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Which machines have 9mm wide stitches, & how well do they work
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Date: 9/14/13 4:56 PM

I'm interested in knowing which sewing machines have 9mm stitches - and whether they work well, or whether, at 9mm, you get tunneling or any other stitch problems.

FWIW, I also would like a free arm for sewing sleeves, and (I know, it's expensive) 10-12 inch space to the right of the needle.

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Date: 9/14/13 5:43 PM

My Bernina 830 is 9mm and has 12" to the right of the needle and free arm. I love my 830. I don't have any stitch problems, no tunneling.

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Date: 9/14/13 5:45 PM

You might also check the Pfaff Quilt Expression line. My 4.0 has 9.0mm, and I love it.

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Date: 9/14/13 6:06 PM

I love my Bernina 830LE for everything except piecing. My 5.5 mm 630 gives me a more consistent 1/4" seam.

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Date: 9/14/13 7:12 PM

The Pfaff Performance 5.0 has the features you are looking for.

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Date: 9/14/13 10:40 PM

I've had 3 machines with 9mm stitches (one 8mm I guess): Pfaff 7510, Baby Lock Quest Plus, and Bernina 820. Excellent feed, especially the Quest Plus. Gorgeous deco stitches and stitch quality. No tunneling unless the fabric is flimsy-then stabilizer solves it, but usually I just use two layers.

I do appreciate 5.5mm stitch width and the smaller presser feet for some tasks, but I've come to realize that a 9mm machine-the right one, that is, can "do it all". I hate to admit that, as I do just adore the CB hook Berninas with their 5.5mm stitch width and smaller presser feet, not to mention that perfect IMO hook and bobbin system.

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Date: 9/14/13 10:50 PM

I was extremely wary of 9mm machines for garment sewing until I bought the Bernina 580. Wow, talk about the best of both worlds! I'll never worry again.

It's all about the feed dogs and their position. Some 9mm machines have wide feed dogs making sewing around tight curves difficult, whereas the feed dogs on the Bernina 580 are only 1mm wider than my previous 6mm machine. Using the smaller feet and the 5mm stitch plate it sews beautifully, but when I want to darn jeans, sew buttonholes on thick fabric or just need more "grip" with slippery fabrics I switch to the 9mm plate and wide feet and it sews like a dream. Best of both worlds. Then there is all the decorative stitches too. Love it!!

Not all 9mm machines are the same but there are some fantastic ones out there that sew every bit as well as a 6mm machine, plus do so much more because of the added width.

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Date: 9/14/13 11:25 PM

I have a 5.5mm mechanical and 9mm computerised machine, both Berninas, both very nice machines. The 5.5 feed is so much better than the 9mm, especially on tight curves. It's a lot easier to control the fabric. But the 9mm does other things really well and I tend to use it for just about all of my garment sewing and quilting. I've learned how to compensate to get the results I want. I got the best feed of all on my mother's ss industrial, which now lives with me but has yet to be used. It depends on the machine, how you like the feed, and whether you can work with it or not.

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Date: 9/15/13 0:53 AM

Janome introduced their first machines with a 9mm recently, was it last fall? They offer a few with a 9mm, free arm and long harp. Im not sure what the entry price is or what the entry machine is - I think it is the 8900.

The entry machine for Pfaff with a long harp and free arm is prob the anniversary 150 machine.

I do not think brother offers a 9 mm machine.

I think the entry level Bernina with 9mm was the 580 -- I dont know if the new 560 has it or not. But it does not have a long harp either - I guess you would have to look at something from the 7 series.

Singer has the 9mm l-500 - IDK if those are sold anymore -- maybe on one of the shopping networks? It (and the smarter by pfaff) was a 9mm machines that cost around 1000.00.

I had a 9 mm Smarter that pieced fine - but, I did not like it for other reasons.

Because janome makes elna - elna has a few 9mm machines now, also.

I hope that helps. Im sure it is incomplete.

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Date: 9/15/13 1:17 AM

The new Bernina 560 is 9mm, and available w/o embroidery, so either it or the 710 (sewing only) are currently the least expensive 9mm offerings. Previously, the 435/450 was their least-expensive 9mm machine.

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