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Thread: Who makes the longest throat length on a "regular" sewing machine?

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    Who makes the longest throat length on a "regular" sewing machine?

    I would love a long arm / mid arm but can't afford one. What brand machine would you recommend?

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    My Pfaff has a ten inch throat, but I remember some quilters talking about eleven inch throats. I am sure someone will tell us what brand(s) .... Maybe there are even twelve inch ones??? Thirteen??? I have only been at this 3 years, and I am anxious to learn the answer to this question.

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    I have an 11 inch combo machine but it costs as much as a long arm
    Brother (XL-3500i, CV3550, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D), Juki MO-2000QVP, Handiquilter Avante

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    I love my Juki TL2010. It's about 9" throat, almost same width as my Viking Sapphire 830, however it's got more height and more room because it's narrower around the needle area than the Viking. The visibility is good and it's been awesome! On mine, the tension was perfect right out of the box, no tinkering whatsoever! It only does straight stitching though, so keep that in mind if you consider it. I bought it sight unseen based on the positive feedback I've read and after talking to my repair guy. The parts are all metal inside and he said it is a very reliable machine, rarely needing service. I paid about $1000. I got a Gidget 2 table for Christmas and I use that, along with a plastic folding table, when I quilt.

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    I just bought the Eden Rose from Husqvarna Viking and she has a 10 inch throat.

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    The Janome 8200 and 8900 have 11" throat space (which I could definitely
    use like right now).

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    Brother makes a straight -stitch -only machine that most people use for quilting. I may be mistaken but I think the throat is 15 inches. Look on the Brother internet site, they have all the info on it and it is not that expensive either. Good luck in your search.

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    Bernina 820 has 12" throat.

    If you are happy with your DSM, you might want to consider the HQ Sweet 16 ... 16" ... with lots of height which gives amazing visibility that you'll never get with a DSM>
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    The largest domestic machine throat is the Bernina 830 and 820.

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    excellent suggestion.
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    Janome Horizon has 11" throat. I love mine.

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    Brother and Baby Lock have machines with eleven inch throats.

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    Why are machine manufacturers so cagey about the throat size? I have a Janome 7700 with an 11" throat but when I was in the process of searching on line, I found it very difficult to tell on most machines. The descriptions would consistently talk about the work space to the LEFT of the needle and be very ambiguous about the really important throat space. Ugggh!
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    Even if the throat spaces measure the same on different machines in length, the height makes a huge difference. Both my Janome 6500 and my Juki TL98Q are supposed to have a 9" throat space. However the Juki is much higher and the overall space is more rectangular making it much easier to guide a King sized quilt through. The Janome space widens out on a slant and the machine is much thicker near the needle which definitely cuts down on your available space for quilting. It's not easy comparing exact throat space on machines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Bernina 820 has 12" throat.

    If you are happy with your DSM, you might want to consider the HQ Sweet 16 ... 16" ... with lots of height which gives amazing visibility that you'll never get with a DSM>
    I absolutely LOVE my HQ Sweet Sixteen for FMQing!! Sews like dream, likes all threads with very little tension adjustment, and has the space to quilt a large quilt.
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    I just bought a Babylock Crescendo - throat space is 11.25

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    The Janome 8900 has 11.5 to right of the needle at a price much less than Bernina. I believe Berninas are great machines, but too much for features found on other high quality machines for less of an investment.

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    I agree with Lady Diana. I just got my Janome Horizon 8900 and the throat space is 11.5 and they give more height as well. Wonderful, fabulous great machine and the price was very nice, $2200.00 so I am happy happy.
    Happy Quilting.....QuiltSister....C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    The largest domestic machine throat is the Bernina 830 and 820.
    I think you should definitely look at some of the mid arms - you can get one of those for less than a Bernina 820 or 830.

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    I have a sweet 16 but understand Baileys are less expensive.
    Didn't know that when I bought mine... but I do LOVE IT!
    I wonder how many here have one?
    Last edited by linhawk; 06-07-2013 at 07:31 AM.

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    I'm buying a baileys this month finally. I have been using a friends for the pst year. They come in 13,15&17 inch throats with or with out a frame and sit down. For a basic affordable machine I love it
    *Rachel*

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    I have the Sweet 16 as well and absolutely LOVE it! I still use the Janome 6600 for everything else, but the 16 is amazing for super big quilts. I just finished one 122 x 115 and it worked like a dream.

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    In line with this discussion, at what price point do larger throat machines start?
    It seems like all the new machines have considerably smaller throat space than the vintage machines.

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    http://www.kenssewingcenter.com/brot...e-p-30117.html
    Was looking at this yesterday. It is only $599. and looks like it would be good for quilting.

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