Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I'm a sit-down quilter who tried a HandiQuilter on a frame and just could not work good enough with it. My back bothered me all the time I quilted on it. Finished 2 full size quilts and sold it. I use my Juki TL-2010 at home and a Juki TL-98Q at the sewing shop along with a TinLizzie Sit-Down quilter. I've never had a problem quilting a large quilt on my Juki that has about a 9" harp. The Jukis only straight stitch and they do it very well. The Juki TL-98Q is my favorite, maybe because the newer Juki just isn't broken in yet. Of course, the TinLizzie makes quilting a large quilt a breeze.
Ada, may I ask how large of a quilt you've done with the Juki & 9" harp? I have a Hinterberg stretch frame w/10' poles & 2 Singer domestics... looking for new domestic & would love a midarm, but can't spend that kind of $ right now... Juki might be just the ticket to get me by for the next yr. Right now the frame is a catchall....
Danielle, instead of spending the money on an interim machine, why not save and get the one you really want? HandiQuilter, APQS and Gammill all have "mid-arm" machines.
I very well may, I have to start "researching"...Again...But I do want a new machine w/knee lifter, thread trimmer, up/down, etc options, which neither of mine do. But they suffice for my piecing, just not mq. I keep all options open for now
I use both a Viking SE and a Bernina Record 830. I enjoy both machines.
Have to post update. I found a woman on Craig's List who was moving & selling 2 of her machines. On 8/11. I purchased her brand new, never set up Viking/Husqvana Mega Quilter, her Husqvana Freesia 415, & she threw in 10 skeins of Noro wool/silk yarn (retail $20ea). I got everything for less $1K & I'm very pleased!! I've played with both. I've made 2 skirts w/Rayon Batik and pieced a throw size twister top & completed the lil tester twister w/the Freesia. I love the machine. Now I'll use the mega quilter on throw top~once I decide how to quilt it.
Kathy, I agree completely! There's no way I could ever go back to quilting on a domestic machine; I've been on a longarm for 12 years now. If you want to get more comfortable on the stand-up machine, put on some music and dance. Just move with it, and remember to breathe and blink.