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Thread: How many of you quilt with your sewing machine?

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    I have a Singer Deluxe 7025 machine--I bought it for $325 years and years ago. It works just fine. I don't want a new machine. However, it would be handy to have something that made quilting lap size quilts doable. Quilting machines are $1000s! I only need about $500 a year done at the most in quilting. So, unless I took on other's quilting jobs--it'd not be a good investment for me.

    Do any of you have a sewing machine you can quilt with? If so, what is it?

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    i have a janome 8080 that was 2 or 3 hundred several years back. i love it. it came with the even feed foot and i bought some of the extras like the 1/4" foot, hemming foot, etc.

    i haven't done a lot of quilting yet, just a few wall hangings. and this picture is an over-sized twin with high loft batting that i stitched in the ditch for my daughter's room. it was kind of a pain, but worked ok since it was simple quilting. it is the last time i'll do the high loft batting though!

    i'm pretty happy with my machine. i've sent out two queen size quilts and they were about $100 each. hard to justify buying a machine for that! if i ever have to find a new quilter, it may change my perspective!


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    I quilt by machine..I only make lap and baby quilts..iquilting these is difficult at times, but I can't afford to send out to quilt. I just have to make it simple enough so as not to get too frustrated. I have a Bernina 153.

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    Please take a look at the Bailey mid arm machine. They offer some combos with Grace frames and are much more affordable than buying a full long arm for many more thousand dollars.

    http://www.baileyssewingcenter.com/homequilter.html

    You might be surprised at how affordable these can be.

    If you spend $500 a year in fees, you can recoup your cost in 4 or 5 years and perhaps earn a little extra cash. How does that sound?

    There are several options and a 13 inch will increase your quilting path. Looks good to me.

    Does anyone own one of these?

    June

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    I have a Janome Memory Craft 7000 that is 22 years old now, I did my own quilting until my even feed (walking foot) wore out, I have another one coming that we are hoping will work on it...but I am also purchasing a new, middle of the line Pfaff, I really like the IDT feature on Pfaff.

    I have sent quilts out to be quilted, the last one cost me close to four hundred dollars for it to be quilted and it was a twin size, not a lot of fancy quilting done on it, stitch in the ditch, cross hatching on the border and a chain down the sashing...three quilts sent out at that price would pay for the new Pfaff...

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    I have a Brother CS 6000, This is my 2nd Brother. I quilt on my CS 6000 But I meander quilting, and stipple quilting, I've also done a Irish Chain on sashing. But all of this is free motion quilting. I also make my quilts, by the quilt as you go. I also hand quilt. I do not have a expensive machine. Right now at Walmart they have the CS6000 on sale at a real good price. I'm very pleased with it. My older Brother still works. It's about 15 yrs old. This one is 3 yrs old.

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    I use a VERY old Sears Kenmore for my machine quilting... its the only machine the walking foot would fit on !!!....so its the one I use! works great....I got it in 1974 so its 33 years old

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    I don't do a lot of quilting, at least not fancy quilting...

    So far, my Bernina 830 ($400.00 a few years ago) seems to handle anything I throw at it. Anything. I am almost finished straight line quilting a queen sized quilt with it right now. It's just hard wrestling with that much fabric.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/2480.page

    For what you want to do, this machine (and a lot of other heavy duty home machines) will allow you to do straight line quilting very easily. A queen size quilt is a lot more work than a lap sized one (even for my big lap).


    A couple of months ago I went to the Pacific International Quilt Show here in Santa Clara. I saw a neat looking little device that you put your machine on. It had four casters that the machine rolled around on and the quilt was suspended up at the sewing level, nicely rolled front and back. About a $150.00 if I remember correct. Just right for three or four lap quilts a year I would think. Then you could get into some fancy axed quilting there for a moderate price.

    Did I buy one? Nah, I was feeling poor.

    tim in san jose

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    I machine quilted a queen size quilt on my Pfaff 7570. Of all the machines on the market, I think this has the smallest harp. I have also done several lap quilts on that machine as well. I have purchased the Janome 1600P for the larger harp area, 9" I think, and use it for quilting now.

    Helen

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    Wow--you all have lots of great ideas here. I did search around in my old manual and discovered I'm supposed to have a feed cover--that should help. When I took my machine in once to be serviced, I got a loaner that was exactly like mine. Somehow the drawer in the extension table got switched and whatever was in mine was gone. The feed cover must have been in there. I just found one on some remote website and it should be here in a week. Maybe that will make a difference? I don't care if I just meander about. :) I do not want to do anything fancy--just hold the quilts together :!:

    fabricluvr--that is a beautiful quilt and room! Cheerful! :D

    Shadow Dancer--$400 for one quilt?? That's a heafty check! :( I've paid a bit over $100 for my queen size ones. Well--they're queen enough for my bed.

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