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    Waving from sunny Florida!!! I ordered my longarm 9 months after I learned to piece and LOVE the quilting so much more than the piecing!!! If you have any questions about my longarm, just PM me :thumbup:

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    Welcome aboard!

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    welcome from se TX

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    Hi and welcome from Arizona.

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    Hello and Welcome to the board :D:D:D

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    Welcome from Oakhurst CA. Are we neighbors? I can not answer your question about long arm quilting, but just wanted to say "hi" and welcome to the board. You might want to start a new topic to get answers to your question. Some people may have just seen this as a howdy, not realizing you posted a question too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjrie
    I'm so glad to find this message board with so many different lines of topics!

    I'm a quilter struggling to decide whether or not to get a Long Arm Machine. I've been sewing for 35-40 yrs (since jr hi) & quilting for the last 10 yrs. I've been part-owner in a family owned knitting retail shop they once owned & have taught knitting/crocheting and aspired to teach weaving. Finally sold my loom & am concentrating on quilting & grandchildren! Humm, maybe not quite in that order!
    Hi and welcome to the board. Glad you found us.

    The decision you are struggling with can only be yours and yours alone but here are a few hints to help you along the way. Apologies if you have already done some of this...

    First you must try out LAing to find out if you even like it! Then you need a basic idea of how much you can afford to budget for it.

    Best case scenario is to go to a machine quilting show or expo where all the major LA vendors will have demo machines set up for you to try. But the sparse time you will get on a demo at the show is to only give you an idea if you like the feel of a particular make/model.
    Next is to find a dealer in your area for some serious hands on time. This may involve having to take a class and investing $50 or so for the fee or rental time of the machine.
    Once you have it narrowed down to a couple of makes/models you can start budgeting for it. This may make you change your mind on the make model. Make a list of must haves, wants and I can live withouts. See if your chosen machine can be upgraded. Also decide will this machine be used for just your stuff or do you plan to quilt for others?

    A LA is a serious investment that requires serious thinking and as much research as you can dig up. I was pretty much where you are about 3 years ago. I took delivery of my 26" ABM Innova machine last year and do not have one single regret.

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    Hi and welcome,waving from NE Ohio.

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    welcome from Texas!!

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    :::waving HI to Jeri::: welcome from the Arkansas Ozarks :)

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    Welcome from the San Joaquin Valley!

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    YOUR MOUNTAINS ARE BEAUTIFUL............TRULY BEAUTIFUL AND THEY ARE SURELY AN INSPIRATION FOR YOUR QUILTING.......WELCOME FROM SE GA.

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    we lived in Escondido for years before we moved to the mountains. Now we have a 2nd home in Long Beach- which currently our daughter & her family live in.

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    Welcome from Minnesota and happy quilting. :-)

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    I'm totally understanding your predicament! I love piecing the tops ( mine are very unconventional) and sometimes I tie them using embroidery floss or yarn ir even satin ribbons. As of late, I am hiring a very nice lady to machine quilt my tops. They are beautiful! She has offered to teach me quilting on her long arm, or on a regular sewing machine for $25.00/hr a bit pricey for me right now. Would like to know your thoughts... I have a two year old Grandson as well, and don't have enough hours in the day for all the sewing I would like to do!
    Write soon,
    Mary Jo

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!

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    Welcome from Washington State!

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    Hello, and welcome from Idaho!

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    Welcome from Kristiansand, Norway :D

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    Hi Mary Jo-
    Sounds a bit like my decision. I still work full time, have three grandbabies- 5, 19mos & almost 2 mos. They all live 5 hrs away!

    And don't have enough hours in a day to piece like I want to.

    There are a lot of free learning sites out there. Have you tried "Longarm University"? She has some free lessons on her site that might help you out. I had a wonderful LAQ'r in my area that did a terrific job and then she paid her machine off and quit. I tried another in my area and she charged more & I was very disappointed. Since I'm a bit of a control freak, I have been quilting all my quilts on my regular sewing machine. It's really hard on my shoulders & takes about 3 days for a queen size quilt.

    I'd like to do the LAM quilting for a business but I don't want to be too busy to travel when I want. So not only do I have the dilemma of deciding whether I should buy a LAM (HUGE investment) but whether I do this as a hobby or a business.

    Here's another thought, those grandbabies grow up sooo fast! And then they're not visiting grandma quite as much as they used to. I'm torn, so I can imagine you are too.

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    Hello and welcome from Little Sue in Myakka City Fl.

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    Hello and welcome from Little Sue in Myakka City Fl.

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