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Narrow free arm for small applications
DianeSF
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Date: 3/23/13 6:30 PM

Hi,

I'm looking for a supplemental sewing machine that has a narrow free arm for precise straight stitching on onesies and doll clothes. I have a great "workhorse" sewing machine, the Janome 6600 with many whistles and bells, a Babylock serger, and even a coverstitch. I know I can turn little garments on its side, etc, but I would like something that would work better for that application.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Diane

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Date: 3/23/13 6:39 PM

Have you tried Amazon or E-Bay? Either one might have just what your looking for...... good luck.

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Date: 3/23/13 6:41 PM

Might be a bit pricey but what about a FW 222 freearm? The FW has beautiful straight stitch & is a smaller but sturdy sm.

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I have not seen one up close by Elna Grasshopper is also suppose to be good freearm I think.
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Date: 3/23/13 6:58 PM

As an alternative, some older sewing machines can actually even stitch in both (as in all 4) directions, any time you wish, as in feeding the fabric forwards and backwards just like all machines and also side to side as in a direction from needle to side pillar of machine, or vise versa even. In that case the feed dogs actually do jog over sideways to do that and move the fabric that direction that way even. when ever you want them to, in both straight stitch and zig zag. Some machines I know about that can do that from the past, are Singer XL1000, XL5000, XL6000 or an elna Xquisit machine. Maybe try one of those? They were all Juki made for those other companies. I think it would have been really neat if Juki had put that special feature in a newer Juki HZL-F600 kind of machine or such, but they did not. But maybe someday they will put that back into some new Juki machines?

There really may be some other current machines that also have that side ways stitching capability in just straight and zig zag stitches, just built into them even right now, but if so, I don't know exactly which ones that might be.

I have one of the oldest elna's and the free arm is not that small at all, certainly not small enough to turn doll clothes for small dolls inside out on them. The Singer 222 one would not be either. You could get some kind of post machine with a long skinny post coming up from the bottom of it, and no feed dogs and just try to move the fabric along more free motion, but I think that is probably way overkill just for some doll clothes?
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Date: 3/23/13 8:12 PM

Probably I should find something something contemporary (for service and parts) but the Singer and Grasshopper look wonderful. A sewing machine that sews in 4 directions? Oh, my, that's multi-tasking at its best ;-)

The hunt still continues!

Diane

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Date: 3/23/13 8:30 PM

Maybe the Hello Kitty 18750. It is computerized, has a thread cutter (nice feature) and free arm. I'm not sure about the size of the free arm, though.

Does anyone know about its stitch-out?

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Date: 3/23/13 9:13 PM

Just thought of something Diane. You might log onto www.Nancysnotions.com and ask there. If I have a question and can't find the answer, I can always count on them.
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Date: 3/24/13 0:06 AM

One word - KENMORE. Any of the 70's made free arm Kenmore machines have the smallest free arm I have ever seen. I'm sure there are other machines that may have as narrow free arms, but I was pretty impressed with Kenmore. I have a 1914 and the width on the free arm is a mere 2 3/4" inches wide. The 1980,I believe, is even more narrow.

I'm a huge Babylock fan and I have the Ellisimo Gold. But the free arm is really just too big for me to stitch small sleeves for children's clothes. I narrowed my sewing machine herd down and the 1914 was the only vintage machine I kept.

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Date: 3/24/13 6:38 AM

Hello Kitty.... Have to check that out.... I think Overstock.com had it. ...

The FW is not difficult to find parts for, & oiling it yourself I would think would be fairly easy. I do not know about the Grasshopper.

I just got my sale e-mail from JoAnn's ... the Hello Kitty Janome is on sale this week for $299 the computerized one 18750. They have several Janome's on sale.
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Santa Kitty is on the move... Meowy Christmas everyone!

Oh good, DH has now getting a nice part time job. Avg 20 hours a week.
The sewing workers:
Hello Kitty Kate (green), Hello Kitty Valerie, Dottie Kenmore, Bubba Kenmore the traveler.

Be still & know that I Am God +
Dear God...please help us out..Thank you..+

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Date: 3/24/13 6:40 AM

WOW! Narrowed it down to that one only? You did not keep any of the straight stitchers? .....

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Home of the adorable Baby & Mittee girl >^,,^<
Santa Kitty is on the move... Meowy Christmas everyone!

Oh good, DH has now getting a nice part time job. Avg 20 hours a week.
The sewing workers:
Hello Kitty Kate (green), Hello Kitty Valerie, Dottie Kenmore, Bubba Kenmore the traveler.

Be still & know that I Am God +
Dear God...please help us out..Thank you..+

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