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Thread: Long arm quilting machines

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    Which Long Arm Quilting Machine is the best and easiest to use for a beginner quilter? Is one brand/style easier to use or are they basically all the same? Thanks for the info!

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    Also, if you know how much they sell for. I know they range in price by thousands of dollars. That would make a big difference to me.

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    WOW, you ladies are ambitious. Just like there are many types and brands of sewing machines, there are similar for long arms. I hesitate to attempt to describe here, as there are so many. Therefore, I will direct you to do a google search of long arm quilting machines.

    The truth is a long arm quilting machine is a big ticket item. The ultimate best in the world quilting machine, is only as good as it's operator. Before you consider using your children or grands as collateral for a $15,000+ machine, you may want to look at frames that use home sewing machines. Be aware that even these can be pricey. The least expensive will cost a few hundred dollars, while some are over $1,000.

    Some areas have quilt shops that will rent time on their long arm. Usually you will be required to take a class in it's operation, but believe me you will be glad you did. This will allow you to decide if this is something you want to persue. A long arm machine takes a lot of space, and alot of practice. Do your homework. This is not the sort of purchase one should make without first actually using one.

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    Boo, Have you used any of the quilting frames that allow you to use your own sewing machine? If so, which ones do you recommend?

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    No I haven't. I do use a long arm at the quilt shop, though. When the handiquilter came out, I was interested, but realized that it wasn't big enough to do large bed quilts. They may be bigger now. Grace has a standing frame that I saw demonstrated at a quilt show. The only problem I see with these is the keyhole size of a regular sewing machine. There are some machines called short arms, that have a larger throat so you can do more than one or two inches once the quilt is rolled.
    Bottom line, there are too many variables for me or anyone to recommend any particular frame. It will depend what you can afford, how you plan to use it, and what sort of machine you have. My suggestion would be to see some of these in action. There is never a substitution for doing your own research. The minute you make a purchase on someone's recommendation, you will discover another product better suited to your needs. It's called Murphy's Law. :lol:

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    aw a long arm machine on the quilting net......wow what a fun thing........

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    I have a little gracie. It quilts up to a queen size quilt. I have a Janome 6600 sewing machine on it. This machine has a 9 inch neck. Grace company also has a rack that goes to king size. I love it. I'm still learning quilting as well as other activitys on it.

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    I joined several quilt forums to gain information about home quilting equipment. About the time I thought I knew exactly what I wanted, I found something else. Unfortunately they are not created equal. There will be one feature you like on one and 2 on another, but hate something else.

    I am getting down to the wire. Completion of our finished basement it scheduled for early August. I am spending time every day trying to sort out what I want and what will work for me.

    Then, at some point I feel like throwing up my hands and just saying "I don't want to have the problems other people have." I don't want to invest in this equipment to find it too frustrating to use. I want to think I can quilt my own quilts and be happy with the results. Now I question whether anyone gets what they were hoping for.

    More discussion on this subject would make me happy! What do you use and how easy was it to learn, and do you like it?

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    June, I am concerned that you are considering such a large investment without actually knowing how to use a long arm. I recommend you find a place where you can rent time on the machine and learn to use it first. You really can't expect to know what you want in a machine if you don't know how to use one.

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    I am sorry if I was not clear in saying I was looking for. I am NOT considering a long arm quilting machine. There are many other machine and frames (smaller than long arms) available and I am trying to view and consider all options.

    I have looked at Grace frames and Janome and Juki (quilting) machines:

    http://www.sewvacdirect.com/grace_combos.html

    The super quilter: http://www.superquilter.com/

    and the Bailey (most recently suggested by a friend who is considering an upgrade) http://www.baileyssewingcenter.com/homequilter.html

    If anyone has other options that would like to suggest, I am open. I have at least a month to make a decison.

    June



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    to Boo.....I think I lost track of the subject after I started reading down the other messages. Sorry for throwing you off. There is also another thread and I was merely getting myself confused


    Now I have added John Flynn frame and the EAsy Quilter II to my lilst. It is growing as time goes along.

