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The Block Rockit Compared to Other Quilting Machines on the Market

The Block Rockit Compared to Other Quilting Machines on the Market

            The main goal in producing the Block Rockit, a high-quality mid/long arm-quilting machine, is that would be affordable for all customers. We are very pleased with the results, as the Block RockiT has exceeded our initial expectations in price, functions, and overall quality. However, because the Block Rockit is less expensive than virtually all other comparable machines on the market, people sometimes assume that it cannot perform all of the same functions as other machines. We are often asked, “beside the price, how is your machine different than others?” or “what can other machines do that yours cannot?”

            To better understand and answer these questions, we have researched and compiled information on eight other mid/long-arm machines comparable to the Block RockiT in size. While there are many different machine capabilities and features we could have researched, we focused on the ones that people most often ask us about:

  • Throat Size
  • Bobbin Size
  • Digital Display
  • Sit Down or Stand Up
  • Stitch Regulator
  • Rear Handles
  • Compatible with Computerized Quilting
  • Price

 

The following tables contain a summary of the results of machines we could find that are most similar in size to the Block Rockit. Note that we listed only the information we could find online. Some information, such as the price, could change from one vendor to another. In other words, do not consider this the official specification sheet for each machine (as specs can change), and we encourage you to contact other manufacturers with questions about their machines. Also, our research says nothing as to the quality of each machine; it is simply to compare the features and costs of each.

 

 

Features

Block RockiT

Baileys Home Quilter Pro 15

Baby Lock Tiarra II

Handi Quilter Sweet 16

Pfaff Powerquilter 16.0

Gammil Vision

2.0

Tin Lizzie 18

Bernina

APQS George

Throat Size

15"

15"

16"

16"

16"

18"

18"

20"/24”

20"

Digital Screen

Yes

No

Yes, Touch Screen

Yes, Touch Screen

Yes, Touch Screen

Yes - Tablet Included

Yes

Yes

No

Sit Down/ Stand Up

Both

Both

Sit Down

Sit Down

Sit Down

Stand Up

Both

Both

Sit Down

Stitch Regulator

Yes

Yes

Optional,

Extra Cost

Optional, Extra Cost ($900)

Optional, Extra Cost

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Rear Handles

Optional, Extra Cost

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Computer-ized Quilting?

Yes, Quilt Motion, extra cost (for stand up)

No

No

No

No

Yes, Software Comes Standard

Yes, Quilt Magician, extra cost (for stand up)

Yes

No

Price

$3,299

$2,199

About $5,499

About $5,500

$5,999

$10,999

$4,199 - $6,999

$16,999

$6,900

 

The results of this comparison led us to find that the Block Rockit does have many, if not all of the same options of a traditional long arm quilting machine. We took the features of LED lighting and bobbin size off the table, as all the machines we looked at had the same things: the LED lights, and M size bobbin. Many of the machines also had the bobbin winder as part of the machine. Some of the sit down machines, you had to purchase a separate winder for the bobbin.

 

At Kathy Quilts we love machine quilting and we want to share that with everyone.  We are beyond happy with having the privilege of selling a quality and affordable machine that includes the same features as a more expensive long arm. 

 

*Once again, please note, this is information that we found via the websites of the manufactures of these machines. It is the most accurate information we could find as of August 2015. If there are errors due to price changes/features, we apologize. We are not trying to be misleading in any way.

The following are the websites where we found the data listed:

Block Rockit, Bailey’s Home Quilter Pro 15, Baby Lock Tiarra II, Handi Quilter Sweet 16, Pfaff Powerquilter 16.0, Gammill Vision 2.0, Tin Lizzie 18, Bernina, APQS George