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    #31
    Re: Should I purchase a long arm?

    I think I owe you an apology for my very long post that probably did not help a bit with the question you asked! I do feel a stand up machine is best for me anyway as I can handle "driving the machine" around as opposed to moving the fabric around. The only pain I have in doing that is my legs and back do get tired if I stand there too long and that only happens if the quilt is pretty big then I may need to break it up, rest, and finish later. But I am also almost 68!

    There is a learning curve but there is with moving the fabric around to quilt on a domestic machine too.

    I got so enthused about telling you life is too short and you're worth it that I didn't really address anything you asked! Sorry about that! I hope you end up with what makes you happy and causes you the least amount of pain doing it!!

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      #32
      Re: Should I purchase a long arm?

      Thank you very much for your advice. I have decided to go for it and purchase the Babylock Coronet. I have six quilts already waiting to be quilted! I love making things from start to finish and did not want to send off to someone. Again thank you to everyone for putting up with my questions!

      Shauna

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        #33
        Re: Should I purchase a long arm?

        You will love it. I love Babylock machines!

        There are several members here that have the Babylock Tiara. I'm thinking the main difference is a couple of inches of throat/harp space. But you should still be able to quilt large quilts on it. I have the Espire and it has a 7" harp and I was able to quilt a 90" X 108" quilt on it and you will have more that twice the space on yours.

        I just remembered how I made a quilting design that I used on that quilt. I took Liz Porter's idea of using freezer paper to make a snowflake type design then ironed the freezer paper to the quilt top and drew the outline with a chalk pencil. Worked like a charm.

        What all are you getting with your Coronet?
        Vonnie

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          #34
          Re: Should I purchase a long arm?

          Originally posted by JaniceR View Post
          I think I owe you an apology for my very long post that probably did not help a bit with the question you asked! I do feel a stand up machine is best for me anyway as I can handle "driving the machine" around as opposed to moving the fabric around. The only pain I have in doing that is my legs and back do get tired if I stand there too long and that only happens if the quilt is pretty big then I may need to break it up, rest, and finish later. But I am also almost 68!

          There is a learning curve but there is with moving the fabric around to quilt on a domestic machine too.

          I got so enthused about telling you life is too short and you're worth it that I didn't really address anything you asked! Sorry about that! I hope you end up with what makes you happy and causes you the least amount of pain doing it!!
          Janice in the beginning I had a bit of a problem with back and shoulder/neck ache and I noticed , I think it was Walters used a particular back brace she used and sold them too. I purchased it and wore it for probably a week when quilting. It really helped alter my posture while quilting. It actually gave me a "memory" on how to stand during the quilting so I rarely even put it on now. I think I used it for a week or two. I think the price was somewhere between $35 and $50 but not sure. Also, like you've learned I do stop and walk around a bit so I'm not standing in one position for long periods. Usually I move around about every half hour for about 5 minutes if even that.
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            #35
            Re: Should I purchase a long arm?

            well I don't particually like to tell my age but last year at the great age of 66 my husband bought me a longarm and I love it !!! its has a computer and I do mostly E2E designs on it, will it pay for itself, never but that was not the reason he bought it,he knows how much I love quilting and this is just another aspect of making a quilt. For what he spent I would never live long enough to pay for it just figuring how much I will spent on having them quilted, but that's ok, yes if pretty much filled my nice large sewing room but that's ok too, I love it and hope to be able to use for many more years. I say if you want one and have the money and space then go for it.

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              #36
              Re: Should I purchase a long arm?

              I have the Babylock Crown Jewel longarm. It will never pay for itself, but I love it and it brings me great joy! I can do so much more than I used to! I only finish about 15 or so quilts per year, but before that it was 1 -2 quilts per year! I do not regret it one bit! I love making quilts for others and charity. It definitely is not a business for me, but a hobby. I am blessed to be able to have one and also that my family supports me with my hobby!
              Happy Quilting!

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