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Date: 7/28/08 5:49 PM

I love to do free motion quilting, but do not have enough room in my house for a long arm quilting machine. I would like to know which machines have the largest harp areas AND are good at free motion quilting. I currently have a Bernina which I love, but queen sized quilts are a pain to do in one piece. Any suggestions????

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Date: 7/28/08 5:56 PM

The babylock quest does beautiful free motion according to those who have tried it. I do not quilt so I cannot say first hand. I talked to the babylock educator when she was here in June and she told me they developed the machine for quilters. It has a large harp and sews very nice. It does not have a low bobbin indicator on it or a cutter. I would check it out and see what you think. I happen to love mine.

The price on them is also very good although I think the $999 sale price is no longer available. You might check.
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Date: 7/28/08 6:10 PM

The Ellegante Also has a big harp by babylock However the New Ellismo will be the biggest with 50 square inches I am told.

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Date: 7/28/08 6:18 PM

I think that the Pfaff Grand Quilter, Husqvarna Viking Mega Quilter, Juki TL98Q, and Janome 1600 machines are large harp machines that are geared toward quilters. I do not own any of these, but I've seen the Mega Quilter up close and it looks like a great machine for free-motion quilting.

I personally own the Janome 6600P because I also am a quilter and need the space and I like it very, very much.

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Date: 7/28/08 7:13 PM

The Juki TL-series! It is my favorite machine EVER! It free-motions beautifully and is worth buying just for the foot-controlled thread cutter alone! It's also built like a tank so you don't feel bad putting it through its paces by quilting with it.

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Date: 7/29/08 1:58 PM

I have a Janome 6500 that I love, but for free-motion quilting I have the Juki98Q which is just wonderful for free motion. The very best machine I've tried in terms of the prettiness of the stitch, the tension, and the space on the machine. I would say that second best was my pfaff, partly because I was able to regulate the tension pretty easily. The janome was next, but I had a little bit harder time regulating the bobbin tension and I didn't think that the straight stitch was quite as pretty. The large harp area is really nice to have when making a large piece. Try different machines and see what suits you best. I also tried a pfaff grandquilter and it had a gorgeous straight stitch.

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Date: 7/29/08 3:41 PM

Hi, the Janome 1600P, Pfaff Grand Quilter and the Viking Mega Quilter are all made by Janome. I loved my Pfaff Grand Quilter, but then I bought the Inspira Frame, and quickly decided I was not a frame quilter. I prefer to sit and free motion quilt so when I sold the frame she also wanted the machine. After a year I decided I missed it, so I bought the Janome 1600P because I could get a better deal on it at that time. It has one more light under the harp than the Pfaff or Viking otherwise I see no difference. It is a mechanical straight machine and you need to learn how to adjust the tension of the thread and the bobbin. Different sizes of needles and thread usually require an adjustment though it may be minor. I love the speed (1500 stitches per minute) and the power for going over seams and there are a lot of feet available for it. It seems that all the semi industrial machines feet are interchangeable. My favorite foot is the Juki 1/5 foot. It free motions beautifully and also gives me the most accurate piecing. I think a dealer makes a big difference so if you are interested, go to the dealer that offers the best service should you need it. I never needed service on the Pfaff Grand Quilter because it is so easy to clean and adjust yourself. So far I have not needed any adjustments to the Janome 1600P. Don't get the Janome 1600 DB or DBX though unless you enjoy frustration. They come with the round industrial needle and it is hard to get it in just the proper rotation without the flat side!

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Date: 7/29/08 7:45 PM

I tested the Pfaff GQ and it did free motion beautifully. I have been thinikng about getting a large straight stitch machine in the future and so far am leaning towards the Brother PQ1500S that I think is the same as the Babylock QC Pro. I like that these models have pin feed and several feed dog heights. I understand that a felting attachment is available for the 1500 too that would be nice for the type of sewing that I would be doing on the machine.

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Date: 7/29/08 9:39 PM

One trick I learned about putting the needle in the 1600db is to use a set of Clamping hemostat medical tweezer/clamps. Just clamp the needle at the concave or scarf eye area and hold the handles of the clamp at a perfect 90 degree position from the machine front and point the handle directly toward you as you sit in front of the needle. Tighten down the holding screw, and you are perfectly aligned to get to work. It is critical that you get the scarf side of the needle aligned so that the rotary hook can pass the bobbin thread through the loop that the needle has made. The clearance of the scarf is close so it is important that it clear the bobbin hook or all hell will break loose down below. There is not a lot of leeway at 1500 stitches per minute, so be sure of the scarf placement. That is probably one of the largest causes of repair work for this type of machine, both the Janome and any other industrial style bobbin like this.

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Date: 7/29/08 10:05 PM

I use hemostats (also known as Kelly clamps) to insert my serger needles.
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