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Old 05-29-2012, 12:49 PM
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I know this subject comes up all the time. I searched it and here's what I found:
Bailey 13 $1,599.00
Bailey 15 $1,899.00
Sunshine 16 $1,750.00
WOW 16 $1,899.00
HQ Sweet Sixteen $5,195.00
Voyager 17 $2,400.00
Bailey 17 $2,499.00
WOW 18 $3,099.00
Homesteader 19 $2,695.00
George 20 $6,400.00

I have 7.5 inches on my domestic. I see no point what so ever to upgrade to 9-10 inches. But it seems like there is a huge jump to 9 inches then again to 13 inches then they creep a little slower. However, I know there will be a lot of people suggesting machines with 9-10 inch arm. I'm looking for a sit-down machine, so this list is concentrated on ones I believe are sit down (and frames).

Did I miss any? I didn't include any that I couldn't find a price online.
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:44 PM
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Innova has a new sit down machine. Go to their website and take a look.
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The Voyager is not normally a sit down machine and it has been discontinued, I believe, at least as it was originally sold since Hinterberg has merged with Nolting. There was also a Weekender 10" machine and I believe a Quilting Bee or something similarly named. Definitely check at the Nolting web-site.

I have never seen the WOW as a sit down machine but the makers of the WOW quilter will stretch the Juki/Brother/Janome/Pfaff/Babylock 9" straight stitch only machines to 18".

The Janome Horizon 7700 is an 11" domestic machine and was being sold brand new for $2,000 when it was first released. I don't know if the price has gone up or down since then.

The ABM Innova may be able to be adapted to sitdown sewing. And the Crown Jewel by Babylock, possibly. I believe I also saw the Tin Lizzie setup to be in a table however they call it a Queen Quilter in that setup. Since the Viking MegaQuilter 18 x 8 is the same machine, it could theoretically be set in a table, also.

There was a post a day or so ago about a Juki 8700 industrial machine that is being marketed at quilters. I believe the price on it was around $2,200 setup.

Nustyle is another one I can think of off the top of my head. They are sold by a store in Stover, Missouri or in that area.

There are also older/discontinued/home-made machines that are in the 10-16" range. You may stumble across those in your research. DAQ (Design-A-Quilt) had an interesting history, Versaquilter made a bright yellow Tweety Bird and a Purple Monster.

KenQuilt is still around although I believe they recently merged with another company.
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Wow, Beverly! You really know your machines!! Is this the same Juki? http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/se...FQbznAod_VUwXg If so, I'm buying one tonight!!!
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I think I heard somewhere that the feed dogs don't drop in those industrial machines. Might be wise to call before you buy to make sure. Thank you for all that great information you and Beverly posted previously! I've been trying to get that kind of information for ages!
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I'm trying to get all the information together in one place on the board! I have a spreadsheet that keeps growing!



Originally Posted by virtualbernie View Post
I think I heard somewhere that the feed dogs don't drop in those industrial machines. Might be wise to call before you buy to make sure. Thank you for all that great information you and Beverly posted previously! I've been trying to get that kind of information for ages!

From what I've read if you're using an industrial for machine quilting only, remove the dogs!
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This information helps me to know how much I need to save for! I knew I couldn't afford a $30,000+ setup but the ones in your post are attainable! Thanks again!

Re feedogs: DUH!!!!!!!!!! lol!
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Originally Posted by virtualbernie View Post
This information helps me to know how much I need to save for! I knew I couldn't afford a $30,000+ setup but the ones in your post are attainable! Thanks again!

Re feedogs: DUH!!!!!!!!!! lol!
I'm such a nerd, I even put a column on my spread sheet that tells price per inch... I figure if you're paying for extra inches, that's the best way to figure your best deal!

The Sunshine 16 is the cheapest at $109.38/inch, BTW lol
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You know, in one of her videos, even Leah Day hinted to the powers that be that it would be wonderful to have just a regular domestic machine with a long(er) arm. Wonder if anyone listens?
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Originally Posted by AshleyR View Post
Wow, Beverly! You really know your machines!! Is this the same Juki? http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/se...FQbznAod_VUwXg If so, I'm buying one tonight!!!
NO..this is an industrial machine...made to go like H*** and not slow down.....
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