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    Senior Member Prissnboot's Avatar
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    Decent throat size machine

    Can someone please tell me which machines have an appx. 9" throat? I want to upgrade my machine on my quilt frame - I have a Singer 401 (aka the Tank) that just doesn't do well - the tension is out of whack and I'm tired of ignoring it, perhaps time to rehome it, haven't decided. My main machine isn't a really high level - a $300 Joann's special, and it does well on the FMQ on the frame, but is a pain to transfer back and forth. So I would like a dedicated machine with a decent throat for the frame, then perhaps I'd actually use the frame - haven't used it in over a year!!!

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks.
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    Juke's but other manufacturers are now making some sorry don't know exactly try brother , janome and I think pfaff.
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    The Janome 6600 has a 9 inch throat.
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    The Brother 1500 has a 9" throat, I think. It's a workhorse.

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    I have the Brother 1500. It's a no nonsense nice machine and reasonably priced.
    Got fabric?

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    Hands down, the Brother 1500!!!!!!!!!!! My girl is almost 10 years old now....she has never skipped a stitch ( I clean her once a week ).....sews only forward and backwards.....no computer.....does fantastic FM without a frame, I've done up to a King size quilt....one of maybe 200 quilts over the past years. Other machines have come and gone but this girl has always been my ''go to'' machine. About 800.00 new but check out a re-furbished machine (trade in ) at your local store but then I never understood why people would trade in this workhorse!!!!!!!!!

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    Viking Sapphire line has a 10" throat.

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    I would recommend a used Pfaff Grand Quilter, had one, its a champ for on frame quilting. I also pieced with it, but this model doesnt have the Pfaff IDT (aka built on board walking foot) so I still preferred my regular Pfaff for that. This machine and the Brother are cousins...very similar.

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    Im another Brother 1500 believer!!! A workhorse for sure

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    My Babylock Jane and Juki TK 98QE both have a 9" throat. They are straight stitch only machines. A bit more costly than the Brother 1500.
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    Another vote for Brother PQ1500S machine. It has a 9" throat and will sew at a very high rate of speed. I have it on my home made quilt frame (10') and it does a wonderful job. I am still in the learning curve with it as far as machine quilting but I do like it for what I am using it for. This machine was highly affordable and appears to be very well built. No frills with this machine, just a heavy duty sewing machine, it does have an automatic thread cutter and needle up and down control. I did add the Grace speed controller to it so that it would be more convenient to use it on my frame carriage. Before I mounted it on the frame I did piece several quilts with it just sitting on my sewing room counter and it was wonderful. So either for piecing or using it for machine quilting I feel it is a winner. Good luck finding a machine that you love!

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    The last email ad I received from Allbrands had the Brother for $569 with free shipping. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltngolfer View Post
    The Brother 1500 has a 9" throat, I think. It's a workhorse.
    Wonderful machine. Use mine daily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltyReese View Post
    Viking Sapphire line has a 10" throat.
    I love my Sapphire; but haven't used it on a frame...

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    I have a Brother 1500s and a Janome 1600, basically the same machine with 9" harps. I had the Janome on a frame and used the Brother as my "daily driver" for piecing. I purchased both machines used for $400 each. If you want used (or "pre-loved") machines, don't stop at checking with your local dealers. Put the word out amongst all your friends (including the non-quilting ones), your local quilt shops, and your guild that you're in the market for a good, used machine.

    I strongly, strongly recommend you get the largest throat that your frame and budget will allow. I ended up being very disappointed with the 9" harp, because once you get the quilt partially quilted and rolled up in that harp, you end up with only maybe 3" or 4" of quilting space.

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    I looked at a Brother INNOV-IS VQ3000 Dreamweaver today. It has an 11.25 throat and is 5 inches high under the arm. I will sew over 1000 stitches per minute, is laser guided. It can even thread it's own needle. Has more bell and whistles than I can even imagine using and all for less than $4000. Well if I am going to dream I should dream big.

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    Brother PQ1500S
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    Brother XL-3500i, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D, Juki MO-2000QVP

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    I have a Baby Lock Jane on my frame and do not like it. 9 in is just to small to really do anything.
    So it sits until I can afford at least a 18 in throat.
    These machines are not made for long arm tables so threading is a hassle, I have to move it all the way to the end of the frame to thread it. You cant bring the bobbin thread up cause you are no where near the needle. Bobbin thread running out is also a problem and it runs out fast and you dont know when it will run out.
    I even have a stitch regulator on mine which I love.
    Just learning to use a frame is a big learning curve so with a small machine it is just not worth the hassle.
    Last edited by Rose Marie; 01-09-2013 at 06:38 AM.

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    I agree with the statement that 9" is too small, but there are a few things you can do to make quilting with those machines less problematic:

    If you switch to Bottom Line bobbin thread, your bobbin will last a lot longer. Because Bottom Line is finer, I can get a lot more thread on the bobbin.
    My machine has a needle up/down button, so I am able to bring the bobbin thread up. This might be something to put on your list of things you HAVE to have.



    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie View Post
    9 in is just to small to really do anything.
    You cant bring the bobbin thread up cause you are no where near the needle. Bobbin thread running out is also a problem and it runs out fast and you dont know when it will run out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    My Babylock Jane and Juki TK 98QE both have a 9" throat. They are straight stitch only machines. A bit more costly than the Brother 1500.
    Don't know the Babylock Jane but I have the Juki 98QE & it is a workhorse. No bells & whistles but a very hardworking, sturdy machine with a 9" throat.
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    Here is another vote for Brother 1500. Bought mine this fall and have no regrets whatsoever. Great piecing and quilting machine.
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    I recently bought a Juki 2010Q and it's a quilting machine. I love it. Huge throat space, beautiful stitches, wonderful FMQ and it's so strong it hems jeans like it's sewing through butter. Not computerized, no zig zag, and is very reasonably priced (under $1000). I LOVE mine!
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    I love my Brother 1500 also. Just wish the tutorial online about it was in English, but the instructions are still easy to understand as they demonstrate the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prissnboot View Post
    Can someone please tell me which machines have an appx. 9" throat? I want to upgrade my machine on my quilt frame - I have a Singer 401 (aka the Tank) that just doesn't do well - the tension is out of whack and I'm tired of ignoring it, perhaps time to rehome it, haven't decided. My main machine isn't a really high level - a $300 Joann's special, and it does well on the FMQ on the frame, but is a pain to transfer back and forth. So I would like a dedicated machine with a decent throat for the frame, then perhaps I'd actually use the frame - haven't used it in over a year!!!

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks.
    I have a brother Q1000 and love it! It has the 9inch throat you are looking for and quilts like a dream. Not cheap though. Good luck.

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    Viking Sapphire. Mine has a 10" throat and I love it

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