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Thread: Favorite Machine of all Time....

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    Senior Member so-sew's Avatar
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    Looking back upon prior topics, I see there has been a lot of requests for advice on purchasing a sewing machine, and discussion about the machines that people love and currently use. I'm just curious what quilters feel has been their favorite machine of all time. Is there a machine you absolutely loved, but had to lay to rest?

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    i just loved my Juki TL98Q for piecing. But it is not laid to rest... it has moved to the quilt frame. It's too much bother to keep taking it off, so i use an older DSM for piecing/sewing. If/when I get a larger machine for the frame, I will rededicate the Juki to piecing

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    I love my Bernina 1230, but it is still going strong. It has been utterly dependable, purrs like a kitten, never lets me down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I love my Bernina 1230, but it is still going strong. It has been utterly dependable, purrs like a kitten, never lets me down.
    I had a Bernina 1230 for years and finally give it to my niece and now she is really enjoying it and has lots of feet with it. I have 3 other Berninas now and wish Bernina would put out a storage for the feet that I have been collecting. I really don't care for the little compartments they have now. It just dosn't hold all my feet.

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    My old 830 Bernina and my mothers featherweight.

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    Juki F600 followed closely by Juki 98Q.

    i'm a diehard Juki fan and they are the only machines i work with.

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    I have a bernina 165, which I love! I hope to never have to lay it to rest, that would be way too depressing

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    I LOVE my Bernina 1130! I bought it in the mid 80's, and I hope it lasts as long as I do. It takes care of all my sewing...piecing quilt tops, garment sewing, home dec projects.

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    I have fond memories of several machines. An old Singer electric, a Singer Touch and Go, a Bernina Activa and my current favourite: Bernina 440 QE. Time spent on them all was enjoyable and I traded up to my Berninas. I do have a Singer Treadle which I love too and it no doubt will outlast me.

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    I just sold my Janome 6600 yesterday. I got a 7700 last year and just kept holding on to my beloved 6600 until I was sure I loved the 7700 just as much. I do, so it was time to let another quilter enjoy the 6600.

    It was sad watching her leave, but I did get to make a trip to the LQS today so that made things a bit better.

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    Since I started the topic, I suppose I should tell you my all time favorite is a Bernina 1031. I bought her second hand, and she was used pretty frequently by her previous owner from the look of her. But she performs beautifully, singing along melodically as she stitches away. I'm a Bernina girl through and through, having owned my lovely 1031, a 930, a 150QE, a 530-1 Record, and a big 8 Series 820. All of them hold special places in my heart, but the 1031, simple as she may be, is the apple of my eye.

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    I love my Viking 990 for piecing. I got it in about '85-86, and it is such an awesome machine. But for FMQ, I LOVE my 1937 Singer 15-91.

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    I loved my Janome MC3500 and still do, but for the extra throat space, I love my 6600P. Before these I had machines I didn't like much at all (brother and babylock).

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    My Pfaff 1471 is/was my favorite. I traded her for a 2046, and traded that one for the CV.

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    My Husq Viking SE which I've been without for 2 wks since it started to act up and only sew backwards...UGH...She's being looked at and I'm hoping it's the lesser of two evils.
    Built up dirt on circuit bd and just needs a good cleaning or the worse shot circuit bd which will cost as much as 600 to replace...OH MY...decisions...Do I not fix the sewing part and just keep her for embroidery and then get a new sewing machine for a few hundred more or fix her...I'm praying for dust and dirt build up and a quick fix.

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    Babylock Espire, Is my baby, can't get enough of her. She purrs like a kitten

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    Got to be my Singer 15!!! Hands down! Not laid to rest either, that would just break my heart! I bought another one just in case! Now, I use them both!

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    My old bernina 830 and my mother's Singer 401A ~ Both still working away ~ Thank goodness.

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    I had a Singer Athena 2001. I loved it but passed it on to my DGD. I has a great home so all is well.

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    The 1957 Singer 401 - I'm paper-piecing on it now.

    The 15-91's from the 40's - I just finished quilting a vintage full/queen on one of them a few days ago and when they're not quilting, they're piecing. Never want to give those up, either.

    The Kenmore 1802 and 1803 from the early 70's. If it weren't for the smaller area under the arm, the 1803 would be my most-used machine. It's the best free-motion quilter I've got, but the smaller space makes it more difficult to use for large quilts. The 1802 is a backup in case the 1803 breaks down and can't be repaired. Sews EVERYTHING. Quilts beautifully. Glides along like a Cadillac.

    All the other machines, I could let them go if I had to. But, I hope I can always keep all of these.

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    Every one has a favorite.
    What I would like to know is what features you like the best.
    My Sapphire has the needle down feature that has the foot pop up slightly when you stop. Love it.
    Also like that it automatically lowers the foot when you start to sew, no need to lift the foot and lower the foot all the time. But it has a button if you want to lift the foot higher.

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