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    Best Sewing Machine for Quilting is...

    I'm researching a new quilting | sewing machine that Santa can get me for Christmas. I located this site with a reader's survey on "best quilting machine based on various features." (not sure if this site is a disguised dealer) -- Scroll down for the survey

    http://www.generations-quilt-pattern...-quilting.html

    (While here, look at the left frame for the various quilting topics--good list)
    Carol

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    Bernina if you are buying a new, today machine

    love FM quilting on my Singer 301A from the 1950's

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    Thanks, I have never used either one. I am interested in a new machine at this point. I saw on the survey that the Bernina had the most percent. I was surprised how low the BabyLock was with Nancy, Fons and Porter using that one.

    Big decision.

    Do you like the 301A better than a featherweight? I haven't used one of those either.

    Quote Originally Posted by SunlitenSmiles View Post
    Bernina if you are buying a new, today machine

    love FM quilting on my Singer 301A from the 1950's
    Carol

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    I have an older Viking SE - that works fine, but I don't think I would buy a new one - checked new ones out and they were not as nice. From all the threads I have read here - Janome and Babylock seem to be highly rated.

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    You are going to get everyone's current choice of machine and like shoes, people have different preferences. I currently have about 15 machines and there's no "best" quilting machine. Do you want one for piecing or machine quilting? Stitch regulator? Price? You can get a cheapie or a quality machine and of course there will be some major differences in the machines. You really need to get yourself to a dealer and start your research on which brand and model suits you best. Good luck.

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    There have been several threads about favorite machines and all of us have our favorites. I noticed that most of folks in the survey indicated it is an embroidery -- I have a separate embroidery machine.

    I have a Janome 7700 for quilting -- it has a large harp (the area under the arm), great lighting and accufeed. It hits the most important items in the list and is very quiet.
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    When my daughter recently bought a machine for quilting, she traded in her Bernina for a Janome 6600P and she's happy as can be! It has lots of fancy stitches, can do lettering for labels and has a built in even-feed foot.
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    If you google Quilter's review you will get to Sharon Darling's site. She has articles about sewing machines and quilting products and books that she has reviewed. I found her opinions to be unbiased just giving pros and cons and leaving the decision to you and the type of sewing that you do. Actually if you go to this page you get right to the list of sewing machines that she has checked out. Hope that this might be helpful information. pat

    http://lovestoquilt.com/welcome.asp

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    I have a Bernina, the reason I chose it was the BSR foot. Stitch Regulater. I dont care how fast or slow you go your stitches are always the same. I love it!!

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    I have recently bought new machines. So I have tested lots of them.
    I ended up with a Bernina 635EL and I am really happy with it. I got the BSR and the Embroidery module. If you do a
    lot of FMQuilting the BSR is something to really consider. Though I can do it without, it makes it easier and more relaxing for me, because It helps me get more even results.
    My machine is imo pretty, especially since I put my own skin on it. Fun. It is great for any kind of sewing.
    I also loved the new 580 when I tried it out, and thought about trading in the 635 for it. Then I decided to wait and see what Bernina replaces their 730 model with next year.( another great machine is the 730) I like having the 9mm
    stitches for certain things. I tried the 820, never the 830E. The 820 for me was too big, to much machine for me.
    But if you want a huge harp space. then it is worth a look as is the Brother Duetta, and higher models. The new
    Janome 7700 looks great, though I have never tried it out.

    I also have a Pfaff Ex. 4.0 that ans. all my other needs. Like the auto pivot feature, for applique, the 9mm decorative
    decorative stitches, larger harp space, auto knee lift, and auto thread cutters.
    This machine is finicky. I have to warn you and sometimes wish I had not purchased it.

    From all the machines I tested before making a decision.
    (and it was not easy to decide, because there are lots of nice machines out there.)
    In the Bernina line, I found the 215 nice for travel, but there are better, in my humble opinion, all around machines in the 600 to 1000 range.
    in that there are a few more features that I think are really great to have. Like a knee lift.
    I thought the Baby lock Elizabeth was my favorite under 1000 hands down. And at some point I hope to purchase this
    machine for a traveler. It is smooth, fairly quiet, has a lot going for it, with a nice large snap in table, knee lift, and
    thread cutters, which I love for thread drawing.
    I also like the Pfaff Ambitions they are not finicky like the Expression 4.0 that I have.
    All of the Berninas above 380 would make a wonderful machine for quilting or any other types of sewing.
    The draw back if like to make larger works, is the harp space. (why I dont favor the 300 series for quilting, is no bsr capability) snap feet rather then the full sized Bernina feet that I really like) There other machines that have very good stitch quality and give you more features in that price range.
    I also liked the Baby lock Symphony. I think that is a wonderful machine, and often wish I had gone for it rather then the Pfaff. But I personally liked the look of the Pfaff, and its Intergraded Duel Feed.
    Plus it has a two year warranty and I like my dealer a lot.
    That counts for something.
    I liked the Viking Sapphire 875 very much too.
    I dont know anything about Janome, except people who have them like them a lot and they are quiet.
    A BIG Plus.
    I found the Bernina 580 very quiet, had a beautiful stitch and lots of great features, but if you dont want embroidery you are out of luck because that is how it is packaged. I am waiting to see what they come out with to replace their 730 next year.
    The 550QE is a great machine too, and comes with the BSR and Walking foot.
    These machines all go over 2000 and some way over 2000.

