Long arm quilting machines are great, but they are EXPENSIVE!! If your pocket book is crying, fear not. There are some was to get a long arm for less, and that includes buying used. In this article, we’ll discuss some places where you can find them.
Factory Refurbished (Online Dealers)
If you buy a used machine from an individual it can be hard to tell what condition it’s in until it’s too late! But, with a factory refurbish you usually get a warranty and support. Sewing Machines Plus inspects and services all their used machines – AND gives you a 1 year warranty.
Their inventory, of course, rotates based on what machines they’ve gotten in, but if you keep your eyes peeled you can get a good deal. They most commonly seem to have Qnique machines, but sometimes other used models pop up too.
EDIT: I’ve since found a second site with good access to refurbished longarms, but they call theirs “recertified”. SewVacDirect is another place to look for affordable, gently used long-arm quilting machines you should check.
If you’re really patient and you know how to spot a lemon – Craigslist can be a great way to get a great deal on a long-arm quilting machine. However, these machines aren’t super common – So, it could take quite a bit of waiting for one to pop up in your area.
Though, if you are willing to drive a ways to pick it up – you could also use a “search all of Craigslist site” to shop all of Craigslist within your state or metro area – giving you more results. BUT a lot more junk to filter through.
Facebook Marketplace has become very popular for buying used stuff now. You can get all kinds of things people are looking to get rid of, and if you’re lucky – you might even score a deal on a used long arm sewing machine if you’re willing to check often.
If your area does not have a lot of options for sewing stores selling used machines, or people offering them up on Craigslist, then Ebay is always an option. Similar to Craigslist, you’ll likely need to be patient and know what you’re looking for here.
However, Ebay is pretty good about making sure you get what you pay for. So, if there are any problems a quick email with photo evidence sent to the company can get your money back if somebody mails you something which is not what was agreed upon.
Ebay won’t likely be as good of a deal as other sites though, as there is LOTS of competition there for people looking to buy the machines for themselves, or even to resell! Patience is key to good deals.
In closing, finding a used long arm machine can be challenging.. but if you’re patient – you can save a lot of money. Remembering to search every day will help you secure the best deals – because you need to jump on them quickly to get these deals. Happy hunting!
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.