Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Dream Machine


We are throwing a question out to all machine quilters....
If you could stretch your sewing machine to any size you liked
What would it be???????????
What is the ideal arm length of your dream machine?

If you had a choice between 14 inches, 16 inches or 18 inches
Which one would you pick? and why?
Please let me know where you are, UK, USA, wherever.

Thanks!

14 comments:

Quilting_Chris said...

It would be 18 inches. I had a Juki 98 that I loved, but I wanted more room so I sold it and got the HQ16. The gal I sold my Juki to sent the machine into WOW to be stretched. It would be great to buy the bigger machine to start with. I am in the US.

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

More to the point...figure out how to stretch the bobbin and you'd have customers pounding to get in.
Sharyn
USA, own a Janome Horizon

Katie M. said...

I had the Juki on a frame and sold it for an 18" machine that is perfect. If it was much longer, I'd have a hard time reaching.

Amy said...

I'd be happy with 16" or 18" arm length. I had a sewing machine with a 10" arm length and downsized to 8". I love my Bernina 440qe but it is a tight squeeze. I live in the U.S.

Darcine said...

I would love to have an 18-inch machine and plan to upgrade someday. I currently have a Janome 1600p on a frame and have enjoyed learning a great deal on this setup. I'm in the US (Hawaii).

Roma said...

I think 18" is plenty long enough.
To me the rest would be waisted space.
And I am in the USA.

Love your blog.!!

Cheryl said...

I would go with a 18" if I had the choice. I think it would give me more options and it would mean less rolling. I love my Juki, but dream of being able to do more. I am in the US.

Marianne said...

I would go with an 18 inch. any bigger, and it would be too far to reach. I am in the US (florida)

Martha said...

Thanks so very much for your comments! We are finding them really helpful! Thanks also to the people who have emailed me directly.I've been dreaming about a stretched JUKI for years - it's my fantasy machine! It's reassuring to find out that I'm not the only one. I'm hoping that the comments and emails will keep coming over this next week.Thanks again!

jamesdroberts said...

Thanks for the post, and thanks everyone for the comments. I've learned a lot. I'm relatively new to quilting machines, but I'd already noticed that the Juki 98 was a very popular machine. Now I understand why.

cheers,
JD Roberts
http://www.quiltingmachinesforsale.com

Brenda said...

I bought the Juki TL98Q six months ago and I'm still figuring out what I can do with it. So far, so good. But if the arm is now 8.5 inches, why couldn't it be 10? or 12? anything bigger and then I'd want it on a frame.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

18, of course! Lots more room for quilting larger designs. In the U.S.

queenopearls said...

Interesting question! I've pondered an 18" or longer machine... which would, to me, be a "long arm" rather than stretching my Juki like www.wowquilts.com does. It's a consideration though. :) I know a lot of people (online) have had their Juki stretched by Wowquilts.
~Christina in Ohio USA

JoJo said...

I would choose an 18 inch machine. I'm in the U.S.