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Thread: Newbie from Arkansas

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    I feel like I'm newer then new. I actually bought my first machine about 10 years ago and learned how to sew simple children's clothing on it and even got into cloth diapers a bit. I encountered some tragedy in my life and all my crafting took a major back burner.

    So now 10 years later I've decided I wanted to drag out old machine ang see what I can do, I desperately want to learn to quilt but don't know if I am shooting too high or not.

    I have an 10 year old singer, pretty bottom of the line and to be honest, I just hate it. I'd like something with a bit more bells and whistles, just got to get out there and see what they make nowadays. Anyway, I hope to get know people here, maybe ya'll can help me either learn to quilt or tell me that I am getting in way over my head.

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    Super Member retrogirl02's Avatar
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    Anyone can quilt, you are definitely not over your head. Not to worry, a lot of us are using older machines without bells and whistles. Do you have a quilter near you to help you one on one? Local libraries are great places to meet quilters and to pick up some fantastic techniques in all those quilting books. Sometimes I'll find a good resource that I add to my piles at home but most of the time I just borrow them.
    Also, be sure to check out your local quilt shop...and once you're hooked, you'll be looking at every quilt shop wherever you go.
    Happy Quilting!!

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    Hi berries! Welcome from PA! I have a 1975 Singer sewing machine that I piece on. It has all the bells and whistles that were available in 1975! I will be looking for something new, too! Read how-to books and take a class on quilting if you can. If there's a quilt shop in your area that is a huge source of inspiration! Have fun!

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    Welcome! Im a newby too - from MO. There is sooooo much info here - you will LOVE it!

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    Okay I went out to look at sewing machines today and am considering the Janome DC3050. Anyone have experience with this? It looked good in the store and the automatic tension seems to be exactly what I need! The saleslady said I get a one on one lesson if I buy my machine from them but they don't do regular classes. Is $500 a good price for this machine?

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!

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    Hi and Welcome from Oklahoma.

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    Hi and welcome from the sunny state of Florida!!! There's nothing wrong with using an old machine. Mine is a 1965 White in a cabinet with frontward and backward's sewing, and I make it work just fine.

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