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    New Machine

    My new Singer 9960 Quantium came the other day. It is a really nice upgrade but I feel like I don't know what to do with it! I have a ton of scraps but feel like I don't want to waste them trying the different stitches.

    Any suggestions on a quick project to play with all the feet and stitches?

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    I also just last Wed. got my new Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 & love it so far. I have a lot of scraps laying around & use them to sew with. I have tried a lot of the different designs in top of the lid. I can't tell u myself what to do, I am just playing around w/ it is so quiet & such an upgrade from the Brother I have. It is so nice and sews so quietly compared to other machines. I rather use my scraps then use a good piece of fabric that can be cut into something I want to make, u will always be getting scraps from everything u sew. Just use yor book and scraps anyway and enjoy it. I am collecting fabric now & went to Hancocks yesterday & bought some fabric getting ready to wash it now. First I have to get out my pinking shears so it won't have so many strings. Good luck hope u enjoy yours like I am enjoying mine. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. Maybe u could use some old clothes u have laying around to throw away.

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    How about a small crazy quilt? use up your scraps and try all those fun stitches!
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    why not put all the stitches on a piece of fabric so you will know what they look like on it when you quilt with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barny View Post
    why not put all the stitches on a piece of fabric so you will know what they look like on it when you quilt with them.

    Excellent idea!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barny View Post
    why not put all the stitches on a piece of fabric so you will know what they look like on it when you quilt with them.
    Or put them together in a fabric book. I saw this done recently on Quilting Arts. Sounds like a handy reference.

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    You have been given lots of good ideas. I couldn't think of anything else.
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    I'm thinking placemats - I just got a new machine myself and the wheels are turning.

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    Lucky ladies - new machines! Have fun with them! I took a class right away which forced me to learn how to use my machine.

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    When I got my new machine I put together a fabric book of all my stitches - it was fun and serves as a great reference!
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    I am doing what QuiltsRFun suggested - with all of my machines. I'm making a "fabric book" with all of the decorative stitches from a Janome 11000, a BabyLock Elegante, a BabyLock Sophia and a Babylock Evolution Serger. That way I will have a very quick reference to check out how each stitch looks (and sews out)no matter which machine I am using. The lady who gave me lessons on the serger suggested this, and it really is a great idea.
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    What made you decide on this machine? I am thinking of replacing my babylock, so tell me, thanks

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    I have an older Singer Quantum and it has never given me a problem. In fact it sews a better straight stitch then my Bernina. I bought it before I started quilting for the decorative stitches. It has a perfect overlock and blanket stitch.
    Got fabric?

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    I also got the Singer Quantum in december for my birthday. The only machine I had owned before this is a Kenmore, 158 series I think, about 45+ yrs old. Will never part with it, it's in the original stand, and it is a real workhorse, I think it would sew through a bed of nails! Anyway, I picked the Singer for the extra stitches, extra feet, thread cutter, needle threader, and got a really good deal on it from Amazon. I am loving it, I just used some scraps to practice on at first. Have quilted 2 quilts on it, does a great job. I always try out a stitch on a scrap before putting on a project, still have to refer to the book once in a while, but the instructions are very clear with pictures. Hope you enjoy yours too!
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    Latrinka's comments are so convincing. I did go to amazon and the price there sounds real good. Did it come with that extra table and hard case? I have read the comments on the site and most were very positive, hmmmmm.

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    I saw a suggestion in a new book I just bought "Stupendous Stitching" by Carol Ann Waugh. She suggests making a fabric bible, using inexpensive muslin or fabric you don't want, and you would stitch each decorative stitch regularly and then some by changing the width and length. If nothing else just do one of each how it regularly would stitch without changing the stitch width or length. She then puts grommets in them, puts metal rings and creates a book. She makes one for each of her machines.

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    What better to use it on than scraps!. you've got the material. Got an old pillow case? Use that or an old blouse you haven't worn. You just might come up with a quilt out of it. Sounds like locking the door and put a "DO NOT DISTURB" sign on the door of the house and the sewing room. "I'VE GONE QUILTING" ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK"!

