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    Looking for suggestions on a first sewing machine to learn machine quilting on. I am an avid top maker with just a straight stitch old machine. My budget is limited . Any suggestions? I have really enjoyed this site and have gotten great ideas from ya'll already!!

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    The best thing is to go to a Sewing machine shop or a JoAnn's & try a couple different machines out. There are all kind of price ranges. You don't have to spend a lot of money for basic quilting. Basics are a 1/4" foot, a walking foot, & capability of dropping feeddog for free motion quilting. Don't just watch them sew, try it yourself.

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!

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    Hello and Welcome from Covington Louisiana!

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    Hi and welcome from Baton Rouge! :)

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    If you have enough in your budget to purchase a machine with a larger throat space I would recommend it.

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    Welcome from MS now! Born in NE LA. I just have a very basic Brother machine, so I don't know what to suggest! I'm pretty new here. If the interest in quilting holds, I'd like a machine with a larger space to quilt in.

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    Welcome from Ireland

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    Hi there! Welcome from Minnesota!

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    Hello and welcome from Enterprise, LA

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    Welcome from North Carolina!

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    Welcome from Cleve, Ohio

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    welcome from east texas

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    Hello and Welcome to the board :D:D:D
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    Hi and welcome from Alaska!

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    Hi from Houma, LA

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    I machine quilt on a old straight stitch machine. If the feed dogs will drop and you have a free motion foot or quilting foot for stitch in the ditch, then you are fine to go! If you want a new machine then you have lots of choices. I like Kenmores. Same company makes Janome makes Kenmores. Check the top of the line Kenmore first. I think you will be very surprised at the quality and the low price.

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    Welcome from Ohio and as for ideas for a machine....best thing is to try them out and see what is comfortable for you price wise and sewing wise....I took a chance on a reworked machine from AllBrands....a White Style maker....my main concern was the needle threader and up and down position of my needle ...the machine has that and so much more...hope you find what you are looking for good luck....:-)

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    Welcome from New York. Check your local shops and try out the machines. The dealers can tell you all about the features each machine has. And of course all of the great tips here.

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    Welcome I agree just go to a dealer and try them out let them know you are just shoping for right now and when you decide on that perfect machine will talk price

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    Hi and wecome from the sunny state of Florida!!

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    Hello & welcome from Michigan! When there is something that I need, and I am always lmited on $$$$, I check craigs list, I have found some pretty awesome deals on there!

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    Born and New Orleans. Post Katrina living in Atlanta. Love Hotlanta but you never get New Orleans out of your blood!

    I would pick the brain of quilt shop personnel - they are not necesssarily sales people. They have a diverse knowledge base and will be able to give you insight.

    I have two Vikings (expensive) but I did not buy them primarily for quilting. It you want to machine quilt (not just piece) but would look at Brother and Bernia. Bernia has the patten on the Stitch Regulator which decreases the learning curve for free motion. Also hearing good things about the Brother.

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    Hi and welcome from Baton Rouge. Most of my quilts are made on a very basic mechanical Brother with no bells and whistles except a needle threader. Love it. Easy to use, no problems so far. Other machines recently used are vintage treadle and vintage Singer electric. Also good.

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