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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > Ten inch harp sewing machines ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Ten inch harp sewing machines
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Date: 7/21/12 10:25 AM

Hi, I applique quilt and sometimes I piece quilt, but I don't make quilts all that often. My daughter has friends who are now into having their second child and so I have been making some baby quilts. I have a good sewing machine, but it only has a 8.2inch harp. I have a Pfaff7530 that I can use to piece with. Would a ten inch harp machine be worth getting? I was thinking about the Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0.
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Date: 7/21/12 10:34 AM

It is best to visit as many dealers as you can find. Take a quilt top and a couple test blocks with you.

See what they can recommend, then test drive. First with the blocks to see if you like the way the machine handles 1/4" piecing and then with the quilt top to see how comfortable you are with the extra harp room.

If you free-motion quilt take a mock-up quilt of about 12" so you can test this technique as well.

Take your time and then buy the brand and model you like best from the dealer who is the most helpful.

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Date: 7/21/12 11:31 AM

The Janome 7700 has a large harp and is fabulous. I covet it...

Look at the height of the harp as well as the length. I can quilt a king size quilt on my Bernina 430 though it takes a little effort. Twin size is easy peasy. This is a "normal" length harp, not a big one.
-- Edited on 7/21/12 3:45 PM --

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Date: 7/21/12 11:58 AM

Might be worth your while to get a straight stitch machine for your quilting - I just finished a shopping spree looking at the Brother 1500S, Pfaff Grand QUilter, Janome's couple of large straight stitch models, and Babylock Jane (same as Brother 1500S). Ended up with the Janome 6300 because it has more stitches just in case, but mostly for the knee lift, the larger hapr and I almost bought the Brother because it is SOOoo cool. Such a nice machine at a nice price. BUT, I have tons of Janome feet including the 4 piece FMQ set, so the Janome and I are the best fit. Since you, as I do, have other machines, you can just get one for your quilting!

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Date: 7/21/12 1:16 PM

Harriet, I am also looking at the QE4. If you already have 8.5 inches, 10 may not really be all that much more, unless the height is also at least an inch more.
Seems most of the problems with that machine have been resolved.

Bernina is coming out with the new 7 line, but I'm afraid they'll be too high for me even at the intro prices. The other option would be the Pfaff CP which is an *on fire* machine right now here at PR, and gorgeous! I think it would still be less than the new Bernina 710, but who knows.
I've discovered a dealer 80 miles away (better than none at all), and plan to go check them out soon. I don't think I'll get the deals others have because they are the only dealer for hundreds of miles, but they are reputable, having served the area with other brands for a long time. I plan to test the QE4 and also the CP, and get some prices. Maybe even the Anniversary 150. They have it for $1299.
I guess I'm basically looking for a machine with the hover, dual feed, and 10 inch harp that isn't going to break the bank as I fear the Bernina 710 would!

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Date: 7/21/12 2:12 PM

Quote: Harriet P.
Hi, I applique quilt and sometimes I piece quilt, but I don't make quilts all that often. My daughter has friends who are now into having their second child and so I have been making some baby quilts. I have a good sewing machine, but it only has a 8.2inch harp. I have a Pfaff7530 that I can use to piece with. Would a ten inch harp machine be worth getting? I was thinking about the Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0.

Harriet


Well if you are buying a new machine then yes it is worth getting a machine with more space.

If you are asking if it's worth buying a new machine ONLY because it has more space-then that's really a personal decision.

What one person feels is worthy may not be the same for another. For ME personally, I would need more reason to buy a new machine. But once the decision is made to go ahead and upgrade, then yes I'd be looking for a machine that has as many features as possible.

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Date: 7/21/12 2:44 PM

Hi, Thanks for giving me different thoughts about getting another machine or just sticking with what I have. The decision was about getting a new machine just for the harp space. since one of you mentioned that you use the Bernina 440, which I think doesn't have a large harp space, for making fairly large quilts, then I think I probably don't need a new machine. The Pfaff Performance is probably going to be way too expensive. Also, just buying a straight stitch machine when I like to incorporate decorative stitches wouldn't work out all that well for me.
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Date: 7/21/12 3:28 PM

Well some do quilt large quilts on the smaller harp machines, including isewartquits. However, even she has gone to the larger harp area of the 820.
Me? No way. I have the 730 which has the same harp space I think as the other Berninas, and I have tried wedging my queen size quilt from my bed in there, and I wouldn't want to attempt it. And it's a thinner quilt with a cotton battting. When I put it into the 201's 8" harp space, there seemed to be much more room. It may be slightly taller too. But I'm not into using that machine for quilting, unless it's just straight stitching.

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Date: 7/21/12 3:40 PM

Naw... not for a baby quilt. Of course its horribly fun to buy a new machine, and the PR people and huge enablers of that habit but 8.5 inch to 10 inch for baby quilts.. naw. I think I only have the standard 6.5 or so inches, I've done baby quilts and queen sized (in three big sections) so your 8.5 is still luxury to me. Its all about how you approach the problem. On the other hand if you were just wanting a new machine anyway and using the harp space as a convenient excuse then yeah sure! I don't know that is would make much difference for crib sized quilts though. Good thing to tell your husband or whoever you would have to justify the purchase to however. You don't have to justify a purchase to anyone here though.

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Date: 7/21/12 3:44 PM

If you just want a new machine... and you need a good excuse.... think of all those other features....

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