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Thread: Single straight stitch machine

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    Single straight stitch machine

    If you had up to $600.00 for a single stitch machine with a large throat, which would you buy and why? Doesn't need all the bells and whistles but a good work horse for mainly piecing and straight line quilting. Will check back later and TIA. Karen
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    I wouldn't go straight stitch only ... except for a FW.

    I like to use the wobble [skinny zigzag stitch] for machine applique. I also use a few of the fancy stitches, not many, but a few, for applying binding by machine.

    I also like to be able to move my needle position at least a bit.

    All this is available in lower priced machines by reputable manufacturers.

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    I wouldn't spend that much for a machine that doesn't do much. I think I'd look for a good used machine.

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    Go for vintage. For a lot less than that you can get a 15-91, straight stitch only, harp space is large, great for FMQ, and you can buy attachments that will zigzag and do decorative stitches. It'll out perform and out last any new machine on the market.
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    Have you looked into a Juki? I've never tried one, but have heard great things about them.

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    look for an industrial machine. i have read they are good work horses. Large space opening

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    Mine is a Baby Lock Jane that I bought to put on a frame and also got a stitch regulator for it.
    That is the only reason to buy a strait stitch machine.
    It is very premative with treading, too complicated for me and I dont like the under the machine bobbin I prefer a drop in.
    I have a computerized Viking for the rest of my quilting and love it.
    My first machine was a Brother quilting machine that only cost $129 and it came with a walking foot and extension table, so you can get a basic quilting machine at a low cost. I still use it when my Viking is in for servicing. Its a great back up machine.

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    I recently got a Brother PQ1500s machine for $600, which is a straight stitch only mechanical machine. It is my second machine, though. I have a computerized Brother sewing/embroidery machine for the fancy stuff. The larger throat makes a huge difference when quilting. It has a walking foot, a FMQ foot, and a 1/4" foot (in addition to the regular feet). It also sews a better 1/4" seam than the computerized machine. I really love it for the purpose for which I intended it.

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    I just bought a Brother PQ1500s for 600 and I just love it....I wanted one just for FM sewing, as I have another machine for all the rest of the stuff!!! It's like sewing through butter. I guess I'm pass the stage of doing all the fancy stitches, just want to make quilts and donate them....
    I live in the St Louis, Mo area.

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    I have an old Pfaff 1196 with a 7 1/2" throat. Loved it, still do. Does zig-zag and a few decorative stitches. Sews beautifully and truly is a work horse. Got it used for $250 from a dealer. Made queen and king sized quilts on it.
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    TeresaH and bdschafer - exactly why I was thinking of this machine. I have a couple of the newer Brothers with the fancy stitches and all the feet that I just don't use. As long as I can get a 1/4", I'm good. After all, I only need a straight stitch to piece and a large throat for quilting. Thanks for the comments.
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    I have an older Juki TL98E. It is about 8-9 yrs. old, and I just love it! Bought it new for around $600, straight stitch only with a bit larger throat area than my other machines. I use it for piecing and fmq along with heavy bulky items. I cannot say enough about it!!! It is great! I would highly recommend it for what you are intending to use it for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cizzors View Post
    TeresaH and bdschafer - exactly why I was thinking of this machine. I have a couple of the newer Brothers with the fancy stitches and all the feet that I just don't use. As long as I can get a 1/4", I'm good. After all, I only need a straight stitch to piece and a large throat for quilting. Thanks for the comments.
    I am looking to upgrade my sewing machine. My primary desire is for a larger harp space so that I can quilt all of my quilt tops. I recently posted about purchasing a Husqvarna Sapphire 835 that I saw and test drove over the weekend. I have read sewing machine reviews until my head spins!!

    I currently have a Janome 4800. Small harp space, FMQ very finicky. At first I thought I would go with either the 835 or Janome 6600. But honestly, all of the extra features - I'll likely never use them!!! And...my current Janome has all of those extra features, so I really don't have need of a machine with all of the bells and whistles.

