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Midarm Quilting Machine Comparison

Have you ever heard of a midarm quilting machine?  It’s a hybrid between a domestic sewing machine and a longarm quilting machine.  These seem to be growing in popularity, and the variety of machines available is staggering.

Here’s a little overview of what I’ve learned about midarms so far.  First, you typically sit down to quilt on a mid-arm (just like a home sewing machine).  Depending on the manufacturer, the machine is either oriented to the side of the needle (also like a home machine), or behind the needle (which sits you in front, just like on a longarm). You move the quilt around a table, and need to baste the quilt before starting to quilt. (Unlike longarms, where you move the machine, and the quilt is set up on a frame without basting first.)

Midarm quilting machines have two bobbin options.  The first is an L-size bobbin, same as a domestic machine, and apparently better suited to detail work.  The second is an M-size bobbin, which holds three times more thread than the L-size (and is commonly found on longarm machines).  Because of the larger size, M-size bobbins tend to have varying tension depending upon the amount of thread left on the bobbin as you sew.  One of the COOLEST things I’ve learned about midarm machines is that the bobbin holder is UNDER the table.  That means you don’t have to take your quilt off the table and lose your place to change a bobbin.  (If I had the money, I’d buy a midarm for that alone!)

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At Quilt Market, I tried out four different midarms.  The first was the Gammill Charm.  This is the priciest of the midarms on my list (around $8-$10,000) , but it was a beautiful, quiet machine.  Sewing on it was very intuitive, as it’s set up just like a domestic machine.  The Charm comes in two sizes, 18″ or 22″ of throat space.  It also has a ton of features, like a mounted tablet, an attached laser pointer, and stitch regulation.

 

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The second machine I tried was the APQS George.  No bells and frills, 20″ of throat space, and very easy to use.  It retails for about $6,500.  I really, really liked the simplicity of this machine, and every review I’ve read about it online has glowed.  It seems like the only reason people get rid of their George is to upgrade to a full-fledged longarm. When you purchase a George, you have the option to configure it for L or M sized bobbins.

I did stop by the HandiQuilter booth and sat at a Sweet Sixteen for a few minutes, but I didn’t get to really experience the machine. This one has 16″ of throat space (thus the name).  The friendly salesman was trying to explain to me why I should go for a longarm instead. Having the machine perpendicular to the traditional domestic set-up was a little disorienting to me, as was the stitch regulator. This machine has M-sized bobbins.

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Finally, I tried out the Pfaff Powerquilter 16.0.  This one is also perpendicular like the HQ, ad has 16″ throat space.  What I really liked about this set-up was that the table was completely adjustable.  As in, I test drove it standing up!  And it was surprisingly comfortable.  I really liked the idea of being able to vary your position easily when quilting for days on end. The Powerquilter uses M-size bobbins.

Neither the Handiquilter nor the Powerquilter list prices on their website, and the salespeople weren’t very forthcoming on prices either, but I think they each run somewhere around $5,000.

Now that I’ve tried a couple of machines, and learned a TON, I want to go back and try out all four again.  I’ve decided I’m not crazy about the stitch regulators.  After free-motion quilting on my home machine for years, I’ve learned to “quilt by ear”, and I vary my hand speed based on the sound of the motor speed.  So the machines with the stitch regulation kind of rev up unpredictably, and that threw me off when I was trying to sew on them. I’m sure I could get used to that with a lot of practice, but it seems simpler to skip the stitch regulation (especially since it costs about $1000 extra!)

I’m also trying to get more information on the Martelli Bella Sedere, and the Innova sitdown machine.  So I’ll definitely be keeping you posted as I learn more about the incredibly diverse world of midarms.

How about you?  Do you quilt on a midarm? Longarm?  Or are you shaking your head at the pure insanity of spending a small fortune on a sewing machine?

Happy Stitching!

emily

 

58 comments

  1. Laura says:

    Thank you for your reviews Emily! I’ve never been interested in a stitch regulator…like you, I’m comfortable without it. I was interested in the Sweet 16, or the George (if I ever got a midarm), and you have helped me decide. See that flag quilt hanging on the wall behind the George machine? I made a quilt from that pattern several years ago. I gave it to my daughter and son-in-law as a wedding gift. They are in the Coast Guard and the quilt has hung on a wall every place that they have been stationed. 🙂

  2. Karen says:

    I have heard of several that like the Sweet Sixteen and are glad they got it. What is with all these sales people though not being forthcoming about the price of the machine – I guess they want to reel you in and then knock you down with the price? and showing you one machine but want you to buy the long arm instead – he should have been concentrating on the machine he was showing you. They have all gotten so expensive I doubt I would ever buy a pricier machine than I have now.

