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Date: 2/11/11 8:25 AM

Hello.....I need some help!! My daughter is making patches that require heavy satin stitches. Some very overlapping for her designs. I bought her a machine for XMAS and its already in the shop for timing issues because her designs are very labor intensive. I want to get her a sturdier machine because I don't think i bought her the right one. I bought the lil brother machine that does embroidery and it is no way capable of handling the work. Thanks!!

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Date: 2/11/11 8:41 AM

I'll let the others recommend vintage machines (Kenmore, Bernina, Singer, Necchi, Pfaff) bc they are probably going to be up to the task and there are many to choose from. In new, the Kenmore 16231 is a powerful machine compared to most and the Janome TB-12 (current model has a different name). These aren't as frilly and feature-rich as the Brother she has but they are solid mechanical machines that fall into the "work-horse" category. If you could tell us the fabrics used it would help, bc if she is using leather or heavy materials or working with many layers of fabrics, and thick threads, the recommendations could be very different.

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Date: 2/11/11 9:14 AM

Thanks so much....she travels a lot so I didn't want to get an older machine that weighs a ton and she also uses the thing where she can widen her stitch width when she sews.....I know she really likes that feature. She makes patches with corduroy and fabrics that get layered on top of each other in areas and uses that heat bond stuff to place the designs and satin stitches all around and makes other designs like faces and such with it. Hard to explain I guess.

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Date: 2/11/11 9:41 AM

You could try Pfaff Select 3.0 or 4.0

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Date: 2/11/11 10:38 AM

Quote: stuffnsew
Thanks so much....she travels a lot so I didn't want to get an older machine that weighs a ton and she also uses the thing where she can widen her stitch width when she sews.....I know she really likes that feature. She makes patches with corduroy and fabrics that get layered on top of each other in areas and uses that heat bond stuff to place the designs and satin stitches all around and makes other designs like faces and such with it. Hard to explain I guess.

I see some issues that may cause the timing to go out of time.

Thick fabrics require a larger needle. Embroidery for satin stitching.

Iron-on adhesive can still become sticky as the machine stitches. This gums up the needle as well as thread. Titanium coated needles will help eliminate this.

Size 14 titanium coated embroidery needles should make a positive difference.

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"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

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Date: 2/11/11 1:42 PM

Hello.....anyone have any experience with Berninas Activa 210?? I just came from a demo on it and they are having a sale for 499 and the next one up is 569. They also had a bunch of used Berninas as well. I just want to make it as least frustrating for her as possible since she has anger issues.....lol. Thanks

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Date: 2/11/11 3:29 PM

I'd stay away form the Activas. Bernina is having some issues with boards going out in the 210' s and 220's .
I have a Bernina 910 that has never gone out of time with a lot of sewing and kids sewing on it. I do think a older mechanical machine would be a good bet.
-- Edited on 2/11/11 3:30 PM --

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Date: 2/11/11 8:55 PM

WOW....thanks for telling me that. I liked that the 210 was on the small side but if it has problems....oooohh. Does Bernina have problems with any of their other newer machines?? My daughter is very tiny. 5 ft and only 100lbs. I can't see her lugging a heavy machine. Is that Bernina a Bohemeth?? LOL I will look it up.

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Date: 2/12/11 6:11 AM

I think she needs an industrial machine. Given the use you describe, I don't believe any household machine will be up to the task.

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Date: 2/12/11 8:17 AM

The 910 isn't too heavy. All the older machines weigh more than the newer ones. You could always get a rolling case for it so she just lifts it out of the car and rolls to where it needs to be. A friend of mine bought a 220 and the board went out in three weeks. Of course Bernina replaced it but then within another month it had other issues, she wrote to corporate and ended up selling it because it was more trouble than it was worth.

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