    Thanks for your patience and concern.

    June

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    June, some of those long arms cost the price of a car. So, I was thinking, omg this woman doesn't even know how to work one! I could just see you deciding after about a month that this was a stupid move. LOL I'm so glad you clarified, and yes it is easy to confuse posts. I have done that myself. :lol:

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    I also have the gracie with a Jenome 6600 and do fine with both. It takes a little longer to quilt because of the keyhole length but the price is well worth it.

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    I am glad for the re-visit of this subject. Here are some links you might want to consider. These are mid-arm machines.

    http://www.baileyssewingcenter.com/homequilter.html

    http://www.thequiltcorner.biz/handiquilter.htm

    These are much less expensive than a Long-arm. Take a look

    Then take a look at these combos and the prices. I felt this would be a good choice for an older person who may get limited use out of the equipment. There are all sorts of combinations. Great prices.

    http://www.sewvacdirect.com/grace_combos.html

    Comments?

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    June thanks for the websites. I will check them out. I have been following this topic curiously wandering the prices and the different types of long arm machines.

    June, I am sure we have had this conversation before, excuse me for my memory but where in WV are you from?

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    yes, I think we have been there....but that is OK because it is too difficult to keep everyone straight. At least, at 73, I need a bit of help once in a while. I was raised in the Eastern Panhandle...between the VA and MD state lines. Town by the name of Martinsburg. But I have been gone a long time.

    June in Cincinnati

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    I bought the Flynn and it is awful. It was cheap but not easy to use.
    You have to go to Home Depot and get pvc pieces to roll the frame around on, and they have to be just the right diamiter to fit the heigth of your machine. You have to keep it level yourself as you quilt and the pvc has a tendency to roll off the table as you quilt. You can only quilt a small section between the throat of your machine and the roller your quilt is on.
    Also it only comes with short pipes to roll your fabric on so you can only do a small quilt. You can buy longer pipes but then it would be even worse to handle.

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    Hi I want to know more about Bailey Home quilting machine.I have sent away for it . I am geting cold feet about. it I have a Brother 1500 but is dose not do what I want to to. all I have done is fight with it. I just got a second hand quilting table The Peeywinkle. I has a steel fram and about 14 inch it quilt in. My other one was a Handy quilter and I gave it away when I got my new table.I hope that the Bailey Is what I am looking for . If you have any info I well be very thank full I have 6 quilt tops to quilt

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    Please send your specific questions through Private Message. That way we will not take up a lot of space on the Board. Others who want to know, may also ask.

    June

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    I like king size quilts. I want them to fit my beds, I have 2 king size beds and one queen size bed. I just bought a new joy quilt frame - so far I like it just fine. I put it together myself without any help - I was proud of myself. I started quilting my quilt with one of my home sewing machines, its a bernina, don't have much quilting space with it. I got to a point where I couldn't go any further because I didn't have any more space to quilt so I decided to invest in a long arm sewing machine. I ordered the baileys home quilter, I don't have it yet - but I''m excited to get it so I can proceed my quilting project. It's about 3/4 done.
    I was going get the handi quilter and am so glad I didn't It's the 1st one . I think I like the one I got so much better which is the 2nd one. I'm just talking about the quilting frame

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    I ordered a bailey long arm sewing machine, the 15 inch one, thought it would do me fine about a week ago now. The price was so better then all the others I looked at. I think I will be happy with it.

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    janny, i see you talk about the bailey l5". and that you liked the price. you look pretty young in your picture, and i think you were smart starting with less expensive ones.
    that's what i did the phaff. LA quilting cousins of mine, take classes,and i understand quite a few LA quilters take classes. Is that true ladies? so what are the lengths of long arms? i think i have seen l8" and what.....?

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    I have had the HQ16 from Handiquilter for several years and just love it. I did add some upgrades, stitch regulator, micro handles different bobbin case. It does everything the larger ones do and uses the larger bobbin.

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