  3. Michelle says:

    I go to the Houston Quilt Festival every year and often test the mid arms. I like the George but now that you mentioned the Gammil and Innova I would like to check them out. I have never found Handiquilter helpful in Houston. But I have a friend who has taken HQ classes there that have been helpful.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Very interesting! No, I don’t think you’re crazy. If a tool will make something you do often easier, it is worth considering. And you certainly machine quilt often. I love the idea of one that is height adjustable mid-project. How COOL!!!! I’m interested in what you decide as well. 🙂

  5. Michelle Flamer says:

    I attend Quilt Festival in Houston every year and have tried out the George a few times and like it, although with the better throat space on my Bernina 750 QE, I am not sure it’s worth the investment in terms of space or money. When I have visited the HQ booth in Houston, I have never been invited to try out their machines-I have friend who owns the HQ and has taken special classes at Quilt Festival for two years that are specifically for the HQ. So while the sales booth on the show floor is disappointing, the classes, I am told, are very helpful. I would be interested in seeing the new Innova machine-thanks for keeping us informed!

  6. Rocky says:

    Find a shop that has classes or rents time on each that you are considering. This will give you personal time with the machine to determine which one is for you.

    • Emily says:

      Hi Rocky,

      I tried to reply to you directly over e-mail, but it bounced. I think you’ve got an excellent point about renting time on machines. I’m planning to take a large practice quilt with me to really get a sense of how the larger throat space impacts quilting on a bigger project.

  7. Emily: This is a very thorough review. I really was glad to read this as your perspectives and explanations of what you’ve learned are great. I have the Bernina 820 – and I have 12 inch of throat space. I doubt I would ever upgrade, due to cost, but there are days I have considered it. I have heard all great things about the George… and I know of at least 2 professional quilters in Japan who love it! I also tried the Handi Quilter Sweet 16 at a class I took with David Taylor – he is one of their ambassadors. I liked it a lot. It also completely closes up in the fancy new cabinet, which is nice. Like you, I am not sure if the orientation is a benefit… seems like being able to push the bulk of a quilt to the back is a benefit and sew from the side, like the traditional machines. I also don’t think I would want a long arm for 2 reasons – one I don’t want to stand up all day — I sometimes quilt for 5 to 10 hours a day. SEcond, you are moving the needle with your hands and not the fabric, so I’d have to relearn. Although I have heard from others it is not that hard to relearn. But ultimately I don’t have the space for a long arm. I will be interested to hear what you decide. As for me, I will stick with the Bernina for the near future. Oh, and you are right about those stitch regulators. They are crap. I fought mine for a year until I finally figured out to put it aside and I FMQ with an embroidery foot – works 100% better!

  8. Dawn Zapp says:

    When I sat down at Festival to try the Gammill Charm, I specifically asked about a stitch regulator. (I have a Bernina BSR and love it) The Gammill rep I got said the Charm wasn’t offered with a stitch regulator.

    Oh, the HQ16 runs about $6k with stitch regulator.

    • Emily says:

      Hi Dawn,

      I replied over e-mail, but also wanted to address your stitch regulator comment in case others reading notice the same thing. I think you’re absolutely right that the Charm doesn’t have a stitch regulator per se, but all their materials talk about the option to quilt with variable or set stitch speeds, which might be a similar feature. I’ll post more once I’ve had a chance to try this machine again 🙂

  9. Rhonda says:

    HI Emily, I am beginning the journey to find the right quilting machine for me. Until now I have used my Sears Kenmore regular sewing machine from 1974 or recently my Brother regular sewing machine. It is time to invest in my love of quilting future as I look forward to retirement. I so look forward to hearing further input from you as I take this research to the ultimate goal of happy ever after purchase.

  10. Margie says:

    Has anyone purchased or heard first hand information regarding the Block Rocket It from Kathy Quilts? It is a mid-arm and I have been looking at it on line but haven’t heard of anyone actually owning one. Any info would be appreciated.

    • Lorraine says:

      I have two blockrockits. Machines. One sit-down and one on the frame. I use the sit-down most often. I just tried the Bernina today at a local shop. Yes it is nice. But I can’t justify the price. I got both of my Blockrockits for less than half the price of the Bernina. That includes frame and table. I have a regular Bernina sewing machine and I do love it. I don’t do show quilts so do I really need to spend that much??

