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1alexdaw
Abr 30, 2010, 8:35pm

Hi everyone

I am about to do some classes in Quilting and Applique...not sure which I will prefer yet. I am toying with the idea of buying a new sewing machine and may switch brands....quelle horreur!! Mum bought me a Husqvarna 6370 for my 21st but it needs to be repaired...and the cost of repairs equate to perhaps considering buying a new machine altogether. Janome is very popular in Australia and there are some good deals at the moment. Does anyone have any suggestions, recommendations, observations to make about purchases...e.g what features to look for? I've heard a walking foot and a 1/4" seam foot are de rigeuer. Anything else? I still have Mum's old Husqvarna C1 21 but wonder if it's up to the task of quilting....over to you...

2MarthaJeanne
Maio 1, 2010, 4:31am

I've been using my Husquarna 500 for over 10 years now, and love it.

As far as the feet go, I'm a heretic. I use an open toe for almost everything - including quilting. But my main interest is free maching embroidery, and only the open toe gives me the control I need for that. The walking foot makes me panic because I can't see what I'm doing.

My main recommendation is that you shop first for the dealer, then for the machine. Try to find a shop that both sells and repairs; that really know their machines; that is willing to sit down with you and let you try several machines; and listens to what you think now that you want to do and tries to extrapilate what you might be doing a few years down the road. Listen to your body as you try the various machines, listen to the advice of the shop people. Then buy the best machine you can afford, but that you are comfortable with now.

3alexdaw
Maio 1, 2010, 9:21am

Thank you so much for your excellent advice. It is not something you rush into is it? I took Mum's machine in for a service. It hasn't been used for fifteen years and needs to be tagged and tested I guess. The woman in our local sewing machine repair sales shop was most adamant that I not give it away. She proudly declared she had no less than 15 machines and they all had their good features!! So, I will make some time to go back and sit down and try them all. Thanks for the information about the open toe foot too. A walking foot sounds like something out of a scary animation!!! I'll let you know how I go...

4MarthaJeanne
Editado: Maio 2, 2010, 4:36am

There is a lot to be said for a good basic machine that you are comfortable with. I've been joking that if I make a big win on 'Who wants to be a millionaire' I want two new sewing machines. I would like a modern computer-compatible automatic embroidery machine to experiment with. I really covet a serger. But neither would replace my current machine. Of course what I really need is more space for the one I have. Oh, well.

Any normal sewing machine will have problems with quilting large pieces. If you want to be able to machine quilt you need a special machine for that. The main problem is the space (or rather lack thereof) between the needle and the verticle part of the machine. Proper quilting machines are very large. There is one woman in or near Vienna who finally bought one and advertises her services at the quilting shop. Quilting small pieces - pillow covers, baby quilts, and piecing are actually fairly simple jobs and don't require anything special.

One thing I forgot above: You need to be able to sink or cover the feed dogs. This lets you do free stiching, like meander quilting. It is not as hard as it sounds (after a bit of practice on scrap materials) but you need to be able to move the material yourself. What my machine doesn't have that I miss isa way to change the bobbin tension.

5bruce_krafft
Maio 13, 2010, 9:12pm

>2 MarthaJeanne: I totally agree!

I was at Costume Con 28 this weekend and the best advice that I got there about getting a new sewing machine is find a good sewing machine repair place and buy a good used one. You can get a much better machine for less this way.

DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

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