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    Am I the only one who doesn't want a long arm? What am I missing? I would never spend the money that it takes to buy one and I am perfectly happy quilting on my old machine. Am I the only one?

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    Me too. I wouldn't spend the money on them.

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    I don't really want one either. I figure for the price it costs with the frame, stitch regulator and all the other bells and whistles I can send a lot of tops out to be quilted for a long time.

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    Everybody has different interests. I'll never say never -- I didn't think I'd like hand piecing either, but I decided to try it and love it. Hand quilting will be next.

    The only difference between wanting to learn LA quilting and any other technique is really just cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum
    Am I the only one who doesn't want a long arm? What am I missing? I could never spend the money that it takes to buy one and I am perfectly happy quilting on my old machine. Am I the only one?
    Probably not the only one! I got a longarm last year, had it almost a year so still learning. I was driving three hours to take my quilts to the longarmer and as others can testify I had some emotional reactions to some of the work. When I got back the third quilt that I was disappointed with I had to make a decision, either quit quilting or get my own machine. I don't do a better job than the longarmer, but as someone else said, if there are mistakes at least I made them. I also wanted a quilt that I had completed. I felt like my quilts were made by me and my longarmer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum
    Am I the only one who doesn't want a long arm? What am I missing? I would never spend the money that it takes to buy one and I am perfectly happy quilting on my old machine. Am I the only one?
    NOPE....I have NO desire.....

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    I can buy one if I want it but I don't see a reason to have one. For the cost of a nice one with all the bells and whistles I can have every quilt I make quilted by famous professionals and still save money. I don't want to do it for a business. I helped put a quilt on a LA machine and it was way too tedious for me. I'll never be as good as the professionals so I'll let them do my quilts and I'll keep my money.

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    So just out of curiosity how much do longarms cost??

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I can buy one if I want it but I don't see a reason to have one. For the cost of a nice one with all the bells and whistles I can have every quilt I make quilted by famous professionals and still save money. I don't want to do it for a business. I helped put a quilt on a LA machine and it was way too tedious for me. I'll never be as good as the professionals so I'll let them do my quilts and I'll keep my money.
    My quilts were done by a famous professional that has been published at least six times in the last 2+ years.

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    I can't justify the cost of one but ... I would like to try one just once!
    I'm happy with what I can do (FMQ) on my regular machine so I'll stick with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susiequilt
    I can't justify the cost of one but ... I would like to try one just once!
    I'm happy with what I can do (FMQ) on my regular machine so I'll stick with that.
    I have no desire to quilt for others but I would like others (I know not you since you live in Florida) to try out and use my machine if they would like.

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    I bought one of the more inexpensive longarms 2 1/2 years ago. Life got in the way, so I have just now set it up and did my first quilt today. Ah yes, practice, practice, practice. Anyhow, I've been making quilt tops to practice on and then, of course, the "good" ones for later on. If I do all I have made, and do the ones I have fabric for, I will have roughly 60% of the cost back by not sending my quilts out. And I'm sure I will do more than just those quilts! I don't intend to hire out, because that all seems so stressful, but might rent the machine to some friends. We will see.

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    I bought a HQ Sweet Sixteen Sitdown and so far I love it. It isn't quite like quilting with a domestic machine, but I don't have to fight to get the quilt through the throat of the machine. I was never really interested in getting one with a frame. I think putting a quilt on the frame would be alot of work,plus I like to sit down to do my quilting. The Sweet Sixteen is around $5000. Everyone is different so a longarm may not be for you.

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    I can't afford it, don't have room for it, and don't hold interest in one area long enough to justify it. I'm happy with my current equipment.

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    I would love to try one out, too, but could never justify the cost. I don't want to quilt for other people and, as others have said, I could send them out since I don't make that many quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomp116
    I bought one of the more inexpensive longarms 2 1/2 years ago. Life got in the way, so I have just now set it up and did my first quilt today. Ah yes, practice, practice, practice. Anyhow, I've been making quilt tops to practice on and then, of course, the "good" ones for later on. If I do all I have made, and do the ones I have fabric for, I will have roughly 60% of the cost back by not sending my quilts out. And I'm sure I will do more than just those quilts! I don't intend to hire out, because that all seems so stressful, but might rent the machine to some friends. We will see.
    ****Maybe I should mention that I have 24 grandchildren that I should probably make quilts for!

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    I prefer to send mine out to be quilted. I do not have the room, the money, and I am too old to do that sort of thing anyway. I will continue to send them out to be quilted and keep my long-armer in business. As someone ask, they cost any where fgrom $10,000 upwards depending on how many bells and whistles.

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    Really loading the quilt isn't as difficult as you may think. I got Red Snappers and that really cut down on the time involved. I am in no way connected to Renae Haddidan.

    http://quiltsonthecorner.com/inc/sdetail/204/4359

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montana Quilter
    So just out of curiosity how much do longarms cost??
    from a basic almost long arm of $5,000 up to a prima donna computerized one of about $30,000!

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    for me it was a matter of being the one doing all the work.

    i didn't want my art to be a collaborative piece - this is also why i only do original designs and not patterns on the market.

    i prefer to do everything from dyeing the fabric, to cutting it, to piecing, and finally quilting.

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    I think if I got one, I would have to try to make money with it. I can really see myself using one and loving it, just the cost is a lot and I still have so much to learn. I will think about this later.

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    I don't want one either.

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    I rather like hand quilting. And I can't help thinking that if I stuck with bargain fabrics, that $5000 could get me 1000 yards of fabric....oooooooh!

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    Vjjo743, I love your avatar. Is it a photo or a quilt? If a quilt, what is the name of the pattern?

    Thanks, Ronnie

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    If I purchase a quilting system it would probably be the HQ sweet sixteen, because of price, room restrictions, and the ability to sit down and do the quilting.

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