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    Advice on MID-ARM sewing machines

    Good afternoon, my Loving Hubby has agreed to purchase a Mid Arm sewing machne and stand, i have a budget of about 2500 and would like some input on what is best or works for you all, I want to do my own quilting on my projects, and i have been praticing on my Singer H74 but i can't I seem to have issues with the thread bunchng up under neith, any suggestions on how to fix that also.
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    I have a Handi quilter 16 on a frame. I think if I were purchasing again, I would go the 18" I do like my 16 and will not be upgrading. My son made the frame for under 150.00 with storage shelves under.

    My two friends just purchased the Sunshine 16. I tested it with them at the Grand Rapids AQS show and liked it. they both got the sit down model. It is a very basic machine without all the bells and whistles and would still be in your price range. Both plan on only doing their own quilts and charity quilts and I think they made a good choice. The only drawback is it took 4 months to get it. Sunshine 16 builds the machines as they are ordered, no packed warehouse ready to ship.

    You should check on used machines if you want a name brand and stay in your price range. My machine was used and I am happy with my purchase.
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    Thank you for your input I will have to check out the site, I have just started my search I have a feeling it is going to take me a bit, even tho I am excited to get one I really want to take my time to fi d the right one for me
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    mid arm machines

    Quote Originally Posted by patti p View Post
    Good afternoon, my Loving Hubby has agreed to purchase a Mid Arm sewing machne and stand, i have a budget of about 2500 and would like some input on what is best or works for you all, I want to do my own quilting on my projects, and i have been praticing on my Singer H74 but i can't I seem to have issues with the thread bunchng up under neith, any suggestions on how to fix that also.
    I bought a Voyager 17 (used) and a Hintenberg fram (also used) and only cost me $2,000. Very pleased with both items.

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    Definitely check out used machines. You can get a lot of machine for $2500

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    Check out the Bailey. I have a 15" that I bought used. Chuck has a 13", 15", and 17". Chuck has marvelous customer service. Call him about their classroom machines. He discounts them.
    http://www.baileyssewingcenter.com/test.html

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    AMEN to a Bailey and Chuck. I love my machine. I have a 15".

    Quote Originally Posted by Dollyo View Post
    Check out the Bailey. I have a 15" that I bought used. Chuck has a 13", 15", and 17". Chuck has marvelous customer service. Call him about their classroom machines. He discounts them.
    http://www.baileyssewingcenter.com/test.html

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    I bought a janome1600qpc midarm and grace queen frame for $1600. I'm please at sewvacdirect
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    Thread bunching up underneath may mean that your top tension is too loose, or is incorrectly threaded. I had this same trouble with my 15" Bailey, and it was a top tension issue. I had changed thread, to a different weight, and neglected to adjust the tension accordingly.

    As for Mid-Arms, I like my Bailey. I bought it used from a Quilt Board member and it has been quite reliable. There are other brands of mid-arms out there, and probably with more bells and whistles than the Bailey, with prices to match.
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    I am not sure what throat size are you looking for but i have a friend who has the viking mega quilter 9" throat with a grace frame (metal) and the stitch regulator that she want to sell. The setup is like new and she is in Hemet, California and asking $1800. If interested pm and i can give you her contact.
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    I have a Juki on a frame. I do get all my quilting done on it & I'm pleased for the most part. But, my suggestion for you is to get as big a machine as you can get. I thought that I could learn on this one and I have, but with the smaller throat machines you decide quickly that you want a larger machine. Good luck & post a picture of the machine that you get.

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    Another possible cause of thread bunching underneath is that the pressure foot was not down. I started out with a shortarm (9-inch throat0 and it served me well but like Debbie B. in the above comment, I realized a bigger machine is good to have since there is extra quilting space. I have a Bailey Pro 17E and I love it. No regrets!

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    I have a Juki 9 inch, it is great for meandering but I can't seem to do anything else and feathers down the sides, I don't know how anybody does that if the quilt is on a frame, looks like after your done with most of quilt you would have to take it off, put it back on and do the sides. Sounds like I need some lessons huh?!!!! By the time you get to low half of quilt you have 5 to

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    continued-7 inches left to stitch on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chichimamma View Post
    I have a Juki 9 inch, it is great for meandering but I can't seem to do anything else and feathers down the sides, I don't know how anybody does that if the quilt is on a frame, looks like after your done with most of quilt you would have to take it off, put it back on and do the sides. Sounds like I need some lessons huh?!!!! By the time you get to low half of quilt you have 5 to
    I feel your pain! Mine is a Juki with a 9" throat on a frame, too. I can stipple or do some curly-q's but I can't seem to figure out how to do borders or feathers. Someone told me that you do the center first & then the borders but you can't reroll after the center is quilted. And taking the quilt off the frame (especially a bigger quilt) to do each border seems like too much work, and seems to me that the tension of the quilt could be thrown off. I start off with about 4" - 6" of quilting space & depending on how large the quilt is & how thick the batting I end up with 3" - 4". Can someone out there with this type of set up tell us how to do feathers & borders?

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    Well so Far I really Like the idea of a Bailey Pro 17E with the King Majestic frame Now if i can get my hubby to spring for the extra on a stitch regulator and all the other gadgets they are offering. How do you all like a stitch regulator do i really need one? are they real helpful?
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    Yup, me too! I bought a Voyager 17 and am VERY pleased with it!I have not had any issues with this machine at all and have owned it for 2 years! I would buy it again in a heartbeat!
    Quote Originally Posted by renda View Post
    I bought a Voyager 17 (used) and a Hintenberg fram (also used) and only cost me $2,000. Very pleased with both items.
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