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Date: 3/20/13 9:06 AM

I forgot to mention that the quilt show I went to Sunday had a long arm rep there complete with machine.I got to play with it. One of the ones that is computerized, reminded me of an embroidery machine except for quilting. After researching I see it's the software program you can buy with it that I fell in love with . It's great and I could see lot so fun happening with that. But it's so out of my affortabilty that I couldn't even think of getting one. The one I like is $21K. Plus I literally have no place to put it. But I can certainly see why people love them. Handi-quilter was the brand. It was funny though all through the quilt show you could tell which quilt was quilted by a long arm and which wasn't cos the long arm ones are perfect and all the motifs completely match, same size etc. But I would really love to have one.


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Date: 3/20/13 9:14 AM

I never thought of a longarm like an embroidery machine for quilts, as I do not want the computer option until I feel comforable with manual operation of the machine. I do not like doing laser guided pantographs on mine, yet my husband credits Xbox and Nintendo for his panto skills. He is a lot faster at that aspect than I am. I am glad that nationals shows break it down into DSM and Long arm quilted categories to judge on a more even playing field.

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Date: 3/20/13 9:38 AM

I don't believe this is laser guided, it seems to work like an embroidery machine. You select the design and tell it to go. Only a small adjustment to go from manual to computer. It's the tech that's got me interested. I played with one back in 2003 at the last show I went to and it was completely manual. But that was fun also. Doesn't really matter though not happening for me.

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Date: 3/20/13 9:56 AM

Okay this is like a Qbot, or a computerized long arm. They are neat to watch, but not easy on the wallet. My dealer tried talking me into one, and after a few in depth conversations, this is something I will have to grow into if I want too. You really have to know the system and programming it from what others have told me is a steep learning curve.

I think for commercial longarmers, it is great to design on the screen and then watch it work, I can see it really helping with bringing in more clients.

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Date: 3/20/13 10:44 AM

I remember seeing one like this at a longarm dealer few years ago. It was a Gammill Statler Stitcher. You could size a quilting design to a single square, a larger block or even the whole quilt overall and let it do it's thing. Very hands off, you were simply the computer operator. It was amazing and I was instantly intrigued...until I saw the $30k price tag!

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Date: 3/20/13 10:53 AM

Yeah that's the problem the price tag. The software alone for it in $9K if gotten separately. That why I was comparing it to an embroidery machine. Kinda of the same idea. You can also get new designs and download them.
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Date: 3/20/13 10:57 AM

QW, did you try the longarm w/out the computer working? If you have not yet test driven one, just try it for the experience! It gives you a whole new outlook on what you can do in quilting.

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Date: 3/20/13 11:39 AM

There are alot of used long arms for sale. Ask around.

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Date: 3/20/13 11:54 AM

Yes it's very cool

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