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    I put some fusable stablizer and atarted with first quilt, white thread on black, and did every stitch and numbered with white out. Now I know what all the stitches look like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    What made you decide on this machine? I am thinking of replacing my babylock, so tell me, thanks
    I was thinking of upgrading and was just not sure how or to what. My husband actually found this machine on Amazon a while back and after reading the reviews thought it sounded good. He knew I wanted the extra table and didn't even realize this on had the thread cutter!

    I was watching it for months and kept it in my wish list on Amazon. My birthday is in June and we were thinking maybe then. My other machine was less that $150.00 so this was pretty pricey for me and I was just not ready to commit.

    Then last week Thursday or so it was the Amazon deal of the day and was another $80.00 off. I e-mailed my husband who told me to order it right away!

    I just love it. The extension table is great..the thread cutter...the stitchs look great...so much variety and I love the fact that I can sew without the foot pedal. I was not too sure about that but after using it yesterday decided I really like it. I think that will help me alot regulate my free montion (up until now I have only done SID on my quilts).

    This machine also came with easily over $400.00 worth of extra feet and accessories. AMAZING

    I ended up getting mine for only $250.00 and free shipping. The hardest part was knowing on Saturday it was only 15 minutes away at a UPS terminal - and I had to wait until Monday for it to deliver!

    I am thinking about the fabric book. That sounds fun. This machine has a lot of stitches that can be elongated and even mirrored so the options are limitless.

    I don't have anything bad to say about it. Well - actually when/if you get one go through all your pcs carefully. You get so many if something is missing you may not notice. I ended up with 2 of the same and was missing my darning/free motion foot. It took me about 30 minutes to go through all the pcs and match them up to see what I had extra! I called and they are sending my foot out this week. They also told me just to keep the extra one I had - which retails for $49.99!

    All in all - very good machine. I read a lot of the reviews and didn't really find many negatives. Online I saw that someone had 2 negatives - first the lights were too bright (thats ok with me!) and 2nd there were so many choices of stitches it was overwhelming. (Again - ok with me!)

    I strongly suggest this machine - I just love it!!

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    To really get to know my machine, I did all the tricks in the owners manual and attached the sample to the page. I became so familiar with it, I rarely needed to look at the manual. That was 40 yrs ago. Now, I think I'd have to modify the manual to fit into a 3" binder to accomodate all the samples. And would need it to remember all that the new machines can do. If only it could vacumn, dust and clean dishes.

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    I played with all my stitches, then cut the practice piece into whatever sizes and used it for a cover for the machine, not that it ever has time to be covered up

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    Quote Originally Posted by wantanaquilt View Post
    I also just last Wed. got my new Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 & love it so far. I have a lot of scraps laying around & use them to sew with. I have tried a lot of the different designs in top of the lid. I can't tell u myself what to do, I am just playing around w/ it is so quiet & such an upgrade from the Brother I have. It is so nice and sews so quietly compared to other machines. I rather use my scraps then use a good piece of fabric that can be cut into something I want to make, u will always be getting scraps from everything u sew. Just use yor book and scraps anyway and enjoy it. I am collecting fabric now & went to Hancocks yesterday & bought some fabric getting ready to wash it now. First I have to get out my pinking shears so it won't have so many strings. Good luck hope u enjoy yours like I am enjoying mine. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. Maybe u could use some old clothes u have laying around to throw away.
    Just a comment on washing fabrics - I was using pinking shears a lot until I tried the Hand Wash cycle on my washer. It virtually eliminated all "stringing" of the fabric as it agitates a few slow strokes and then rests, etc. I don't have to do anything but throw it in the washer for near perfect results every time.

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    I remember when I got a new sewing machine that had special stitches. I layered some muslin and batting and just made random tracks across it in different colors, trying all the stitches. I happened to do it in metallic threads that I'd just bought at a quilt show. It was lying around for a long time before I figured out that I could cut it into the shape of a Christmas stocking and finish it up with a red cuff. My favorite stitch pattern on that old Singer was a little train engine. I have not been able to sew little choo-choos since moving up to a newer machine in 2005, and I still miss it, especially since my grandson was born.

    Editing to add that another nice use is if you have plain everyday sheets and pillowcases, it's fun to trim them with some decorative stitches. It's more of a project, though, because you have to sew pretty far with each stitch, but you can do several rows, each different, and maybe change colors as you go.
    Last edited by Rose_P; 05-18-2013 at 05:35 PM.
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