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Thread: Good Machine for a beginner?

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    Junior Member QuilterMomOf3's Avatar
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    Is it just me? I don't see the point in a "needle down option". Could someone please clarify why that option seems to be a necessity??

    I haven't noticed manually lowering the needle to be a nuisance.
    "Some people have bunches of WIPs (works in progress) and UFOs (unfinished objects)....I prefer to think of them as PhDs (Projects Half Done)!!" ~Elena Boen
    "Just keep in mind that your function here is to have fun and not to be someone else's interior decorator! So ... go forth and have fun!" ~Krystyna
    I cannot count my day complete 'til needle, thread and fabric meet.

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    Junior Member QuilterMomOf3's Avatar
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    You mentioned that you "did not want to haul it over the river & the railroad and through the woods and the potholes on the highway".

    Have you tried safety-belting it in, using the locking feature on the belt as you would do for a car seat?? That's what I do.
    "Some people have bunches of WIPs (works in progress) and UFOs (unfinished objects)....I prefer to think of them as PhDs (Projects Half Done)!!" ~Elena Boen
    "Just keep in mind that your function here is to have fun and not to be someone else's interior decorator! So ... go forth and have fun!" ~Krystyna
    I cannot count my day complete 'til needle, thread and fabric meet.

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    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
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    Needle down holds your stitch line in place and pops the foot up just a little so you can slip your next piece to sew closer to the needle. It is a must for aplique since you wont lose your stitching line.
    I use it all the time.
    It is also good for free motion quilting as it holds you stitching line instead of jumping a stitch out of line.
    It is automatic so you dont have to move the needle yourself

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    Super Member WTxRed's Avatar
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    I am a multi decade seamstress but relatively new to making quilt tops. I don't quilt them myself (they go to a LA'er).
    When i started making quilt tops a year ago - I went to my local wal-mart and bought the Brother SQ9050 - couple hundred bucks - it's been an excellent machine and has a number of bells and whistles, many I've not used. I actually have now retired my other brother, a singer and an older bernina and use this one exclusively. While there are vastly differing opinions on buying 'the' brands from a LQS vs big box junk stores -- I will likely replace, when time, with another Wal-Mart machine. This machine costs about the same as the last repair on my older bernina! As much as I hate to say it - its a disposable machine... but an excellent machine for the money. Let me also add please that I live over an hour from the closest 'city' that carries the other machines. We each do what works best for us!

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