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    Default Re: Anyone else thought about this?

    I thought the purpose of a machine like the Cresendo with it's large throat and bells and whistles was so you didn't have to invest in so many machines.



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    Default Re: Anyone else thought about this?

    We have a whole house surge protector.
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    Default Re: Anyone else thought about this?

    Vintage machines are fine-I have a couple but remember, the original owners upgraded and replaced them for a reason. They wanted more options. My main machine is a Brother Ult.2002D. Never had any trouble with it, but I also know when it goes it will probably not be repairable. I can live with that, it owes me nothing. I also have a Juki 2000 for FMQ and piecing. When the Ult goes I will replace it with another computerized machine because I like what they offer. It will not be a TOL machine, that was a one-time splurge for me and I'm OK with that
    “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, is and remains immortal.”

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    I think it's a good idea to have a back-up mechanical machine. I still have my first sewing machine, a 1969 Kenmore, and she sews a perfect stitch. It's a tank of a machine, all metal, and will probably last another 50 years with proper maintenance. There are some really nice, inexpensive vintage machines out there that would be excellent for piecing.

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    Default Re: Anyone else thought about this?

    Quote Originally Posted by bakermom View Post
    Vintage machines are fine-I have a couple but remember, the original owners upgraded and replaced them for a reason. They wanted more options.
    Not necessarily. Many, maybe most, vintage machines were left behind by people who have passed away. As far as more "options" - for basic piecing, which the OP was considering a second machine for, those options aren't really necessary. In fact, some may actually be a bit of a hindrance. Bonnie Hunter explained in one of her early quilt cams how the wider feed dogs on the machines with options actually make it harder to stitch a straight line. She also said that the only machine that stitches a truly straight stitch is one that is a straight stitch only machine. Zigzag machines stitch differently and can take up just a bit more of your seam allowance. Look closely at your zigzag stitch and then compare to one from a straight stitch machine. To each his own...
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    Default Re: Anyone else thought about this?

    bakermom, what is a TOL machine?

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    Default Re: Anyone else thought about this?

    TOL = Top of the Line

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