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Thread: Long Arm Machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamiestitcher62
    Another question for the longarmers on here, would a Janome Horizon 7700 with the 11" space work on a Grace Start-Right Frame?
    Yes that machine will work on the frame, however, a couple of things to keep in mind- are you going to be using that machine for piecing or other sewing also? It can get a bit heavy moving it from the frame to your table and and back again on a regular basis you probably don't want to do it often. Also the 7700 has a lot of features none of which you need or can even use on the frame - being the reason that machine/frame combos are straight stitch only machines.

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    Well, how much room do you have to dedicate to this thing?

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    Long arm.

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    I got a HQ Sweet Sixteen sit down and love it. It is considered a mid arm machine. But I also have 2 Berninas that I can piece with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helena
    OOPS! I guess I used the term "long arm" incorrectly. I meant the machines that have a longer center opening from the needle to the other side of the machine. The older Berninas width in the center is only 7". The newer machines have a much wider opening.
    If all you're doing is baby quilts, you may like the Bernina for that. I have a Janome and a Bernina. Both are about 13 years old and were top of the line in their day. The Janome is not good at free motion quilting, but the Bernina is excellent at it. If you're going to be doing small quilts, you will really like the Bernina for sewing and quilting. If you want to do bigger quilts, you might like a machine with a bigger harp (that's the opening in the area from the right of the needle to the machine).

    See if you can try out the machines first to tell which one you are more comfortable using.

    Good luck! :thumbup:

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    Long Arm deffinatly!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye Rose
    It would depend on if this were to be your only machine. If so, then the long arm isn't the choice. If you already have a good and sturdy machine to piece with, then jump on the long arm provided you have lots of room for it.
    agreed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamiestitcher62
    Another question for the longarmers on here, would a Janome Horizon 7700 with the 11" space work on a Grace Start-Right Frame?
    I was thinking of getting one of these and I went with a Bailey's 17" and Gracie Frame for $2,500 instead. I love it! 11" is nice, but 17" is better. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helena
    I have a chance of purchasing an old dependable Bernina electronic machine vs. a new long arm machine for probably the same money. Which would you do given the fact I make lots of baby quilts?
    I've got to go against the flow here. You can both sew and quilt on the Bernina which, in my opinion, is the best machine available. My Bernina is around 25 years old and still sews like a dream. You can only quilt on a longarm. If you mainly make baby quilts, they are small enough to handle easily in the harp space of the Bernina. Although you can certainly quilt a baby quilt on a longarm, you will have to find house space for a frame and machine that has the capability to quilt up to kingsize quilts.

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    you said machine right? you didn't say frame. so what you're talking about is really the 11" throat space, if i get it right.

    if you can do the baby quilts on the machine you already have, do you really need a different one? it would be convenient, but not really necessary. i'd save up for a machine with a larger throat on a frame. you'll be happier.

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