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Thread: singer quantum stylist 9960 - Is this a good machine

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    Member DeeDee1280's Avatar
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    singer quantum stylist 9960 - Is this a good machine

    I found this machine for $329.99 with tons of feet and accessories. Is this a good machine? I have read reviews and have seen good and bad. I am a fairly new quilter and currently have a brother SQ9000 witch I love. I have not been able to find anything about the throat size. The brother is really small and so far, with the lap size quilts (which is all I have made) I have been able to do as long as I do QAYG. About the biggest negative I have seen is a jamming issue,which would drive me nuts! The 2011 model is supposed to not jam like the 2010. I thought I would ask all you experts here if it would be a decent machine for the money. Or perhaps there is one you could suggest in the $500.00 range. I know that is not alot for a good machine but I am still learning to cut and sew a straight line! LOL

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    Super Member Mitch's mom's Avatar
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    If your budget is in the 500.00 range look at Pfaff. They have the Ambition on sale this month for 599.00. You can't beat their built in walking foot called IDT. Plus, the dealer will give you lessons on the machine. It really is worth a look.

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    Super Member Quiltngolfer's Avatar
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    I haven't had good luck with the modern Singers. The vintage machines are great, but the modern ones are very cheaply made. I would go with a Brother or a Janome.

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    Super Member Crossstitcher's Avatar
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    I would buy a vintage machine like a 401 or 500 (singer) They will do any thing and last longer than you want to sew. Plus you can hand it down to grandkids. All the new machines are made of plastic and have plastic parts that will wear out fast. Also hard to work on and expensive to fix. Just my opinion between my DH and I we have lots of old machines and one new singer that turned out to be junk, junk. Go to the Vintage Machine Shop on the board and read how much everyone likes the old ladies and not the new babies.
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    I wouldn't buy a Singer newer than a 60's model.

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    I have had this machine for 2yrs. and love it... Also had heard that the newer Singers are not as good but for me so far no problems...

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    for 500 since you have the sq9050 which has lots of decorative stitching , I would get the brother straight stitch PQ1500s they are workhorses, very strongly built and have a 9 inch harp which is a great deal more than your SQ9050. People really love this model and the straight stitch juki's which are slightly more expensive. 500 is plenty for a good machine. If you want a nice overall machine the brother PC-420 off amazon has been popular, the harp space is bigger than yours but not sure how much bigger, but you can always ask brother customer service by sending them an email
    Brother (XL-3500i, CV3550, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D), Juki MO-2000QVP, Handiquilter Avante

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    I recommend the Pfaff Ambition Essential also.
    Texas Sunshine, piney woods of NE Texas

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