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Thread: Question about long arm frame

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    Carol Carter's Avatar
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    Feb 2010
    I am starting to research long arm quilting machines and will probably look into a Tin Lizzie, Lennie, or Liberty. I have shops within 90 miles that sell these LA. Very limited to what is available locally since I live in south Alabama. I should be able to trial run these machines. If anyone knows of any other dealers with 150 miles, please let me know.

    I am using a gracie frame with a bailey machine but I am having a lot of problems with the bearings on the wood carriage. My DH worked on it and it was moving freely for a week but is getting tight again. I emailed the company about purchasing new wheels and was disappointed that they emailed me back that they had a new metal carriage I could purchase. Did not answer my original question. I use this machine for stipple meandering. I have not done much other in the way of free motion quilting.

    I am ready to branch out and try something that will give me more artistic freedom.

    My question is about wood vs metal frames. Is one better than the other?

    Please feel free to give me any advice or input on the LA purchase as well. Thanks in advance.

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    Power Poster Sadiemae's Avatar
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    Oct 2009
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    I have a Fusion and my frame is metal. I love it!

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    Super Member sewwhat85's Avatar
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    Nov 2010
    good luck

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    Senior Member trueimage's Avatar
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    Feb 2010
    San Antonio, TX
    Could you upgrade to the grace aluminum carriage? I have the pentacle frame and the carriage is the same as the aluminum upgrade for the wooden grace. That'd be the cheaper option than buying a whole new frame. More money for more fabric!!

    Sorry, I missed the part about you saying that you had already 'explored' the option of the aluminum carriage upgrade.

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    a regular here hazeljane's Avatar
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    Mar 2010
    Tulsa, OK
    I have a Gracie GMQ frame with a new aluminum carriage as well, and love it. It may be worth exploring. I don't think they are making the wood carriage anymore- maybe because of wear like yours?

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