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    question about grace q'nique midarm sewing machine

    does anyone have or know anything about the grace q'nique 15 r midarm sewing machine? Joann's has this machine on sale for $3500. I am thinking about going for it, but would like anyones feed back on it. thank you.

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    Remember if your throat is 15" you will comfortably be able to quilt a pattern roughly half that width, about 8" (or less), so don't buy 12" wide pantographs. I don't have that machine, mine is a different brand.

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    i have the qnique 14 long arm on my frame. and i really like it. i ordered mine from the grace company
    2 years ago in dec. and i paid 3200. so i think that is a good price.

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    Thanks, I've thought about it and decided to do it. I'm off to get it as soon as the morning traffic thins out!

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    I have the BlockRockIt, which is the same machine. I love it! I have it on the 10 foot Grace Continuum frame, which I really like, too! I also have Quilter's Creative Touch on it and it does a great job. You might check with the Grace Company - they have machine and frame combinations at good prices. Kathy Quilts sells the BlockRockIt and frame combos (they are the Grace Frames). The BlockRockIt came out first (made by the Grace Company) and after about a year, they were able to market the machine with their Quinique' name on it. I do it for my pleasure so I didn't need a bigger machine--I just roll a little more often than those with bigger machines. The support from Kathy Quilts and the Grace Company has been great when I have had questions or help.
    Regina in Richmond, KY

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    I did go get it!!! Very excited! It's still in box, won't be able to put it up until we move things around to make room. Gina can you tell me more about the Quilter's Creative Touch. Does it come with the machine? i have only looked at the manual.

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    Leah Day quilts on that machine and she has a lot of free videos on her site and on you tube
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joset View Post
    i have the qnique 14 long arm on my frame. and i really like it. i ordered mine from the grace company
    2 years ago in dec. and i paid 3200. so i think that is a good price.
    I have the same machine and I love it! I had tried the model at a quilt show and fell in love with it. I found a dealer not far from my home and purchased my machine for $3299 in 2015. I was able to still use my Majestic Frame from the Grace Company. Before the machine was delivered to the store, the factory adjusted the machine to fit the frame. However, the dealer support was very minimal, and the employee really did not understand how the machine worked. It took a while, but with the gracious help of Grace Company employees themselves and a lot of self teaching, it is a joy to use it.

    Here's a tip for the new owner: due to different weights and brands of quilting threads, tension needs to be adjusted each time threads are changed. My method is to adjust the bobbin thread first using the Jamie Wallen method. After threading the top thread, have the top tension knob flush with the screw. Test the top tension (I use the the quilt sandwich's extra space either above the quilt top or on the side of the quilt). Check to see how the thread looks both on top and bottom. Gradually increase the tension on top until you like how the thread looks on the bottom. It works for me every time. You are welcome to PM me if you have any questions.

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    Correction to post#9: I should have proofread this. Please see the third sentence from the bottom saying "Gradually increase....." It should have read as follows. Gradually loosen the tension....

    Hope this makes sense. Occasionally I have found the bobbin may need a very tiny, tiny change, less than 1/16th of an inch!

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    Oh my gosh! Thank you so much for the wonderful tips! This board and the people on it are the best!!!!!

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    Good advice, but I do think you will be able to get about 9 - 9.5 inches of quilting space on smaller quilts. The longer the quilt, the more of your quilting space will be used up on the take up roller as you finish each row.
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    Quilters Creative Touch is a computerized system that you can use with the Q'nique. I have a Qnique 21 with QCT Beginings. It works well. It does require a stitch regulated machine, so hope you bought that with your machine.
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    Quilter's Creative Touch is an extra purchase. It came with a different carriage, software (the computerized workings), everything to work except the computer. You need a tablet or computer using Windows, mounted onto the top of the machine and the software that makes the machine move runs on the tablet. There is a free trial on the Grace Company's website that you can download and see how it works. Even though I have the full version of the software downstairs on my frame, I take a lot of my patterns into the trial version while I'm watching TV upstairs and see how I want to do something, write down my notes and then I can go downstairs and set my machine up to do what I want. It's a learning process but there are a lot of good you tube videos (especially by Angela Huffman) that have helped me, plus I had the manual that is on the software CD printed out. I'm getting more comfortable with that--I've learned a lot about fixing mistakes!
    Regina in Richmond, KY

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    My BlockRockIt is stitch regulated and I'm sure the Qnique is also. I have the full version (QCT4Gold) but once my Gold year (you have to buy a license for the Gold part yearly), I will just stay with QCT4. I really like using it.


    Quote Originally Posted by cathyvv View Post
    Quilters Creative Touch is a computerized system that you can use with the Q'nique. I have a Qnique 21 with QCT Beginings. It works well. It does require a stitch regulated machine, so hope you bought that with your machine.
    Regina in Richmond, KY

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    Can you quilt a queen size quilt on this machine? What I mean does it have enough throat space to free motion, if not on a frame? I need to look this machine up.
    Let us see your machine and tell us your reviews once you work with it. Congratulations and I'm glad your dream to own one has come true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    Leah Day quilts on that machine and she has a lot of free videos on her site and on you tube
    Isn't Leah's machine the 21" throat version?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkc View Post
    Isn't Leah's machine the 21" throat version?
    She has the 14+ Q'nique, which is the older model of the Q'nique 15. It has 15" throat .
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    Quote Originally Posted by toogie View Post
    Can you quilt a queen size quilt on this machine? What I mean does it have enough throat space to free motion, if not on a frame? I need to look this machine up.
    On my Q'nique 14+, the quilting space is about 12 inches since the first take up bar takes up maybe two inches at the beginning of the quilt. I have done queen sizes without any problem. My quilting frame can do quilts up to king size.

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    Does this sale at JoAnn include the frame? If it is just for the machine head, with no rack, their "sale" price is more than regular price for on line retailers. On Amazon it is retailing for $3,299.00

    https://www.amazon.com/Qnique-Quilte...44797286&psc=1

    Same price at Sewing machines plus but they are listing it as being "sale price"
    https://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/q...SABEgKD6vD_BwE

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