In a previous article we covered large throat sewing machines for quilting, but what if that’s not enough? What if you need a dedicated long arm, but you don’t want to pay a ton of money for it? Today, we’ll be talking about the most affordable long arm quilting machines on the market.
Qnique 15R (Refurbished) – $2,799
Refurbished is the most affordable way to buy a long arm quilting machine, AND it will be factory serviced by the shop so you know that you’re not buying a lemon.
The Qnique 15 is already a pretty affordable machine, but you can save even more with a refurbished version. This machine offers plenty of great features while still fitting into a more modest budget.
Qnique 15R (New) – $3,899
If there aren’t any refurbished machines available, or if you’d prefer a brand new one – the Qnique 15R is still a fantastic choice. Even brand new, it’s MUCH more affordable than most other long arm machines!
By the way, in case you were wondering what the differences were between the PRO and regular 15R models, you’ll find them below. The PRO upgrade will add $600 to the price if you want it.
Juki Kieri NX7 – $2,999
If you don’t need a dedicated quilting frame, or even if you don’t have the space for it – then the Juki NX7 is an affordable long arm quilting machine which will fit pretty much anywhere.
This machine offers 12 inches of throat space, which while less than the 15R is still pretty nice, and it has other benefits as well. For starters, it does a lot more than just quilt!
In addition, it’s also the cheapest new machine on the list, and you can even get it for as low as $2,000 if you can manage to find a used one – though used inventory is rare on these.
Phew! Well, that’s our list folks. Hopefully you found something that fits into your budget, but we understand that long arms are pretty pricey. If you’re having trouble, then you might also want to check out our other article – where to find used long arm quilting machines for sale!
While you may need to be patient to find a good used long arm quilting machine – you can potentially save thousands of dollars over new if you get lucky.
Barbie Koehler learned to love sewing from a young age in home economics. Though only recently did she decide to start blogging about that experience. She loves quilting, and spending free weekends at the lake with her grand kids.