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    Sewing Machine Call Out to Quilters

    What brand and model of sewing machine do you use for your quilting projects?

    What features does it have, which you absolutely need for quilting?

    What work space does your machine offer? (inches from needle to the right and from bed to the top arm)?

    What features are you missing that you would like?

    Do you know of a brand and model that you could buy to replace your existing machine with all the features you would need?

    Thanks!

    Last edited by Verona; January 17, 2015, 01:53 PM.

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    Re: Sewing Machine Call Out to Quilters

    My primary sewing machine is a Janome 6260QC. It has 6 inches from the needle to the arm. I have speed control (It will be a must for any future machines), Needle down (another must) and a needle threader. The one thing I want is the tie and cut feature in the next machine I invest in.

    All four of my machines (Janome, Capitol, Singer Featherweight and a Bernina Embroidery machine) were purchased "New-to-me". I don't know if I will ever bite the bullet and go for brand new.

    The Capitol is a 70's Singer clone with built in zig-zag and buttonhole settings. It is all metal and weighs a ton. It is in one of the wooden carry cases that has the vinyl covers glued on the wood. I bought it used in 1985 for $65 at a local fabric store. It sews a beautiful stitch.

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      #3
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      I have an older pfaff 2140 I love it! It does have a smaller throat space 6.75 but has the IDT basically a integrated walking foot, thread cutter, low bobbin, needle threader and needle up down and the ability to FMQ were my must haves when I chose it also a budget friendly price.
      I just got the Baby Lock Jane a mid arm straight stitch machine. I got it as I wanted to leave a machine set up full time (the Jane has a large throat space) set up for FMQ and it can be used on a frame. She sews like a dream I love both of them but for different reasons.
      Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.

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        I have a Singer Featherweight & an old Janome Travelmate. Both are mechanical machines, no computers. They both sew beautiful stitches. The Janome has a few decorative stitches & buttonhole capability. No fancy features here, just the basics.
        For quilting I am blessed to have a Babylock Crown Jewel long arm machine.
        I'm thinking about investing in a serger, but I haven't done much looking yet. Not really sure what I want or. Need in a serger. But. I think it's going to be fun looking.
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          #5
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          I just got a Brother SE400 to replace my ancient zigzag Singer. I really like it because I can see the technology improvements over what I've been sewing on for years. I can grow with it since I'm not familiar with built in stitches, thread cutter, no foot pedal and by golly the throat plate feeds that fabric in much straighter. Oh and the tension doesn't keep giving out. I feel like a modern lady instead of a pioneer, I'm surprise I wasn't still using a foot treadle. I wanted to try out embroidery and it does that although not large pieces only 4x4's. That's ok with me since I already have a full plate of learning ahead of me. I use it mainly for piecing.

          I also recently purchased a Blockrockit mid arm to do my quilting on. Another new learning curve but I love it.

          If I replaced the Brother I'd up grade it to a Brother that does larger embroidery pieces, probably to a 700 or something equivalent. Thing is, then it doesn't do the straight stitching, just embroidery so I'd still need something for the piecing.
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            #6
            Re: Sewing Machine Call Out to Quilters

            I purchased a viking quilter about 2 years ago for the large throat, speed control, locking stitch, needle threader, thread cutter and great stitching. Love it!
            Beth

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              #7
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              I have a babylock crescendo. I love it! The laser guide is great for quilting. I also like the thread cutter, and the online automatic threader I have ever been able to use with ease. It also has a huge throat. The dual feed foot is perfect for quilting. I went from a 75 dollar singer (probably the model that would now sell for 45) to this, and I haven't had any trouble learning to use it. It is very plug and play.

              Here are all the specs
              Baby Lock: Crescendo

              The aria is the next model row without the laser (not sure if it comes with the dual feed foot or not). Otherwise it is the same machine so take a look if the Crescendo is out of budget.

              Honestly, I can't think of a single con to this machine.
              Also, if you have a dealer that sells brothers for cheaper the twins are the dreamweaver and dreamcreator I believe.
              Last edited by ctab; January 18, 2015, 06:41 AM.

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                Hi Verona! I have a Bernina 550 QE for my piecing and quilting and I love it but...it was pricey. It came with the walking foot and the stitch control for FMQ and it works really well. It has needle up/down - love that, a needle threader and a host of different stitches. It also came with a knee lift for the presser foot when doing FMQ - haven't really used that much. It sews a great stitch. The stitch regulator was controls the stitch length for me while learning FMQ so I don't have to worry about that when trying to maneuver my quilt. But, it only has a 6" harp and quilting more than a lap size is challenging at best. I am planning to purchase a Juki 2010 for quilting since it has a larger harp. You may want to consider the harp size when making your purchase.

                I have a BabyLock Imagine Serger and use it fairly often, especially when making pouches and the like. I've even re-fashioned a few T shirts with it. It's simple and has an auto threader and is all I need in a serger.

                Then, I have the Bernina Bernette Embroidery machine and it does a wonderful job. Easy to use and the manual is very clear on how to use the different features.

