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Thread: Stretching my brother 1500 machine - wow quilting

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    Question Stretching my brother 1500 machine - wow quilting

    Hi Everyone - I just found out about WOW Quilting in Oklahoma who offers the service of stretching our own machines into 18" throat so we can quilt on a frame up to 18". So I am thinking of having them stretch my Brother 1500 into an 18" machine. Wondering if anyone has worked with LaDonna, Rick or Kati from WOW Quilting and had a machine stretched by them?

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    Interesting. I would want to see one that was stretched before getting mine done. Will it look ugly? Made do?

    Never mind. I found the website and the machine looks great! http://www.wowquilts.com/
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    My Brother 1500 is such a sweet machine I would be scared it would come back running, performing quite as perfectly. On the other hand, it would be wonderful to have that 18" neck on the machine.

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    You may want to join the yahoo home quilting (for longarms). There have been a few recent posts from people who've not been happy with their stretched machines.

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    I agree with Candace. Check the homequiltingsystems group for comments. It seems as if the majority are happy with the end result, but a few have had problems. If you are one of the unhappy ones, there is really no recourse as the machines are not guaranteed (as far as I can tell). All of the risk is yours.

    Personally, I would prefer to buy an already-stretched machine so I could try it out and make sure it works before purchasing.

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    Interesting - I never knew that could be done!

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    I bought my first "longarm" machine from them when they were based in Nevada in about 2003. I'm not sure what type of a machine it was that they stretched but it had an industrial look. I found their customer service to be excellent. I sold it to a friend when I got my Gammill and she has since sold it to another friend when she got her Gammill. It has retained its value and we both used it for 3 or 4 years and sold it for not much less than we paid for it.

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    For a few hundred more you can get a Bailey and keep the other machine for piecing. Love my Bailey for quilting and so happy I have my Juki for piecing.

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    I've thought of doing this to my juki...the best on my grace machine would be a solid 12" reach but better than what I have now.
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    It's best to stretch an industrial machine, I think, because industrials do many more stitches per minute. For frame quilting, you really want a fast stitching machine so you can move around quickly. Some people stretch vintage Singer domestic machines, but then you are stuck with a slow stitch speed.

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    I have to disagree with the "slow stitch speed" claim about the vintage Singer. I have a Singer 201 that was stretched by Wow to 18" and it stitches as fast as my Brother 1500 - or about 1500 stitches per minute. It performs much better on a frame than my 9" Janome 1600DB ever did.

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    Personally, rather than spending money on stretching my regular machine I'd go with a Bailey machine, they have a 13", 15" and 17" and from everything I've heard about them, they have a good reputation. The Bailey will be the machine I get when I have the room.

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    WOW what a great idea.

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    This sounds really great. I agree it would be better to use a high end machine; especially since it cost 2000 to stretch it. I looked all over their website and they talk several places about how great they are but "no where" do I see anything about them guaranteeing what they do. I'm sure at the very least if you have a warranty on your machine it would void that warranty. Plus, are the changes going to make the machine more difficult to get serviced. These are just a few things that I wonder about. I have a Viking Mega Quilter that would be great at 18" but at what cost; above and beyond the 2000 that they do charge.
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    OMG for $2000 think I would just stick to fighting with my little brother

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    I never heard of "stretching" your machine. I own the Brother 1500 and it's just sitting under its cover. I haven't used it enough to say that I love it. I do love my other every day Brother that I bought years ago.
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    They charge $2000.00 to stretch your machine.I'm sure you could find a good mid arm machine for that amount of money.And they don't stretch the height.Soquilting a queen or king would be out of the question.After it is rolled a few time it will be too thick to go through the machine.But to help that you can turn the quilt around by unpinning then repining.No this won't work for very long.And for $2000.00 just buy something designed to do what you want from the get go.Jerry rigging stuff never works for very long.I can get down the road on a pair of roller skates,but a Caddie would be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheryl222 View Post
    For a few hundred more you can get a Bailey and keep the other machine for piecing. Love my Bailey for quilting and so happy I have my Juki for piecing.
    That is what I was thinking and you are practicly in Bailey's back yard so you should be able to go and try them.

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    I am on a Juki chat group. I would have second thoughts about this after reading comments from people that had them done. Early messages praised their service, but then, there were many negative reviews and frustrated customers who described what went on with each of their WOW streched machines and poor service. Barbara from MA

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    Interesting. Never even knew "stretching" could be done. Every day I learn something new on this board! That said, like someone else mentioned, for that price I'd get a Bailey's (which I hope to do someday) and then I'd still have my non-stretched sewing machine.
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    I love this board. I never knew this was an option. I think I will keep on trucking with mine until I can afford something else.

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