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    Gift help for quilter

    Hello,
    I have a family member that is really into quilting for a long time now and we wanted to get her fully setup for quilting given a 6k value limit. So the question is given 6k or less what would be the best investment for a quilting setup. We do not have to spend the entire 6k we just want the best investment.

    Some info I know

    • She make blankets, runners, and banners, I am sure she makes more things but I don't know past that
    • She has a sewing machine but it is a standard singer style machine, this is primarily what we want to upgrade
    • She has a 10x7 ish area that she does all her quilting in so that is roughly her side limit
    • She has tons of material
    • She has a bunch of things like rulers and side tools so this is probably not really the focus here

    As a note :She saw this and http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/en-US/Machines/EPIC-980Q and was talking about how cool it was, this is where the 6k value came from but before spending 6k on this we wanted to get some advice if there was a better way to spend that money.

    Any advice is much appreciated!

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    First what a most kind and generous gift that you are offering! Quilting is such a personal and rather artistic hobby and there is no one size fits all approach. I think the best thing would be to let her know what you want to do for her, let her know her budget and then take her shopping. She is a very lucky lady and don’t forget to let her know about this site so she can share her work with us.
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    I agree with tallchick. Exactly my thoughts. How generous of you!!

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    I agree with Tallchick. A new sewing machine that has loads of features is much like buying a car, you need to test drive several and see which one has the features you like best. Additionally I can't emphasize enough the need of good dealer support when purchasing a high end sewing machine. Most dealers will include, free of charge, classes to instruct new buyers how to get the most out of their machine. I would also encourage you to search reviews posted on line for any machines you are considering. There are many forums and places on the internet where people post reviews and comments about particular brands and models.
    This is a fabulously generous and thoughtful gift idea but it would be much better for you or another family member to give her options and take her shopping. IMHO with a $6K price tag there are many, many machines out there that may have better options for a quilter. Personally I would be looking at Bernina but I am biased.

    Edited to add, if she is sewing on a vintage Singer she may be completely content with that machine and want something with a larger throat for quilting, like a sit down midarm. Or if she is mostly interested in the embroidery features there are loads of models that do exquisite embroidery in that price range.
    Last edited by feline fanatic; 12-13-2018 at 06:38 AM.

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    Thanks for the advice, I think we will be trying to setup something with her to be able to go and choose what she wants.

    I don't see any sort of upvote system but feline fanatic thanks you had particularly good information.

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    Feline is always a wealth of information for all of us!

    This is a fantastic thing that you are doing and I agree with the rest that she needs to be involved with it.

    Also, have her have a look at mid arms. She may not even know they exist, but they are basically sewing machines made specifically for quilting on with a much bigger area than a domestic machine. If she is happy piecing (putting the quilt top together) on her current model but would like a bigger area to quilt in, that might be the way to go. If she already has a lot of rulers for a domestic, they may not work on a mid arm.

    There also websites that will rate sewing machines and give you a break down of features, as well, if she's happy with a new domestic machine.

    Watson

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    I agree with the group. If you want her to have something to unwrap on Christmas you could get her a fat quarter bundle and tuck a note inside about the upgrade. Happy giving!
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    She might also want a Babylock Sashiko machine for quilting her smaller items with a hand quilted look. So many options for her! Kudos to you for finding us and asking advice. You won't go wrong here. Welcome, and have a blessed Christmas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustAbitCrazy View Post
    She might also want a Babylock Sashiko machine for quilting her smaller items with a hand quilted look. So many options for her! Kudos to you for finding us and asking advice. You won't go wrong here. Welcome, and have a blessed Christmas!
    As far as the Epic if it's the Viking your talking abt it's way o/6000...Now the Sashiko Babylock I have and is only 1800 and a wonderful machine. Everyone thinks I hand quilted...No other machine like it. I agree w/everyone I'd want to pick out my own machine and test drive and see what perks I needed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tallchick View Post
    First what a most kind and generous gift that you are offering! Quilting is such a personal and rather artistic hobby and there is no one size fits all approach. I think the best thing would be to let her know what you want to do for her, let her know her budget and then take her shopping. She is a very lucky lady and don’t forget to let her know about this site so she can share her work with us.
    I agree whole-heartedly. I realize that you want to help her, but please include her in the decisions!!
    A few years ago, I upgraded to a computerized Viking that didn't do well. The feed dogs died and no repair people would agree to even look at it. They said the repairs would cost more than the machine was worth. I replaced it with a mechanical Singer Heavy Duty from Walmart for $100 and love it!!! It may be the Singer model she is using and really likes it.

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    Looking beyond a new sewing machine. You mentioned she has a lot of fabric. Does she have a wonderful method of storing her fabric? The best gift I gave myself was hiring a company to come in and build cupboards specifically for storing my fabric and quilting paraphernalia. I also had them build me a cutting table to the proper height for me with drawers below. The new setup made such a difference in the sewing room - it was an absolute joy to go in there and sew!
    Sew much fabric! Sew little time!

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    Close dealer support with free lessons on the new machine. That should narrow the list!

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    OMG!! will you adopt me ha ha ha

    I too think you should find a close dealer to them. For lessons, service and just plain moral support if needed.

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    That is a wonderful gift but, I know if my husband when out an purchased a machine for me, I would be furious. A quilter that has been quilting for a while, knows what they want and it's very specific. Let her choose the machine and the investment. Perhaps give her a trip to Houston Quilt show or some other large show so she can shop all the vendors and try out the machines. Even if money isn't an object, you don't want to give something you think she may want only to have it not be anything that she would ever want. For example, my husband thought for a long time that I wanted a long arm. Nope, I don't make bed size quilts, I don't want a long arm ever. But a sit down long arm or mid size dedicated quilter, yes please.

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    Many years ago, I picked out a specific sewing machine that my husband was going to buy for me. The reason for this particular machine was it had many quilter friendly options that my simple present at that time machine didn't. I explained this to him and he still bought something else because it was a better price on e-Bay. It was very difficult to even fake being appreciative. Didn't want to hurt his feelings but I hated this machine. He still says that what he chose was the exact same thing. It was nothing but trouble for more than a decade. Best to let her pick out exactly what she thinks she wants. Maybe after trying out other machines, she might even decide on something else. It is a very personal decision.

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