  11. Judy says:

    I appreciate your review and reading the replies. I am beginning to look at a mid arm quilting machine. I have and Elna Xquisite II and love it. Is is an embroidery machine also. I have done several small quilts on it and one queen size quilt with free motion quilting. It has worked very well. i too prefer the embroidery foot. I purchased a free motion foot that does not go up and down but the embroidery foot works best for tension and no thread breaking. I would like to hear from others that quilt with a mid arm and what kind of machine they have. I have been looking at the George. I don’t think I will buy anything until I go to the quilt show in Houston to try the variety of machines. Thanks for your help.

  12. ann says:

    I too was wondering about that blockrocket? I just heard about it today and am curious if anyone tried it out. I am also wondering for those that have tested various machines, do some run smoother than others? I have had a neck fusion and don’t want a lot of vibration . Thanks

  13. Susangrace says:

    Have recently purchased a Martelli Sedere and after practicing for less than an hour, the timing went out. I’ve been told by them that this is a very common occurance for mid-arm machines and I’ll need to learn to retime it myself. Needless to say, I’m VERY unhappy. Am waiting for my machine to be fixed now and will find out more when the repair staff bring it home. Anyone else with a mid-arm having this issue?

    • Judy says:

      That is very disappointing. Thank you for posting this. I am curious why you chose that particular machine if you don’t mind sharing.

  14. susan says:

    Thank you for all of the straight forward information. I’m relatively new to quilting. I currently use my home sewing machine to quilt. Too much fabric too little space. I have just heard about mid-arm machines and find them interesting and expensive. I struggle with spending that much money. Will I really make enough quilts to justify it?

  15. Judy says:

    I just recently purchased the Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen with stitch regulator at the local quilt show. I tested that and a couple others. The package was for the sweet16 with the stitch regulator included, plus the adjustable table, plus a sample of 6 spools of Superior threads, a $100.00 coupon for notions, templates etc. to go with the machine, and a coupon for $150.00 to buy threads at superior threads,(which by the way I Love Superior threads,)so that was a plus for me buying it. An instructor came out to my house, and totally set up my machine & table for me, and also gave me over 3 hours of instructions. I can also go in to the store anytime I want and get additional instructions on how to use this machine. So far I love it, but haven’t had a chance to use it much yet. I do prefer to quilt without the stitch regulator so far, but my stitches and quilting is much prettier and neater when I use stitch regulator. So I am going to continue getting used to it. I selected the sweet 16 over a couple others because the reps were VERY helpful, and there is a local store for on hands help whenever I need it, and it came with lot’s of extras. I paid approx. $6,000 for it. Judy

  16. Susan says:

    Thank you everyone for all the helpful tips and insights. I’m doing my research on mid-arm quilting machines to see if it’s worth purchasing. I don’t have room for a long-arm machine. After reading Teresa Wong’s comments about her Bernina, that might be a better option for me, since my space is very limited. Emily, thank you for your comments and web site and allowing others to post their thoughts, also.

  17. Diane says:

    I just purchased a Bailey home quilter, 13 inch. Baileyssewingcenter.com
    They start at 1,499.00. Have not tried it, but online reviews good. Can buy grace frames.
    Will let you know how it goes.

  18. Dot says:

    I am just starting to look at mid-arm quilters and around where I live Baby-Lock is rather popular and I also see ads for Grace and Juki. I was wondering if anyone has gotten to compare any of these to Handi Quilter or George?

  19. susan brown says:

    Thanks for the rundown of the mid arm machines. I would really like to have one but the $$ is holding me back. Our quilt shop offers renting a mid arm for the day. I think I will try it out. Not sure what type of machine they rent.

  20. Linda Hubbard says:

    I am wondering if anyone has test driven the Janome Artistic SD18. I believe it retails for 4999.00 in Canada. It doesn’t appear to have a lot of features, but then I am not sure that lots of features are a requirement. If anyone has some thoughts please let me know. Thanking you all in advance.
    Linda Hubbard

  21. Linda says:

    I love my Martelli sit down long arm! Got it last fall at a quilt show and have not had any problems with this sturdy machine. The stitching is smooth and consistent ( no stitch regulator on the sit down version), and once I figured out how to wind a bobbin with correct tension I have had no problems with thread breakage (I think the Magic Genie bobbin washers help, too). The worktable it comes with is amazing: raises to standing height to use the built in cutting mat or lowers to seated position for quilting in seconds at the push of a button. Very spacious, but also space-efficient having a cutting table /sewing table combined. And I love the Martelli gripper rings for quilting – so much nicer than putting on/taking off gloves all the time! They give you a large work area to maneuver in, keeping the quilt sandwich flat and even while sewing, and are really easy to maneuver thanks to the knobs they’ve attached. With the 21″ throat space and the quilt suspension system I made out of PVC pipe, I’m able to sew queen/king sized quilts without constantly rolling and re-rolling to change position. I tried out several long arm machines at shows and during classes before choosing the Martelli, and I’m very pleased with my choice!

