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Buying a new machine

Tips, Suggestions, and General Discussions about quilting by machine.
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Lesi1
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Buying a new machine

Post by Lesi1 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:55 am

It's been several years since I have made a quilt. I am ready to get back to it. I will be buying a new sewing machine soon. I would love to hear your suggestions on what machines you all like. What features are a must have. I do not sew garments. I just do hobbies.
Thanks for you help.

auntjana
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Re: Buying a new machine

Post by auntjana » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:23 am

Just find a machine that feels right to you! There are so many out there that are very good. I would suggest that you look for a machine that has the blanket stitch as one of the stitches on it - it is so handy for machine applique. Also you will want a 1/4 inch foot for piecing - it is the best investment you can make!

I have a Pfaff and love it!! It is my choice of a great machine - but Janome, Bernina's, and Baby Locks are very good too.

Good luck in finding what makes you happy!

Jana

gmaann
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Re: Buying a new machine

Post by gmaann » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:18 pm

You will also want a walking foot (also called an even-feed foot). Many machines especially for quilting come with these feet. Also a 'darning' foot if you want to do free motion quilting. A machine with a needle down option is helpful, too. My Baby Lock machine has a warning tone when the bobbin is about to run out - VERY helpful when you do Eleanor's 'assembly line piecing'. Before this machine I was apt to sew 'miles' with no bobbin thread before I noticed that the bobbin was empty!

Have fun shopping for your new machine. Try out a lot. Having service near your home is great - and also lessons for your machine.

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