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    Question Heard of stretching machines?

    I was just browsing ebay and read about this machine on sale which had been "stretched". It is a regular machine, but stretched to give a 18 inch throat.

    Sounds interesing. Anyone done it before? It is not cheap though.

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    Not cheap but cheaper than a new machine. If you want one done, you need to decide, I understand the waiting lists are kind of long.

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    Bailey's are stretched Janomes and Rick at WOW started with stretching Singers and expanded to stretching Jukis and Brothers
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    Bailey's are stretched Janomes and Rick at WOW started with stretching Singers and expanded to stretching Jukis and Brothers
    I didn't know Baileys are stretched Janomes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by liont View Post
    I didn't know Baileys are stretched Janomes!
    that's what i was told when i visited there
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    Goodness, what will they think of next?
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    I am wondering what gives? I mean when you stretch a machine, do you put additional strain on the drive shaft system? I am no mechanical enginner, just thinking aloud.

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    pimp my sewing machine!

    hahahah!

    aileen, with nothing useful to add.....

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    I love my stretched Singer 201. It's a WOW machine that I bought used for $800. A steal of a deal with a 12 foot table. Love it!Name:  100_3806.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    Bailey's are stretched Janomes and Rick at WOW started with stretching Singers and expanded to stretching Jukis and Brothers
    I learned something today! I didn't know that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peggymunday View Post
    I love my stretched Singer 201. It's a WOW machine that I bought used for $800. A steal of a deal with a 12 foot table. Love it!
    How did you get such an amazing deal? I thought the stretching fee alone is $2000?

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    Quote Originally Posted by liont View Post
    How did you get such an amazing deal? I thought the stretching fee alone is $2000?
    I was lucky enough to find a previously loved machine in a city about an hour away from me on Craigslist. She had a new computerized Gammil and had no room left for this one. In fact when I first saw it, she had it broken down to a 6' width because the room it was in was too small. I was pleasantly surprised to find she had the additional rails to make it the 12' it is now. It's not top of the line, it has no stitch regulator (but that's okay, because it's good to be able to regulate on your own, which I have learned to do), and not a lot of bells and whistles, but it does beautiful stitches and is a real powerhorse. I think if I spent several thousand dollars (ha, as if I had that, lol) and had a computerized machine, I'd almost be afraid to mess with it for fear I'd break something. This one is very forgiving of my practicing. Here's a pic of freehand writing just a few days after setting up the machine....
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    STRETCH ME!!!!!! I'd love to have just one of my machines stretched!!!! WOW! How cool would that be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by peggymunday View Post
    I was lucky enough to find a previously loved machine in a city about an hour away from me on Craigslist. She had a new computerized Gammil and had no room left for this one. In fact when I first saw it, she had it broken down to a 6' width because the room it was in was too small. I was pleasantly surprised to find she had the additional rails to make it the 12' it is now. It's not top of the line, it has no stitch regulator (but that's okay, because it's good to be able to regulate on your own, which I have learned to do), and not a lot of bells and whistles, but it does beautiful stitches and is a real powerhorse. I think if I spent several thousand dollars (ha, as if I had that, lol) and had a computerized machine, I'd almost be afraid to mess with it for fear I'd break something. This one is very forgiving of my practicing. Here's a pic of freehand writing just a few days after setting up the machine....
    A no frills work horse. I'd love love to have that!

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    I'm afraid I have you beat. A friend gave me one after she upgraded. She said she couldn't wait to see what I did with it. Now I have to get a frame big enough for it, because it's not going to fit on my New Joy frame!

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    I have the Voyager 17 from Hinterberg, it is a stretched Singer. It's been great.

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    Hmmm... My dh is a mechanic and fantastic welder. Maybe I should find him a 201 to play with...

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    ...runs about $2000 to have one stretched.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    Bailey's are stretched Janomes and Rick at WOW started with stretching Singers and expanded to stretching Jukis and Brothers
    Please see the forum established for present and future Bailey owners. Go to the topic, Bailey Talk. Then look for the subtopic, Table Bailey, and look for posts by the forum's adminstrator, desertdebbie, starting with reply #4. The machine is not stretched and is made especially that way for quilting. Hope this helps. I purchased my Bailey Pro 17E and now that the learning curve is out of the way, I am really, really happy with it.

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    I tried to cut and paste the forum address and it is not working for me. Try bhqbaileyhomequilter.proboards.co. Registration is required.

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    There was lots of talk about stretched sewing machine. I didn't know so many had them.
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    heard-stretching-machines

    The waiting period is much shorter these days. Rick hired his daughter (I think) and another guy to help up. The machine will run just as it did before stretched and all the attachments you had before will work again. The machine will weight no more than it did before also. I have a stretched Juki, PCQ/MQR (robotics) and Grace Pro frame for sale if anyone is interested. Can be reached at [email protected] if interested. Have ordered a new larger system and it will be here by the end of the month so need to find a new home for this system. Its a great system to start out with without going into debt. Will sell together or separately.
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    If you join the Home Quilting Systems yahoo group, there is a file in it called the Purple Monster or something along that line... it is instructions on how someone stretched their own machine.

    WoW only stretched other people's machines... they no longer sell their wow. http://www.wowquilts.com/

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    Here is a stretch juki, not mine...I'm still using the original
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    So, I presume these techs take "your" sewing machine and by making a new housing for it make it into a longarm? So, at the cost doing this what does one save rather than buying a machine that was originally made into a longarm? Then you have your regular machine and a longarm????? I am really confused why someone would want to do this as opposed to buying one initially......

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