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Thread: Looking for a long arm - opinions?

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    Senior Member Judi in Ohio's Avatar
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    I'm thinking of doing the long arm thing!!! :-D I have sewn with some nice machines, and one I loved was the prodigy. And now I've heard about the AMB Innova. I'm thinking either 22' or 26" - how much of a difference is there? How big a frame? I can probably go 12 or 14'. I'm not really looking at Gammil or AQS, or the very expensive ones - I'm liking the Innova right now.
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    I'm thinking Charisma here on the board might have something to say on this subject. I believe she does her fantastic work on an Innova 26

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    I have a 26" Innova on a 10 ft frame. If I had the room I would have gone on a bigger frame. I love, love, love my Innova. I think it is the best bang for the buck LA on the market. You won't regret getting it.

    As far as between the 22" or the 26" if you can pay the little extra go for the bigger throat. I don't use all the quilting space I have simply because I can't reach that far but I love having it.

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    I have the 26" Innova on the 12' frame. I love it. I like having the full 26".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judi in Ohio
    I'm thinking of doing the long arm thing!!! :-D I have sewn with some nice machines, and one I loved was the prodigy. And now I've heard about the AMB Innova. I'm thinking either 22' or 26" - how much of a difference is there? How big a frame? I can probably go 12 or 14'. I'm not really looking at Gammil or AQS, or the very expensive ones - I'm liking the Innova right now.
    Judi
    Gammill's start at $8995 complete with stitch regulator and laser for tracing pantographs,and includes a 10 ft or 12 ft table.

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    So is the table extra for the Gammill?

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    I love when this topic comes up again. Yesterday I was test driving some LAs myself at a sewing festival. I really liked the Handi-Quilter Avante. It would be interesting to follow this to see if any comments on that particular one.
    Maureen

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    well I have a gam mil myself but you asked about table size - really honestly it is very rare to have a quilt that you would deed a 4 foot table for I can do a king size on my 12 easily you also have to think about how much space you have you need 13 feet long and about 6 ft wide the more the better but you need 2 feet behind the table to get behind it if you are quilting form the front and you will need good space in the front....

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfstamper
    So is the table extra for the Gammill?
    Nope, Thanks for pointing out my wording error! I edited the above post to read includes 10 ft or 12 ft table!

    http://www.gammill.net/index.php?m=specials

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    I think I'll need a new car first

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    Quote Originally Posted by xsquilter
    I love when this topic comes up again. Yesterday I was test driving some LAs myself at a sewing festival. I really liked the Handi-Quilter Avante. It would be interesting to follow this to see if any comments on that particular one.
    Maureen
    I've had my Avante for a few months and timed myseld on a 50x50 with an allover meander and it took me 23 minutes. I LOVE this machine.

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    I WANT ONE....anyone LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by OCQuilts
    Gammill's start at $8995 complete with stitch regulator and laser for tracing pantographs,and includes a 10 ft or 12 ft table.
    Yes but this is for the 18" throat model, and Innova's are priced the same for that size as well.

    The OP already has it narrowed down to the 22" or 26" Innova and Gammil prices for that size throat exceeds the Innova by almost $2000! This is based on the link you posted.

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    I just bought the Innova 26 with lightning stitch and a 12 foot table. It should ship soon and I'm really excited. I demoed every machine and was most impressed with the Innova. I felt I needed to go with the 26 as I am opening a business and bought the computer system. Innova even has a 32? But we needed to stop spending money:)

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    Thought I would update everyone. I bought a......listen for it........drum roll please!!!! lol.
    I bought an A-1 on a 12' table. If I bought new I would have gone with the Innova, but I found a 2 year old A-1 that is wonderful and I'm thrilled. It has the stitch regulator, and hydraulic table, and is smooth and easy to move. Last time I tried long arms none of them moved like this machine does. I'm sure every day something new comes out, but I'm thrilled with this machine. Now to learn it.
    Judi in Ohio

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    Quote Originally Posted by xsquilter View Post
    I love when this topic comes up again. Yesterday I was test driving some LAs myself at a sewing festival. I really liked the Handi-Quilter Avante. It would be interesting to follow this to see if any comments on that particular one.
    Maureen
    I have an Avante and absolutely love it. One of my friends had a Handiquilter 16 and after using mine decided to sell hers and get one. The company has called me a couple of times to see if I was happy and how things were going. They also offer classes on how to use it at the shop I purchased it, which was a big selling point.

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    I recently purchased a new to me Nolting. I am very happy with it and the people I purchased it from. Just be sure when you buy a machine no matter which one you have, service available if you need it and that training is included. Not usually an issue, but if it is, it can be expensive if they have to come from a long distance as they charge mileage as well as service fee. Test drive as many brands as possible and don't be afraid to see what they have in trade ins as some people upgrade and some of the trade-ins are great. Good luck and enjoy.

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