Advice Needed

I’ve got a question for anyone with an opinion about it!

I think I’m pondering moving forward with some new ideas and projects.  I’d love to know your thoughts on your favorite longarms and midarm machines.

I currently have a PFAFF Grand 1200 HobbyQuilter on a Grace frame, but I’m leaning towards upgrading.

My son is encouraging me to buy a longarm quilting machine (I don’t think he understands the costs involved), but maybe now is the time to look at the possibilities.

My basket of 19 flimsy patchwork tops waiting to be quilted has me thinking that might not be a bad idea.

I’m kind of the budget-bargain-always looking for a deal-type gal, and while that comes in handy, it is also limiting at what I look at and consider.  I want to get an idea of the bigger picture before I make any commitments.  I have some really great sewing machine stores around with just about anything I could think of, so it’s a bit overwhelming to walk in and know what to look at.

Since it is a bit like buying a car, with sales people and a lot of time I’d be taking up, I want to have a little more focus going into the showrooms.

I usually piece queen-sized quilts.  I don’t mind sitting or standing to quilt, and with MS, sometimes sitting is nicer–but I don’t want that to stop me from considering a machine on a frame instead of a table.

So please chime in if you have any advice!!  It would be greatly appreciated.

What machine do you use?  I’d love to hear your comments about what you love about your longarm or midarm machine.

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    • I know, the more I think about it, the more I’m so tempted. Usually I try to be a little more responsible, but I am thinking about splurging. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are well Sarah!

  • I am an ApQS retailer, but before I became one….I purchased a Millenium on a 12 foot table which easily does queen sized quilts. I fell in love with this machine (there are less expensive machines made by APQS…..stand up and sit down) because of the ease in moving the machine in ALL directions (my machine is on a Bliss system), the channel locks that are horizontal and vertical, the optional bobbin sizes, the built in thread cutter, the stitch regulator, but most of all the “lifetime warranty” which no other company offers and the extremely helpful staff at the APQS offices and all the APQS owners who are considered family who always chime in when there is a problem. You are never left out there alone if you encounter a problem. I love my machine and have never regretted getting it. I say buy the best that you can afford so that you are upgrading too soon.

    • Thank you so much for the advice! That definitely helps and gives me a some direction. Thank you again for taking the time to leave a comment. I do appreciate it immensely.