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Looking for Quilting Machine with More Throat Area

Old 04-14-2021, 04:13 AM
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I have a Pfaff, Performance 5.2 with a 10 inch harp. They are no longer made but seem to be an efficient machine. I got it used from a local Pfaff dealer. It had been returned to the shop after being used for less than 10 hours. Good deal that stretched my budget but I have had NO problems with the machine in the past 2.5 years of pretty heavy use. I would recommend the machine if you can find one.

My daughter has an older version of the same machine that she located on E-bay and it also has served her well for about 4 years with not machine problems at all.
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Old 04-14-2021, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by pocoellie View Post
Reading through all the nose bleeds with this machine, Caley, I'm glad that you decided to take it to a reputable repair person and that they've fixed the problem. My repair man says that for fmq, you should always have a single hole plate on,
There is no single hole plate for the Jazz or Jazz 2

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Old 04-14-2021, 08:22 AM
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pocoellie, BL doesn't make a single hole plate for this machine, so I have to figure out a way to make it that way with some material, or maybe tape.

QuiltMom2, My intention towards the end of this thread was researching ways to fix this machine, and for some, the suggestions I found may work for those whose machine wasn't as out of whack as mine was. I always try to find a way to convey solutions to problems, regardless of whether they are sewing machines, or some other problem I've encountered. I never want others to go through what I sometimes have to go through in order for something to actually work.

All that said, I feel that nowadays, things made are not anywhere as sturdy, or reliable as the things I grew up with as a child. While they were not even considered high tech these days, what we had was high tech for the 1950's, and generally built like a tank.

And I definitely suggest going to a certified repair specialist for the brand sewing machine you have, if you encounter a problem. Also ask if they are familiar with the type of sewing you do, such as free motion quilting. Having the repair specialist actually know what FMQ is, made it a plus getting my machine set up for the type of sewing I am doing.

As I stated previously, apparently the Jazz and Jazz 2 are not made at the regular BL factory, according to the sales person I talked to. It is contracted out to a place in Taiwan. And from what I have read about the problems with the new machines coming out of this factory, their quality control is not the best.
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Old 04-15-2021, 03:34 AM
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While at a quilt show 3 yr ago, l came across a vendor ( local quilting/ sew shop) who had a display of recently traded machines. I saw& fell in love with a Janome 8900 (11" throat!) , but didn't feel comfortable purchasing in that setting. After the show, l told hubby about it and was kicking myself for not getting it. Hubby said " call him up". I'm glad l did! The machine was available...l went to shop, tried it, got a " lesson" on it and it has been my trusty sidekick ever since! Wonderful price , and a dealer 30 day warrantee.Ask dealers about trades...mine had barely been used because the buyer decided quickly to move up to the M7.
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