"Hello Birdie, I'm also in the very early stages of shopping for a longarm, and try different ones every chance I get. My aim is to rent time on one in a local quilt shop in order to make sure I like using one, and to gain reasonable proficiency…"
"I am short (5 foot 1 inch) and I have a Gammill optimum. I seldom use the entire available space, but there are times when it is helpful to endure the pain of the stretch to cover the entire area of a block without advancing the quilt. I can…"
"I just recently got Handi Quilter's Avante. I love it. It has all the features I wanted and seemed to be cost effective for my use. I bought a demo at Quilt Week in Chattanooga that was new when it began use for classes there. Proven but…"
"I've not bought one yet! Still shopping taking my time. Husband and I are contemplating moving and if/when we do I want a bigger room to sew in. Going to wait and see if I could get a larger table before buying anything.…"
"Anyone going to the Machine Quilter's Showcase in Wichita? (April 2-5 2014)
Still shopping for a la and didn't have much success at my local quilt show this past weekend :-( Considering going to the MQS show. A bit of a drive…"
"While shopping for a longarm one of the most frequent questions that I have heard (asked by me and many others!) is 'what is the largest block on point that can be quilted on this machine?'. Dealers know the largest space they have…"
"It has been a few years since I have been. I think everyone that visits Paducah HAS to go by Hancock's of Paducah. Just to say you have been there! I loved the sale section in back and Eleanor's fabric sale tent was also…"
"Pam, l have a Bailey 15" , they're available 17" as well. This machine has nothing fancy to get broken, it's just a basic stitcher to which you can add a speed/stitch regulator. The package deals include a Grace frame. Any…"
"I have an Innova 26". I oil the hook area every bobbin change. Machine is four years old and I have greased some of the insides after two years - easy peasy. Tension is an issue with every brand of longarm. It is due to different…"
"I too am looking for a longarm. I have been quilting for five years and actually took lessons on a Gammill to see if I would like longarming. I actually want to know about the ease of care and cleaning of the various machines and how much…"