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Thread: Quilting Sewing Machine

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    I am considering buying a new sewing machine to just do quilting on. This means doing the whole quilt from start to finish. So what name machine should I buy. Something not too pricey but still get the job done. A friend told me to get a machine that has a stitch regulator with sensors on the frame carriage wheels. Need your input.
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    Are you looking for a DSM (Domestic Sewing Machine) that does it all or a mid or long arm?

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    Are you talking a long arm or home sewing machine, if you are talking home sewing machine brother has a simple straight stitch called PQ-1500s that has more room for you to quilt but only does a straight stitch, not sure how much they run, but seems like a nice machine

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    I just purchased a Viking Mega Quilter, this can be set up on a frame.
    so far I like it. it is only a straight stitch.
    I have a Longarm, I purchased this because I'm tired of computerized DSM, they are fussy. I have went through two berninas in the past 15 yrs.

    You can do fmq on this machine, i haven't tried yet.

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    an older Pfaff woth IDT !!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl
    Are you talking a long arm or home sewing machine, if you are talking home sewing machine brother has a simple straight stitch called PQ-1500s that has more room for you to quilt but only does a straight stitch, not sure how much they run, but seems like a nice machine
    Thank you for the information. I have had two brother sewing machines so if I could get the same machine it would be best because I would not have to learn a complete new machine.
    Thank you,
    Sandy

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    I just want a simple sewing machine that will do machine quilting. I have a brother right now that is several years old. I have tried to use a walking foot on the present machine and with all my attempts at adjusting tensions still get puckering on the back side of quilt.
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    I only want a sewing machine that would do quilting. The one I have now is a Brother with 15 fancy stitches which I have never even used. A simple inexpensive machine to do machine quilting(not a long arm)
    Sandy

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    Puckers usually are caused by how tight the quilt sandwich is put together. I would look into spray baste instead of pins for sandwiching the quilt before quilting. I had the worst trouble keeping puckers out before I went that route. Since then I've purchased a mid-arm machine on a frame. If you're wanting a sit-down sewing machine for quilting - look for one with the largest throat space as possible. I've used a new Babylock and an old 401A Singer - both did fine.

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    sandy... all i can say is that i have a grace quilt frame with a janome 1600P that runs on a carraige.... i can do up to king size, but only about 9 or 10" at a time... i've become pretty good at it and love this package... if you have the room, you can speed up your
    FMQ, and save a fortune in quilting costs... this all ran me $3,500.... NO stitch regulator... i'm not sure i'd want one.. the trick is to LEARN to move smoothly... and the speed can be controlled... just me input!:)

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    Look at Janome and Ellna. They have basic machines with wider carriages and they have a similar system to Pfaff for feeding fabric so you don't need to add a walking foot. I have a Viking Mega Quilter and love it to quilt on but found having to use the added walking foot (on for sewing; off for quilting) a real pain. Wish I had looked around more at what Janome offered.

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    I have to sound dumb here, but just what is a large throat space??!! Do thank you for your input.
    Missed that day in sewing class. laughing
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrammaBabs
    sandy... all i can say is that i have a grace quilt frame with a janome 1600P that runs on a carraige.... i can do up to king size, but only about 9 or 10" at a time... i've become pretty good at it and love this package... if you have the room, you can speed up your
    FMQ, and save a fortune in quilting costs... this all ran me $3,500.... NO stitch regulator... i'm not sure i'd want one.. the trick is to LEARN to move smoothly... and the speed can be controlled... just me input!:)
    Thank you for responding but $3500 is too pricey for me, as I was hoping for something under $500.
    IdahoSandy

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    The throat space is the distance between the needle and the body of the machine on the right side.

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    If you are looking for a machine with a large throat space, you could look at a Husqvarna or a Baby Lock or Bernina which all have anywhere from 8 to 12 inch throat openings depending on the machine and how much you are willing to spend.

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    I just want to thank anyone that has responded to my request on sewing machines for quilting. All are good advice.
    IdahoSandy

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