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Thread: New from Iowa

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    New from Iowa

    Hello all! I've been checking in here for awhile now and have so enjoyed seeing the projects you all have done and am so impressed and overwhelmed!! I haven't keyed in on any posts yet.....not a very active quilter, but plan to do more as I have the time. I just finished a baby quilt and had my old (40 year old Necchi) shell out just as I was ready to sew the borders on, so had to borrow a machine from a friend. I'm wondering (pardon me if this subject has been exhausted) if I could get some tips on shopping for a new machine. I don't need a very sophisticated machine as I mainly do piecing, but would like to upgrade from my aged, but very dependable plain Jane! Thank you!!

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    Hi from Ohio! I would do a search or just ask here one the board for the machine you are interested in. I am sure someone will answer you.
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    Welcome from Minnesota and happy quilting
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    Hello, welcome from Oklahoma!!!
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    Hi fellow Iowan You will enjoy all the info on this board and glad you found us! In thinking about a new sewing machine, consider what you want to be doing in the next few years and buy a machine you can grow into. I like to both piece and free motion quilt on my domestic machine - and so for me, having a needle down button, knee lift, and a good quality stitch were important to me. Not sure where you are in Iowa, but I would recommend finding a sewing machine dealer and going from there. I have a Janome 6600 and love it - but there are many good machines out there. Again, welcome!

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    Hello and welcome from northern California!
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    Hello and welcome from Australia. Try this:- www.evidently.org/2007/02/too-much-information

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    HI I want to welcome too, I am rom CCo. I Love my Janome and they don'thave to have all the bells and whistles to quilt. Enjoy your latest addiction
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    Thanks so much for your input! There are so many different brands out there with so many functions that it is hard to narrow down, but agree that making a list of "must haves" is a good place to begin. We are near Carroll and the closest dealers are a couple of hours away, which makes it kind of difficult. Thanks again!

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    Welcome from NE Ohio.

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    Welcome from WI. Good luck finding your new machine.

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    Hi from Dubuque Iowa, love my husqvarna viking designer 11. It was made strickly for quilting. The sapphire 875 has taken it's place and is a little pricey but it has a bigger throat and now that I'm retired I do a lot more sewing

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    Hello and welcome from Minnesota!
    Go to a sewing store and "test drive" some sewing machines. (just like you would when shopping for a car)
    Bernina, Brother, Viking, Elna, BabyLock, etc, they are all good!!!
    Have fun and let us know what you get!

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    Welcome from Michigan!
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    Hello recycler and welcome from another Iowan. I'm from Sioux City over in western Iowa. It doesn't matter what kind of machine you have as long as you have a good dealer and service behind them.

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    Thank everyone of you for your warm welcome and your helpful tips. I am getting excited about researching the right machine for my needs now that I have come to grips with the fact that I have to let my trusty old machine go. It was my first machine, which I bought just before my first child was born....41 years ago...and it never caused a minutes trouble. I'm sure it will be a great learning curve! Happy sewing!

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    Hello and Welcome to the QB from North Carolina. Sew glad you could join us. You'll love it here
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    Hi from dubuque iowa

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