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  1. #11
    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: I lost all confidence in my confidence quilting machine.

    Sadly, I have heard the same from more than one source. Hope it's not true, especially in your case. Good Luck with getting this one fixed or finding a suitable replacement.

    If your old Brother can't be fixed (if its all metal inside I'm betting it can) you can find really great, strong vintage machines on ebay, craigslist, etc., even Goodwill and thrift shops for less than $50 that are real workhorses and will sew through anything! I picked up a "beast" of a Kenmore at Goodwill recently, in cabinet, for $12.50.
    Donna

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    Default Re: I lost all confidence in my confidence quilting machine.

    I got the old machine sewing! Happy dance!

    It still needs servicing but not repair.

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    You can see where it got all puckered.

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    Same block different layout.

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    A fun fish fabric spurred this small quilt. No the singer did not function properly on zig zag.

    I really enjoy Jenny's tutorials! The first two are from the herringbone tutorial. My hubs wanted a smaller blanket so I split the blocks into 2 quilts.
    Last edited by Babs quilts; September 24th, 2018 at 01:35 PM.

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    Default Re: I lost all confidence in my confidence quilting machine.

    So... A short update.....

    The shop charges 100 bucks to service machines. My old machine is not worth much at all so wont be going in. I will figure out the oiling and such myself.

    However......
    They sell machines there too.
    They have some fantastic machines!
    I got to play on a long arm and now need to convince hubby that I NEEEEED one.

    Such wonderful performance out of the long arm and other machines they carry!

    They will e-mail me a list of what is in the used section.


    OH and will discount any machine by what I paid for the Singer.

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    Prairie Pointer

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    Default Re: I lost all confidence in my confidence quilting machine.

    I found a wonderful used machine!
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    It's a brother vq3000.
    Much better deal than the stores could do.
    I haven't had much time at the machine but so far I am very happy!

    I will address the singer unit with Singers waranty department.

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: I lost all confidence in my confidence quilting machine.

    Enjoy your new machine.

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    Default Re: I lost all confidence in my confidence quilting machine.

    Am so sorry you've had such issues with your Singer. To be honest, I've heard similar stories here in England and a friend who has a Pfaff has also had issues - just couldn't get the stitch tension right at all. Her machine spent more time in repair than in her sewing area. I think, in the end, the shop was just as sick of the sight of it as my friend and they changed it - to a lower model. But did give her the balance in cost between the two.

    Good luck with your new machine and many happy hours sewing.

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    Default Re: I lost all confidence in my confidence quilting machine.

    So far it is working well!
    I made a star table topper with it.
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    It's about 3' point to point. This was taken before adding batting and backing.

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    Default Re: I lost all confidence in my confidence quilting machine.

    I have been working on the herringbone quilt.
    That big throat space on the Brother machine is very helpful!
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    Default Re: I lost all confidence in my confidence quilting machine.

    Quality machines are still being made in Japan. Most machines made in china are throw away machines. Singer has lost its reputation a long time ago. I would clear out any lint in the bobbin area and see if there are any oiling points. It may need oiled. If you are having skipped stitches, ta new needle, or needle size. You are used to your old machine and the regular habits with it. This machine may be finicky with thread or needles. Your singer may need a pressure adjustment for your pressure foot. That would explain why it does not go over your seams. Review your manual for troubleshooting. It may help.
    Blogging ahead.....research in quilting and sewing with a dab of cooking/recipes too.

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    Default Re: I lost all confidence in my confidence quilting machine.

    The manual says it is threaded incorrectly for just about everything. Never mentions anywhere that the presser foot pressure is adjustable...... I still want to love the machine. I was referred to a shop next town over. They have a great reputation and aren't high pressure sales. Once our cold snap is done I just may have to take a trip up there.

    The singer would be nice for piecing if I can get the bugs worked out of it.

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