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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Simple, powerful and fast sewinmachine? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 3/11/13 11:58 AM

Has anyone this kind of machine to recommend?
I have Mega quilter and I like it wery much, but it sews only straight stitch. I have also Pfaff Quilt expression but that is too slow and not powerful enough. I never use those decorative stitches. So I would like to find one that is simple, fast and powerful. I would need that sideways stitch called " siksak" in finnish..I don't know the right name..
I saw that Toyota and Singer have these "Jeans" or heavy duty mahines but people seem not to be so happy about them.
I wonder if there would be any other choises that would be reliable and longlasting

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Date: 3/11/13 12:06 PM

Could you link to a picture of the stitch you would need it to do? That would be helpful. Have you thought of a vintage Singer that has some decorative stitches? They are pretty fast machines, and veyr strong. Hope to see that stitch! :)

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Date: 3/11/13 12:44 PM

I'm guessing that "siksak" might be Finnish for "zigzag." Is this the stitch you mean?

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Date: 3/11/13 2:04 PM

Yes thanks, thats what I mean!!!

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Date: 3/11/13 2:14 PM

Simple, fast and powerful sounds like a vintage late 60's/early 70's Kenmore to me. Something in the 158 series, Japanese made, aluminum body and still steel gears, easy to find accessories and parts for and a really high lift under the presser foot for heavier bulky items. Pretty budget friendly too.

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Date: 3/11/13 2:22 PM

Maybe a vintage machine would do you well, if there doesn't exist an industrial that does zig zag. Most of the vintage machines are workhorses and capable of going over a few more seams than the modern computerized machines. But, still being a home machine, I wouldn't go too far with it. There will be only so much you could put under the foot, regardless.

I'm thinking an old Viking 6 series from the 1970's, or a Singer 201, or 15-91 with a zig zag attachment, though I'm not sure how good those attachments would work for you. I had a Viking 6570 which could handle many layers and was fast. The whole Viking 6 series from the 1970s were powerful machines, and went from basic to TOL. There was a low gear speed on these. Slower, but powerful. Mine was fast for normal sewing.

Also there is the Pfaff 130 which was just zig zag and straight stitch, no decorative. It's a very heavy, TANK of a machine that will power through many layers of denim. The only restriction would be how high the presser foot comes up. I measured about 6 layers of denim went under there. They can get rather expensive if you get one from ebay that has already been reconditioned. But a non- reconditioned one generally goes for around $200. You might need to join the vintage Pfaff group on yahoo for help if it does need some work. Mine did, but was a joy of a machine. I only sold it cause it was so doggone heavy and I switch out machines.

There is Sailrite as for a modern machine. You'd have to look at the models available to see if any do zig zag.

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Date: 3/11/13 4:15 PM

I've been playing with my new Baby Lock Tempo and she has gone through 2 pair of jeans for me.

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Date: 3/11/13 10:57 PM

Another vintage choice could be the Necchi BU Nova. Zigzag stitch, and tank-like qualities of heavy duty stitching.

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Date: 3/12/13 0:53 AM

I had a singer hd110 heavy duty that I was very happy with. Fast sewer and sewed through thickness.

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Date: 3/12/13 6:24 AM

I think you mean zig zag stitch.

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