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Thread: Can you put a long arm into a table?

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    Can you put a long arm into a table?

    I think I found a deal on a long arm machine and frame, but I really don't want to mess with the frame. Can you modify a table/desk, etc to mount a long arm into so you can sit at it like the Sweet Sixteen?

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    I'm sure you can. But I think it is easier to learn machine quilting when the machine moves, not when the fabric moves. Free motion quilting is kind of like trying to write with a stationary pencil, by moving the paper underneath it. If the frame comes with the machine, and you have the room to set it up, I think you should at least give it a try before you modify a table and fit the longarm into a table. There is a learning curve, but it is an easier one thank the one you tackle with fmq'ing, imho.

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    I find that to be an interesting question - if you did mount it on a table - I would take into consideration your arm reach because you would be moving the fabric and not the machine moving around the fabric - I really don't know - but if its done on a Sweet Sixteen seems like it would be possible. I am interested in what others have to say.

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    Sure, as long as you have the bed of the machine flush with the table. Ric=y Tims show you how...


    I know this question has been asked before.
    I have a Bailey Home Quilter that has a 13" arm. they are also made in 15" and 17".
    These are a lot cheaper than long arm machines.
    Tthe bed is very narrow but works great on a frame. Actually, frame quilting is easier than
    sit down - that is the reason I bought mine 4 years ago. I have gotten my money's worth out of it.

    June in Cincinnati
    June in Cincinnati

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    Junior Member morforles's Avatar
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    Just went to the quilt and craft show in Del Mar, CA last week and they had an 18" EMPRESS LAQ machine that could be used at a table as well as on a frame. It was offered by ARETOY Quilt shop in Oceanside, CA www.aretoy.net Maybe they could give you some answers.


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    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
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    My frame is the Imperial and it can be set up full length or half length.

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    Super Member SuzyQ's Avatar
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    I **think** it depends on whether or not the machine can accept a foot pedal. Some machines I've researched cannot be put in a table because they are wired specifically for the handles and aren't made to accept a foot pedal.

    Good luck!

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