I’ve had my eye on a long arm for about a year now. I actually like my Sweet Sixteen – a lot. But a long arm has several advantages, including not having to pin baste a quilt and also being able to more easily quilt larger patterns. I sat back and watched the prices of them and found out that the best time of the year to get a deal on a quilting machine is the month of October.
I’ve had great success with Handi Quilter so this was a no-brainer for me. When they had their demo sale – where they sell the floor models from dealers across the country – I jumped on it. 2 things happened. One, I wanted as 12′ frame and locally they had 10′ in stock. Second, they were swamped getting ready for the quilt festival and wanted to know if it would cause a lot of heartache if I waited until after the show for them to deliver and set it up.
I called this morning to see about setting a date and they said “how about later this afternoon?” Awesome! It took almost 4 hours to set it all up but it’s good to go now. As an added bonus – it’s not a demo at all. It’s brand new which was apparent when I saw the total stitch count on it! I’m guessing they sold more nationwide than they had demos, so waiting to have mine delivered served me really well.
And now…I’m going to get off the notebook and go load a quilt on it that I have ready to go!