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Long-arm, Mid-arm opinion/advice please?

Old 12-30-2010, 05:44 PM
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In the last few weeks I have been researching a new machine with a stitch regulator being a priority. I have been looking at the Bernina 440 but I came across this and would really appreciate some experienced advice. It looks like it would provide my stitch regulator need, work as a great backup to my Viking and use it as a mid-arm to boot for less than the Bernina! I am always leary of a good deal and get too far in before double checking everything, what do you think?

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Old 12-30-2010, 06:53 PM
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I don't know if I'd call this a mid-arm. The throat is still pretty small.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:17 PM
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Janome is a good brand of machine. The HandiQuilter does only have a 9" throat though.
It's less than a Bernina, because Janomes are a lot less costly than Berninas. Personally, I like the Janome better, but that's just me.
If you want a Bernina, be ready to pay for it. Bernina owners seem to swear by them, but to me, it's a lot of money for a machine that other brands can do for a lot less.
Just my opinion.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:22 PM
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Thanks for your input!
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:25 PM
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I wouldn't trade my Juki 98Q for a Bernina. I love her so much. She's an all metal, straight stitch machine. Someday, I will get a long arm to put on my frame, but will still keep Juki to piece.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:47 PM
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I have Viking Sapphire 830, with a 9in bed, that I am using on a Grace Mini Pinn frame, & that 9in bed is working great. I don't see a problem with a machine this size, on a frame, & have no complaints about mine.I have a Janome I stitch with otherwise, & it's a great machine, so this looks like a good deal, in my opinion....
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That one is a twin to my Juki and I love mine. I use it on a frame and have had no complaints so far.
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Old 12-31-2010, 03:14 PM
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Thanks again for your advice, it's encouraging! Littlehud they have the same special w/the Juki as they do for the Janome. I have a couple of weeks to decide before I make my decision. I'm feeling pretty good about it so far, just wish I could get some one on one training on it!
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I have a Brother 1500s, which is similar is size, with a 9" throat. -- The playing field is only about 6". It is working for me as I learn. I find sometimes that there is a design I don't quite have enough playing field for and have to complete after rolling, requiring me to cut the thread and start again.
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:38 PM
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Hmm, I wonder if I will be left with a 6" area also instead of 9" which I thought was small enough. Oh to be rich and just go get what you want huh? lol!
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