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sleepydenise
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Date: 9/17/05 10:00 PM

Hi! I am in love with the idea of machine quilting but am TOTALLY overwhelmed with all of the machine choices. There are so many machines and stiches to choose from! I am looking to purchase a quality machine but do not want to spend a small fortune(I am willing to spend $500-800) on one until I am sure that I will actually enjoy quilting. I would really appreciate some advice on machine purchase.
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Date: 9/19/05 10:29 AM

Denise, you can do machine quilting on almost any sewing machine. There's a discussion here that talks about some of the features that are useful for quilting.

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Date: 9/22/05 9:20 AM

You can use your sewing machine for machine quilting. It will be easier if you have a walking foot on it. You can purchase a walking foot for almost any sewing machine if your machine didn't come with it. Secondly, you need to use machine needles made for machine quilting or use microtex extra sharp machine needles.
The older singer machines, model 201, 301,and 401 are gear driven sewing machines and are easier to machine quilt with than most home machines. They can be bought on ebay or from a sewing machine sales and service store. Prices will vary depending on the cosmetic condition of the machine. You could probably find a nice one for around $100-$150 .
Hope this helps.

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Subject: Sewing Machine Purchase Date: 9/30/05 10:41 AM

Hi, I have a 40 year old Viking that is too old to find a walking foot for and I want some newer features on machines today. I am at a loss though as to what to buy. I want to do some quilting and want a machine that makes some quilting stitches. I am willing to pay about $800. I am looking more, after some investigating, at the Pfaff brand. Any ideas?
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Date: 9/30/05 4:25 PM

Pfaff is a very good brand. The IDF (built in dual feed) helps keep your quilt pieces in place so that you wind up w/ nice pointy points more often. They're pricey tho...and you'll not get as many extra stitches but you can find a model with the dual feed for that amount. Your best value would be in a Janome 3500 or 4800/4900. Very user-friendly and the 6500 with the wide harp is as we speak being replaced by a new model (6600) and you might be able to get a good buy on a 6500. Has everything a quilter could possibly want but no free-arm. Babylock "Choice" models are good too and in your price range. Lots of features including an automatic thread-cutter. All of the above mentioned will free-motion nicely if you intend to do that. Viking has a model 445 that is just wonderful. Stitch is sheer perfection and it is a nice solid machine with enough but too much in the way of stitches. It seems to handle a little better than the Platinum line which are more $. Berninas are simply great but you'd have to spend well over $1000 to get one that would do well for quilting. The activa 230 could work, but it is a small machine so for large quilts, not very practical. hope this gives you something to go by.

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