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Thread: $300-$500 machine for FMQ

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    Is there an all purpose sewing machine in the $300-$500 range that will hold up under FMQ? Like maybe six quilts a year?

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    I just bought a Pfaff Grand Quilter 12oo off of Ebay for a great deal. Straight stitch only, but it sews like a dream!
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    I bought my Janome Magnolia for $399 with a bunch of feet included and it FMQs pretty well. All you need is to be able to drop the feed dogs, so you could spend even less.

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    Have you tried FMQ with your all-purpose machine, with a quilting/darning presser foot? I'm doing okay with mine, and the cost of the foot was all I invested to see if I would like it.

    So, of course, I spent the difference on fabric. :P

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    My new brother was about 350 and is FMQ just fine

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    All my regular sewing machines will do FMQ. Can you get a darning foot for yours. Give it a try.

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    My 10 year old bottom of the line Pfaff (Hobby 1020 - paid $160 in 2000) just died, and I was wondering if I hastened it's demise by FMQing recently. But I didn't have a darning foot.... So I'm in the market and was wondering if I bought a Janome Magnolia or Sewist 500, or the new HD 3000 (leaning toward a mechanical machine since we move a lot and live in countries where service is an issue) would hold up to FMQ. Sounds like the Magnolia does.

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    Check out a Janome 6500. They are dropping in price and will be around I am betting just like the old Singers! It is a workhorse and a half and has a 9 inch harp (throat).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkjinde
    My 10 year old bottom of the line Pfaff (Hobby 1020 - paid $160 in 2000) just died, and I was wondering if I hastened it's demise by FMQing recently. But I didn't have a darning foot.... So I'm in the market and was wondering if I bought a Janome Magnolia or Sewist 500, or the new HD 3000 (leaning toward a mechanical machine since we move a lot and live in countries where service is an issue) would hold up to FMQ. Sounds like the Magnolia does.
    I have the Magnolia as well. I have FMQ'd about 10 quilts in one year (all throw size or smaller) and it has done well. I did have to have them adjust the bobbin tension when I had my one-year service. But, it is back to working like a dream.

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