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Best econimical large throat quilting machine for a beginner

Old 01-20-2020, 01:06 PM
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Hello, I just started quilting and I love it. I just purchased a Brother CS7000i. I really like it, but, I want to be able to FMQ large quilts and the throat size on this machine is way to small. This seems to be a great piecing machine. I am wondering if anyone can give me ideas on what is a really good big throat economical quilting machine. I do not want a long arm. I want a table top. Thank you for any help you can give me.
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Old 01-20-2020, 01:38 PM
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for others to give you reliable advice it would help if you let us know what your budget is.
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:29 PM
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Well I really do not want yo spend anymore than $3,000. Thank you
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Old 01-20-2020, 04:17 PM
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Welcome from Southern Indiana! I know you'll get lots of good advice about the machine. Personally, I have a sit-down Tin Lizzy, so I can't help with a table top, except to say that if I were looking for one, I would look for a Juki.....
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I bought a new 20" sit down Bailey for around $3,000, I love it!!!!!! Juki's have a good reputation also, although I don't know the price range. Other than that, I would say a vintage Singer, you can get them fairly reasonable and they usually have more throat space than most new machines. Plus, they're easy to maintain yourself.
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Old 01-21-2020, 05:29 AM
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You can get a Juki TL2010Q for less that $1000. That's a great machine.
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Old 01-21-2020, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
You can get a Juki TL2010Q for less that $1000. That's a great machine.
Yup, I got my Juki 2200 QVP Mini (same as the TL2010Q just different badging and a few feet added) for $1000 and it's a great machine to FMQ on. I've done a few quilts on it. One of which finished about 60 x 80 and had no problem at all.
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I quilt on my regular machine so no ideas for you. Welcome to the board.
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Old 01-22-2020, 03:51 AM
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My machine - Elna Excellence 720 - has a wider throat but I still quilt-as-you-go and quilt larger quilts in sections. Before you spend on a new machine, why not see if you enjoy FMQing? I have had quite a few FMQ classes over the years and finally decided I don't like it that much. I do it sometimes, but find it stressful, and I really prefer to use my walking foot. If I feel I want the look of FMQ, I take larger quilts to a long armer. Just a thought! Good luck!
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