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From: Dustbunny01
Date: 02-08-2006, 06:55 PM (1 of 10)
I have been pondering this idea,
Not saying I would get one, but sure would be a good idea before he gets laied off.

but I need someone who knows about them..
has anyone used. and like one of the two frames?

I am thinking more towards the handi quilter, which needs a table, but I think I can store it and use it on the porch outside when needed.
I think the HQ2 is for king size quilts.. which Is what I would like to have

the Handi Quilter HQ2

the Little Gracie GMQ pro
more of the picey side, but doesnt' need a table, unsure if this woudl be a good idea for outside use.
User: Dustbunny01
Member since: 11-11-2005
Total posts: 159
From: HeyJudee
Date: 02-08-2006, 07:13 PM (2 of 10) might want to check with sewbusy about the Little Gracie. She said in her first post that she bought it and doesn't like it. Maybe she can explain more...
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User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
Total posts: 1366
From: Dustbunny01
Date: 02-08-2006, 10:07 PM (3 of 10)
Thank you, I posted a PM to her.
User: Dustbunny01
Member since: 11-11-2005
Total posts: 159
From: Melanie T
Date: 02-09-2006, 08:12 AM (4 of 10)
Please post the answer to the PM, I am interested in hearing her answer. I don't need another *large* gaget in my sewing room but......
4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
User: Melanie T
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 155
From: Tom Land
Date: 02-09-2006, 09:20 AM (5 of 10)
Be sure to check out the Inspira also.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
User: Tom Land
Member since: 09-21-2005
Total posts: 514
From: HeyJudee
Date: 02-09-2006, 04:34 PM (6 of 10)
Tom...what do you mean "check out Inspira also". (curious :nc:)
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User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
Total posts: 1366
From: chris b
Date: 02-11-2006, 08:29 PM (7 of 10)
The Inspira is an adjustable metal quilting frame sold by Pfaff/Viking dealers. They are really nice. I keep looking at it but I'd also like to have the HQ16 machine and I don' think that it will accomodate a machine with a 16" throat.
Pfaff 2170,Pfaff 7570,Elna 945
Singer 301A,Singer Redeye,Singer 15 HC
Simplicity 2/3/4
Pfaff Creative 3-D digitizing,3-D Fabric Decorator
Pfaff PCDMac2.2
Embird,Studio,cross stitch,
EQ5....and adding all the time!
User: chris b
Member since: 01-10-2001
Total posts: 109
From: Bobbins
Date: 02-14-2006, 03:54 PM (8 of 10)

Hi: I too have been looking at the Inspira Quilt Frames. I can add a little bit of information. First, you cannot use a machine with a 9" bed because there is not enough room for a large quilt to roll up without interfering with the quilting space. Second, which is more important than the first note, the machine that is recommended with the Inspira Quilt Frame has a connection that allows you to control the machine from the handles on the quilt frame. Third, the recommended machine also has regulated stitches...especially important for stipple work. No more tyring to manually regulate the stitch length with the speed of the machine.

I have decided to save my pennies and get the whole set...frame, machine, handles etc.

Also, any dealer would allow you to try which ever machine you are using or looking at with the frame. This is always a good thing to do.

Hope this helps a little.

Bobbins :Canada:
User: Bobbins
Member since: 10-22-2002
Total posts: 24
From: kittendodie
Date: 02-27-2006, 02:00 PM (9 of 10)
When I read these messages I just had to put my 2 cents in.. hope I dont offend.
I had a handiquilter. I tried all kinds of modifications and still hated it. It just made a mess of my quilts. Spent lots trying to make it workable. but gave up and threw it out. (really hated it that day)
I now have a viking megaquilter, the inspira frame and the cruise control. I have had them about 1 month now. I have quilted 10 doggie quilts and am ready to load my sons quilt onto the frame.
I love this setup and it is worth every penny. It is sturdy, the megaquilter is a great simple machine and the cruise control takes the learning curve and throws it out the window. You get great even stitches and can do pantograms easily as it has a top shelf and a laser light. I recommend this setup to anyone.

Husqvarna Viking Designer 1 ; Husq. 936 Serger ; and lots and lots of fabric.
User: kittendodie
Member since: 01-22-2004
Total posts: 19
From: Dustbunny01
Date: 02-27-2006, 02:59 PM (10 of 10)
Thanks for all the input, the pm I sent was never answered.

But now, I have read enough and heard enough from other people that quilting with a short arm, you just have too many problmes.
even with some of the longer arm's home sewing machines,
for 500 + I would expect the frames to work better then they are. ( all the brands)

so it looks like I am going to stay with my short arm and quilt the old way,

(under the bed of the sewing machine)
User: Dustbunny01
Member since: 11-11-2005
Total posts: 159
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