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    Do you think this machine would be a good one to quilt on? Do you think the feed dogs will drop?

    Is lost51 around? What's your opinion on this?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/INDUSTRIAL-STREN...item4cedb711ab

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    If you read carefully, it is a replica of an older machine. In my opinion the feed dogs do not drop, but I have read that you can place a piece of cardboard or template plastic over the feed dogs. It is a straight stitch only machine and don't know if it would FMQ even with the feed dogs covered. I guess it depends on what your needs are and what you plan to use it for.

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    Thanks nursie76.

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    I don't think the feed dogs drop in the old machines.

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    Some of the older machines and even some of the regular quilting machines (like the Grandquilter) have a cover plate for the feed dogs.

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    So what have you decided to do ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    So what have you decided to do ?
    I'm going to look around some more. I don't know if my Bernina has a stitch counter and I don't want to use it to quilt all the time if it does. I'd rather use my Kenmore if I can ever get my son and hubby to make me an extension table for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    So what have you decided to do ?
    I'm going to look around some more. I don't know if my Bernina has a stitch counter and I don't want to use it to quilt all the time if it does. I'd rather use my Kenmore if I can ever get my son and hubby to make me an extension table for it.
    I have a Bernina and I do know that the technicians can tell you approximately how many hours a machine has on it, but I am wondering why that bothers you? I love my Bernina and truthfully can't imagine Not quilting on it. Are you concerned it will void the warranty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nursie76
    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    So what have you decided to do ?
    I'm going to look around some more. I don't know if my Bernina has a stitch counter and I don't want to use it to quilt all the time if it does. I'd rather use my Kenmore if I can ever get my son and hubby to make me an extension table for it.
    I have a Bernina and I do know that the technicians can tell you approximately how many hours a machine has on it, but I am wondering why that bothers you? I love my Bernina and truthfully can't imagine Not quilting on it. Are you concerned it will void the warranty?

    Hummm, I never thought to ask the tech, but I will. I'm only worried because I don't want to "use up" the hours so to speak. I do a lot of embroidery too, and can't afford to buy another one every couple of years.

    Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my Bernina, but just don't want to put that much stress on it.

    I have to take it in next week anyway to get a cleaning and lube job so I'll try to remember to ask him some questions.

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    Do not worry about stitch count or hours on your machine unless you are using your home machine embroidery machine for a business...then you will have issues.
    So many designs now are high stitch counts that I do a few and have a million stitches on my Duetta (plus some) and it is a great working machine.
    Use your machine and enjoy it!!!
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    my machines are work horses, I do rugs on any of then and coil bowls etc and I do not kno many people that have put the miles I have and I never think about hours I run it or any of them. Never have to lube then and my oldest ie 20 years old.
    3 do embroidary, and mt oldest was the first one and it will go many more miles. The tecks can only tell hours if it is a computer machine. I wouldn't get a machine if I wasn't
    going tou use it. Why are you concerned with how many hours you put on it,,,, should last a lot longer than a few years. How old is it now? That machine on ebay would be an ornament and a boat anchor to move around...better deals than that. And the other lady that answered is right no dropping the feed dogs. If you just want a good little straight stitch piecer look t the feather weights. A true feather weight not a copy.
    If I can be of more help let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by penny doty
    I don't think the feed dogs drop in the old machines.
    I don't think so either.

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    Berninas have a 25 year warranty. They should have a check up every year, just as you get cars tuned up. There are some really old Bernina's out there chugging right along. They are work horses. I have seen the same model as mine sew animal pelts together without even a sigh. That being said, I think it is a good idea to have a back up machine for the times yours is having her checkup. Or you can do what I am going to do, schedule service while I am taking a class. They will loan me one to do the class on and mine will be ready to go home when the class is over.

    I do embroidery with my Bernina, so my hubby decided I needed a little machine to use while Nina is creating, so he got me a little Brother (no bells or whistles), it is nice and works as a secondary, but it definitely isn't my Bernina.

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    I do have a backup, it's a computerized Kenmore. My Bernina is only 2 yrs old, it's the 640E model. I use it for everything, 95% of the time. It has the extension tray too. My Kenmore does not is why I don't do more quilting on it.

    I keep asking my son to make me one but it doesn't look like that is happening anytime soon and I can't find one already made to fit it. :(

    I have a mechanial Kenmore too but I think the belt broke, need to get that one fixed. That one is a workhorse but again, hard to quilt on because of the short bed on it.

    I'm still looking so if anyone can suggest a good machine to just quilt on, I'm open to suggestions.

    Thanks a bunch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    I do have a backup, it's a computerized Kenmore. My Bernina is only 2 yrs old, it's the 640E model. I use it for everything, 95% of the time. It has the extension tray too. My Kenmore does not is why I don't do more quilting on it.

    I keep asking my son to make me one but it doesn't look like that is happening anytime soon and I can't find one already made to fit it. :(

    I have a mechanial Kenmore too but I think the belt broke, need to get that one fixed. That one is a workhorse but again, hard to quilt on because of the short bed on it.

    I'm still looking so if anyone can suggest a good machine to just quilt on, I'm open to suggestions.

    Thanks a bunch!
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    Interesting conversation on this one, huh? Get yourself one of those "slip & slides" mat thingies that cover your sewing machine bed, has the little hole for the needle, and is slick on one side. Then make sure your machine is on a large enough table/cabinet to not have your quilt "hang down". Put a chair close to the table, or ironing board, or whatever you can to help hold the quilt up so it doesn't hang down. You don't really need an extension table to quilt...even large quilts. The "slip n slide" thing works great, and then I use the red rubber finger thingies...works great.

    I agree with the other ladies.....just keep sewing/quilting on your Bernina, if that's the one you love. Don't be concerned about "using it up..or the hours".

    I have 3 Janomes and my Janome 6500 is my quilting horse.

    Good luck.

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    I really think that you already have one of the best machines for quilting. From what i have seen, the high end Brothers are good as are the Janome. Don't know much about Pfaff. I guess it all depends on what you are looking fo rand what you can afford.

    Good luck.

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    I have 2 Pfaffs both are work-horses. They will sew the most delicate fabric to quilts with no problem. Never have to worry will the Pfaff sewing any thing. I quilt on my machine.
    Don'g worry about the hours just sew and enjoy the machine.
    Sewing machine are made to be used, not just collect dust.
    My mother wore out 2 of the older model,she purchased new both new, Singers(during the 40' 50's and 60's). She got a new machine in the 80's my sister has it now.

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    The Singer 301 is an amazing heavy duty never messes up machine. I have one and it will sew through tin if I need it to. It's a great for machine quilting too. Perfect stitches. There aren't very expensive and easy to find.

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    After reading and looking carefully at the Ebay ad, that machines looks just like a Singer 99 series. All that model Singers are heavy duty as far as I know. The seller has a 99 for sale for a lot less:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi...t_24708wt_1195

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    After reading and looking carefully at the Ebay ad, that machines looks just like a Singer 99 series. All that model Singers are heavy duty as far as I know. The seller has a 99 for sale for a lot less:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi...t_24708wt_1195

    Thanks for the info. Do you happen to know how wide the throat is?

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