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Selecting a FMQ Quilting Sewing Machine
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Date: 3/12/13 2:35 PM

I will start by saying I have just started collecting things I will need to quilt. I currently have everything and more that I could need for fashion sewing so I have found that I have most of what I need. Newbie quilter here!

I would like to buy a machine that I could use for Free Motion Quilting (FMQ). I have a Babylock Decorators Choice and a Singer 1000 for all my piecing and they both are fabulous but I have found that neither is a good option for FMQ.

Limited budget and space so a Free Motion Standing machine is NOT an option.

Have gone to two of our dealers and have looked at the Brother NX 2000 and the Janome Horizon Memorycraft 7700 QCP and after my meeting they both are offering them at $1,999.00 Canadian.

Which one would you recommend or what can I take and put each to the test to help me decide?

PS I am off later today to the BabyLock Dealer.

Thank you Quilters!
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Date: 3/12/13 2:43 PM

Well that's hard as some quilters do FMQ better on some machines then others. Myself I can FMQ on a 17 year old Bernina but not on My Janome 10001. What makes you say your current machines are not good choices for FMQ? Some people say the Janome 7700 is a good FMQ machine some say it's not. It really depends on the sewer. Do you have a experienced quilting friend you could take with you to check out the FMQ at the dealer's?

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Date: 3/12/13 7:56 PM

Some people seem to like a straight-stitch only machine for FMQ if they have other machines, and some of those are not expensive.

I am not talking about my self, I both piece and quilt on a Kenmore 19606 which they are going to have to pry out of my ancient, cold hands unless it goes before I do.

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Date: 3/12/13 8:30 PM

I bought the Juki TL-2000QI straight stitch machine for FMQ and I love it. I have the Juki F-600 for all my other sewing. Both would probably be cheaper that the NX-2000.

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Date: 3/12/13 9:15 PM

I thought FMQ was straight stitching? And I was under the impression ANY machine would work. You don't use the feed dog so I guess I'm not seeing why you'd need a special machine to do free hand motion quilting.
But I'm always up for buying a new machine anytime! LOL
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Date: 3/12/13 9:22 PM

I have heard great things about this Juki also, especially for FMQ.

If I had the $$ and the space it would be in my sewing room!

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Date: 3/12/13 10:49 PM

I have also been looking for a machine for FMQ. I want the largest harp possible. I currently FMQ on a vintage singer straight stitch machine and it works well for smaller quilts but I could not wrestle my Easy Street queen size quilt into that harp space.

My Pfaff Creative Sensation has a larger harp but I have been unable to find the correct thread/needle/tension combination to be able to FMQ on that machine.

I am considering the Juki 2010 or the Horizon 7700 or 8900. I may try the Handiquilter Sweet Sixteen.

I would love to hear other quilter's opinions.

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Date: 3/12/13 11:29 PM

I've had the best time doing FMQ on the Viking Emerald 116 I bought last year. Its all mechanical so no needle up/down, but I have a very easy time controlling the speed. I have the presser foot pressure a little reduced, adjust tension, drop feed dogs and add the supreme slider and away I go. Getting good stitches was more about matching my speed to the machines than anything else.

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Date: 3/13/13 6:59 AM

My first choice would be the Baby Lock Tiara. That is a stand alone quilting machine that comes with a 3'x3' table and you sit down to use it and it is a 16" longarm. I absolutely love this machine, so very convenient and you won't dread sitting down to FMQ your tops.

If your machine must also sew, check out the Baby Lock Symphony or Crescendo. You can get a stitch regulator for these machines and they sew like a dream.

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Date: 3/13/13 9:05 AM

If you are really serious about FMQ you might want to checkout the Berninas with the BSR. The BSR allows you stitches to be even. I've been getting into free motion quilting lately as I've found I can do it on my Bernina 1630. If I had the funds right now would definitely look into a Bernina machine with BSR.

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