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Thread: Sewing machine question

  1. #61
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    Sep 2012
    Homosassa, FL
    I have a Brother SQ9000 I got on sale on Amazon.com for $140 and it has 80 stitches, but I also have a Kenmore from 70's, a Singer from 18's, may or may not keep although I have it working now. Helen, my grandmothers 201-3 works great with quilting as it has a large harp and straight stitches like a dream. But to quilt I would look for one with a larger harp area. But they all sew really good.

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    Senior Member jollyquilting's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    I still like the Janome and the larger throat.

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    Super Member purplefiend's Avatar
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    May 2010
    Round Rock,Texas
    Quote Originally Posted by Learner747 View Post
    I have used a Bernina for twenty years without any problems at all. Mine is a Bernina 1000 and is pretty basic but she is a work horse. It will sew through four layers of denim and keep on going. If I were going to buy on a budget, I would look on-line for a used Bernina. New ones are very expensive but used ones are quite affordable.
    21 years ago I bought a Bernina 1031 and it sews as well as the day I bought it. You can't go wrong with and older Bernina or other high end machine. The new plastic machines often don't last beyond 5 years.

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    Senior Member Pepita's Avatar
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    Richmond, TX
    You might be a good candidate for a singer featherweight. That particular machine is from the 1930's and is light weight, so could go to bee's or retreats easily. As far as repairs, they are pretty simple machines, and there are experts here on the Quilt board. It stitches a beautiful seam, just like most any mechanical machine it too can quilt a quilt.
    Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great. Mark Twain

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    Senior Member lovedquilts's Avatar
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    New Hampshire
    Babylock machines are user friendly

  6. #66
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    middle TN
    I am also interested in knowing which affordable machine has a wider throat or harp area?

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