Ready to purchase a long arm & quilting frame - need suggestions on how to select one

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by , 01-02-2012 at 06:53 AM (468 Views)
Quote Originally Posted by rrhaigh View Post
I want to purchase a long arm & quilting frame, but don't have any idea on what features are important or what to look for. I would love to hear suggestions on how to find the right machine. There are so many out there that it makes it confusing to me. A local dealer sells Handi Quilters and Tin Lizzies. I would also love to hear from anyone out there that has one of these. Thank you
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  1. Jadie's Avatar
    It would depend on what price set you have set. New or used is a big question? If you buy new one, find a dealer that sells the brand you want.
  2. grann of 6's Avatar
    I agree with Jadie. I bought one last April from my Husqvarna/Viking dealer. It was the floor model at the right price for me. I had looked and tried several at the Lancaster Quilt Show. I knew nothing about them at the time, except that they were expensive. I think the first thing you have to decide is how much you want to spend, then how you are going to use it. Do you want a computerized model? Or do you just want one that you can do free-motion? I did find that there is a pretty big learning curve to getting good at it. I am still doing the "meander" with mine. But I don't like tightly quilted quilts anyway, and I make mostly charity quilts. Take your time and do LOTS of research. Try to find some that you can try out. I am very happy with the decision I made. It's kinda like buying a car, you don't buy the first one you see without test-driving it. Good luck with whatever you decide. It definitely is fun!
  3. PAK's Avatar
    I have a HQ16 and love it, but I would no like one of their newer models with a larger area of quilting. Mine is not a computerized model, as I am not on to setting the computer and letting it go. Besides it is quite spendy and I did not like the learning curve. I do a lot of freehand and a lot of pantographs. HQ has a lot of good Learning DVDs. Go on line to Handiquilter and do some research or see a good rep. My friend has a Tin Lizzie and it does not compare to what I can do with my machine. It is a great home machine and I can quilt king size quilts the way I have it set up. I would have loved to have a real big machine,but space and $$$ were a problem

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