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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Looking for machine with a longer straight stitch ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 12/16/12 9:50 AM

Hi all, yes, I am looking for another machine.

I am looking for a machine that I will just use for basting. I love my new Singer 9960 but I hate the basting stitch and the longest stitch length does not come out easily (even with a looser tension).

The basting stitch on this machine is one of those that makes only one stitch at a time (which, IMO, is just a stupid, stupid thing) and the longest stitch length is 5. But I suspect that my 5 length must be shorter or tighter than other machines that only have 5 because I have heard others say that the 5 setting worked for them.

My Viking went up to 6 and that stitch length worked great for me. But if I found one that was even a bit longer than that, I would be even happier.

I discovered quickly that you cannot tell about the stitch length by just reading about the machine, you have to try it out or hear from someone else that THEIR machine does a really great long stitch.

So I would like to hear which machines out there have a great long stitch on them. Because this machine is basically for basting only, I would say my price range is probably $150 max...I do not care if it is new, used or vintage, as long as it has a good stitch for basting.

I would even buy one of the cheapy Brother or Singer machines out there if I KNEW that it has a good long stitch on it. I absolutely do not care about any of its other features.

Thanks for any input!

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Sergei - Serger 14T968DC (set up as coverstitch)
Stella - Serger Stylist II 14J250 (set up as main overlock)
Quincy - Quantum 9960 (my main SM)
Newest addition: Stevie, my very first Featherweight! (221 Centennial)

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Date: 12/16/12 10:21 AM

Personally, I'm interested to see what others in this forum come up with for you - the ones that know older machines inside and out. :)

So how long of a basting stitch are you looking for? Just like you say... it's impossible to tell by a number on a machine.... so how about giving us a real measurement... 10mm? longer? 1/2 inch?

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Date: 12/16/12 10:54 AM

My 20-year-old Bernina 1230 will do basting stitches either twice as long or four times as long as the stitch length it is set on, and will do it by the mere push of a button. I love this machine; the ability to do accurate stitching because of the feed and the way the feet are designed, and the perfect and easy buttonholes. Although it is a computerized machine, it is a push-button system and thus extremely easy to use.

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Date: 12/16/12 10:55 AM

If your machine comes with a darning foot, you can reach a basting stitch any lenght you want. Set up with looser top tension, drop feed dogs, attach free motion foot and move your fabric quickly to get a longer stitch. The 1 stitch basting works better with a darning foot over a regular foot as it allows you to slide your fabric back. Alternately, why not use your Singer cover stitch machine as a basting machine? Leave a single needle in machine, turn stitch lenght to longest setting and sew. It unravels easily by grabbing the chain stitch at the end of the seam and pulling.

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Date: 12/16/12 11:18 AM

The Bernina 830 has an extra long basting stitch--it does something where it seems to be skipping a stitch to get it really long. I'm guessing other models of Bernina have a longer basting stitch as well.

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Date: 12/16/12 11:27 AM

Instead of a whole nother machine for basting you might want to try the double eye/magic basting needles.

Schmetz double eye needles

Years ago I bought a used Bernina 830 and it had a package of Bernina Magic Basting needles - made my Schmetz I'm sure. I never tried them but I always thought they were interesting. It looks like they're available again and might be a whole lot less expensive and take up less space than a machine dedicated to basting.

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Date: 12/16/12 11:57 AM

That basting stitch on the Bernine 830 (don't know which other Berninas have it) is one of the main features I wanted in a machine and one of the reasons I bought the 830. I love it and use it and the skip-stitch often.
If I remember correctly, when I was comparing the 830 with the 580 the instructor told me that only the 830 had this.
Maybe it comes on the high end of the 7-series now though.

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Date: 12/16/12 12:03 PM

I would try the suggestion of "free-motion" basting with the darning foot and save my money.

The double eye needle sounds interesting.

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Date: 12/16/12 12:13 PM

Thanks for the replies, some really good info in here! Seems as though Bernina is the machine of choice for good long stitches....aren't they rather expensive though, even when used?

RipStitcher: good question, I never really thought of it that way. I would say even a 6mm stitch would be fine, as long as it slides out easily enough.

sew2006: yes, that is exactly how my machine is supposed to baste. Sounds good in theory, but it is very hard to do, at least for me, and it takes an incredibly long time. As I said, that is my only complaint with this machine, I do not like the built in basting stitch because I do not want to have to change the foot and then drop the feed dogs and then move the material through by hand. Heck, I could hand baste just as easily.

And also to sew2006: There are two reasons I do not want to use the chainstitch on my serger for this. First reason is it is set up as a coverstitch only machine and I do not want to take it off the function. But more importantly, the thing I need the basting stitch for the most is for hems...... using this technique HERE. If I were using the chainstitch, it would be stuck under the coverhem stitch and it would be a bear to get out. I am currently using wash away thread, which is fine on darker garments, but it is hard to see the white wash away on light and white fabrics. Plus, considering the cost of that thread, eventually I could pay for another machine.

Jkimes: Those needles are interesting!! That makes sense to me and I will have to give that a try before buying another machine. Thank you for posting that!

I wonder if those needles will work on my Quantum 9960...... does anyone know? I seem to recall its one of those machines that only likes specific Singer needles.

I am still looking for that machine that is a perfect balance of price and basting stitch though so I would love to hear any other makes and models where you are delighted with your basting stitch or stitch length adjustment.

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Sergei - Serger 14T968DC (set up as coverstitch)
Stella - Serger Stylist II 14J250 (set up as main overlock)
Quincy - Quantum 9960 (my main SM)
Newest addition: Stevie, my very first Featherweight! (221 Centennial)

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Date: 12/16/12 12:13 PM

That double-eye needle sounds amazing. I'm going to buy a package just to see how they work!!! Also, I can use them on my other machines that don't have that extra-long basting stitch.
Now I just have to find someplace who has them in stock.

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Linda

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Brother Dreamweaver VQ3000
Bernina B530
Janome 6600P
Pfaff 1209
Babylock Evolution
Janome 644D

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