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    I have this one (Brother cs6000i) and use it for FMQ with no problems. It gets great reviews on amazon if you want to read over them, and comes with all the right feet/attachments, too.

    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-Afford.../dp/B000JQM1DE

    Edit: Sorry, just saw that you had changed your mind. Disregard my post, lol.

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    That's ok! It's out of my budget anyway!

    Quote Originally Posted by jkwynn View Post
    I have this one (Brother cs6000i) and use it for FMQ with no problems. It gets great reviews on amazon if you want to read over them, and comes with all the right feet/attachments, too.

    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-Afford.../dp/B000JQM1DE

    Edit: Sorry, just saw that you had changed your mind. Disregard my post, lol.

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    I had a lol (a LOT) of problems with my Janome skipping stitches, and not just when FMQing. I finally broke down and got it serviced, and was relieved that the problem was not operator error (I hate when that happens). Turns out there was something significantly wrong and the guy had to do a bunch of work from under the machine. Anyway, it now sews like a dream. Whew!

    Be sure you're using the right needle (a topstitch needle in size 12 or 14, depending on thickness of thread), and try various settings of your tension.

    My Janome really likes fine poly thread (like Bottom Line) in the bobbin. If the machine is happy, so am I. I sometimes use it in the top too.

    Having said that, service on your Janome could well cost $100, but you should end up with a machine that is hard to beat. It's unlikely that a cheap machine would do a better job.

    Or you could look for a good used machine...but even then I doubt you'd get one for $100 unless you're lucky.

    Good luck!
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    Well, this Janome is a $200 one, and I got it used for $40, so I didn't expect too much from it! It's not worth putting any more money into. But it's fine for what it is! My Pfaff is the one I'd get fixed if I could afford it!

    Quote Originally Posted by newestnana View Post
    I had a lol (a LOT) of problems with my Janome skipping stitches, and not just when FMQing. I finally broke down and got it serviced, and was relieved that the problem was not operator error (I hate when that happens). Turns out there was something significantly wrong and the guy had to do a bunch of work from under the machine. Anyway, it now sews like a dream. Whew!

    Be sure you're using the right needle (a topstitch needle in size 12 or 14, depending on thickness of thread), and try various settings of your tension.

    My Janome really likes fine poly thread (like Bottom Line) in the bobbin. If the machine is happy, so am I. I sometimes use it in the top too.

    Having said that, service on your Janome could well cost $100, but you should end up with a machine that is hard to beat. It's unlikely that a cheap machine would do a better job.

    Or you could look for a good used machine...but even then I doubt you'd get one for $100 unless you're lucky.

    Good luck!

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    You started out by saying you don't like vintage machines and that you were on a tight budget. You might consider looking at this http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...ml#post5340842 and scroll to post #725. I purchased 2 of these machines for $100 and $75. They are metal parts which is by far better than any $100 plastic parts machines you can buy new. JMHO But, post #725 is worth looking at.

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    I just finished my first FMQ with my Janome 2011. My first try with a Universal needle was terrible. It skipped stitches. I then tried a Microtex Sharp Needle 90/14 and I had no more skipping.
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    What I like a out theBrother machines ( I would imagine other machines have this, but I am not familiar with them) is that you can run the machine without pushing the foot pedal. You take out the foot pedal plug from the machine and push the button to do embroidery and it runs. It s a nice, even speed, so if you are FMQing, it helps that you don't have to worry about how fast you are going or control the speed yourself. It takes some practice, like anything with FMQing, but I think it's a nice feature of the machines .

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    I have been using a Brother CS-60001 for several years now. Found it at Walmart on sale for $129, marked down from $249. It has been a workhouse, cheap price, yes, good machine? You Betcha! Have not done FMQ on it but my classmates have.

    I also have a Phfaff that is a mid arm and it has been to repair twice since I've had it and my Brother has ne ver been to repair.
    So I would say buy what you can afford, treat it well, and enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshleyR View Post
    And when I say "budget", I mean cheap!

    I don't like vintage machines. I've tried FMQ on a bunch of different machines, and only had luck on one and it broke! I have a good sewing machine, but it skips stitches when I use free-motion.