    Enter the Brother PQ1500s. Have seen some good prices on this. It is making me broaden my horizon on my choices.

    Are you both still as happy with the PQ1500? Can I ask how long have you had your sewing machine? I would love a machine that is not so finicky with getting the tension correct for FMQ. I am really questioning whether one really has to spend upwards of $2,000 to get a larger harp space and a decent sewing machine. Especially if one doesn't need all of the additional bells and whistles! Sometimes I know you get what you pay for. But sometimes less expensive does as well or better than something with all the added bells and whistles.

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    I also have the Juki 98Q- 4 years this March. Love, Love, Love this machine! Workhorse is an understatement. Just clean it and oil every 8 hours and it purrs along.

    I've quilted up to a king size on it with no troubles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katsewnsew View Post
    I have an older Juki TL98E. It is about 8-9 yrs. old, and I just love it! Bought it new for around $600, straight stitch only with a bit larger throat area than my other machines. I use it for piecing and fmq along with heavy bulky items. I cannot say enough about it!!! It is great! I would highly recommend it for what you are intending to use it for.
    I would recommend this machine also...it is a semi industrial machine with all the good points of an industrial, but some of the benefits of a portable.
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

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    Try to find your self the viking mega quilter; it has a 9in throat, great machine for quilting, only goes straight, has needle threader, up/down button, well worth your money.
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    Hands down.....the Brother 1500......my girl is almost 10 and sews as perfectly as the day she came out of the box. have pieced and FMQ over 400 quilts and she has NEVER let me down. Paid about 650.00 for that machine and she has been worth EVERY penny.....will go out and buy another one when she dies.

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    I have the Brother PQ1500s and it is perfect for what I need. I have mine actually set up on a frame and do my quilts with it. I can do up to a twin size on my frame with it. Nothing fancy. No problems with tension. Love it!!!!!!! I have another Bother machine I use for piecing. I have had my set up for about a year and a half now. Best money I have ever spent. It has paid for itself over and over again, without having to send my quilts out to a professional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    Have you looked into a Juki? I've never tried one, but have heard great things about them.
    I love my Juki 98Q. Great machine for what you are wanting.
    Kacy from OK

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    I have to agree with Charlee.. I have a Singer 66, and 99.. I love both.. I also have a Singer from the 1960's made in Great Britain that I use the zig zag for applique.. I wouldn't think of trading any of them in for a new machine.. I was in the Joann's store near me, where they have a section that is rented out to a sewing machine store.. I was impressed with the embroidery machine, but would not think of paying for a computerized machine..
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    I agree with Charlee, you can find them a heck of a lot cheaper than $600 and they'll last you forever. Then with the leftover money, you can buy more fabric. LOL

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    Try Sew & Vac Direct or AllBrands.com. They have great deals on what you are looking for.
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    There's a straight stitch Janome 1600 . If you looked around a bet you could find one for about $600. I would never buy a used machine. I've seen the ugly things people do to their equipment in sewing classes. I bought the 6600 and I feel foolish for buying all the bells and whistles I'll likely never use. If I had to do it again, I'd go with the 1600.

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    I bought the Brother Quilt Club whith the large throat and just straight sewing. I could have saved my money and just used my old singer for straight sewing as it is the best. The difference being that the Brother has a needle down position and a perfect 1/4 foot and it's very fast. It also has several different feet for other sewing.

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    Since you only want a straight stitch machine, you should go for a vintage Singer 15-91 (or Singer 15-90).
    They are easy to repair and clean all by yourself. There are lots of tutorials that can be found on you tube on cleaning and maintaining the machine.
    Price is cheap. You can find these machines off CLs for under $100 and in a cabinet.
    The harp space is large for working a queen or king size quilt.
    The feed dogs can be dropped for free motion quilting.
    The machine is all metal; so, it will last a life time or two or three. No plastic parts that will break on you.
    And best part, the money left over from purchasing a Singer off CLs is that you will have money left over from your $600 allowance to purchase fabrics for quilts and/or purchase a FW to take to quilting classes.

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