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« on: May 14, 2011 04:14:52 PM »

What else is there to say?  I am looking for a new (or used) machine for free motion quilting.  Sure, it would be great if I could do other things with it - but I've never used a lot of fancy stitches and I'm tired of fighting with tension on my Juki TL 98E.  I would say the price, at this point, is wide open.  Is it worth it to spend $2000 or more?  Or can you get a really high quality older machine for around $500?  I sew almost every day but only for pleasure, not for profit.  I make quilts and occasional clothes for my daughter. 

I would really love to know what others think.  I've looked around a bit online and there is just SO much out there.  I'm getting a little overwhelmed.   

Progress not perfection.

« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2011 09:46:57 PM »

Well, I have one of the cadillacs of free motion quilting machines - a Bernina 440qe, with the Stitch Regulator. I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty sweet. It makes sure that the stitches are evenly spaced and gorgeous, and comes with a bunch of quilting feet (like a walking foot for straight line, a quarter inch foot, etc.) It's also pretty expensive - mine retailed at about $4500 cdn. (*I did not pay that much, I got a demo machine.)

What I'd suggest doing is begging or borrowing another domestic machine, and see if you're comfortable just using a free motion, or darning foot. If you can move it easily and are happy with the results, then damn near any machine that has a free motion foot, that's sturdily built with a large throat, will work wonders. For a ton more information, check out this post - http://www.evidently.org/2007/02/too-much-information/ - it's a guy who undertakes the task of looking for a sewing machine for his wife, and the rather geeky way he approaches it. It's a good read.
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2011 09:48:27 PM »

Ahh yes you have my dream machine.  How wonderful!!! I'm not sure I can give up the speed and strength of my Juki, plus the throat space.  I love that blog though!!!  I'm also an excessive researcher so love it!

Enjoy that Bernina.  I aspire to it...  Wink

Progress not perfection.

« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2011 11:31:51 AM »

The funny thing is that once we have something we aspire to, we then aspire to greater heights.... I just went out and got an APQS millenium. Because, you know, I  just really *like* being in debt Smiley
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2011 06:18:32 AM »

Wow!  That looks like a pretty amazing piece of machinery!  I can't wait to see what you can do with it. 

Progress not perfection.

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