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    The best thing to prevent skipped stitches with FMQ on any machine is to use a size 14 Stretch needle, the longer scarf help prevent the thread from jumping. This was from a Brother tech years ago & I can't FMQ without a stretch needle, makes it goes fast & easy.
    So I suggest that before you buy a new machine try a new pack of needles.
    Personally I don't think you find a machine good for FMQ in your price range. But I do love the inexpensive Brothers to take to class, travel, back up machine but use a sturdier machine for FMQ.
    The Brother 1500 staight stitch only machine is wonderful for FMQ, I think they go for about $750 new, you might get lucky & find a used one, they have been on the market for approx. 10 yrs.
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    My 1940s Necchi did a good job of FMQ when my Singer 301 was experiencing a problem with the cord. Tear the machine down as far as you can and oil it well. It may be just dry or have some thread jammed in the bobbin area. Which Singer do you have? Some like to FMQ, some don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    My 1940s Necchi did a good job of FMQ when my Singer 301 was experiencing a problem with the cord. Tear the machine down as far as you can and oil it well. It may be just dry or have some thread jammed in the bobbin area. Which Singer do you have? Some like to FMQ, some don't.
    the Singer is a 206k and I don't have a quilting foot for it. I may take the Necchi apart tonight or tomorrow and see. I just got it last week and it's really purdy but I'm not happy with it yet!!

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    Smile FMQ machine on a budget

    [QUOTE=jkwynn;5343156]I have this one (Brother cs6000i) and use it for FMQ with no problems. It gets great reviews on amazon if you want to read over them, and comes with all the right feet/attachments, too.

    Not sure I'm doing this right but here goes! I'm glad to hear the positive things about this model! I have several vintage machines, esp a Necchi Supernova with cams, but none that do a blanket stitch for applique. So I got the Brother cs6000i last year. Tried it out to check the stitches but haven't gotten back to it yet. Seems like life keeps interfering with my sewing plans! Have big plans for some applique and my sample stitches look like it will do what I want. I read the review on Amazon and then got it at Walmart. As I remember it was about $160. It has some neat features that I like, as someone mentioned not having to use the foot pedal esp. Mine came with a walking foot and embroidery foot too. Used my Christmas gift card at Connecting Threads to get some strips to make a 1600 type child's quilt and put some applique on it. Good to hear it does well with FM quilting too!

    I love Sindy R's site, http://www.fatcatpatterns.com/ for applique, and Wendy Shepherd's Ivory Spring blog at http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/ . She does beautiful applique....on a Bernina, which I can't aspire to but she sure is inspirational....and has tutorials there too.

    P.S. I tried to upload an avatar, clicked on Save chgs, got msg Upload failed. What happened? Thanks!

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    Well, I guess the avatar thing worked since Tinkerbell is there! Polly

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    I have a project runway, good for piecing but i agree cheap machine. It sits in the closet as ba c k up machine!! Can u save I p for an older machine? Ive used my 15-91 and oolder singer, havent done a lot of fmq though.

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    I agree with Bellaboo, I love the Singer 301 for FMQ and machine piecing. It is a vintage machine and it sure is a honey!! I have a Janome and a Brother but my little old Singer can run stitches around them all, no fancy stitches but I use my other machines for those. You may be able to get one for a little over a hundred dollars and it would be worth the extra to get it. Good luck!

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    If you decide on a 301, check ebay. The mocha ones are going for under $100. I don't know anything about the 206. Which bobbin configuration does it have? Vertical or horizontal? You want vertical if you can get it. A 301 will need a different FMQ foot because of the slant needle, so there's another $20.
    Last edited by irishrose; 07-06-2012 at 05:09 PM.

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    Check E-bay and Craig's List. Facebook also has a marketplace.

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    The 206 is a vertical bobbin.

    Funny story about the Necchi: I opened it up and it was clean inside, so I started oiling. I finally got it to move and I plugged it in and it did a few rotations and it froze up again. turned it manually and it unfroze. Pushed the pedel, and it turned a few times and froze. Repeat, repeat, repeat.... It was getting easier to get it to move past that stuck place, so i thought I was on the right path... Until I realized the motor was smoking when I pushed the pedel!! Unplugged and put on the shelf. It'll look really nice by the fire place mantle, don't you think?!??!

    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    If you decide on a 301, check ebay. The mocha ones are going for under $100. I don't know anything about the 206. Which bobbin configuration does it have? Vertical or horizontal? You want vertical if you can get it. A 301 will need a different FMQ foot because of the slant needle, so there's another $20.

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    If the 206 is a vertical bobbin, then I'd play with it some more. Too bad about the Necchi. I've read that smoke is only old oil being burned off, but I personally would not take the chance. I love my few vintage machines, but I have to admit the old electrics scare me. I have a 1926 White I'm afraid to plug in. The 301's only problem has been the plug at the machine and a wall plug on the Universal acted up last week.

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    Check Craigslist or Ebay for used machines. That may help you stay within your budget and get a nicer machine.

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