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Quantum Stylist 9960 or Confidence 7469Q?
Help! Can they handle quiltwork for camping?
Mrs. H
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Date: 1/27/13 9:09 PM

I need a good machine that can handle some thick nylon webbing for backpacks and other camping gear as well as thin delicate material (ripstop nylon) with grosgrain. Trying to make camping and hammock items instead of buying them. Also my husband has some design ideas that we want to try out. But all I have now is an old singer 4562 I bought at a thrift shop on an American Military post several years ago in Germany. Let's just say there was a GOOD reason it only cost $7.
So....I've narrowed my search to 2 Singers since that's what I am used to. I would love everyone's input/experience on either one. Both are at awesome prices at Amazon right now. I've researched both and lean toward the 9960 but I also have changed my mind many times already.

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Date: 1/28/13 12:14 PM

Hello and welcome!
I'm not sure either of your choices would be good for continuously sewing camping gear. Options to consider could be a vintage machine, like a Singer 15-91. Another option could be a quality modern straight-stitcher like the Brother PQ1500s, which can use cheap and plentiful industrial feet. Juki makes the awesome TL2010Q that sells for a bit more. You might try to find a used(or new) industrial machine, if you are going to be focusing on this type of work. You can put a servo motor on them, adjust the speed and they will be as quiet as home machines.

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Date: 1/29/13 5:14 AM

Mrs H, the 7469 doesn't have enough grunt for what you are wanting to sew. I won one several years ago and it struggled over quilt seams and I felt the electronics were not best quality I suspected as it was glitchy.
I'd pass on it. Can't comment on your other option but if you want a Singer look for a strong mechanical machine. Other good brands incl Bernina mechanicals, Pfaff and some of the early Husqvarnas or you could even consider a hand crank if you only want as capability.

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Date: 1/29/13 5:59 AM

I have a Singer Quilter Confidence and agree with iSewQuiltArt that it just doesn't the motor for what you're looking for. I tried sewing on it even using a heavy duty needle and it still has problems doing an even stitch over more than just a couple layers of cotton. It's great for sewing basic quilting blocks and some light decorative stitching, but that's about all I'd use it for.
On a side note, my husband has made a hammock and netting using a Singer we got as a wedding present several years ago, and he loves it. That was a more cost effective as well as lighter weight option than buying it in the store. He's helped two or three people make hammocks and they go use them at least once a month and they've worked great. I think it's awesome you're doing that as well!

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Date: 1/29/13 8:16 AM

A vintage Singer 201 would be a good option. It has a drop in bobbin. Or if you want a vertical bobbin, a vintage Necchi or Bernina.Look at machines with a 1.0 amp motor or greater.

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Date: 1/29/13 9:13 AM

Actually, a zig zag machine should have a 1 amp (or greater) motor. A straight stitch machine can get by with about half that.

The power of the motor doesn't really affect the piercing power of the machine as much as you would think. It only needs to be strong enough to move the parts. With a zig zag machine there are more friction points, more parts to move. I've found a vintage straight stitcher with a .5 amp motor seems MORE powerful than a zig zag machine with 1.2 amps.

On industrial machines with huge motors, the power comes from speed, not the motor.

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Date: 1/29/13 10:59 AM

I own the 9960. I really like it for decorative stitches, light weight materials, easy mending. The 9960 bogs down and the motor seems to struggle on the heavy stuff. I recently picked up a 201-2 from Craig's list to sew heavy duty items.

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Date: 1/29/13 1:33 PM

Thank you everyone for replying with such helpful information.

Karen149 - I did look at the other machines you suggested but they were a bit above my budget. The Quantum 9960 is only $330 on Amazon right now! Thank you Kearnsshippy and iSewQuiltArt for confirming my suspicion of limited capability of the 7469Q.

I should have added to my projected projects that I want to sew clothes as well even though the last thing I sewed was a costume for my daughter to use in highschool play a few years ago. And before that I only touched a machine to do simple simple things like panel curtains. But now I must brush up on my old skills and add some new ones because we are expecting our first grandchild!

From what I have found on the internet (what a wonderful source of infomation!) I may have to get two machines - 1 for regular sewing and 1 for the heavier jobs. And that makes sense. So thank you for helping me with my decision. I think I can't go wrong with the 9960. I'll let you know how I like it when it arrives!

Have a Blessed Day!

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Date: 1/29/13 1:57 PM

I second the Brother PQ 1500S.

I've used it to repair camping backpack strap webbing on a fully loaded adult pack. It easily sewed through 8 layers of webbing whilst my son steadied the pack for easy feeding. Guys were off to their trip on schedule.

As far as handling light or filmy fabrics, it's quite good, as straight stitch only machine, so tiny holes in needle plate and precise feet. Much less likely to " suck" light weights down into the feed. Plus PQ1500S come with gizmos to assist with feeding tricky fabrics: pin feed, fabric separator, etc. Mine works on repairing tents/ rain fly

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