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Thread: Need input/ Machine with wide harp/Lowest price

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    Need input/ Machine with wide harp/Lowest price

    I'm in need of a new machine and do a lot of machine quilting. Would like input on the lowest price anyone has found on a machine with a wider harp. This would help me decide if I can afford one. So far, I got one price at $1500.. I can't do that.

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    Many board members including me have the Brother 1500. Got mine at Allbrands for 599.00 with free shipping. Not sure how big of a throat you are looking for but this one is 9". Many people are very happy with it. It is a straight stitch only machine, but really what more do you need when quilting.

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    i have a juki TL98Q, now the 2010 i think. it's a great machine for piecing and quilting and i also used it on my frame. it's just a straight stitch machine, but that's one thing i like about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dingle View Post
    Many board members including me have the Brother 1500. Got mine at Allbrands for 599.00 with free shipping. Not sure how big of a throat you are looking for but this one is 9". Many people are very happy with it. It is a straight stitch only machine, but really what more do you need when quilting.
    I agree but I got mine from Amazon for $600 /free shipping/ no tax and easy return policy. Love the machine for both piecing adn FMQ! Go to LQS and test sew machines to find what you want then go on line to buy.
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    Look at juki all their new models have a 9 inch throat I think.
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    if you want an 11 inch throat, check with local dealers to see if they have any trade-ins. You may have to wait, but the extra 2 inches my be worth it to you. You can also advertise on Craig's list and other free advertising sites that you're looking for a large throat machine. If so, I'd make sure that the sale would not be final until a repair person you trust has checked it out and OK'd it...
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    Ditto the Brother 1500S. You would think I got a kick back for all the good things I say about this machine, but I've had it for over three years with constant heavy use and never had a problem.

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    Brother PQ1500s runs about 600 I think the juki's run about 8-900 similar to the brother, there is the janome 6600 which runs about 1200. what is you budget. You can probably find a janome 7700 for cheaper since they are replacing them but that will probably run you around 1700.
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    What is the throat space on the 6600 and the 7700? Thanks!
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    Take a look at the Juki TL-2010Q. I love my machine. It's strong, powerful and fast. The feet including the walking foot are much heavier and sturdier than other machines (more like industrial feet). The harp space is higher and more rectangular than other 9" harp space machines and you can easily get a King sized quilt through this machine.
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    I have the Baby Lock Quilters Choice Professional on the Little Grace II frame. I have had it about 6 years and think it is great. A new one - Jane - has replaced the one I have. Both come/came with an extension table along with walking foot, etc. Maximum speed is 1500 spm and I believe the harp is over 9 inches. Other brands have similar models with pretty much the same features. It's just I am a Baby Lock fan so tend to stay with the brand but others are comparable and all about personal preference.
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    I would go and check out a/some dealers. I bought my Elna Quilter's Dream used for $1000, and I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewplease View Post
    What is the throat space on the 6600 and the 7700? Thanks!
    6600 ~ 9" & 7700 ~ 11" I have a Janome 6500 and it is also 9", GF has the 7700.
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    I just recently bought a Juki TL98Q from a friend for $500. it was just recently serviced & only used a few times. It has a 9" throat, although I wished it was a bit bigger...someday!
    You can also check craigslist in your area. There was just a post in the Phila. area for the very same machine for 500.

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    If harp is your concern for FMQ, I would buy a Juki for the price. My Janome 8200 has an 11 inch harp but for 3000 versus 5-800, that's an expensive 2 inches.....kind of like NY real estate prices.

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    I have the Brother Nouvelle 1500 s. Check out this review: http://www.badassquilterssociety.com...achine-review/
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    I have a 15" Bailey that use on a frame. I love it. Chuck now has a 13" midarm machine w/a sit-down sewing table for $2098. Here is the link to that. http://www.baileyssewingcenter.com/sppa113mawis.html. He also has 13" Baileys for $1599. Here is the link to that. http://www.baileyssewingcenter.com/homequilter.html. He also has classroom machines that he discounts.
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    I have the Brother 1500s and have had it since 2000. A real workhorse and never complains......I also have a Janome 6600 which has an 11" throat. Both are good machines, but the Brother is just a straight stitch and the Janome does many types of stitches......

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    I agree with Shelbie. Have the same machine and am very happy with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosebeka View Post
    I'm in need of a new machine and do a lot of machine quilting. Would like input on the lowest price anyone has found on a machine with a wider harp. This would help me decide if I can afford one. So far, I got one price at $1500.. I can't do that.
    What brand machine was priced at $1500 and is it a straight stitch only?

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    Brother 1500S. Have others, but for for a good solid straight stitch and FMQ, I've doubt there is better. I paid 525 about 2 years ago, but I think they are 600 or 700 now. Well worth the price. Babylock Jane is the same machine, usually more expensive for the fancier name. But machines are identical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie View Post
    Take a look at the Juki TL-2010Q. I love my machine. It's strong, powerful and fast. The feet including the walking foot are much heavier and sturdier than other machines (more like industrial feet). The harp space is higher and more rectangular than other 9" harp space machines and you can easily get a King sized quilt through this machine.
    I second this, I am very happy with my 2010, especially after I found a 1/4" foot with guide that makes piecing very accurate. I thought I'd only use this machine for FMQ, but now I use it all the time.

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    Allbrands will have something for you. I bought a Juki for $800.
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    I recently purchased a Husqvarna Tribute from 2012, a discontinued model with a LARGE throat. Currently quilting a king on it with no issues! I got a great price on it as it was a close out, under $1000.

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    7700 is 11".
    Quote Originally Posted by sewplease View Post
    What is the throat space on the 6600 and the 7700? Thanks!

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