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    Super Member Candace's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dina View Post

    I have learned to not use pins and the 1/4 inch foot makes sure I get the seam right too. But it wasn't easy!

    Dina
    I don't know who told you quilters don't use pins? I use pins all the time. And any quilter I sew with uses them frequently.

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    I love my Janome!!

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    I have an old Singer and it sews over pins = no problems. I never heard of taking pins out til the new computerized machines....I'm glad that i can sew over them, since pins hold my seams together.
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    Whats your price range, i would go juki they have the strongest motors, but i have to say my cadillac the brother dreamweaver can handle anything you throw at it, and has been so amazing, nothing like it
    Brother XL-3500i, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D

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    I love the machine I use the most, my old Brother Pacesetter 1250. Never thought I'd say that, as I used to be a diehard Singer fan. But I found this machine at a yard sale for $10 with a nice plastic case (case was worth more than that!) and it needed a power cord/foot pedal and a bobbin cover plate. Hmm, it might not even run...but it turned well and looked like new. Why not? Well, I'm also a diehard bargain shopper, and offered $5 just in case it didn't work, and she said YES! Wow, what a deal! I took it to my local parts/repair shop and he had a cord he let me have for FREE! Turns out the only one he had was one he had to splice and he wouldn't charge me for it, no danger - he just didn't think it was right to charge me. And the plastic replacement cover for the bobbin space was only $4. I bought a bag of bobbins for $6 (partly cause I felt a little guilty getting a working machine for so cheap, lol) which meant a perfectly working machine for about $10 total. Wait, there's more - the absolute best part is I have learned how to set the timing when I do knock it out of time. That's the reason I own 23 assorted machines in various states of disrepair - to learn how to work on them. I try not to be so hard on it, but occasionally my projects can be a little, ahem, difficult.... But the first time it happened I really didn't have a lot to lose, so why not try and fix it. I now can fix it in just a few minutes with a few turns of the allen wrench. Love this machine and the ease in fixing it.
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    The Pfaff Ambition Essential is about $599 right now, I would buy one of them if I really needed a new machine, but I just bought a Nolting longarm so no more machines.
    Texas Sunshine, piney woods of NE Texas

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    Why not look out for an old singer at cheap prices, yard sale etc. we have second hand shops which sometimes sell old machines. I have just purchased a featherweight singer to take to classes. Only goes forwards and backwards but it is light weight which is what I wanted and robust.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I don't know who told you quilters don't use pins? I use pins all the time. And any quilter I sew with uses them frequently.
    I rarely use pins! Don't need to use them for the most part. only use them when I am adding borders on a top.

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    I have been looking at the Juki at allbrands.com. I recently bought a Juki serger that is wonderful. Here's a link to the page of Jukis.

    http://www.allbrands.com/categories/2512

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    My goodness, you have received as many comments on what not to do with your sewing machine than you have on your original question...I would look at the Kenmore. I had one for many years, before I got my Viking embroidery machine, and it would sew anything.. Good Luck..
    Kitty

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