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Thread: so, I'm intrigued at the thought of buying a longarm

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    Senior Member fromzstore's Avatar
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    i have had may request about the quilting frame that i saw at a local quilt show I have no affiliation with these people just saw it at the show but it worked wonderful you put your own machine on it check out the website www.quiltersexpress.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by fromzstore View Post
    i have had may request about the quilting frame that i saw at a local quilt show I have no affiliation with these people just saw it at the show but it worked wonderful you put your own machine on it check out the website www.quiltersexpress.com
    the owner is not presenting the frame very well.... the picture is of a regular DSM on the frame and there seems to be about 1-2" of quilting space available. one would need a machine with a much larger throat/harp. just sayin'.
    i use a 9" throat Juki on my frame and i only have about 4" quilting space at the end of the quilt.
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    at the show she used a janome horizon 9 in throat also not sure what she has in the photo

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    I just recently purchased a "new to me" long arm. I would say this...if you are really comfortable and feel like you are or can with practice get good at quilting on a domestic...a large throat sit down might be a good option for you. I love my long arm, but the only reason I bought such a monster was because I had plans to go into business with it. I would say identify what you WANT and what you NEED and then go from there. Go test everything and try your best to be realistic about what you'll really do with it. Good luck!
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    There are several questions I would ask, agree with Pumpkin Patch, what do you intend, business or just plain Fun!
    Business, I would get a machine with a frame you can grow with. Gammill Vision can be 22" to 30" depending on the throat of the machine. I have an optimum but had traded up to this size. I love the new track Gammill has, don't have that, but its really nice.
    I so often see people who purchase a machine and it isn't what size they needed for their business. So think big!
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    wow, here's a shock - hubby had the idea that HE will take the garage studio for his photography - that way he can bring in cars, motorcycles, etc as props. I could have dropped over. so, I guess I will have the space by this time next year, which is when I think I'll have the cash too, so seriously looking now!
    ​Nancy

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    I bought a 26" Tin Lizzie and I'm so glad I went with this size. I can quilt a whole 22" section at a time. I've had it over a year now, and simply love the machine. The tech support I've had has been outstanding. They've really been wonderful when I've needed help with something. Another plus... there is a large group of ladies on yahoogroups who give advice and tips.

    There are lots of brands to choose from, buy the machine you want the first time out, you won't be sorry.
    Bernina 640, Singer 201-3, Singer Centennial 15-91, Tin Lizzie 26" long arm

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    I agree that test driving a lot of machines at various shows is a great way to start your research. I did that and discovered I don't particularly like driving the machine over the fabric - I prefer moving the fabric under the needle. This turns out to be a good thing as there is no way we could fit a frame in our house, and my back won't handle long periods of standing. So I am another happy owner of the HQ Sweet Sixteen (sit down).

    Cheers, K

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