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Thread: Sewing Machines That are Necessary to Quilting

  1. #51
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    Jan 2011
    Northeastern Washington
    If the one from the 40's is a Singer, 201 possibly, that was back when Singer made them from cast iron, exception FW's. Mine sews so steadily it is like "driving a Cadillac down the highway with just a baby finger on the wheel. I have 2 other newer machines, I seem to use the 201 the most.

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    Super Member mshawii's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    Portland Oregon suburbs
    Quote Originally Posted by mhansen6
    I have a Pfaff Creative 4.0. It has a built in walking foot and a 10.5 inch throat. I have quilted several smaller quilts and it works wonderfully. I am sure I could quilt larger ones too, but I just haven't. There is an embroidery unit that goes with it, I just don't have the time to do the embroidery so I didn't spend the money to get it.

    I have had Pfaff machines for 30 years and I wouldn't own anything else. I am sure most ladies feel the same way about their machines. It takes quite a bit of research to find one that fits you. But the research is well worth the time if you find a machine that you love.
    I have this same sewing machine. I got it on sale between Christmas a New Years, a year ago, It was $1900 and I got the surround table as an add on, for free. I love this machine. It just purrs. I have the embroidery unit but would never use it as that isn't my thing. Jan

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    Junior Member MiMi in Lutz's Avatar
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    Lutz, Fl
    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    The quilt I am finishing has been completely done on a 1956 Singer 301A. With the addition of a 1/4 inch foot, the machine has done a fantastic job. I have quilted a queen size quilt on my 1974 Elna that only has a 6 3/4 inch harp (space between the needle and the pillar.) The Singer has a slightly larger space. As the previous poster indicated, what you have is fine if it sews with a nice strong stitch balanced between the top and bottom tensions. I am ready to do my first FMQ ever. I'm not sure which machine to use. The Singer does a good sample, but I have better speed control with the Elna.
    I sure would like to know which machine you end up using for the FMQ. I have a Singer 301. Love how it sews. Such a wonderful old machine. Also have a new Sapphire (Viking) and I really prefer the 301, but I have not used the 301 for FMQ yet.

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    Super Member sylvia77's Avatar
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    I have a viking Designer SE and I quilt all of my king size quilts with the embroidery unit, works great!

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    Senior Member Jo Mama's Avatar
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    N.W. Florida
    If you are going to use machine(s) for quilting only then a machine with a wide throat would be good because you can piece the quilt and then machine quilt it. If you do all sorts of sewing then a good multi-purpose sewing machine and a wide throat machine would work well. It all depends on your buget. You can spend 100K and get everything anyone would ever want. However, that is probably not the case. I have a Viking Mega-Quilter and a Grace Frame for machine quilting and for piecing and regular sewing I have a Bernina Aurora 440QE and a 1995 Pfaff 7550 to take to classes, etc.

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    Super Member IBQUILTIN's Avatar
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    Oct 2009
    North Fork Ca
    I have two Viking machines, and cannot live without either of them. I quilt King Size quilts on them all the time

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