    • Lisa Hilden says:

      Linda – I like the thought of the adjustable table you described. Do you mind me asking how much your machine and table cost you?

  22. Linda says:

    I bought the show demo model for a discount, and got all kinds of rulers and templates thrown in with it, as well as a stand alone bobbin winder and the Martelli gripper rings (which are absolutely fabulous) – all together with free delivery and set up it was around $7000

  23. Jo Gray says:

    Hi everyone- hope this line is still ongoing- I’m in the UK, and I’m looking to buy a mid arm but I only have the choice of the HQ Sweet Sixteen here, possibly the APQS George, but I can’t demo it I would just have to bite the proverbial bullet and order it untried and unseen which is a bit scary!! There would be no customer service or help as the only store in the whole of the country that I can find is over 300 miles away……!
    TheHQS16 is a bit nearer – only 100 miles haha – but there are courses and demos etc there and lots of follow up. So – my question is…. Do I go with my heart that really wants the George or do I go with my head and be Mrs sensible and settle for the S16? You are all so lucky in the US to have so much on offer, I’m very jealous!!

    • Jo Gray says:

      UPDATE!!!! Since l wrote the above post I made a decision and yesterday I bought the Sweet Sixteen after lots of reading and comparisons. I went up to Birmingham to The Cotton Patch who are HandiQuilter dealers and they were so friendly and helpful and I had 3 hours playing not only on the 16 but the bigger long arm ones too! I immediately took to the 16, it was so easy!! I have a big Janome 12000 with 11″ of throat space sewing machine so I’ve done quite a bit of fmq-ing but always struggled to move the big complicated Quilts that I like making around, the sheer weight of them working against me. I took a king size one that I’ve half quilted with me to try and wow! It was incredibly easy to move around and as I also like to use rulers to do detailed stuff I made sure I could do so!
      I had a go on the next model up – the Avanti I think it was but I didn’t like the stand up position and I found the handles and movement were almost too light and precise and I found accuracy was difficult (like travelling) – I do think that is a matter of practice makes perfect, but it wasn’t for me …… at this time!!! The one thing that did make me pause and think – well which one do I want – was the idea of the rollers in the long arms which perfectly tension the sandwich so you get a beautifully flat quilt. Joy, the instructor came up with a great compromise and showed me a hand quilting frame which does the same thing but without the machine, and obviously a heck of a lot cheaper! I could tension the layers and just baste by hand as it unrolls.
      So….. I made the decision and bought both the machine and the 109″ frame. I would of liked to try the APQS George but that’s just not possible in the UK, the followup and service is just non-existent I’m afraid. I know I’ve got expert help on hand at the end of the phone and that’s the deal breaker.
      I will follow up on this when it arrives and let you know how I get on – wish me luck!!!

  24. Judy Day says:

    Listen to your heart. I think the George is the best choice. It is made so simple. If you need any repair there are videos and they respond to email so quickly. I have the George. The set up was so easy. I love the stiches. Just do it. !!!!

  25. Margaret, Sept 24, 2016 says:

    In Missouri, Handiquilter 18 and Baby lock, Tiara, are popular. Both sit down models.
    Local service and lessons, I think, is the draw. I have an old work horse model I bought used. It works but I struggle getting tension correct and wonder about upgrade at this point. It is a queenquilter 18, from TinLizzie. I think it is my lack of experience and not the machine. But, would like something a bit easier. no stitch regulator (think of this like an old chevy, reliable and simple)

    • Jo Gray says:

      I really wanted the Janome Artistic Quilter as I have a Horizon Memory Craft. 12000, but no chance of that in the UK! They don’t – or won’t- sell them here – which is why I’ve had to settle for the HQ Sweet Sixteen, like it or not it was the only one on offer here in England….., 😬

      • Benvy says:

        I would love to hear how you are getting on, I am very close to buying a `HQS16 or Pfaff Power16 which I understand are the same machine. Service / backup in Ireland is limited as in the no of suppliers is limited and not that near to me. But I want to move to more space with FMQ. decision time.