                Good luck and can't wait to see what you get!
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                  #9
                  Re: Sewing Machine Call Out to Quilters

                  I have a Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0. I love it. I had a Pfaff 1540 before this and loved it also.
                  The 4.0 has so many wonderful features
                  Bobbin low warning
                  built in walking foot (IDT)
                  scissor cut
                  needle up and down
                  knee lift
                  just to name a few, has a ton of great stitches and FMQ's beautiful
                  11 inches to the right of the needle
                  wonderful LED lighting
                  comes with lots of feet
                  Can you tell I love my Pfaff
                  I also own 2 Bernette 203 (made by Bernina) sergers Very basic 3 thread metal machine and I love those.
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                    #10
                    Re: Sewing Machine Call Out to Quilters

                    I have:
                    Brother PE270D - Embroidery & Sewing - nice little machine, made my first quilt on it (queen size)
                    Brother PC420PRW - I use this for piecing
                    Brother PQ1500 - I have this on my quilting frame
                    Brother 1034D Serger - I use it for serging
                    Kenmore by Janome - I use this for piecing

                    I love my Brother machines
                    Shirley aka buckeyequilter
                    I work to support a sewing habit that I don't have time for, because I work!

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                      Most Brother owners have had good luck with their machines. I have not been one of them. Two machines, the SE400 and the Innovis 850 both went bad in less than a year. Both dealer purchases. Neither could be repaired and the dealer was not the most helpful person in the business. Just keep bringing it in for repairs and I will try to fix it. Plus I was charged each time. I often wonder if I really purchased new machines or refurbished ones. Know your dealer above all. I will be purchasing a Janome or Juki next time around. Again this has been my luck and most Brother owners do not have this happen.
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                        #12
                        Re: Sewing Machine Call Out to Quilters

                        What brand and model of sewing machine do you use for your quilting projects? Baby Lock Symphony

                        What features does it have, which you absolutely need for quilting? Needle down, needle threader, adjustable speed, low thread warning both bobbin and top thread, a lot of various stitches Of all of these, needle down has been the most helpful when quilting.

                        What work space does your machine offer? (inches from needle to the right and from bed to the top arm)? Here is the specs of the machine Baby Lock: Symphony

                        What features are you missing that you would like? none

                        Do you know of a brand and model that you could buy to replace your existing machine with all the features you would need? You can still buy Baby Lock Symphonies

                        I have seen beautiful quilts made with the most basic of machines. A fancy machine does not always equal a better quilt, some machine features can make it easier to make a quilt. So please don't feel like you have to go out and spend thousands of dollars to have a sewing machine for quilting.

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                          #13
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                          Pfaff 7570...IDT and ability to move the needle to the left or right so the edge of the foot gives me the perfect scant 1/4" or full 1/4"...whatever I need. Bernina Bernette 334DS serger....basic rolled hem and overcast stitch. Singer featherweight. Bernina 830 embroidery machine.

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                            #14
                            Re: Sewing Machine Call Out to Quilters

                            What brand and model of sewing machine do you use for your quilting projects?
                            Brother VQ2400. Upgraded a few months ago from a basic Brother from a big box store.

                            What features does it have, which you absolutely need for quilting?
                            Things I now know I "can't live without": needle up/down; ability to drop feed dogs; speed control; ease of moving needle right/left to have more control over seam allowances; great lighting; feet, feet and more feet.


                            What work space does your machine offer? (inches from needle to the right and from bed to the top arm)?
                            11.25 inches left to right. I know, I'm a spoilt brat.

                            What features are you missing that you would like?
                            None, yet. More features than I know how to use so far.

                            Do you know of a brand and model that you could buy to replace your existing machine with all the features you would need?
                            My Brother is new, so still available. Babylock has one that is pretty much the same - Aria, I think? With hindsight, and after learning more from y'all on this site, I might have saved myself a few $$ and bought a machine with fewer bells and whistles and been plenty satisfied. But I don't see myself outgrowing this one any time soon (It took me ~8 years to outgrow the basic Brother!)
                            Slainte!

                            Liz


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                              #15
                              Re: Sewing Machine Call Out to Quilters

                              Thanks so much. I haven't made a final decision yet and collecting info from dealers in my area as well as a lot of research. Some things I have been told are: Brothers and Singers are now using plastic gears which easily wear out. Babylock gives bad customer support in Canada and the one dealer who told me that said it was his reason for no longer selling them. I have been using my old Kenmore for quilting but really want to try to learn FMQ. I would like more work space than the 30 sq inches my Kenmore gives me, but it is difficult to find something for the price increase that equals the extra space. I can't justify moving to 9 inches and getting only 6 sq inches more for more than double the price. Anyway... keep the comments coming. I seem to be leaning towards the Janome brand for the feel. Possibly because I had a Kenmore and am used to their look. My Kenmore was second hand, so I suspect must be over 30 yrs old. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. It won't die. I would love 11 inches to work with, but my budget screams absolutely NO! Thanks everyone!

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