    There are also the discontinued Berninas, that you can find at very good prices the 430 and 440. If you are into embroidery I like the fact that you dont have to link your computer to the new 500's like you do with the older 430/40

    Used machines, are also a great option.
    Favored for me are the Bernina, computerized 1230 and 1260 or Pfaffs made in Germany.
    Mechanicals the 930 (should be super smooth and quiet, this machine stitches much slower then new machines.)
    1020, and 1030. All these have the auto basting feature, wonderful to have. are very smooth machines with all the
    most important stitches.

    Dont know much about Elna, or Janome, or Brothers, and Juki.
    Best thing is bring lots of difficult fabrics and test out what ever you are interested in. Have fun and enjoy the process.
    Machines for me are about performance, then looks, sounds and feel.
    I think a lot of machines are wonderful for their own reasons. I do favor bernina, as I think they are the gold standard in stitch quality, machine quality and precision.

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    I have a Baby Lock Ellisimo Love it for quilting and Embroidery. I also have a Janome I use to use all
    the time.I think what ever you get will work. But for me I went with the Machine I could understand !!
    Test drive them and see, What's good for you.

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    I have a Baby Lock Ellisimo, Love to quilt on it and Embroidery. I also have a Janome I use to use. I think
    you should go and test drive them before you buy . I went with what worked for me.Baby Lock had everything
    for me. With Bernina you have to buy a lot of extra.Good Lock

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccthomas View Post
    I'm researching a new quilting | sewing machine that Santa can get me for Christmas. I located this site with a reader's survey on "best quilting machine based on various features." (not sure if this site is a disguised dealer) -- Scroll down for the survey

    http://www.generations-quilt-pattern...-quilting.html

    (While here, look at the left frame for the various quilting topics--good list)
    The website you mentioned is mine. Thank you for referencing it!

    I am not a dealer nor do I work for a dealer or quilt store. I'm just a pattern designer, hand dyer and lover of ALL things quilting!

    Julie Baird
    You can learn to make any quilt, one stitch at a time!

    http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com

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    In my opinion, the Brother Nouvelle 1500s is the best one I have used. I have seen the same machine appear as Baby Lock, Brother PQ 1500s and a Juki. I think Juki made them under licence for the other companies. It is just a straight stitcher. It has a flat bed and extra tables plus a knee lift and you can buy an embellishing attachment to go with it. It sews through many layers of fabric effortlessly. I am not a dealer - just very happy with it.

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    Does anyone have a Elna Quilting machine?
    Karen from Louisiana

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    Thank you so much for your extensive research and review. I am looking at purchasing another machine myself and your post is extremenly helpful for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by nanbue View Post
    I have recently bought new machines. So I have tested lots of them.
    I ended up with a Bernina 635EL and I am really happy with it. I got the BSR and the Embroidery module. If you do a
    lot of FMQuilting the BSR is something to really consider. Though I can do it without, it makes it easier and more relaxing for me, because It helps me get more even results.
    My machine is imo pretty, especially since I put my own skin on it. Fun. It is great for any kind of sewing.
    I also loved the new 580 when I tried it out, and thought about trading in the 635 for it. Then I decided to wait and see what Bernina replaces their 730 model with next year.( another great machine is the 730) I like having the 9mm
    stitches for certain things. I tried the 820, never the 830E. The 820 for me was too big, to much machine for me.
    But if you want a huge harp space. then it is worth a look as is the Brother Duetta, and higher models. The new
    Janome 7700 looks great, though I have never tried it out.

    I also have a Pfaff Ex. 4.0 that ans. all my other needs. Like the auto pivot feature, for applique, the 9mm decorative
    decorative stitches, larger harp space, auto knee lift, and auto thread cutters.
    This machine is finicky. I have to warn you and sometimes wish I had not purchased it.