        • Jo Gray says:

          They don’t make it easy for us the the left hand side of the pond do they?? I’ve my SS16 for 2 weeks now and loving it! The George just wasn’t going to happen, I would of had to order from the US, with no trial, massive postage then we have to pay customs duty and tax on it – just not feasible. I’m finding the SS easy to use, it’s much more sensitive than my Janome, and very easy to move around, so much so that my stitch work is a little messy but that’s my fault by trying to do a intricate pattern while I’m getting used to it, but saying that it’s been taking me 2 hours to quilt a 12″ block rather than the 4 it took me before so I’m a very happy quilter now! I’m more than satisfied with it and I think obviously the more I use it the easier it will become. The only minus thing for me is the foot – I like using rulers and the foot supplied is a sloping circular one so you can only use a ruler behind it where it’s thicker – if you use it in front there’s a danger of the ruler sliding onto the foot and breaking the needle which I’ve done once already. Does anyone know if you can buy a regular 1/4″ ruler foot for Handiquilters? I’ve looked and I can’t find one and I’ve emailed HQ but disappointingly I’ve had no reply…… not sure that it bodes well for the future….. HQ take note!!! Overall though, so far – ITS FAB!!!!! Shame you can’t post pix on here so I could show you a block…….

          • Emily says:

            Oh, congratulations, Jo!! Please do send me a picture, I’ll find a way to post it!! (emily@thecaffeinatedquilter.com)

          • Benvy says:

            I would love to hear of your progress. My regular machine has had a blip and is now on its way to London as the Bernina dealer here can’t sort. I may have to wait until I see if its fixable as it might be a stretch if that requires replacement along side buying a mid-arm. I won’t know for two weeks so am hand stitching in the meantime and reading as much as I can about the various mid-arms. Local service will be important and with the one I am considering it, I have that a few hours away so fingers crossed I could join the owners club….. I must check out the foot too and availability with rulers.

  26. Jo Gray says:

    Ooh hand stitching……. the only thing I hand stitch is the binding I’m afraid! I looked at the Bernina mid arm but at £9,000+ it was way over my budget, and to be honest I couldn’t see a huge difference between them for nearly £5,000 over the SS price – after all they both just fmq at the end of the day don’t they? I bought the machine and the 2 extra tables plus the quilting frame all for £6,000 and I’m very satisfied! I’ll let you know how it goes. If you should come over to London, let me know as I’m about an hour by train away and you can come have a play on mine! Xx

    • Benvy says:

      I have placed my order and hope to have my machine in a couple of weeks. Really looking forward to it. I had a great time on my “test drive” and found it easy to use. I will need lots of practice but looking forward to that. Any hints re threads, tension or set up would be appreciated. x

  27. Teresa Ayars says:

    Have you tried any machines recently? What are your thought. Bernina has a Q-20 that’s around $12000. Which is crazy. That the price of a car.

  28. Jo Gray says:

    Oh great! You’re going to love it – but it’s a bit scary, frustrating and exasperating to start with! There’s a great FB group called HandiQuilter Sweet Sixteen Users that’s really friendly and helpful and it’s got lots of experienced instructors like Paula Storm and Helen Godden who will help you with any problems. I spent the first few hours just playing with the tension and seeing what worked and what didn’t – make a quilt practice sandwich, thread the machine and just try it on the settings it came on. Keep an eye on the page in the manual where it shows you the pictures of too loose or too tight upper tension and keep looking at the stitches to see how level they are. I found that some threads need really loose tension right down to 35, then I’d use a different one and had to go up to 165. Don’t be scared at really moving the tension disc up and down – it’s totally the opposite of a domestic machine where you just do it a tiny bit! Really read the bobbin tension instructions again and again and when you change it even if it’s the same thread just recheck the way it comes out of the case. When you get it right it’s a dream! Also I find that 25 stitch speed is right for me at the moment, much faster than that and my stitches become uneven. Basically it’s practice that makes perfect!! I’m still learning and I still can’t quite get it right if I use different colour upper and bobbin thread but I will eventually…… have fun and good luck!!! Xxx

  29. Benvy says:

    that sounds so helpful, really practical advice. I have found the fb group and waiting to be accepted. I am really looking forward to delivery now. Just hectic at work and many a late night, so hopefully that will ease as `i will want to get cracking on this.

