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Marie A
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Date: 5/11/09 1:51 PM

I am a quilter and would love a new sewing machine . I had seen the Baby Lock Espire at the quilt show in Lancaster Pa. It had the features I was looking for and I was wondering if anyone has had experience with that machine or for any other Baby Lock. There are not many dealers in my area and I don't know anyone who has one. Also, I would like to hear recommendations of other machines.

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Date: 5/11/09 1:56 PM

Have you checked out the other sewing machine brands? Janome makes a couple really nice machines. If I were a quilter I think I would go for the Janome 4900 or the Janome 6600 for sure. Also, it depends on your budget - how much do you want to spend? If you read the sewing machine reviews here and get an idea of features and price, you will be able to limit your search. So many people also love their Berninas, Vikings, Babylocks, etc. So your question is a hard one to answer! I hope many people answer you with their experiences. Good luck!

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Date: 5/11/09 3:58 PM

If you are strictly going to do quilting, and don't require zig-zag or deco stitches, then a straight stitch machine would be my recommendation. Janome, Viking, Pfaff, and Juki all make nice straight stitch machines. I have the Viking Mega Quilter (9" harp) and absolutely love it. I also have the Janome MC6600P and it is also a machine that I love to use. It is loaded with features and tons of stitches, plus the AccuFeed feet are a plus (no need for a walking foot). The Viking was $1400 and the Janome was $1500. Both are excellent machines.

What is your budget? Test the machine(s) you are interested in. Take a quilt sandwich and piecing fabric that you can use to test the machines with. Personally, both of the machines I mentioned here can handle my quilting projects with ease; both piecing and quilting tasks.

Good luck with your search. Have fun shopping.
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Date: 5/11/09 4:45 PM

Thanks for your input. I am not in a real hurry ,so will look at all the reviews as a guide.

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Date: 5/11/09 4:49 PM

Thanks for your suggestions.The AccuFeed is a great feature.I will look at that machine for sure.

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Date: 5/11/09 6:43 PM

Please do try the 6600. I loved it when I first tried it out at the Janome dealer. I had a Viking Sapphire 850 at the time and I regretted not getting the 6600 first after I sat and sewed on it. I ended up trading in the Sapphire for the Viking Mega Quilter (bought at JoAnn's where they don't sell Janome) and still ended up buying the 6600 shortly after that because I just HAD to have it. That is why I have the two machines I can use for quilting. Love them both.

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Date: 5/24/09 9:05 AM

2 machines I would look at are the Bernina 440 as it is a quilting machine. Has BSR & walking foot included. If that is too much, consider a mechanical Bernina 1008 I think. The 440 has everything you would want. Also check at the Bernina shop and often people trade in their machines for a newer model. There are some great quilters edition machines used there. I really like my 440 and had considered upgrading it, but will keep it and save my pennies for an Artista one day. Good luck & have fun shopping!

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Date: 5/24/09 3:59 PM

Have you looked at the Quest plus. I got that machine for $999 on a deal with some extra feet. I am only wanting to learn quilting and I was also looking at the Janome 6600 for the accufeed but wanted a free arm. I ended up with this machine. I am not sure how the PDQ (Precision Dual-feed Quilting) compares to the accufeed but I believe it is the same idea. But I am not a quilter...yet and I have not compared the two side by side. However I have put the Quest plus through everything I could think of with many types and combination of fabric with batting and found it sews really well. I am very happy with my purchase but like I say I am not an experienced quilter. I think it would be worth a glance though.
http://www.babylock.com/sewing/quest-plus/

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Date: 5/25/09 4:46 PM

Marie, I had been sewing for a few years when I took my first quilting class and learned my DSM did not work well at all for sewing 1/4" seams.

I learned that the wide feed dogs on my otherwise wonderful machine made it terrible at 1/4' seams, even with the proprietary 1/4" foot. Without doing a lot of resetting, the fabric was barely on the right feed dog and so the fabric swung a lot.

I consulted with my quilting teacher, and noticed almost all the ladies in my class had Berninas. After a lot of looking around I found they sewed that 1/4" seam reliably, with great control. So I bought an older, new to me, 5.5 mm feed dog Bernina, the Artista 170.

I love it! My husband is now building me a work table with an airlift inside so the machine deck can sit level with the tabletop.

Other Bernina models also have these narrow feed dogs...the 440 and 630. If budget had not been an issue I probably would have bought a 630 for the bright lighting, but decided instead to save up for a longarm machine, stitch regulator included.

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