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Thread: Singer 401A - Good for quilting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    You really only have about 5 cams or so to buy that aren't inside the machine if you'd want, as the cams are all built in on the 401.

    Any machine that does a zig zag stitch won't make a 'true' stitch like a straight stitch only machine like a Featherweight etc. But, you'd have to likely look with a magnifying glass to have it bother you. LOL. Straight stitch machines are the truest straight stitch because there is no wiggle room in the needle bar. The machines are typically poured castings and the needle bar offers no side to side movement. I quilt with my 401 all the time (straight stitching). And I piece with it. I don't like it for free motion quilting because of the raised feed dog plate that catches on the quilt sandwich and the tension issues due to the horizontal bobbin case. I have quite a few straight stitch only machines and I do use the 401 quite a bit.
    Candace,
    Which 5 cams are you referring to?


    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Candace,
    Which 5 cams are you referring to?


    Joe
    There are a few cams that are available that aren't built into the 401. Not many, but there are a some. Go here and see http://i522.photobucket.com/albums/w...atterns401.jpg There are 5 external fashion discs that originally came with it( I think I have all of those) and then some extra fashion discs lower down (4) and some special discs for twin needle work. I don't have any of these discs. So, I guess the total # actually comes out to 9 other regular cams and 12 for twin needle work.

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    Free motion quilting; I've got the embroidery foot, made of clear plastic and the hoop at the bottom...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PsychoPixie View Post
    Free motion quilting; I've got the embroidery foot, made of clear plastic and the hoop at the bottom...
    You shouldn't need a hoop for FMQ. I've never needed one. It's not necessary unless you are doing intense thread painting. Try it without a hoop.

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