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Date: 10/19/11 2:31 PM

Not sure if this is the correct place to ask this question.
I am curious about quilting frames, using which machine, how much can one set up for. What is a good frame, for a beginner, and would want to be able to be an expandable frame. Is ther such a thing, and cost?Thanks

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Date: 10/19/11 3:09 PM

Usually a dedicated long arm has its own frame system. If you want to use a frame with your sewing machine then it would be different. If you want to hand quilt it is also different. What will you be using to do the actual quilting?

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Date: 10/19/11 3:59 PM

With domestic sewing machines the most common set up for a while was something like the janome 1600, brother 1500p or pfaff/viking mega quilter on a frame. the frame could be set up at variable sizes like twin to queen to save space. I can't remember the cost exactly but here it was common to see them offered in the 3k-4k range.

As prices on the mid & longarms have come down and they are more common. I think mid and long arms a easier with better features but I am not sure you can put them on an expandable frame. I have the HQ16 sitdown (no frame) but I know alot of people have it on a frame. I'm guessing a bit but I think you are looking around 4k-6k for a starter mid/long arm new with frame.

There is not much of a second hand market here but probably is in states but couldn't comment on prices

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Subject: Quilting frames, and machines Date: 10/19/11 6:33 PM

I have a wooden Grace frame with a Brother PQ1500 straight stitch sewing machine. It will quilt up to a queen size quilt. I bought it used on craigslist and got a great deal. Because it is not a longarm, you are limited to a 4" wide area to quilt. It has a stitch regulator, but it's not the best. I quilt better without it. You should check out their website-graceframe.com.

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Subject: Topic merged Date: 10/19/11 8:51 PM

Topic merged from Quilting frames, and machines into Long arm quilting and frames.

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Date: 10/24/11 9:12 AM

Grace frames have good reputations, and they have several choices from $600 to over $2000. Straight stitch machines with 9" harps start at $600 (Juki 98, 2000, 2010, Brother P1500, Baby Lock Jane, Janome 1600, etc). When I'm ready for that. I've got the Bernina frame (a high-end Grace frame), but I might put a 9" straight-stitcher on it before I put my precious 820 up there. All too scary yet....

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Date: 1/14/12 0:18 AM

i just saw this thread - good info!

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Date: 1/15/12 3:52 PM

If anyone is still reading this topic - I found a very cool magazine yesterday called "machine quilting" -

It has articles on FMQ sewing with domestic, short, mid and long arm machines - as well as information on very basic right up to very complex quilt frames.

I think I might try out one of the very basic table top frames that can be used with my Ambition.

Also, Grace is offering a frame + juki machine for 1200 - ! What a great deal that seems to be. Its like buy one get one free. Ive wanted one of those straight stich machines for a bit -- IDK what Ill end up doing - but, thought Id add the info.

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Date: 3/23/12 7:22 PM

I have the Hinterberg Stretch Frame with the Brother PQ1500 and a Quilter's Cruise Control. The approximate cost for the total package was $2,300. I love the combo. The only limitation is the total amount of quilting space, but if you don't mind this, it's an inexpensive way to get started. The Hinterberg frame can hold other machines that are more mid-arm like Nolting. Good luck. Penny

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