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    sashiko machine

    I am thinking about getting a sashiko machine (made by Baby Lock). Do any of you have one, and if so, what is your opinion of it. It is a bit pricey for a machine that only does the one stitch.
    Carolynn

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    I think I would really enjoy having one, but Don't think I would use it enough to invest that much money. Wish I could rent one.

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    I haven't thought of buying one as the price is just too much for something with limited uses.

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    I thought sashiko was a hand done process.......a machine to do it? I will have to look into that........now we can say there is a machine to do everything!!!!!!!

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    wow, I was intrigued, so I went on line to find a website with this machine.....found a utube demo.....a few things there looked cute, then I found a website with a price for this machine!!!!!!!! Give me a break....are they nuts....no way would I spend that kind of money for such a limited stitch machine either.......sometimes I think these mfgrs are getting a bit greedy......jmho

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    I saw the machine demoed at the Quilt Festival in Houston a couple years ago when it first came out. The stitches really do look like sashiko, especially if you lengthen the stitch a bit. I'd love to have one, but the price is just too high for a one trick pony. I agree with Polly -- I'd love to rent one. If they ever come down on their price, or if I ever find a used one, I'll buy one. Until then, I'll just dream.

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    Fascinating. My first thought totally skipped the whole "sashiko" thing and went straight to "why can't they make regular quilting machines do this, so the stitching would look like it was done by hand?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Fascinating. My first thought totally skipped the whole "sashiko" thing and went straight to "why can't they make regular quilting machines do this, so the stitching would look like it was done by hand?"
    Great comment!

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    If you buy a Baby Lock Sashiko machine, make sure you get the Sashiko II. There must have been some problems with the first edition for Baby Lock to have put out a second generation of the machine so quickly. I love mine! That being said, it was expensive. I was fortunate to be recently retired and that was the retirement gift to myself that I had dreamed of.

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    If you look at the bottom of this machine you would see why it can't be put in a regular sewing machine. It's been a while since I saw it, but I remember something about the bobbin area being more complex. That being said, I thought I'd love to have that machine until I saw the price. I thought it was stupid to put that price tag on a one stitch machine. If you can buy a cover stitch machine for what they are, and that looks more complex - the sashiko shouldn't be anymore expensive - in my mind. But then the Babylock coverstitch is much more expensive than any of the others. I always thought Babylock shot themselves in the foot with this machine. If they had priced it at $1499 or something like that many more would have been sold.
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    The 2140, 44. and 70 Pfaffs do have a quilting stitch setup that looks like hand quilting. It uses a weird tension and invisible thread on top. It does look like hand quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weezy Rider View Post
    The 2140, 44. and 70 Pfaffs do have a quilting stitch setup that looks like hand quilting. It uses a weird tension and invisible thread on top. It does look like hand quilting.
    I have an "old" Viking #1plus that also has a stitch that looks like hand quilting also using invisible thread on top and regular thread on bobbin. It has something to do with adjusting tensions so that bobbin thread is pulled up to top to make every other stitch... Used it a few times looked good. Isn't sashiko sort of like what I call primitive quilt stitch -that is a larger stitch?

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...e-t127547.html

    Did you see this post? You can get a similar result with a regular machine. Not perfect of course, but pretty cool. If you would only use it once in awhile, this might work out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weezy Rider View Post
    The 2140, 44. and 70 Pfaffs do have a quilting stitch setup that looks like hand quilting. It uses a weird tension and invisible thread on top. It does look like hand quilting.
    In my opinion, this does not look the same. The sashiko stitch truly looks like hand quilting. the Pfaff (or for that matter any other brand) still looks like a weak imitation to me. That's not to say it isn't an adequate stitch, just that it doesn't look like the stitch from the Sashiko, which is the best imitation of a hand stitch I've seen. Again, just my opinion.

    I don't really like the look of the stitch on the back side of the Sashiko. It looks like one long running stitch, but not the same as a regular machine stitch. That, along with the cost for a one stitch machine, is what's held me back from buying the Sashiko.

