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Grandma Adele
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Date: 9/29/13 8:38 PM

I currently have a Brother 2003D which I like but I find at this point in my sewing life, I don't use the embroidery machine. So I'm thinking of selling this machine and replacing it with a non-embroidery machine. I do a lot of quilting so hat's my question... what machine is best for quilters??? I probably want to spend no more than $1,500 or in that range.

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Date: 9/29/13 8:51 PM

You could probably pick up a Janome 6600 within your budget, which is a venerable quilter's machine. If you can spend more there are other models to consider too, the Janome Horizon 8900 QC or the Pfaff Performance 5.0. Both are feature rich machines quilters love.

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Subject: quilters sewing machines... Date: 9/30/13 2:53 AM

for quilting whatever machine you'll love sitting at for hours on end. could be a vintage. what you need is straight stitch and I like adjustable preset for pressure. also good to have walking feet really available. the Janome 6300/6500/6600 are in your price range and have a larger harp space, which is quite useful. the Viking eden rose might be on sale and in your price range, the opals are in your range for sure. I don't know the price of the babylock symphony but it has a larger harp and nice features like knee lift. if you get used to machine quilting in sections then almost anything will work. I do lots of quilting on my Viking emerald 116, which is a mechanical machine. if you're not interested in doing the quilting and piecing/applique is your thing (quilt top construction only) then any size harp will work, even the 3/4 size machines like the janome jnh 720. needle up-down is really nice for machine applique. in your price range you could get 2 machines, a straight stitch only machine like the brother pq-1500/babylock Jane for quilting and say a baby lock Elizabeth for quilt top construction. all the stitches would be nice if you wanted to do crazy type quilting. just some ideas for you.
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Date: 9/30/13 6:18 AM

Just wanted to say yours is a very succinct answer to the OP's question and the best one I've read to date when this question is posed. It should be the default answer to this query! I'd like to know your method of quilting in sections. If you have explained it already, could you direct me to that post?

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Date: 9/30/13 9:20 AM

Quilting in sections: Here are two methods and you can find more if you google - quilt as you go.

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Subject: quilters sewing machines... Date: 9/30/13 11:58 AM

I have a book by Marti Michell "machine quilting in sections" which has several methods and illustrated instructions. I've different methods from the book to make 2 different queen sized quilts on my dinky little machine.

my great grandma made fantastic quilts on a treadle. several people on the boards quilt on older or even vintage machines.
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Date: 9/30/13 12:02 PM

here's a video on it. I think there are actually several videos, but she shows one method here

I'm posting from my phone. copy paste the link into your browser.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OeelhIA3qAY&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DOeelhIA3qAY

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Date: 9/30/13 1:08 PM

Pfaff's with IDT

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Date: 9/30/13 2:03 PM

By "quilting" do you mean piecing and actually quilting the thing with either straight lines or free motion, or just the quilting part. Any machine can do piecing as far as I can tell.

Most machines have owners who have pieced, since it is the same as sewing anything else. As to quilting, most machines can do that as well, but there you get some divergent views. Read the reviews of any machine that appeals to you. Read a lot of the sewing machine threads here as well. That will give you some idea of how machines perform for people. NO one can tell you what machine is the best.

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