Hi all. I am the gal that has the Youth Quilt group (The Seam Rippers) in Utah. Can anyone suggest a long arm that would be easy for the girls to use but won't cost me a fortune. We are going to be doing charity quilts in the future and just thought I would start looking around. I appreciate any help that you can give. Have a wonderful day.
All the long arms that I priced started about $12,000 and went up from there. KenQuilt has a couple of mid arms that start at about $5000. You should also try ebay. If you would be interested in using a Juki or Janome on a Gracie frame ebay has them starting at about $1200. Hope this helps a little.
I have a TinLizzie18 LS (Lizzie Stitch)...it was about 7k (I got it for just under 6k)... and it's great. that's the frame and everything. Excellent machine & if you check my blog, you will see two of my grand nieces using the machine. The 9 year old even learned quickly how to pull up the bobbin thread...how to start & stop...
I know a person who has one still in the box...and is asking under 5k, including shipping. If you join the yahoo group called Tinlizzie18... you will find her there.
Nustyle makes a good machine also. Oh, the older TL18 (no lizzie stitch)...is about 4k all inclusive...might be the way to go.
Margie Campbellmargecam52@valornet.comTinLizzie18 LSLittlefield, TX
I don't have a long arm and have no desire to have one, but I'm curious - Marge, what is a lizzie stitch?
It's the Tin Lizzie brand of stitch regulator. I can choose to quilt in manual mode...in which I set the SPEED I want to quilt in...and it's up to me to either slow up my movements or speed them to keep the stitches the same size. The machine is stitching continually, until I hit the stop button.
In regulated (LS mode) mode, I set the dial to the length of stitch I want & the machine slows down or speeds up to keep the stitches uniform. The machine only stitches when I move the machine...when I stop, the stitching stops. This is the mode I had my great nieces use...they loved it! (so do I).