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    As I am getting a little closer to getting my longarm, I'm beginning to realize the value of a dollar. I am getting a little scared about spending so much money on something that I don't know if I'm going to like or not. I know I'll probably love it and want to spend all my time "playing" with it. But, still, it is a lot of money. I don't have any place close by that lets you rent a machine. And, I don't know anyone close to me that has one that I could practice on. I just have my one 10 minute experience at a quilt show on the Nolte. So, please. Somebody help me out here and tell me how much I'm going to love it!!!

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    Yep, you're gonna love LOVE *LOVE* it :)

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    You're going to love it!

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    you'll love it. Just think of all the projects you can do now! Have fun!

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    Sorry, but if there is the slightest doubt or feelings of guilt, I would wait.

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    You are going to love it. You just need to line up some resources to troubleshoot the bugs/issues you encounter early on and expect there to be a learning curve. Get some good advice about which machine best fits what you want. As it is such a big investment, perhaps you should set aside some time and money to travel to a place where you can try out a few different machines. A quilting vacation.

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    I promise you'll love it! I honestly can't imagine any other way of quilting other than on the longarm. I can crank 'em out one after another. Have fun with it!

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    How many quilts have you made in the past year? I pay $115 to have mine quilted.... queen size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cizzors
    Sorry, but if there is the slightest doubt or feelings of guilt, I would wait.
    ditto, you should be totally confident with your purchase or else wait until it does feel right

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    hubs nudged me into mine. He asked "if not now, when? Just do it". I'm so glad he did.

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    Its sort of like buying that new car. You already "test drove" it at the show, now you just drive.. You will find out all the things it can do (or not do) from using it..:)

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    Some machine companies allow for a payment plan. Maybe something to look into. I know you'll love it but only if it doesn't impact the bottom line. Be sure you have good support for trouble shooting too. There is always a learning curve on any new machine.

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    It's normal to feel the way you are about spending that much money. I know I would be a basket case even tho it is something I really want. Make sure you do your research so that you get exactly what you want.

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    I don't know which machine you're thinking of ~ there's a Babylock dealer in Fayetteville AR (I know 200+ miles from you) that has the Crown Jewel.

    There is a Nolting dealer in Harrison AR (yep, still a hike) but if you're having doubts, maybe you could take a day & check them out .. at least, that's what I would do. That would give you a second opinion. It's hard to believe no one in Texarkana has any dealers .. go figure.:roll: :lol:

    Another thought .. my LQS has longarms to rent .. maybe there's something like that closer than you think .. that would give you some *hands-on* experience before taking that plunge :D

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    My DH bought mine 2 weeks ago as an early birthday present - and even though I feel a little guilty about the total cost of it all, I am not sorry he did it.
    And when he told me I deserve it for growing old with him ... I ♥love♥ him all the more for it! :)

    If you have decided which one you want, go for it.
    I am sure you deserve it, too!! :thumbup:

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    I would also wait until I KNEW I would want to go through with a pricey purchase.

    Realize also, these Long arms take up a huge amount of floor space, require copious amount of thread, lightening etc.

    While I am NOT saying do not buy one, I am telling you slow is best...honestly.

    JUlie

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    Quote Originally Posted by calano1
    My DH bought mine 2 weeks ago as an early birthday present - and even though I feel a little guilty about the total cost of it all, I am not sorry he did it.
    And when he told me I deserve it for growing old with him ... I ♥love♥ him all the more for it! :)

    If you have decided which one you want, go for it.
    I am sure you deserve it, too!! :thumbup:
    Ahhhh that was sweet

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker
    As I am getting a little closer to getting my longarm, I'm beginning to realize the value of a dollar. I am getting a little scared about spending so much money on something that I don't know if I'm going to like or not. I know I'll probably love it and want to spend all my time "playing" with it. But, still, it is a lot of money. I don't have any place close by that lets you rent a machine. And, I don't know anyone close to me that has one that I could practice on. I just have my one 10 minute experience at a quilt show on the Nolte. So, please. Somebody help me out here and tell me how much I'm going to love it!!!
    I understand. It was the same for me with my Horizon. You will love it and you will do really great at it. Enjoy!

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    Nolting is a good company with great customer service. They recently bought out Hinterberg, the company that makes my Voyager. I've never been sorry I bought mine, but if after you have used it for awhile you find it just isn't for you, it will have a great resale value. Don't worry about it: You won't be stuck with it if you don't like it, but I bet you'll love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendaY
    How many quilts have you made in the past year? I pay $115 to have mine quilted.... queen size.
    You're lucky. Where I live, you have to pay around $160 for a full size quilting job. Batting not included.

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    Think it over and check out all the available options, features, and accessories. I love my long arm but it was a big expense. Researching helped me a lot before I purchased one. There were many different ones I tried before I made the final decision. Everyone has different styles of quilting, etc. Hope this helps.

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    I am sure you are going to love it and turn out beautiful quilts.

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    I know exactly how you feel. I was very nervous about making the final decision to order my Gammill....even though I wanted it more than anything. I will tell you that I love, love, love it and have never, ever regretted the decision to buy it! Good Luck and Happy Quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cizzors
    Sorry, but if there is the slightest doubt or feelings of guilt, I would wait.
    This is EXACTLY how I feel. If in doubt wait it out.

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    We have all had cold feet, when making the jump. I really douted my self when I up graded to the vision on my Gammill.
    I haven't had time to pratce much but so far I think it will be great.
    Marilee

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