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    Is it true?

    Is it true that a long arm machine and table cost about the same price as a car today?
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    yep its true, wish they would make a regular machine with a large throat at a decent price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OKLAHOMA PEACH View Post
    yep its true, wish they would make a regular machine with a large throat at a decent price.
    Amen, AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    The Millemium lists for over $17,000, which is more than the last new car I bought last year. Actually, I think you can buy a small car for the list price of a Bernina 830. But that's comparing top of the line to the bottom. You can get an 18" for considerably less. I don't have room for any of them, so I don't need to worry about it.
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    They certainly can. Although it is still possible to get one reasonable priced (ie: used or demo models). You just have to do your research.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    Is it true that a long arm machine and table cost about the same price as a car today?
    Not as much as my car, but not cheap. I just ordered a mid-arm I think they call it, a Sweet 16 and it was considerably cheaper than my Honda Odyssey. It is frightening what things cost now, even down to groceries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OKLAHOMA PEACH View Post
    yep its true, wish they would make a regular machine with a large throat at a decent price.
    Try looking at the Bailey midarm. It works great for home use and very reasonable in comparison to the professional models.

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    If you get the design computer with it, it can be as much as a car. I did not and my 18 inch Baby Lock Crown Jewel with frame was less than half the cost of my new mid sized car. The computer set up would have added $5,000 or more. But I am sure you could get a used car for the cost of my setup!
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    It's depends on the type of car you buy. LOL The car I bought my niece was $7000 used and my car cost over 35k. The most expensive long arm system I've seen was about $30 thousand brand new with all the bells and whistles, all computerized. Buying a LA is not an impulse buy so I have plenty of time to shop and wait for a bargain price on a used one.
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    Oh my, now I know the reason I don't own one!!
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    They are certainly not an impulse buy, for sure. I would love one but I want a really good one with all the bells and whistles. The only way to justify it would be to get the one that has a payment plan or do it as a business and quilt for others. I have weighed my too most valuable assets....time versus money. Do I want to spend all my time quilting for others to pay off a machine? Nope, I'll send out my really large quilts to a long armer and do the smaller ones on my domestic sewing machine. Now if I win the lottery?....that's a whole different story!

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    If you go with a top of the line Gamill and the statler stitcher and all the avaiable options you can be at about $32,000.00
    I looked into getting one about 6 years ago , and then quickly figured out that I could send MANY MANY quilts out to pros... who already have the learning curve under their belt , and spend as much time quilting if not more than I do piecing.
    If I won the lottery.. doubt I would get one as the cost to send it out to the pros would be a non-issue. But would I end up with a fabric store as my stash... probably.

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    Yes Jeanne... it's true. I was looking just a few days ago and my chin still hurts from the drop.
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    Expensive yea! But I'd rather have mine than a new car!

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    Depends on the car and the longarm. I settled for a used mid-arm and it makes me happy. I couldn't have gotten a car that made me as happy as my new Mustang for what I paid for my mid-arm. But....that was a once in a lifetime purchase (the car). I intend to upgrade the quilting machine.

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    Isn't it like everything??
    ... there's Porsche LAs and Hyundai LA's?
    (or whatever are the going luxury/economy comparisons)
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    Depending on the bells and whistles, I've seen prices ranging from $7,000 to $20,000.

    However, that doesn't only pertain to long-arm machines. When I bought my Bernina 440 QE, I paid $3,000 (on sale) for it and that was without the embroidery unit, which would have cost me an additional $1,000. The car I was driving at the time also cost me $3,000.

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    top of the line Statler Stitcher goes for 30,000.

    I just looked at a post on this same page that said Statler is 32,000, they may have gone up since I last looked. LOL

    I am happy with my purchased used HQ16 with no stitch regulator. At least I could afford it.
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    yes that is why I have the sit down sweet sixteen and can quilt all sizes of quiltls It was $3500 with the table!
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    Quote Originally Posted by patski View Post
    yes that is why I have the sit down sweet sixteen and can quilt all sizes of quiltls It was $3500 with the table!
    I want one of those!!!!! Do you like it? $3500 seams reasonable!

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    Times have certainly changed. We pay for cars what we use to pay for houses so this doesn't surprise me.

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    Yes it's true, that's why I just can't justify buying one.
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    Mine cost 16,000 ten or more years ago, before there were all the wonderful gadgets and computers to adorne them with.
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    I have a Gammill Premier and it cost a little bit over $10,000 new...and worth every single penny of the money! It's not computerized although I do have a stitch regulator on it. I think a Gammill with the Statler Stitcher (computerized) is about $30,000, give or take, for a new system. Don't have a clue what a good used one would run, sorry.
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    I liked the look of the Baileys on their website because they have more space for quilts and it does not have to be in a frame. The price appeared more affordable. Just my opinion. Teresa

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