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Thread: Can you buy a long arm quilting machine for $1000?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mollie'sMom View Post
    It looks like the machine on the frame in your link is a Janome 1600. I have quilted on one of these and the machine I used did not have a stitch regulator. It takes a lot of practice to learn how to get your stitches even without a regulator.
    I quilted on a Gracie Frame with a Janome 1600 & liked it better than the much more expensive machine on another frame. I think because I was so new at it & I felt I had more control over the Janome 1600 than the real expensive machine. For what I wanted to do it would have been fine. If you only want to do this as a hobby then I would go with the 1600 rather than put a whole lot more money into it. As I found out quilting is NOT a cheap hobby but I still love it. I ended up getting a much more expensive machine with an embroidery unit & a sewing table that the entire table raised & lowered electrically. This was much better for me because of my age. And I can have the table at whatever height I need it to be. And the machine does so much more. If money was no object I would have got the quilting frame too along with the Janome 1600 to use wih it.

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    I have a brother Nouvelle that I used on a 10' frame for years. It worked great had. 9+" harp. I did queen sized quilts on it. They still make them and they run around $799.00 last time I looked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judy_68 View Post
    I just bought a quilting frame and now I need to find a machine for it. Can I buy a decent machine for $1000 or less? Any suggestions on which ones I should check out? Im clueless as to which ones are best.
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    actually, you need to know what your frame will hold...not all frames can hold the larger machines! be sure to check allbrands.com and do the research into the machines/heads. If you have to buy a ton of add-ons to make it useable, it might not be a bargain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by judy_68 View Post
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MakeTrack=true

    Would this work on a proflex frame?
    no, you need a Juki, brother or janome that is made for quilting! check out allbrands.com

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    Judy I have a question for you. Why buy a frame before you have a machine? I also would love to have a long arm some day I always thought you would purchase the frame, the machine and all the goodies at the same time? Good luck on finding a machine i am sure one is out their with your name on it you only have to find it. ;~) No need to answer I found your answer on page 2 HHAHAHA happy quilting
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    I have a 15 inch Bailey's home quilter, once I got over the (not putting the pressure down) I did much better. It's just a habit one has to get used to. (It was the operator, not the machine) Everything goes pretty smooth now. I just invested in the Sew Control regulator and put it on there, other then to test it out to see if it works, I haven't used it on a quilt yet, I'm working on a quilt top. I have a couple of them in progress. - I have a NEW Joy quilting frame because it was not really made for it we had to put the sensors on the inside instead of outside, my husband had to remodel the carriage a little bit so it would fit, finally got it to work. If I was to buy a frame again I would choose a different model, like the grace in the King size. Mine is suppose to be a king size but really isn't, it is 104 inches of working space on the length plus I would like to have the space to quilt on wider a area. My machine would handle more space if I had it. My machine cost around $1900 (that area), then I had bought my frame prior to this, about $850
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    I own a Juki TL98E and it is definitely NOT a long arm. I originally used it on a HandiQuilter frame. But if you are doing queen size quilts by the time you get about half-way throught the quilt you only have a 3-4 inches of room to quilt. I found that to be very frustrating. I eventually threw away my HandiQuilter frame use my Juki for quilting as a domestic machine at a regular quilting table. I feel I have more flexibility as a domestic free-motion quilting than on a frame.

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    You are right, all long arm machines are straight stitch. I have a Bailey 17, paid $ 1843 and although it is very primitive, it does what it is supposed to do. I am learning to do some custom quilting and for that it is perfect. It is simple and if you handle the machine with respect, you will succeed. I did the same thing, got a Gracie II frame first and then added the machine. Good luck in your decision.

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    How naive am I? I thought a long arm machine came with the frame. May I ask what the frame cost? It sure looks like a nice one. If the machine is an additional $1000-2000 dollars, I may as well forget ever getting a long arm. Bummer.

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    The Babylock Jane can go on your frame, and if it were me I would add a stitch regulator for use on the frame. Some don't like the Jane because of the bobbin placement, but it works if on a frame as it is not a drop in, but on the side where it is easy to change the bobbin. Changing the bobbin on mine is not a problem, nor is the tension ever an issue. Has a 9" throat-I just did a 72x96 quilt very easily and quickly without a frame. The Jane is the same as other machines, except the innards and maybe the warranties. Can get one for @ 1000 or less. I think bells and whistles to one may mean the thread cutter, ease of adding it to a frame, large extension table, built in thread extension arm, feet attachment incl walking foot, pin feed, 1500 speed, and the longer throat. Many older machines and quilters do not have these options, so they would be a big plus if you haven't used them before. Love mine.

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    Judy, check with the frame company...I don't think that frame will support the length of a longarm machine. It may.. but check first. Looks to be made for a domestic/home machine. Would work great with an older singer (black) machine...those have a wonderful straight stitch and are work horses.


    Quote Originally Posted by judy_68 View Post
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    This is the frame I bought. I just really hate to put alot of money into this "hobby".
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    Thank you for everybodys advice. I am learning alot. Im not sure what Im going to buy yet. I am going to try the machines I have just to see what they are like on it. Who knows.... maybe I will like one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krisb View Post
    I don't think you will be able to find a machine with a harp larger than 9" at that price, unless you get a deal on a used machine. You can get a JukiTl98, a Brother 1500 or Janome 1600, all of which are high speed straight stitch machines with a 9" harp, for well under $1000. Mine was about $800 barely used, original packaging, all the accessories. They are not long arm machines, or even midarm, so on a frame you would have limited working space, but they can both be mounted on a frame. Just don't expect the results of a real long arm. You will be readjusting the top frequently.

    Do you know which machines will fit your frame? What kind of frame is it?


    I have a Pfaff quilter with a 9" quilting area. I've done King sized down to small wall hangings on it. Takes more time, but results are great. I'm never in a big hurry so have the time to move the quilt frequently. Take the advice about looking around and finding the right one for you.
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    I have a used nustyle with a 16" harp and table for $500. It took a week to clean a rat nest out of machine head and oil, no extras but LOVE it. Keep looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NanaCsews2 View Post
    The Babylock Jane can go on your frame, and if it were me I would add a stitch regulator for use on the frame. Some don't like the Jane because of the bobbin placement, but it works if on a frame as it is not a drop in, but on the side where it is easy to change the bobbin. Changing the bobbin on mine is not a problem, nor is the tension ever an issue. Has a 9" throat-I just did a 72x96 quilt very easily and quickly without a frame. The Jane is the same as other machines, except the innards and maybe the warranties. Can get one for @ 1000 or less. I think bells and whistles to one may mean the thread cutter, ease of adding it to a frame, large extension table, built in thread extension arm, feet attachment incl walking foot, pin feed, 1500 speed, and the longer throat. Many older machines and quilters do not have these options, so they would be a big plus if you haven't used them before. Love mine.
    I agree with the Jane, although I would go with the brother pq1500s as its the same machine with a different name and lower price. I think it's around $650 on amazon if I remember correctly.

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    You live in Ohio, right? I believe the Cincy Quilt show is right around the corner -- I'll bet there are vendors there with all kinds of machines that you can try out. If you're in northern Ohio, there is a sewing expo in Novi, MI around the last week of Sept. Either way, you have any extra reason to go to one and see all the rest of the goodies too.

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    Juki or the Janome...forget the model number on the Janome, but it is specifically for quilting frames...
    http://www.appalachianquilts.blogspot.com
    http://www.quiltweb.net

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