  30. Julia says:

    Hi Benvy. I am in UK and am thinking about getting a mid-arm. The Pfaff Powerquilter 16 appeals to me as my main machine is a Pfaff and there is a dealer only (!) 140 miles away where I can look at one. The Bernina looks lovely but it is a huge amount of money, especially as my free motion skills are not very good. Did you get the Pfaff and how are you getting on with it? Is the tension difficult to get right?
    Do these machines have to go back to the shop for servicing, like sewing machines? How on earth is this done, given the weight of them? Many thanks if you can help.

    • Jo Gray says:

      Hi Julia, I’m in the UK, Suffolk actually – I thought about the Bernina – just too expensive in the end and I also did quite a bit of research on the Pfaff, but in the end I chose the Handi Quilter Seeet Sixteen as you can see from my previous comments. I ended up with that one mainly because of the shop – The Cotton Patch near Birmingham – were really helpful, knowledgable and have constantly been just a phone call away to discuss any problems. Plus it’s reasonably easy to get it back there for servicing or any repairs in the future. Keep your box! You will need it to send the machine back in when necessary. The best advice I can give you is to narrow your choice to two then go have a play on both, a good dealer will give you as much time as you feel you need. After all you are going to spend a great deal of money! Good luck and let us know what you end up with!!

  31. Benvy says:

    hi,
    I have mine now for a couple of months. Not a huge amount done but very pleased with what I have done. I am comfortable with free machine quilting and found moving to this really easy. The space,light and orientation works really well. I watched a great video on the tension set up and following that , and using invisifil thread I got a lovely result on a closely quilted single bed quilt. I am really looking forward to using it a great deal more over the next while. ( work has gotten in the way temporarily)
    I would sum it up as a good buy, value for money, I can use it to make my quilting easier on bigger pieces. It doesnt take up a huge amount of space. It was very easy to set up the table and machine. I feel I could move it to another space if I needed to make more room and bring it back. My dealer is a couple of hours away and I feel I have had great service in the deal so would expect good follow up if I needed it. I did check with a couple of other people who bought same machine from him and they were happy too. So, I am looking forward to a long time using this.

  32. Julia says:

    Thank you for your helpful replies. I am in Norfolk, UK and thought I could get to see the Pfaff Powerquilter but, now I am nearer to deciding, find that it is no longer advertised at the shop I was going to try. Don’t know why. Cotton Patch have recently changed their business set-up for selling mid-arms and long-arms but they are really the only option now in UK near me it seems. It is good to know they were so helpful. I will contact them and go to look at the Sweet 16. I am very interested in the idea of a frame for layering and basting but the quilt I am working on at the moment is 104 inches finished, so not sure if it would fit. Many thanks indeed for all the information you have given.

    • Jo Gray says:

      Oh my earlier comment hasn’t posted for some reason – I just said I’d bought a hand quilting Grace frame from the Cotton Patch – not that I hand stitch!!! Just to stretch a quilt sandwich together properly with no creases or sagging. To be honest I haven’t used it yet – still in the box – I don’t have room just yet until our extension is finished!

  33. Betsey Lindstrom says:

    Has anyone done a test drive or own a Bernina Q20….They have one on sale here
    in Raleigh for $10,000, but I am tempted to look at the Sweet 16 for less.
    What do you think?

  34. Shirley A Collins says:

    I am a former representative for Handi Quilter. All they had at the time was a Sweet Sixteen. I found it super easy to use, even with the stitch regulator. I sold time on the machine in store and had good results with people learning quickly.( I did require a mini get to know the machine class beforehand. )
    It was not the sit down model on display but I did sell both sit down and stand up versions. It’s super well made!
    The company was extremely accommodating , friendly, and helpful.
    Buy from or have a local dealer in case you need a class. or repair and the usual tune-ups!

  35. Kathy Gentry says:

    I am currently shopping for a quilting machine… a mid-arm most likely… for my price range… I just do not know enough about them to know what to buy… I think it is important to buy somethiing that I will be able to get assistance on if I need service… I am looking at Babylock Coronet …I could use some imput.

    • Emily says:

      Hi Kathy, I would definitely recommend one with service options in your area, and also taking several models for a “test drive” at the store. They all have slightly different features and motor sounds, so it’s good to try them out before committing.

  36. Patricia Stein says:

    I have a Bernina sit down with a built in stitch regulator. I love it for quilting intricate designs! I can upgrade it to a long arm. This is very comfortable to use.

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