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Date: 12/10/12 4:48 PM

Last weekend we went to Colonial Williamsburg and stayed at the inn. There I saw multiple quilts. There was one store that sells antique quilts. They were so LOVELY! I had asked if I could take a picture and the sweet lady kindly said no :-(

Well now I am very much interested in quilting and want to try hand quilting.. Any suggestions on where to start?

Also, I need a machine - a better one for quilting. Currently I have a B330. The harp is too tight - yes I quilted wall hangers, lap sizes on that machine and the machine size bothers me. I know what I want in a machine - needle up and down, adjustable pressure foot, and a thread cutter (Automatic cutter would be great!) My budget would be $1000-$1500 but preferably less than $1000. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

Anne

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Date: 12/10/12 7:34 PM

Anne, you can easily start on the machine you have. I don't quilt my own large quilts because they are just too cumbersome- and the price to get them done on a big machine is reasonable compared to my time and frustration. Check out the sewing machine threads too as many post there.

Most of us usually say- go try any machines you can reasonably drive to. Just because I love a machine doesn't make it right for you. I hate automatic thread cutters- others couldn't live without them. I cant use a knee control and others swear by them. Prices on good used machines are usually better than new machine prices- but that depends on where you live.

Good luck in your quest for the perfect machine.

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Date: 12/10/12 7:47 PM

For the machine, have you looked at the Juki F Series? I think (but cannot swear as I do not have that machine) that the 600 has all of those things. You could find it for $1000 or even less, leaving you more money for fabric.

If I were in the market for a machine I would start there. I am entranced by the box movement of the feed dogs and I think that it would be wonderful to piece on.

There are a lot of books on quilting, including on hand quilting, at your library. That is an excellent resource for beginners.

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Date: 12/10/12 8:15 PM

I think there are several machine that would fit your needs. I bought my Janome 6600 because I wanted a big machine so that I could eventually get into quilting. I did my first quilt (in 20 years) recently and the 6600 was amazing! I had plenty of room and used the accufeed when I did the quilting. I just stitched in the ditch-I will have to practice FMQ before I tried it on a quilt. I went to look at lots of machines before I decided on the 6600. I paid $1500 last spring for my machine (with some quilting extras thrown in). The Janome 6500 is the same machine without the attached accufeed and a couple of people have recently talked about buying the 6300 (same platform fewer stitches and no accufeed). I went and looked at many machines before buying this one. You might not like what I like. I encourage you to go and look. I think there are some Brothers and Babylocks in that price range too and maybe even one that does embroidery if you are interested in that. Good luck searching-I had fun looking for a machine.

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Date: 12/10/12 8:16 PM

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Anne, you can easily start on the machine you have.



Good luck in your quest for the perfect machine.

I know. But not able to adjust the pressure foot bothers me and the harp size. Also, it is Christmas and my birthday month so I have the go signal from the hubby :-)


LIBRARY! I forgot about that. Thanks so much!!

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Date: 12/10/12 8:26 PM

I too highly recommend the Janome 6600 or 6500. I want to add that for the price they are feature rich machines. While this is a slightly older model it is an excellent machine for quilting.
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Date: 12/10/12 8:52 PM

Never turn down a go signal!

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Date: 12/10/12 8:56 PM

You could also consider one of the straight stitch only machines which have loads of room to the right for quilting. I know you can get the Juki TL2010Q, Brother 1500 or Janome for right at $1000 or less.
Though you won't get zig zag or any deco stitches, these machines have the other criteria, and are great for quilting.
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Date: 12/10/12 10:17 PM

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Never turn down a go signal!

Wow he said get the machine that I want and we will just finance if needed!! wow.. thinking of the bernina 750 or 8 series... Maybe the Pfaff QE4.. will have to check out dealers this week!!

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Date: 12/10/12 11:03 PM

What a Good man!!!

I'm using a Pfaff Hobby, and was surprised when I read the manual and found I could change the Pressure on feed dogs lol It has a fairly small harp and so far I've only done up to about twin size.

I'd rather fight the harp and spend TONS on fabric, so I haven't asked for a new machine -- yet :-) I have 5 or 6, but all but the Pfaff are old stable clunkers.

You are going to have a BLAST!!! Enjoy shopping and hope you find just what suits you

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