way to use something less expensive.
Link to the Easy Quilter is http://www.easyquilter.com/eq1.htm.
Thank you so much for reading and thinking about my issue.