What Is The Best Sewing Machine For Quilting

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With Over 30 years of producing Quilting machines and frames, the Grace Company has been satisfying customers all over the world.  Innovation and invention are the foundation on which success is built.  This is a key component in the quilting industry. The Grace Company has listened carefully to their customer needs and has integrated those requests into their products. The result combines quilting and technology to produce today’s masterpiece quilts almost beyond  belief.  They are always looking toward the future with a knowledge of their customer needs.  They have expanded to include quilting hoops and rotary cutting notions.

 

Find out what is the best longarm quilting machine for you.

What’s the best longarm quilting machine for you? That depends on your skill level and budget. Before buying a longarm sewing machine assess your needs and skills. Consider also how you might use the machine when your skills improve (independent shops often offer a free tutorial; many also have classes). A longarm quilting machine will produce professional-quality designs and you don’t even need to know how to sew. This information is meant to help make shopping for a longarm quilting machine easier. Note that Consumer Reports do not offer longram quilting machine ratings at this time.

Longarm Quilting  Machine Types

Mechanical models are still around  and many quilters love them.  Won’t give them up. In the revolution in the industries of textile, and machine quilting many more skilled individuals can now take advantage of all the newer electronic quilting machines.
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Sewing by hand. Notice the crank.

 

Mechanical Machines
Think about Free Motion.  You control the arm to complete your pattern. If you are an occasional quilter or on a budget, this type should work fine. You are required to manipulate all  controls by hand. This can be performed with a frame or sit down table. Basically all mechanical quilting is free motion.  There are many plastic traceable patterns that you can purchase.

Electronic Longarm Machines
If you sew frequently or can spend more, an electronic model can be a worthwhile investment.  Advances in technology have far surpassed any of our imaginations. We have gone from our Granny’s peddle machine to a machine with a brain.

The 21st Century has not left the sewing industry behind

We have come a long way baby!

The purchase of the Q’nique 14+ gives  you all you need to quilt in free motion. It can be expanded with computer controlled stitching using Quilters Creative Touch 4 programming (see below).

The Q’nique 14 + Includes:

  • A full 15 Inch  throat
  • Full color LCD screen
  • Built- in stitch regulation
  • 6 bright LED needle lights
  • 6 quick access handle buttons
  • Easy change bobbin case
  • Built in bobbin winder motor
  • Dual cone thread holders
  • Commercial grade aluminum body
  • Front handles
  • Free motion quilting foot
  • 10 quilting machine needles
  • One bobbin case
  • 3 M-Class bobbins
  • 1 Thread mast
  • power cable
  • Sewing machine oil
  • Lint brush
  • 2 encoders and encoder cables
  • Hardware tools (screw driver and allen wrenches)

You have everything here to begin your quilting journey.  Keeping in mind this is the simple Free Motion machine.  You are the one in control. Hey that’s not all!  You can always move up to a program to computerize your  longarm.

 

  • Q’nique 14+                                                                       $3299.95
  • GQ Frame King                                                                 $1699.95
  • SR-2 Frame Queen                                                             $599.95
  • Q’nique 14 + sit-down system machine and table     $3599.00
  • Quilter’s Creative Touch 4                                               $5999.95

Your creative ideas will come to life with QCT4

We have had this program for 3 years and have had lots of fun. The 200 included patterns are only a beginning.  You can purchase, download patterns from the internet, also redesign and adjust to fit your quilt (see below details).  It is amazing, your quilt will transform into a beautiful timeless keepsake. We are not consistent at free motion so this program is a life saver.

In Summary

This is the best quilting program and machine. Given the fact that Grace Frame manufactures most of the frames that are on the market, with their 30 years of providing innovative machines and tools, their high standard of quality and the continual focus on the the future and customers you can not go wrong with this purchase. We are a distributor for Q’nique,  Grace Frames and Grace Company notions.  We are always available for questions and have answers. You can call us if you have any questions.

Go here to purchase:  Thimbleina.com
Also contact Sherry@thimbleina.com
Quilter’s Creative Touch 4 added to your existing longarm machine or to your new purchase of a Q’nique 14+ This is a fantastic system to create special designs in stitching.

Quilter's Creative Touch 4

All of the latest and most powerful features right at your fingertips.

Quilter’s Creative Touch 4 is the top-of-the-line automated quilting system. The ability to create, design, and quilt with absolute precision are right at your fingertips Based on our original software, QCT4 is now more powerful, yet easier to use than ever before.

Panto Stacker

Simplified Pantograph Layout

Creating and editing pantograph’s is even easier with Panto Stacker! Alternate rows, sizing, and number of patterns can all be edited in a few simple clicks.

Quilt Pattern Creation

Design Your Own Quilt Pattens

The included Pattern CAD gives you the power to bring any idea to life and be stitched with Quilter’s Creative Touch 4.

Trace Image For Quilt Pattern

Trace Your Favorite Photographs

Create quilting patterns from your favorite photographs! Quilter’s Creative Touch 4 lets you import photos and trace your quilt patterns over them!

 

stitching

Record Free-Motion Quilting

With Quilter’s Creative Touch 4, you can record and save any free-motion quilted patterns to use or edit later.

Customer Review:

I have had my Q’nique now for a few weeks and we are getting along just fine. The Q’nique 14+ is a quilting machine made by the Grace Company. It has almost 15″ of quilting space hence it is called the 14+.

 My set up before I got this machine was a Janome 1600P on a queen Gracie frame. The Q’nique was designed to go on the Grace frame and to get the 14+ to sit on the frame, the professional carriage is required.  Luckily I had this.  The top section with the handles comes off and then encoders are added.

My husband, who is an engineer was able to do this with ease.
I would not have been able to do this myself but customer support has been fantastic.
At this point I should say I live in the UK and bought my machine in Birmingham.
You can also chat live online. to the guys from The Grace co, which is great.
Now back to the machine, I don’t really know where to start.  the best thing has to be the huge arm space.  After 2 years of working within a 7″ or less space, it is a massive luxury to have this extra space and is the main reason the machine was bought.

I have my frame set up to work from the front as I only do freehand work, no pantos.

The controls are at your finger tips in the handles which are at comfortable angle and you can see all your settings on this screen. There are 4 different sewing modes. I am using the precise regulated for designs like feathers but I also like the manual mode for doing designs like pebbling or stippling.

It also has a counter for the total stitches and time worked on the machine, this cannot be reset.

The bobbin winder is a separate motor and winds the big M class bobbins within 30 seconds! I love the big bobbins, they last a long time.

The bobbin area itself is easily accessible for cleaning with no lids to remove.  It is quick and easy.  I use a soft, long handled artists brush to clean out

the lint.

I have had a few tension issues but have been able to resolve them myself.  I’ve discovered that the machine can be a bit fussy with the threads it likes. It does not like the poly core quilting thread I was using. Too linty. Tried a 100% polyester thread and it was fine.
Coming in at around £4250 in the UK, this machine  is affordable.  £10,000 for a long arm was NEVER going to be an option for me unless I won the lottery.
I am truly happy with the Q’nique and would recommend it to anyone.
Here are some samples of my quilting done with the Q’nique so far.

If you are a quilter like me, you will love it!!
Credit goes to:
Rhianon Taylor

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