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Long-Arm Quilting Machine
Buying a Long-Arm Quilting Machine
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Date: 3/8/09 8:11 AM

Hello, Fellow Quilters,
I have quilted for many years, and am interested in "thinking about" buying a long-arm quilting machine. Is there someplace on this forum that discusses these machines, so I can learn about them, and learn the most-informed questions to ask?
Or does anyone have any advice on machines? I see them in JoAnns, but I also know there are different types. I have both domestic and industrial SM's and sergers - is it the same with quilting machines? Do they come in both domestic and industrial power?
Thanks for any input,
Kym

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Date: 3/8/09 8:36 AM

I have also been looking at long arm quilters.The big ones like the Gammil's are way out of my budget-they're about $30,000 but there are smaller ones that start around $3,000.I have been looking at the B-Line mostly because it's made in Canada and my local quilt shop sells them and I found that for almost every make of machine there is a yahoo forum you can access to get info.Good luck on your hunting

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Date: 3/8/09 3:41 PM

Hi Kym: I love to make quilt tops and for years, didn't have a good way to finish them. A few years ago I decided to go for a quilting machine. I started out intending to get a Gracie frame and straight stitch machine or the Pfaff Mega quilter machine set up like they had at JoAnn Fabric, but found quite by accident, the HandiQuilter HQ Sixteen medium arm machine. I purchased it with the stitch regulator and it was around $10,000. Now, they have it with the computerized module like many of the other long arm machines, but I enjoy the creative process of free hand quilting my own quilts so that is something I didn't really investigate. I love my HQ Sixteen machine and, although still a beginner, have turned out many wonderful quilts. Go to their website http://www.handiquilter.com/ and check out their options.

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Date: 3/8/09 6:03 PM

If I had the space, I would have bought a commercial model, either a Gammill or an APQS, without the computerized quilting, they start around $10k and go up to around $20k, depending on what features you want.

I only have room for an 8 foot frame, so I chose an HQ16, stitch regulated, and I'm tickled pink with it. It works beautifully for my needs, and a 16 inch throat is plenty of space for really nice pantograms, or free motion.

It is a super easy machine to maintain, and learn. It isn't fussy at all, about anything!

Check out Mike Giloman at Mikes Machine Shop:
www.mikesmachineshop.com

He's a fantastic dealer and works with many HQ owners over the phone. He's extremely knowledgeable and well liked by those of us who have him as our dealer (versus a local one).

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Date: 3/8/09 8:32 PM

My mother has a Juki with quilting frame. I have been helping her to get it set up. We are having trouble with thread breakage. Can anyone advice what type of thread to use.

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Date: 3/8/09 8:43 PM

Sewinglady1947 - I also have a Juki. Try starting with a cone of The Bottom Line. Make sure to thread carefully. I had trouble at first with my thread breaking too - I had to take mine off the frame and adjust the tension and then put it back on frame.

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Date: 3/8/09 10:23 PM

I've owned a Gammill long arm machine since 1996 and previously to that used a quilt shop machine. If you have the room, these are wonderful industrial machines on a variety of table setups in varying lengths. I suggest you check out each site and read as much as you can. Each site will list dealers where you might be able to visit and try them out or many of the companies will have booths at the larger quilting and sewing shows. There is a learning curve but with lots of practice you can turn out beautiful quilts.

Most of the machines are basic industrial machines that don't have feed-dogs, which makes them hand guided. You can get a basic machine without computer that will work just as well as the fancier and more expensive machines -- you just have to work hard and practice longer to achieve even stitch length control but it can be done. My Gammill is very basic, no computer and no stitch regulator, but I've managed to win several awards at quilt shows, including a second place at the Houston Quilt Festival a few years back.

Good luck with your search!

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