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Old 07-05-2020, 07:20 PM
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I like to buy the inexpensive machines with decorative stitches I like and sew the devil out of them. If they conk out after a couple of years I don't fret over it. The Brother 420 has lasted over five years so far so the machine has cost me $50 a year and will only get less each year. I don't baby it and try all types of threads and techniques with it.
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Old 07-05-2020, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
I like to buy the inexpensive machines with decorative stitches I like and sew the devil out of them. If they conk out after a couple of years I don't fret over it. The Brother 420 has lasted over five years so far so the machine has cost me $50 a year and will only get less each year. I don't baby it and try all types of threads and techniques with it.
That's probably what I'll end up doing. The stitch that I thought was a serpentine stitch on the Janome, wasn't. It seems that the only Janomes that have that stitch are more than I'm prepared to pay right now. The Brother that I posted a link to seems to get decent reviews and I found several places where I could buy it for less than on Amazon.

I looked at a few different models, but many of them are sold out - for making masks, I imagine.

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Old 07-06-2020, 01:55 AM
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Well, I tried the multi-stitch zig zag on the machines that I have and it just doesn't work. I used the longest and widest stitch settings and what I got were some very nice, but very pointy zig zags. Not at all the look I want. This is what I'm looking for - nice smooth curves :
https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...h-t278440.html

KalamaQuilts - I'm pretty sure that we quilters make a lot of purchases that aren't strictly practical, but there ya go!

i love the multi zig zag for making jelly roll rugs. I widen and lengthen it.
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Old 07-06-2020, 03:04 AM
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I think my Pfaff has a serpentine stitch but I have not used it. I do a version of this stitch but in more of a free motion style. It is particularly useful for quick small to medium sized quilts. I purposely do not try to make the curves exact. In the end it appears to be textured somewhat like the bark of a tree. I keep my width to about 3 inches max, but some curves come in to about an inch apart from time to time. The quilting as a whole is not too dense. I would put it in the medium density category. I will go a searching for the serpentine stitch on my machine and play around with that. It may just give me one more option when quilting. Thank for the ideas, quilty friends.
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Old 07-06-2020, 03:17 AM
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I have a Janome Memory Craft 6500 that has a serpentine stitch on it but have never used it. It shows the stitch to be #25 in Mode 2. I'll have to give it a try.
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Old 07-06-2020, 03:43 AM
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I have Juki F600, but I use the the serpentine stitch all of the time for my donation quilts. I widen and lengthen it. It gives the quilting definition and is so quick and easy.
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Old 07-06-2020, 05:03 AM
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I did some more searching online and it seems that the Brother will be the one that I get.

One of the things that I'm wondering and a little concerned about is the rounded off harp area on the Brother machine, especially since I want it mainly for quilting, not piecing. Large quilts will go to the longarmer, but I would like to use it for twin size quilts.

For those of you that have Brothers, do you have a problem getting the quilt through that opening?
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Old 07-06-2020, 06:10 AM
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The largest quilt I've made is lap size on my Brother cx155LA. It looks much like the project runway and quilt models. Fan folding rather than rolling helps
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Old 07-06-2020, 06:51 AM
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another option would be to look at used trade-in machines....my Bernina 630 I traded in for my new 570 had a nice serpentine stitch...and part of me really wishes I had kept the 630 as It had a way nicer straight stitch for piecing and wasn't as fussy as the new 570...which has been in the shop three times in the past year and which I got back about a month ago...but haven't wound up the courage to try it yet.
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Old 07-06-2020, 07:44 AM
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Originally Posted by sewingpup View Post
another option would be to look at used trade-in machines....my Bernina 630 I traded in for my new 570 had a nice serpentine stitch...
Ha! Funny you should say that! 😄

My husband and I have been talking about this all morning, and we both came to the conclusion that I wouldn't be happy with one of the less expensive smaller machines.

My vintage machines have spoiled me, quality-wise, and I really don't want something that may or may not last. And I really don't want something that can't be repaired if something goes wrong, so it ends up in a landfill.

This has made me really think about what I want, and why I'm now considering a computerized machine. The serpentine stitch... is just the tip of the iceberg.

I love my vintage machines and they are here to stay. I love to piece on them, I love how solid they are, the stitch quality, and that I can fix them myself. But they have their limitations.

I want something with a bigger harp space so that it's easier to stuff the quilt through. My birthday is next month and it's the "Magic Medicare" birthday. I need something that's going to be easier on the old bod.

Though I've sewn for around 40 years, I've been quilting for about 7 years and I want to start challenging myself, so I want a machine that will let me do that. I'm ready for something with a few more features.

Fortunately, my husband (aka The Enabler &#128513 would rather spend more to get a better quality and more full-featured machine that I will love and use, and doesn't want me to settle.

So I'm going to call a local Janome dealer, tell him what I want, and see what he can do for me. 😊

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