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Thread: Looking for a GREAT machine!!

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    Question Looking for a GREAT machine!!

    I'm looking for a machine that could sew through a THICK quilt about 5 or 6 layers of dense fabric. I want to make a REALLY thick heavy quilt...

    Any suggestions??

    Thanks much!!

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    Lots of the old machines easily sew leather, canvas, etc, so I would think a thick quilt would be no problem. My Singer 185 or 503 would probably both be good candidates.

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    My New Home 556 strolls through, lets see, that one seam was........ 10 layers plus the batting. I was expecting trouble with that middle seam connecting the two halves of the quilt but realized she had already gone over with no complaint. Sorry, too much bragging.
    Life is made up of bits and pieces. You won't know how it'll turn out till its done.

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    I would think the Singer66 would go through anything.. Put a new needle in, and she should be good to go..

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    I've done seams of 4 layers of heavyweight denim and of upholstery velvet on my Featherweight...She did have a bit of difficulty with the banner that was painted heavy canvas, plastic, and velvet however.
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    My 401A is definitely a work horse, one of the reasons I love it so! 6 layers of denim, no problems!

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    I never get tired of this video, but here's a video my SMG did about my FW after he rebuilt her motor--proof that even the littlest machines can power through that stuff!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eY44I1rfe8

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    My husband is a black powder renactor and makes a lot of stuff with heavy canvas. The go-to machine is a 1970 Viking 6020 with its low gear. Of course most any older all-metal machine would be a good choice. Choosing the right needle for the job will make the difference.

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    Definately need a strong motor and the RIGHT needle to go through heavy stuff. Probably a Jeans needle would do it....16 or 18 to be sure.

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    Try a Japanese 15 clone - sturdy machine and inexpensive
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal.
    It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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