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Date: 1/22/13 9:28 PM

Well I pulled out my 1630 the one I said I didn't bond with. Well I think we've both had a change of heart. That machine has such a nice sound. I feel like I should be given a dunce cap. I missed a whole sections of menus. I guess when I was using it before I was so excited I wasn't paying attention to the manual. I have the original one. Also didn't realize you don't need the computer to make up your own stitches. I have all the original feet that came with it also. I was a amazed how big some of the open embroidery stitches are. But we are having some tension issues when the tension is in the normal place, the manual says it shouldn't probably need to be changed. The straight stitch is ok the the zig zag is too tight and I don't want to start playing with the bobbin case tension just yet. Now to start looking for a cheap 1/4" foot and a walking foot. I feel like I have a brand new machine.
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Date: 1/22/13 9:36 PM

I am happy to hear you are bonding with an old friend. I look at ebay for feet to see what they go for and This link has some possibilities.

The #57 is affordable as buy now.
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Date: 1/22/13 10:13 PM

Good for you! Wonderful to pull out the old machine and have it like the fun of using a new one!

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Date: 1/22/13 10:26 PM

OH GOODY!!! This is my favorite "go to" machine. It is a tank. I DO suggest you take it in to a dealer who has a good tech and sit down with him and show him the stitches you do not like. As I recall you bought it used and certainly in time the bobbin is out of whack. I agree messing with the bobbin is not what you should do just yet/but in time it can be tweeked once you know where you started.. I actually bought a weight gizmo which was expensive so I can adjust the bobbin like the techs do since I live in the boonies. But the tech should be able to show you what a good tension is on that machine. I still get irritated with the ball thingy when I can't find where the pointer is...that is the ONLY thing...and all good friends have a personality glitch one just has to "overlook".

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Date: 1/23/13 0:23 AM

My machine is a 1630--like me, an oldie but a goodie! For quilting, I use the mark on the throat plate for my quarter-inch line. It's a short mark in front of the right feed dog. I use the straight-stitch throat plate, but the wider, zigzag throat plate that comes with the machine also has that mark. I use the #8 foot, the jeans foot, for all my piecing (and most of my other straight-stitch sewing). It is wider than the 1/4" foot (#37, I think) and holds the fabric better. With the 1/4" foot, I have trouble with the fabric feeding crookedly because only the left feed dog moving the fabric through. I've also made a mark 1/4" from the needle on the #8 foot with a Sharpie fine-line pen. I have great results using this foot and I like that it's open in the front so you can see exactly where the needle is entering the fabric. It's also good at going over seam intersections with lots of layers, since it's made for sewing thick denim. The single-stitch throat plate helps feed the fabric straight and keeps it from going into the feed dogs, especially with small seam allowances.
There: all I know about piecing quilts! I'm long-winded tonight it seems, but I do love my sewing machine!

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Date: 1/23/13 0:33 AM

Good for you, QuiltingWolf! I wish I could say the same about me and my Pfaff 7510. My failing, obviously. But you did it, congrats!

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Date: 1/23/13 6:51 AM

What fun! Now you have a new friend, and it was right there all along.

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Date: 1/23/13 7:45 AM

I was thinking of taking it for a spa day. My husband encouraged me to but then of course he's the one who found this for me. But My Janome needs a spa day, he also works on any machine but I do have a Bernina dealer up the street. I'd like to take all three of my computerized machines in for a spa day but don't have $300. Will probably take the Janome and then in a few months will take Bernie.

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Date: 1/23/13 7:48 AM

adapter

would this allow me to use generic low shank feet?

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Date: 1/23/13 10:23 AM

Yep!

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This one, that one, and a bunch of other ones!
(though the herd is getting more streamlined)

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