I have been looking for a few years about getting a frame with a longarm. As everyone knows these are EXPENSIVE. Kathy Quilts have just put out a new midarm which seem to be getting wonderful reviews. The price is great. I joined the Yahoo group and those who got it love it. My fear is this is new on the market. Should I go for this or continue to look?
I would keep looking for a used machine. There are some good prices out there. If you are going to quilt much, you want at least an 18" throat, if not bigger. Check out House of Hanson, Longarm University, APQS Forum, HQ Forum, and even Craigslist within your area. Dave Jones, on the APQS forum, will even help you transport a machine across the country for a reasonable fee so you don't have to deal with shipping.
Go to a show that has several companies demoing their machines and test drive them so you know which machine is a good fit for you. We each have different preferences.
Good luck in your search.
I've only had mine for a short time but hours on it already. I love it. I also have a sit down BabyLoc Tiara. Right now I am trying to figure out if I can put a already spray basted quilt on the frame instead of using my sit down. I love the BlockRocket that much!
Linny who is the Block Rocket made by.
Will have to check the Block Rockit out.
The Block Rockit is made by Kathy Quilts who have sold frames and short arm machines for a long, long time. I looked at everything on the market including used machines but could not find anything close to the price with the exception of Bailey. In the yahoo group for Bailey it seemed there where so many adjustments to make. Even though this was the 17" I wanted I decided it wasn't for me. I ordered the Block Rockit last week and it just arrived today. I can't wait to have it all set up.
The block rockit sounds great, I wish I could afford one, maybe in a few years. Have fun with your new friend.
I am having a blast though it is going to take much work to get really good at it. The Block Rockit 14 is a wonderful machine. Once I figured things out thanks to one of the of the owners, Lynn, and the yahoo support group I have been quilting away.
I have an Elna Quilter's Dream Pro midarm for several years now. I love it! I have it serviced once a year and I have no problems with it. One of the best machines I've ever owned.
So glad to hear that. I am on the website now. Have everything ordered, just waiting to press the button. Thank you so much for your review!
I am a newby of newbies in quilting but I love, love, love it. I bought A Bernina 580, then a Bernina 820 along with the Bernina Frame (which I now know it is a Grace with the Bernina Name on it) Have been really frustrated with my Bernina Dealer. Way too long to explain and really don't want to bad mouth anyone. When I realized that a Bernina was not really made to go on a quilt frame, I started searching, AND SEARCHING, and which all the monies I have spent (in the last year) I just couldn't bring myself to spend 10,000s of 1000s of dollars more on a longarm. I think Rockit is my best bet.
Thank you so much!
Please let me know how you like the machine....thinking of purchasing but would like some feedback before I do.
I am thinking of purchasing this machine and would like more details. I spoke to Lynn this morning and he was very informative. Are you able to quilt large quilts and is there enough room to make large designs? Thanks!
I seen the ad for the machine but don't know if it is just free motion or if there are feed dogs. Luckky ones that has the new one.
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IS, I went to Kathyquilts.com and it looks like it is only for free motion quilting, it is made to be on a frame, I didn't see any where that there talked about feed dogs, and no extra feet were mentioned. It comes with a free motion foot.
The Block Rockit is for a frame but they are getting ready to offer it to those who want a sit down model. I have mine on a grace majestic frame which Kathy Quilts sells at a deep discount when buying with the machine.
Let me just say that I LOVE my machine. Since it is for machine quilting only there are no feed dogs. I have been putting in lots of practice and am almost ready to do a real quilt. I have never really done machine quilting before. I had a longarmer do it for me.
This machine is easy to use and sews beautifully. Like any new machine there is a learning curve but the problems have been with me not the machine. This machine has a 14" throat space and can do about 10" of uninterrupted sewing. It has been worth every penny I spent on it and can't wait to start on real quilts.
If you have any other questions just let me know.