    From all the machines I tested before making a decision.
    (and it was not easy to decide, because there are lots of nice machines out there.)
    In the Bernina line, I found the 215 nice for travel, but there are better, in my humble opinion, all around machines in the 600 to 1000 range.
    in that there are a few more features that I think are really great to have. Like a knee lift.
    I thought the Baby lock Elizabeth was my favorite under 1000 hands down. And at some point I hope to purchase this
    machine for a traveler. It is smooth, fairly quiet, has a lot going for it, with a nice large snap in table, knee lift, and
    thread cutters, which I love for thread drawing.
    I also like the Pfaff Ambitions they are not finicky like the Expression 4.0 that I have.
    All of the Berninas above 380 would make a wonderful machine for quilting or any other types of sewing.
    The draw back if like to make larger works, is the harp space. (why I dont favor the 300 series for quilting, is no bsr capability) snap feet rather then the full sized Bernina feet that I really like) There other machines that have very good stitch quality and give you more features in that price range.
    I also liked the Baby lock Symphony. I think that is a wonderful machine, and often wish I had gone for it rather then the Pfaff. But I personally liked the look of the Pfaff, and its Intergraded Duel Feed.
    Plus it has a two year warranty and I like my dealer a lot.
    That counts for something.
    I liked the Viking Sapphire 875 very much too.
    I dont know anything about Janome, except people who have them like them a lot and they are quiet.
    A BIG Plus.
    I found the Bernina 580 very quiet, had a beautiful stitch and lots of great features, but if you dont want embroidery you are out of luck because that is how it is packaged. I am waiting to see what they come out with to replace their 730 next year.
    The 550QE is a great machine too, and comes with the BSR and Walking foot.
    These machines all go over 2000 and some way over 2000.

    There are also the discontinued Berninas, that you can find at very good prices the 430 and 440. If you are into embroidery I like the fact that you dont have to link your computer to the new 500's like you do with the older 430/40

    Used machines, are also a great option.
    Favored for me are the Bernina, computerized 1230 and 1260 or Pfaffs made in Germany.
    Mechanicals the 930 (should be super smooth and quiet, this machine stitches much slower then new machines.)
    1020, and 1030. All these have the auto basting feature, wonderful to have. are very smooth machines with all the
    most important stitches.

    Dont know much about Elna, or Janome, or Brothers, and Juki.
    Best thing is bring lots of difficult fabrics and test out what ever you are interested in. Have fun and enjoy the process.
    Machines for me are about performance, then looks, sounds and feel.
    I think a lot of machines are wonderful for their own reasons. I do favor bernina, as I think they are the gold standard in stitch quality, machine quality and precision.

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    Thanks for all the comments, expertise, links to articles. Santa and I are overwhelmed at this point. As soon as I wrap up final exams, get my grades turned in, it is time to hit the various shops and try some your recommended sewing machines. I think I am now ready to ask some good questions and look for the features that I would want my my needs and skill level.
    Carol

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    Very interesting survey results. I love my Pfaff's.

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    I am two months in with my new Viking Sapphire 875 and couldn't be happier! It's a breeze to use! I will admit that this is my first high-end machine, so I don't have many comparisons to offer :-/
    Last edited by ashcu55; 12-06-2011 at 09:58 AM.

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    This is a follow up to my very lenghty review of early Dec.
    My Pfaff Ex. 4.0 went out to Pfaff and was replaced. It was a terrible lemon. Thank goodness for my dealer.
    I was so off that machine, that I asked if I could get a different one all tog. Fortunatly they also sell Janome.
    I had never looked at Janome, but a friend likes hers a lot.
    No longer trusting Pfaff, there were few machines that had the features that I most wanted. I have a Bernina 630 which I love with the BSR and Embroidery. I really wanted something to compliment this machine.
    I looked at the Janome 7700 and 6600.
    What I loved was the Accufeed. ample harp space, quiet and smooth stitching.
    I picked the 6600 which is on order.
    I picked it over the Horizon 7700, because of reviews and my experience testing it a two different dealers.
    It did not sew over an intersection of seams. (not thick) It got stuck and I thought that was really odd.
    I had so much trouble with the Pfaff I didnt want anything that was at all iffy.

    There are alot of great reasons to buy the 7700 but for my needs I think the 6600 is a better fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingMia View Post
    Does anyone have a Elna Quilting machine?
    I have an Elna Quilters Dream. It's over 11 years old and is in the shop for the first time ever. It has served me well. I would like a machine with more harp space as I'd really like to learn to FMQ.

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    Just wanted to signal an up-to-date resource page at:
    https://verycozyhome.com/best-sewing-machine-quilting/

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    I think a lot of sewing machine choices depend on what dealer is in your area. After I moved away from my dealer I traded it for one in my area and like the new machine just as well.

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    To me, the most important feature is a built in walking foot and secondly the harp space. I have two Pfaffs (one old and one new) and a Babylock Quest. Your seams are even, there are no bubbles and the visibility is excellent.

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    Doesn't matter the brand name. Any machine that you can turn on and it sews without a problem is the best one. I have a sewing frustration with one of my machines and basic changes or adjustments do not fix the problem I get rid of it. Not worth the frustration. I have had the Brother 1500 for years now and not one problem. I can turn it on and sew or free motion without any frustration at all.

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