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Thread: need suggection for longarm quilting m/c...please

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    Junior Member lotus63000's Avatar
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    I've been planning to buy a longarm quilting m/c this month, who could give me suggestions what I should have any informations to select the best and reasonable price for starting business at home.....

    Please kindly suggestion I will be very very appreciated...

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    You might try a "search" at the top of this page. There are lots of threads on the Long Arms. Happy Hunting!:)

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    Hi Lotus,

    Make a list of what you really want:
    size
    computerized or only free motion
    classes for learning to use it
    price
    and any other questions.

    I have the HandiQuilter with the ProStitcher. Got the HQ used and added the computerized portion when it came out and was on sale. I had classes locally. I was at another quilt guild's meeting and met another HQ person. She told me she never goes to the local reps for help ... just calls HQ and they walk her through any problems. I tried it and she was sooo right on.

    ali

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    I have a Gammill Classic Plus: it has a 26" throat a 14'table plus a computer on each end for stitch regulator (not patterns) I upgraded in 2002-- before no computer. If could get in with a quilt/fabric shop could benefit you both. I would check for used machines with manufactures, people always trading in or decided not for them. Good luck

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    Try to go to a quilt show and test drive every machine that is set up. You have to compare the machines to see what is best for you.

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    I have an HQ and I love it! :)

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    I forgot to mention:

    Make sure you can BOND with whatever machine you choose. A friend bought a machine and she never could bond with it. It is an interesting piece of dust collecting/space occupying/nonfunctional furniture. Every time she thinks about it she gets upset.

    I agree. Take the time to go to a bigger quilt show venue where you can test drive the different machines and ask all the questions you want to see what kind of services they provide.

    ali

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    Check out Craigslist.com in your area, and EBay for Long Arm Quilting
    Machines. I often see ads, and they are very reasonable. Just make sure
    it would be delivered, set up, and someone spends a few hours with you
    to demonstrate the machine, show you how to do simple maintenance, etc.
    It can be very intimidating to buy a machine, and even with an owner's
    manual, try to learn on your own.

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    best way to select is to go to a quilt convention/show where most of the brands are there. Test them all and then decide.

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    I would try to get it locally. I had to take my HQ to have it fixed because the stitch regulator wasn't working right.
    I would not have wanted to ship it anywhere. You have to try them out.

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    Good Morning,
    My mother has a Janome mid arm with a grace pro frame for sale. She wants 1500.00 for the sewing machine and frame, of course I see you live in Chicago so that could be a problem with shipping, she lives in Maine.

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    I'm going to second and third the suggestions about going to a big show and driving every machine there. You may need to go to several shows.

    Buying a longarm is like buying a car: What works best for each of us may not be what's best for you.

    Start with the features:

    I wouldn't be without the hydraulic lift and the ergo-handles, but them I'm quilting 5 to 8 hours a day. I need to be able to make small changes to save my back.

    Do you want/need a stitch regulator? It does make that learning curve a little flatter.

    Do you need a dealer right next to you, or are you capable (with a little training) of diving in and working on your own machine?

    Good luck, and HAVE FUN!

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    AliKat Bond?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat
    Hi Lotus,

    Make a list of what you really want:
    size
    computerized or only free motion
    classes for learning to use it
    price
    and any other questions.

    I have the HandiQuilter with the ProStitcher. Got the HQ used and added the computerized portion when it came out and was on sale. I had classes locally. I was at another quilt guild's meeting and met another HQ person. She told me she never goes to the local reps for help ... just calls HQ and they walk her through any problems. I tried it and she was sooo right on.

    ali
    This a good one to follow

    :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Check out http://www.renaequilts.com/ and put "choosing a longarm article" in the search box at the top right. The article has to be "bought" but it's really free. She gives you lots of things to think about and ask about...things I didn't know to ask when I bought my longarm.

    I love my Innova. Easy to use and move, user friendly, and a real person 24/7/365 if you need help with anything (including tension, the bane of a longarmer's existence!!!). ABM International is an American company (Texas) that is a family owned and run company. They have been in the commercial quilting machine business for over 70 years, so they ship internationally and have to support those international sales with real live person help 24/7 and we benefit from that! Nice to have a home machine that is built to commercial standards at a decent price (comes with so much that other companies consider extras).

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltQtrs
    Check out Craigslist.com in your area, and EBay for Long Arm Quilting
    Machines.
    And sometimes you won't find the really good longarms on those lists because the owners won't sell them! Sometimes it's the not-so-great machines that are found there. That said, my longarm may be for sale after my oldest daughter and I both die unless I can get my 3-year-old granddaughter into it too!

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