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Old 08-18-2018, 03:40 AM
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I am in the process of starting a prayers and squares quilt ministry at my church. We begin in the next couple of weeks, and I am so excited. I have quilted and run a long arm machine in the past. I have moved to SC and my new little church doesnt have the space fora long arm machine, and my house doesnt either. I am currently looking at a qnique 15r machine and the Grace company hoop type frame. I am not finding much on the web in the way of reviews for this system, and would love some feedback. I am attracted to the frame because I can sit and quilt. Having had 7 spine surgeries and a recent shoulder surgery, my days of standing for long periods, or shoving a quilt through a machine are over. I would love an 18 inch machine, and used is fine as long as it is reliable. I am trying to keep the costs for the system down, since this is a church project and not a personal one. If you have any advice or input, it would be appreciated. Thanks in advance
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Old 08-18-2018, 03:47 AM
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Welcome from Michigan! Sorry not familar with long arms.
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Old 08-18-2018, 03:54 AM
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Old 08-18-2018, 04:20 AM
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Old 08-18-2018, 05:24 AM
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Hi and welcome from North Carolina, near the SC border! I don't know anything about long arms but you will get all kinds of information here. There are so many experienced LA quilters here! Your project sounds great. You can teach a whole new generation to our craft as well as fill a spiritual need!
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Old 08-18-2018, 06:40 AM
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Welcome aboard! I'm another new member who just recently found this site. Can't really help you directly on your specific question, but here's some general response.

There are frames that can be adjusted for a sitting position, I have a friend who uses one because of physical issues. She has an office type chair on wheels and a long/industrial chair mat. She isn't using a long arm machine, her throat can only take about 9", but that's still a lot easier on her than trying to handle a full sized quilt without the frame. She says the biggest drawback for her is that she can't do even a baby quilt really with minkee on the back because it makes the roll too big. Her basic setup is narrow, can't walk around it but it fits in the extra wide hallway/landing that is overlooking her living room.

There are also industrial chairs (not cheap) made for/used by the standard height frames -- but then again you would run into the space constraints.

The set-up I use belongs to my tall friend... it is a hardship on me physically but hey -- I have access to a long arm so I pay the price in my body the day after I use it. It's still a lot less than trying to do them on my little old sewing machine and I can get better results faster.

I would say no matter what you get, a stitch regular is required. Sure, some people can do it without one but then people do a lot of crazy stuff. If you can get one that works in the space you have, a computerized system that can do some of the work for you is ideal in my opinion.
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Old 08-18-2018, 06:57 AM
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Welcome from Oklahoma. I hope you find what you need.
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