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Thread: Getting ready to buy!! Anyone have a Nolting?

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    Getting ready to buy!! Anyone have a Nolting?

    I'm getting ready to buy a longarm machine. The only one I have seen in action is a Nolting. Does anyone have one of these machines or know anything about them? I need all the info or suggestions you can give me on making the purchase. It i such a huge decision!
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    Yes it is a HUGE decision. I don't have a Nolting, I have an Innova (made in Texas) The only advice I can offer is to look at some other machines and test drive them before taking the plunge. At least just one other make/model so you have some sort of basis of comparison.

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    Quiltinggrannie uses a Nolting. Her website is quilterspantry.com. She does longarmming professionally.
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    I would also recommend going to a Quilt show where there are multiple dealers at and testing out all the models. I have a Gammill and I have used a nolting for some LA classes... I prefer my Gammill. but I know that everyone is different. Test drive all of them its way to big of an expense to not.

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    I have not tried a Nolting, however, I have tried Gammill, Innova, APQS and A1. Ive decided I am buying an A1. Its a personal preference. Good luck.
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    I am in the process of purchasing a Nolting right now! I suggest you get on the Nolting group on Yahoo if you are serious about their machines. I have been in contact with the Nolting rep in our area for a few years now, just waiting until I could afford one. Nolting is tip top number one absolute best in customer service! And I don't even have a machine yet! Over the past few years they have helped me find parts for other machines, answered every question patiently, and are extremely friendly. Good luck and let us know what you end up with!

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    Please take the time to check other LA machines. It is a personal preference for each quilter. I have an HQ and love it, tried out other machines and narrowed it down to this one. It is a hugh investment in money so test drive more than one. It's like buying a car, you don't drive just one.

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    Also, nobody seems to mention the frames. I have a Tin Lizzie and was having problems with doing small motifs. I finally figured out that it's the frame, not the machine. It doesn't want to do diagonals easily. If I'm doing a big swoopy curve, the momentum is there and it works OK, but at a slower rate of speed and a small curve, it's too stiff. On the plus side, I can stitch in the ditch without a guide :-)
    I bought a used set-up, so didn't have an option, but if I had to do it again, I would look long and hard at the frame too.
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    I agree with all the other suggestions. I went to a show and test drove several machines over a period of 3 days before making my decision. The only thing I didn't take into account was location of the dealer. I love my machine but being a beginner I sometimes wish I had chosen a machine with a dealer closer to home. I probably would have been happy with any machine since I didn't have experience with any longarm.

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    A longarm is a big expense to take on when you've only seen one brand. I agree with the others - go to a show, try them all, join the forums, take it all in. Nolting may still be your choice, but at least it will be an informed decision. With any longarm (I own an Innova) there will be times when you're frustrated and times when you're content. When you're frustrated it would be best not to question your original decision.

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    Do attend a show that many L/A dealers are showing their machines. It makes a huge difference when you can go quickly from one machine to the other when making a decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boxerlady View Post
    Quiltinggrannie uses a Nolting. Her website is quilterspantry.com. She does longarmming professionally.
    thanks! I'll see if I can find her.
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    I don't have a long arm but my mom does. It's a Nolting. I use it fairly often and it's a wonderful machine. Her first long arm was a different brand, one that I can't remember the name anymore but this Nolting is great. It is one of their simpler models with a stitch regulator. She went with a Nolting because the factory is near by and she gets great customer service from them. That is very important with the high end machines. I think Nolting is a good investment. Soemday, when I buy one, it will be a Nolting just because of the way they handle and the great customer service.

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    Depends on the dealers but some let you come in and work on a machine, not just 5 mintues but doing an entire "quilt". You can sandwich muslim and do it cheaply but still see if you like the machine
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    I did lots of research and read lots of reviews last year before I headed to the International Quilt Festival in Houston in November. I had pretty much decided that I was going to buy either an Innova or a HandiQuilter Avante. I tried all the machines at the show. (I think they were ALL there!) Then, I came home with a Gammill. I'm sure I would have been happy with either of my first choices if I had bought without trying them all out...I just personally preferred how the Gammill "felt" when I used it. I also tried a Nolting and ruled it out pretty quick due to vibration. However, that may have just been because the machines were not properly set up at the show.

    There is an HQ dealer in Shreveport and an Innova Rep in Hallsville, TX. There is a couple in Texarkana that have an Innova and love it. I contacted them before I went to Houston and they let me tryout their machine. If you want their information or would like to try my Gammill, just PM me. My Gammill dealer is Linda's Electric Quitler in McKinney, TX.

    By the way, I saw your quilt at the Miller Bowie Quilt show and the pictures online do not do it justice. It was BEAUTIFUL...and much larger than it appeared in the pictures!
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    I have a Gammill and I love it and the frame as well. It was well worth the money. Take a look at them too if you can.
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    Hi, I went to a quilt show last weekend and tried everything there - HQ, Nolting, Gammill, APQS, Tin Lizzie, Babylock, A1 and Innova. I went in with a favorite based on research and reading and came out with totally different favorites. If and when I buy, it will be either an Innova or an A1.

    You really have to try them all to find the one that's right for you.

    Good luck.

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    As with any major purchase, check around and test drive. My guild has a Nolting and is very happy with it. The aftermarket service is excellent.

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    I used to live close to the Nolting factory. I will agree they have truly outstanding customer service. I was trying to decide if long arm quilting was for me. They let me come in for as long as I wanted and just try out machines. I was there for almost two hours with them answering any question I had. I decided to get a mid arm sit down system instead, but I would have bought the Nolting if I had chosen a long arm.

    With that said, I would agree that you should try out different machines first. You may find one you like even better.

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    I have a Nolting Fun Quilter and love it, customer service is great. I bought it in 2006 its a real workhorse.

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    I agree, you want to try different machines to see how they "feel". I had a Tin Lizzie and was going to upgrade to a longer throat--but did not want to buy another Tin Lizzie because I did not like the table. It was 3 sections and I could never get the one lined up decent and I would always get a 'bump' in my quilting when I went over that section. It frustrated me. So when I was looking for a different long arm, I was not only looking at the long arm, but also at the table because I wanted one with the table being just one long piece. I bought a APQS Freedom last November and I have not regretted it for one minute. Another thing you want to look for is if you want electric fabric advance on your table. This may be on your "wsh list" if you quilt for customers as it will make your life so much easier. That is also something I was looking for when I was looking at the tables. I quilt for customers and I do alot of custom quilts so am rolling the quilt back and forth alot. So I wanted the electric fabric advance. And I absolutely love it. So do research all the machien brands as it is not only the machine you are looking at, but the table and all the options available with that. Of course, if I would've bought a machine to use only for quilting my own quilts, then I wouldn't have spent the money I did to get extra bells and whistles. So it is all up to each individual as to what they want when looking for a machine, and of course, the bells and whistles add up to more $. Good luck in your decision.

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    I have a Gammill and love it. My friend has a Nolting and loves it. It is a personal preference and depends somewhat on what features you want. I purchased my Gammill last June and it is the smallest one (18/8 with a 10' table). I bought it for under $10,000.00 and have been extremely pleased. I have not as yet needed a larger size. I do quilt for others.

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