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Old 01-21-2019, 07:49 AM
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I was reading about mid-arms. I have entertained the thought of getting one. I thought I would check the prices. One site said something about mainly free motion. Do they not sew in a regular manner?
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This article might help. https://shop.mybluprint.com/quilting...ting-machines/
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:47 AM
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I was reading about mid-arms. I have entertained the thought of getting one. I thought I would check the prices. One site said something about mainly free motion. Do they not sew in a regular manner?
By mid-arm are you referencing the like of a sit-down Handiquilter Sweet Sixteen, and the others that are re-branded from it?

If so no .... it is strictly FMQing.
That being said, you can still master straight line stitching using rulers, or just a really good eye and a steady hand, while technically doing FMQing.
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If you’re looking for a machine that does regular sewing as well as free motion you’ll want one with as much throat space as possible. My Viking has 10 inches, others might have more.
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most of them do not have feed dogs - so that greatly limits them for regular sewing.
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I like this thread, as I would love to have anything, with a larger throat than a regular machine.
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I used my midarm to sew the binding along the edge, using a ruler. Then when I flipped over the binding to sew it down on the front I did need to use my other machine. It was nice for the first sewing, though, because the weight and drag is hard to handle.
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There are stand up mid arm quilting machines and sit down ones. Stand up ones generally have between 10-16 inch throat. You can do free motion, ruler work or pantos on a stand up one.

I see a great many sit down machines and 'Little foot' machines in sale groups, Most say they are upgrading to a larger machine and frame.

I have a used HQ16 stand up machine. It is considered to be a mid arm machine by many.
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A teacher told me.. the only dumb question is the one NOT ASKED! I don’t have an answer to your question but I’m sure others will!
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Agreed with kat13
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