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I'm considering the purchase of a long arm quilting machine and am especially interested in the Handi Quilter Avanti 18, with the stitch regulator.  This would be for personal use as I don't plan go into the long arm quilting business!

Does anyone have one?  What do you think?  There are three dealers nearby but it's a pretty big investment.

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Comment by Kate/PA on January 30, 2012 at 6:24pm
I don't have an HQ but when I was looking I found a site www.longarmuniversity.com folks list machines for sale. Also Craig's list, I searched for Craig's list by state, that way I could check surrounding states to me or in this case you. Hope this helps! Good luck
Comment by Pam/NY on January 30, 2012 at 2:30pm

Carol, Linda has a good point to check out ebay and craig's list...I have bought off both sites without a problem. Many think they want one and realize they don't use it as much as they thought, and it takes up a lot of space, so they sell them. It would be a lot cheaper... I would definitely buy a brand, that I have easy servicing.

Comment by LKC on January 30, 2012 at 12:56pm

My mom has one and I own HQ-16. I would rather have the Avanti 18, but it was not out yet. I love the tool table on mine, it helps to make straight lines and using all the new tools. My husband got me a business bar chair so I can work in one area in detail. The chair really helps.  It is a big investment to own a longarm, but for the money it is worth it. They also stand behind any problems. The only thing I did not do was buy from the local shop. They gave me $1,000 price over what I paid for mine, in 2008. Lately there has been more HQ-16 on e-bay at a very reasonable price.

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