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violingirl800
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Date: 2/26/13 5:51 PM

All the new machines I have found do not have a completely free arm-- there is too much plastic to the left of the needle. I can't use the machine to sew the opening of a cushion together (the cushion form gets in the way; ended up having to stitch it by hand.) I miss my mom's old Pfaff; it had the feature like this, but I don't think the new machines do. Are there ANY machines out there that have less plastic to the left of the needle? I have been looking at Janomes and Babylocks lately without success.

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Date: 2/26/13 5:54 PM

Old Pfaff - those are the best, and there are Berninas from the era of my 1970s Pfaff - those Berninas also have a really thin free arm, as do the old Elnas. There are more old machines with real free arms. I cannot say that any modern machine has a really thin free arm. Try a vintage machine!

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Date: 2/26/13 6:33 PM

Singer 222K Featherweight



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Date: 2/26/13 7:03 PM

Are you talking pillows? I avoid permanently enclosing a pillow...who knows if it will go flat and need replacing. I use buttons, velcro or zippers. Invisible zippers are great. Sorry, I know it's not a free arm suggestion, more of a method suggestion.

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Date: 2/26/13 7:13 PM

How about a Singer cylinder bed machine, like a vintage industrial? You can't get any more free-arm than that.
-- Edited on 2/26/13 7:18 PM --

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Date: 2/26/13 8:00 PM

I agree with Karen 149; it's so much better to put a zipper in, and the invisible ones are the easiest. For a boxed cushion, it's really easy to make part of the boxing strip a centered zipper. With zippers you can take the covers off easily to clean. I also hate hand sewing.

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Date: 2/26/13 8:21 PM

I had no idea that a Featherweight possessed a free arm! Are they all like this? Because if they are, I gotta, gotta, gotta get one. Now.

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Date: 2/26/13 8:28 PM

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I had no idea that a Featherweight possessed a free arm! Are they all like this? Because if they are, I gotta, gotta, gotta get one. Now.



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No, unfortunately, only the 222's have a free arm.
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Date: 2/26/13 8:34 PM

Okay. Then the search is now on for a 222 model. Thanks for the info!

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Date: 2/26/13 8:43 PM

Ah, ha, ha, ha. You're all just yanking my chain. A quick check of the reviews with notes here and I've already learned a 222K Singer will set me back from $400 to $1,000 dollars. Ah, ha, ha, ha.

I'm such a SM non-expert.

Kippy

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