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quilternowtoo
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Date: 9/8/11 7:34 AM

Has anyone had experience with one of the sit down long arm machines? I'm thinking of getting one and reading about different ones online. George, Tin Lizzie, Queen Quilter, HQ16. Any others? The above all include tables. I've read that simple is better, hence no stitch regulator... that it just messes up things ? Anyone start out on one of these and then move up?
Do you miss the sit down part :)?

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Date: 9/8/11 9:19 AM

I have tried them all and liked the HQ 16 best for response of the foot pedal and ease of movement of the quilt. The Gerorge is more like a battle! The foot pedal requires heavy pressure and it is like pushing and shoving to sew. The Tin Lizzie is nice but the foot pedal is sort of jittery. I have nit tried The Queen Quilter. I think Nolting makes a sit down and also Pennywinkle.
Leslie

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Date: 9/8/11 9:34 AM

Thank you so much Leslie! The exact information I'm looking for !
Julie

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Date: 9/8/11 10:39 AM

I think I'd love to have the sit-down HQ 16. I just can't wrap my mind around standing up and moving the machine around - I can't imagine how I could see where the stitches are going well enough to have any real control.

Also, standing up would feel too much like work.

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Date: 9/8/11 12:35 PM

I've only tried the HQ16, which felt great, very comfortable and "doable". Show special of $5000. But I'm totally new to FMQ (lousy so far, less lousy with the BSR). The "sit-down" approach doesn't allow for a stitch regulator (afaik, maybe that has changed) and still requires basting, which is back-breaking. So I went for the 820, which has a 12" harp, but can be used sitting or on the Bernina quilt frame (whichever I have the space, preference, and ability to do); has the BSR; can quilt free- motion, with the Quilt Motion software on the frame, or straight-line with a walking foot, and also happens to be a superb, feature-rich sewing machine with hundreds of deco stitches (which I do use) and all the convenience features. So if I never get any good at FMQ I still have a truly luxury, performance sewing machine that I can also use for frame quilting with Quilt Motion or straight-line work, without the basting. For me, those options made the 820 an affordable choice compared to a mid-arm machine and frame plus a high-end sewing machine.

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Date: 9/8/11 5:45 PM

I have the HQ16 Sit Down, I looked at the frame but I didn't have the room and I just couldn't see myself standing at the longarm.

It is very simple to set up easy to use, the table is wide enough but you can buy extensions or make your own.

To me there is no comparison to a regular sewing machine, because I think you are positioned different, you move the quilt different - IMO its so much easier and freer and more pleasant sewing experience.

A stitch regulator would have made it amazingly easybut you can't have everything and you need to really practice, practice like everything else.

Price for me was a big factor I worried I wouldn't use it enough to justify the spend but I'm glad i did.

If you really hate even the idea of wrestling with a quilt through throat space and find the whole thing a chore then the sitdown models are really worth a test drive.

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Date: 9/8/11 7:03 PM

Maia, have you tried the BSR to FMQ Queen size quilts ? Or any kind of quilting on queen size with your bernina's harp size? If so, does it still seem like a tight squeeze? I know people do use a small harp size to quilt, large quilts...but it seems to small of a space. I can see where the frame would be nice for not having to baste..or scrunch/roll up your quilt. Does the Quilt Motion software do the quilting!

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Date: 9/8/11 7:13 PM

I'm glad to find someone who has and likes the HQ16 aslinnd ! I liked the direction the machine is set on the table. It would have to make it easier to sew with the quilt having plenty of room on each side of you. Of course, I've just seen it online... I will see if there's one nearby. Thank you all for your experience and help ! Julia

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Date: 9/8/11 8:38 PM

I haven't yet machine-quilted a queen, since I'm just getting started in machine quilting after years of insisting I never would. I just will never be able to quilt all the quilts I dream and create by hand. And I've lost my prior distaste for the look machine quilting. But iSewQuiltArt and other professional quilt artists quilt award-winning queen-sized quilts on the 440 with its 7.5" harp, so I figure 12" is fine. The height is more limiting compared to the HQ16, which I did like. I just decided that for me the 820 offers the most options and functions and that compared to the price of a midarm plus frame and equivalent sewing machine machine, I think the 820 is a bargain. The longer, taller harp of the HQ16 might be the right choice for someone who is already accomplished at FMQ, doesn't want a frame, and/or has the sewing machine of their dreams. And yes the Quilt Motion software and carriage do the quilting that you select. There's a webinar and videos about it.

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Date: 9/8/11 9:15 PM

Here's a long arm machine at work that they sit down to run...


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