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Date: 9/17/06 10:41 PM

I want to do machine quilting on a sewing machine and am researching machines with a large throat area, or long arm. (I'm assuming they are one in the same.) So far, all I come across is a Juki, such as the Juki TL-98Q. Is this the only machine with a large throat? I would prefer one that also has different stitch capabilities, such as a blanket stitch, but looks like I may need to purchase 2 machines, one for each task. Also don't want to pay an arm and a leg. Any suggestions? Thanks sew much!

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Date: 9/17/06 10:50 PM

Have you looked at the Elna 7200 or the Janome 6500 or 6600. Babylock makes a machine like the Juki and I'm pretty sure Janome does as well. The Elna 7200 and the Janome 65/6600 have about 100 decorative stitches and they run about $1200 around here.

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Date: 9/17/06 11:15 PM

I had not looked at the Janome 6500 and it looks like that might be what I am looking for. Thanks so much!!

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Date: 9/17/06 11:37 PM

Well I have to say, I have that machine and I love, love, love it. In the interest of full disclosure, I talked my friend into buying the Elna 7200 because it has more memory and the start/stop button which the 6500 doesn't have, but the Janome 6600 (came out last october) does have.

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Date: 9/17/06 11:38 PM

Janome 6500 group
If you would like to apply to become a member of this group, there are many quilters there that have machines, (some other than Janome) doing exactly what you require.
There are some very experienced and quite well known quilters there..it is a very friendly and helpful group.
I am not a quilter, but own a Janome 6500.
HTH's.

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Date: 9/18/06 12:47 PM


Try the 6600 it has a dual feel to die for.

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Date: 9/18/06 2:59 PM

I agree, the Janome 6600 with the Acufeed and many features seems like a terrific machine. It has many stitches that can be programmed like the 6500 but the Acufeed is a plus. It seems to be like both of my machines put into one large model.
I suggest also to look at the Pfaff Grand Quilter if shopping for a larger machine for quilting purposes. This is only a straight stitch machine and does not have dual feed but a dream to sew and free motion on. This Pfaff does not have a drop feed like the Juki but uses a heavy metal feed cover plate that does not seem to cause problems when used by owners of this machine. This Pfaff GQ is supposed to be the same as the Viking Mega Quilter but I noticed a difference in stitching between the two for some reason.
I think it would be great if one had all the dealers close to home to try out the machines before purchasing.

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Date: 9/18/06 4:22 PM

I am on the same quest, and even took a Brother long arm QS 1500 home this friday (on sale 999.00) and took it back again this monday. I do not know if I will get the money back or an exchange, but i would really stay away from Juki, Brother, babylock long arms, they are noisier, and there is a myriad of little experiences I had with the brother that made me pack it up in a huff. Viking/Pfaff are both clones made by Janome. If I cannot get my money back I will go get the viking. If I had to do it all over again, I would go for the Janome 6600 or Elna 7200. This is a very time consuming pursuit, and 'features' do not always transfer into 'ease of use'.

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Date: 9/18/06 5:10 PM

Yes, Janome makes the Pfaff and Viking quilters and they were told to me by the dealer that they are the same machine but with different cosmetics. I did not think they sewed the same so if you are going to try out the Viking I hope you also try out the Pfaff which I found to be so lovely that one could draw a portrait in free motion and not so on the Viking. The Viking might have been out of adjustment however.
If using either the Pfaff or Viking on a frame..there is a site that gives the stats of different machines on frames..the Pfaff and Viking had differences..even in their weight..which makes me think though they are supposed to be the same yet they do have some differences. I hope you have the opportunity to try both brands before purchasing.

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Date: 9/18/06 5:23 PM

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Janome 6500 group
If you would like to apply to become a member of this group, there are many quilters there that have machines, (some other than Janome) doing exactly what you require.


I forgot to mention in my earlier post, that the Janome 6500 group is also for the 6600, since it's release. Many of the recent posts relate to the 6600.

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