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Thread: Long Arm Quilting Machine

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    Super Member Robin57's Avatar
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    I need information on purchasing a long arm quilting machine. Where is the best place to buy a used one and what is a good one

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    1st I would reccomend that you go to quilt shows and try using a few different brands. Once you know what you feel would be a great fit for you then go to some of the yahoo groups most of them are brand specific. The machines can run from the low thousands all the way up to the uper 20 thousands. please do some home work before you make such a big purchase. You will be a happy longarmer in the long run.

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    Thanks for the great idea of a quilt show to check them out!

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    We have a longarm thread where the different quilters are listed. You could contact them and find out what machine they have, how they like it, and if they would buy it again. They may even give you buying suggestions.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-62268-1.htm

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    it is best to visit and try out as many different machines as you can find. there are a number of them out there; and lots of price ranges. not all are created equal and different people really like different machines.

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    Hello from WV and Welcome to the group
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    Many big dealers sell used machines. Also you might Google "used longarm quilting machine". That's how I found my second-hand Tin Lizzie. Many sites are out there on the internet.

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    I did try that but it is so overwhelming! How did you know which one to contact

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    Take your time! This is a large investment, and is a lot like buying a car - what works for me, may not be a good fit for you.

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    DEFINITELY try out several types before spending any money.
    You will quickly get a feel for what you do and donot like about the different models.
    Inspect everything and ask lots of questions.
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    Everyone has given such good advice. I'll let you know that I bought an A1 Long Arm, and I absolutely LOVE it!!! It's very smooth and easy to maintain. The quality is unmatched! It's a little more expensive, but well worth it.

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    We also bought an A-1 LA. We researched and tested out ever machine made for 2 years but we always came back to preferring the A-1. It is a dream and no problems with it at all. Easy to run and maintain. There is a LA out there that will fit you & your wallet & needs, but you have to do some testing to find out which it is. I wish you luck. Also remember, it is an investment.

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    I would look locally, because if you have a problem you can get it fixed locally.

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    I agree with that. I bought mine from a local shop. They had a used Gammill and I love it. They set it up for me and went through the steps of setting it up and quilting, then left me with a quilt sandwich to play with. I've been practicing since then. I've not had a lot of time with it since I'm dealing with cancer also, but when I get a project reading to quilt, I'm off to the shop with my oxygen, ready to play.
    If I have a problem with the machine, which has just been once, but they are right here in town to help. But do try them out first.

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    Sue, most of us with LAs handle 99% of the repairs ourselves. You want to make sure you are trained in timing your own machine and making adjustments for different types of threads and thread combinations, or you will end up spending a lot of time waiting for someone to show up just to make adjustments. My dealer is several hundred miles away, and is always available by phone if I need a nudge in the right direction.

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