Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19

Thread: What Sewing machine (brand) should i buy?

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    3
    I'm a newer quilter and currently have a Pfaff expression 2034. I recently tried a Bernina 440QE and liked that you could set the speed at a certain pace, even when using the peddle. But, it doesn't have IDT like the Pfaff. Pfaff pushes their IDT, where it feeds fabric from the top and the bottom. Am I going to miss that feature? I mostly piece quilt tops. I do not like to quilt and usually send them off to a long arm quilter. Any thoughts or preferences?
    Thanks

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    3
    Forgot to add that i don't have a desire to embroider with the new machine. Thanks.

  3. #3
    Super Member b.zang's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    British Columbia
    Posts
    1,780
    Blog Entries
    1
    Oh boy, you are going to get as many different answers as people here. I have a Janome 6600P and here's how I made my decision...

    Explore some features that are available.
    Make a list of features that you really want.
    Make a list of criteria that is immovable - for instance, price.
    Make a pile of fabric and batting sets.
    Take your fabric samples with you and USE as many machines as possible. Keep notes on your impressions of machines. Shop owners do not mind if you come back more than once. They also appreciate that you are doing some serious shopping and know that every individual will have preferences. Of course, they hope you will come back to them!

    As I did this, I learned about new features and was able to choose what I wanted. Another thing I did was to talk to the serviceman in as many places as possible (actually my DH did much of that for me).

    If this sounds like a lot of work, well, a good sewing machine is worth every bit of it.

  4. #4
    Super Member brushandthimble's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    North of Boston, MA, USA
    Posts
    3,630
    Yes, you will probably miss the IDT
    First what dealers are near you, that should a factor in your decision.
    I just purchased Babylock Quest Plus with built in walking foot and free arm.
    Good luck with your choice:)

  5. #5
    Banned
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Bikini Bottom
    Posts
    5,746
    If your looking for a Bernina 440QE there is a really nice one in the sale section for cheap!!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-97687-1.htm

    Billy

  6. #6
    Super Member scowlkat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    2,533
    Blog Entries
    11
    Just wondering why you are thinking about getting another machine? Is there anything wrong with your Pfaff or is it just new machine fever? Just curious because I have been looking at some used Pfaff's for a back up and the IDT is what interests me.

  7. #7
    Super Member Melinda in Tulsa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Posts
    4,475
    Blog Entries
    60
    Check out the new Pfaff Smarter C1100
    http://www.smarterbypfaff.com/global/14.htm

    It also has the auto thread cutter.

  8. #8
    Super Member GwynR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Spokane, Wa
    Posts
    1,202
    Keep the Pfaff, get the Bernina, and have the best of both! I have both! Pfaff is in the shop now and I am missing the IDT :(

  9. #9
    Super Member jemma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    adelaide /australia
    Posts
    1,391
    B.Zang has the right idear---i would hate to lose the IDT check out the horisan ? has a similer inbuilt walking foot there has been som negative comments re the new pfaff s made me a bit warey

  10. #10
    Senior Member Linda B's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    East Tennessee
    Posts
    678
    I would get another Pfaff. I currently have three and wouldn't trade them for anything. And Yes, you will miss the IDT.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.