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Hi Everyone, I need your help my DH wants to buy me a long arm with a sewing machine for our Anniversary off of Craig's list. It is a never been used Next Generation Quilting frame by Grace, it's not computerized and the sewing machine is a Husqvarna Mega Quilter. Have any of you had any experience with either of these items and if you have what are your thoughts? It is a VERY thoughtful gift but I would also have to figure out where I would put it. Any feed back would be welcomed. Thanks have a good day.

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Comment by Michelle K on June 23, 2014 at 10:16am

IT depends on what you are going to quilt use it for.  If you plan to quilt for others even if not for a business you need to consider that you need an industrial machine because otherwise you will wear it out before you get your money out of it.  I agree with a test drive too. IT is sometimes a ton of money and making sure it will last and you will like it is important.  I have a long arm business so I have the Gammill Optimum with Statler Stitcher and 14 feet steel rails.  It is a beast.  Her name is Bertha and she takes up an entire building that is 10x24 feet and I need more space so It also depends on what you have space wise.  I would do a ton of looking into them and see what suits your needs.  I wanted made in the USA and durable and industrial which is why I went with Gammill. 

Comment by Quiltmom/NV on June 22, 2014 at 8:18pm

Thanks Everyone for all your comments they have been very helpful. I will let you know what I decide. She is suppose to email me pictures. But with only having 4" of quilt space at a time I think that I would be more frustrated then efficient. Thanks again, and keep the comments coming. 

Comment by Roxann on June 22, 2014 at 5:50pm

As a LAQ the best advice I have is not to buy anything until you "test drive" it.  It's a lot of money and I would hate for you to buy one that doesn't work for you. 

Comment by LKC on June 22, 2014 at 4:12pm

I have HQ 16. I  have seen used HQ-16 on e-bay. From $2,000 and up. Maybe you can find a good deal close to home. I have seen a store owner use the system you found. Did look stiff. Longarm sewing can make your back and shoulders ache.

Comment by enid wellman on June 21, 2014 at 10:54am

I have a Little Gracie II with a 9" throat machine.  I have quilted the quilts on my page with it, but it is very frustrating, just get going good & run out of room & get flat spots in my design.  I've had it about 5 years, decided quilting is not a fad for me & am upgrading to an 18" set-up in the very near future! YEAH!

Comment by Bonnie on June 21, 2014 at 8:31am

This is just my opinion, but I had bought a Little Gracie frame off Craigslist and a year later resold it (for the same price) and replaced it with a Handiquilter Sweet 16.  My reasons were it took up too much space, the throat was too small, and I really did not like standing up to quilt.  The large throated quilting machine suits me well as it allows me to do freehand quilting in a very comfortable setting and doesn't take up as much space as the frame did.  I did a bit of SID quilting on my DSM  the last quilt, and it reminded me how easy the Sweet 16 makes quilting. Bad points are that you still must pin or baste and there is a learning curve to moving the quilt instead of the machine.

Comment by Dawn Hutton on June 21, 2014 at 3:39am

lots to share on this subject, but right now my computer is not allowing me to say much about this.

I own frame and mega quilter. Some good things and some bad.  What is the throat size of the mega quilter?  There are two different ones.  Mine is 9" and you can only do approx. 4" pattern.  The ratchets are fussy and I ordered new ones from Grace but still have to play with them.  I looked at this set up new and it was $2500.  I got mine used for $900.  the machine had caused the women problems and tech sent it in and they got new one.  But she no longer wanted it.

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