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Message Board > Sewing Machines > sewing layers of fabric ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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sewing layers of fabric
need help picking a machine that will have enough power to go throught layers of fabric
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Date: 11/9/08 6:29 AM

I need help finding a sewing machine that has enough power to go through multiple layers of fabric but can also sew sheers fine too. it would be nice to have embrodery incorporated into it but I mostly need a machine I can sew with and not have skipping stitches and feed dogs that can pull the fabric through. Please help!

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Date: 11/9/08 8:56 AM

What specific kind of fabric do you want to sew?

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Date: 11/9/08 10:59 AM

Many machines will do what you have stated, but you may need to pay the price for a quality machine. I have a Bernina, and have no problem. I just made a dozen "Wonder Wallets" and at points you are sewing through ten layers, and as you can see, the top stitching is perfect. My Bernina does it with no problem. I have a 440QE, which has embroidery capabilities, but even a lower priced Bernina will handle the job. I recommend a walking foot when sewing with several layers of fabric on any machine, as it pulls the fabric through the top and the bottom at the same speed, keeping your layers in line. To prevent stitches from skipping, always make sure you are using the right size needle for your material, and that it is not old or damaged.
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Date: 11/9/08 11:13 AM

Since you stated that you want to sew sheer fabrics as well as multiple layers of fabric, I recommend a machine that does not have the wider feed dogs, which will eat your sheers. If you can get your hands on a Viking Emerald 116, 118 or 122, I feel these machines could handle the job fine. I had a 118 and it gave me no problems whatsover going through these types of fabric. They are also affordable, but they do not have a walking foot nor is one available for them, but I used a seam jumper for thick denim to sew over the seams and it worked just fine. Just be sure to lengthen your stitch and sew a little slower over the thick seams. The 118 cost me $399 NIB.

The Bernina 1008 (mechanical) could also handle these fabrics quite well. Also, you can purchase a walking foot for it if you ever wanted to do quilting. It is probably the finest mechanical on the market and bought new will run you about $1000. A used one could cost less than half that much. I paid $400 for a machine that was three years old.

I own 6 sewing machines and the Bernina is the one I use for piecing. It sews the straightest seam of any of my other machines. It can also use the regular Bernina feet.
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Date: 11/14/08 5:20 PM

The Bernina definitely sews through many layers and sheers with ease. I don't agree that the wider-stitch machines don't handle sheers as well as machines with narrower stitch-width.
They do need special handling, and my favorite approach for my 730, 9mm stitch width machine is to use either a single hole throat plate (the throat plate is the removable cover over the the top of bobbin area through which the needle stitches), or a 5.5 mm wide stitch plate. This pretty much solves the problem of delicate fabrics being sucked down and eaten by the machine. I will admit that it represents and additional investment. I will also admit that I seldom use the wide feet when I sew, choosing instead to sew with the 5.5 mm opening feet. I only use the wide feet when I have a special need, or am sewing the wonderful wide decorative stitches.
I am a presser-foot junky and a self-confessed Berninaphile.

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