    If anyone ever figures out how to make a machine that skips a stitch on the front and the back so it truly looks hand stitched, and it doesn't cost too much, I'll buy it!

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    I didn't realize there was a Sashiko 2.
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    I have thought about the possibility of renting the machine to other quilters, but they would have to come to my house, and I don't know that I have that kind if time or space.
    Carolynn

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    I showed my husband a video of the Sashiko machine and he did a whole bunch of research on it. He said the problem with the way it sews is it does a chain stitch on the bottom, so if the thread breaks, the whole thing unravels. Also, there is only one thread - the bobbin thread. It is brought up to the top to make the stitch. Makes you wonder how often you have to put in a new bobbin.

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    I haven't done a lot of research myself, but am very thankful for what your husband has done. I want the back of my quilt to look like the front, but that doesn't seem like a possibility with this machine. My husband was going to get it my birthday/mother's day present, but I think something else would be more rewarding.

    Thanks
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    The stitches do Not unravel! Each stitch is locked. The back of the quilt does not look the same as the front. I'm very glad I purchased my Sashiko II.
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    Okay to clarify... My husband is on a plane so I can't ask him where he did his research regarding the stitch. However, I did call a BabyLock dealer and asked a technician about the machine. He told me the Sashiko does not do a lock stitch. It has to have both upper and lower threads to be a lock stitch, and the Sashiko doesn't use upper thread. Then I asked him about the bottom stitch, how it is made and whether it's possible to unravel. He became quite cagey and didn't really give me much of a straight answer, other than to vehemently state that He's never had it unravel on him. His answer makes me wonder what they changed between the Sashiko and Sashiko II.

    Short story - who knows. I still think it's an interesting machine, and given some tweaking and adjusting, might make a really cool quilting machine.
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    I know that normally it takes a little heavier thread for it to show up. I have several different sashiko embroidery block designs on my pc for when I get around to making them. You'd be surprised with what you can do with an embroidery machine, sashiko, crochet, etc. Lot of cool neat things. Sashiko machines are one of those luxury items that you want but would have to be in a really good place financially to get one and not feel bad about it. I still feel bad about the cost of me emb machine and it does lots of different things.
    Judy

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    If you can have it - do it! Love the Baby Lock machines but just can't afford to have that one.
    God Bless Quilters and Sewers
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    Quote Originally Posted by RebTrev View Post
    The stitches do Not unravel! Each stitch is locked. The back of the quilt does not look the same as the front. I'm very glad I purchased my Sashiko II.
    Each stitch is locked. the thread weight should be between 40 and 100 weight. A friend and I split the cost of a used one. I am quilting a Day and Night quilt in WVU colors for a nephew's graduation gift in December. The stitches are looking great. I am having some issues with breakage, possibly needing to clean more often and oil. So even though it sounds like a simple machine, there is a troubleshooting learning curve that we will achieve. Hopefully we will be paying for it by quilting for others. We do Not regret buying it. If fact, we have split the cost of a used HQ18 Avante with computer system we also plan to conquer !!!!! Learn or die
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    I bought one this summer when they were on sale half price. It is the sashiko 2. I was told they came out with the sashiko 2 because they found something more to add to it, not there their were problems with the first model. I am sorry to say that I may have started out with too big a project for the machine. I decided to quilt a small twin size quilt on it and have had nothing but problems. You have to clean it constantly or it messes up.. Right now I am having problems with it breaking thread. I have bought every brand of thread know to man . I even used the thread that came with the machine and you stitch about 12 inches and it breaks. Not sure if its me or the machine, but I was on a retreat when I bought it , and 120 miles from home. I need to make a road trip to the shop I bought it from. Very disappointed and sorry I bought it. I had wanted it to quilt log cabin quilts and decided to try to quilt by the block and then assemble. Not working. If anyone out there has one and can help me with my issues I would love it.

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    I would try all the normal trouble-shooting tips - check your thread path, change needles, make sure your needle size is appropriate for the thread size, etc.

    If all that fails, you could always call the shop and see if they can help you over the phone.

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