If you’re an avid quilt maker and outgrowing your sit-down machine, you may be thinking about buying a long arm quilting machine.
Longarm quilting machines are quite an investment, not to mention some of them may occupy a large space in or all of your sewing room!
Grace Q'nique 15R Midarm quilting machines are a nice mid-way point between a standard machine and a full-sized longarm; however, you still need to know how to choose the right machine.
Use these helpful tips to decide on the right longarm machine for you so you end up with exact one you needed.
What Type of Quilting Will You Do?
The most important question to ask yourself when deciding on purchasing a long arm quilting machine is what you want to make with it.
Unless you actually need a full-sized longarm, a larger sit-down machine or even a mid-arm machine like the Grace Q'nique 15R Midarm may be more than adequate for your needs.
If you want the freedom to do quilts larger than queen size, then yes you probably need a full-sized longarm version.
Don’t jump to that conclusion before exploring what the mid-sized machines can do because you could save a lot of money yet still buy a machine that gives you the throat space and features you need for more advanced projects.
Have You Got Enough Space?
The second question you must answer when researching what longarm quilting machines to buy is where you plan to put such a large machine.
Remember, longarms require space for more than just the machine itself; you need space for a frame that can vary from 8 to 12 feet in length as well as enough space to actually work with the machine.
You probably want to set it up in a dedicated sewing area where you can also have your sit-down machine set up as well as your cutting and pressing station.
The amount of space you have available may dictate which model you can feasibly bring into your home and set up correctly.
Is There Training Available?
Unless you have prior experience with long arm quilting machines or even if you do, it’s a good idea to get some training on how to use the machine you decide to buy.
In your search for the perfect longarm quilting machine, consider whether there is training available to you locally or if you’d have to travel somewhere to get it.
What About Setup, Maintenance, and Repairs?
Beyond the issue of training, is there a representative of the company available to help you set up your longarm quilting machine when you get it?
Even if you decide to set it up on your own, who is authorized locally to maintain your machine and provide repairs if necessary?
These questions are more important with mid and long-arm machines than sit-down machines as the technicians must come to you as opposed to you being able to put a smaller machine in your car and take it to a repair shop.
Choose The Right Longarm Quilting Machine for You
Whether you’re interested in a full-sized long arm quilting machine or find that a smaller model like the Grace Q'nique 15R Midarm is sufficient for what you want to do, making a good decision requires research.
The answers to these questions should help you narrow down your search for the right machine that makes practical sense for your situation!