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Thread: Spin Off on Multiple Machines---Why Are Some Better?

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    Spin Off on Multiple Machines---Why Are Some Better?

    In the thread some posters mentioned having a machine for piecing and one for quilting. What is the difference? Why is one better than the other?

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    If the quilting machine isn't a mid- or long-arm then probably the sewing throat space is larger than her piecing machine.

    My piecing machine is the one I take to sew-ins and to friends homes when we quilt together, as I want to do the whole quilt piecing on the same machine to keep seam allowances constant.
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    i have a juki 9" throat for quilting, a standard old kenmore for general sewing and sometimes for piecing. then i have a brother 6000i that i cart around to various locations. i have a brother embroidery machine that i have occasionally converted to the sewing module.
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    I have a viking 18x8 on an imperial frame that I quilt on, a Viking mega quilter that I piece on, and a Viking Diamond that I do embroidery work on. These are the machines that I use the most. I have several smaller lighter machines that can be hauled around when needed. In all I have 22 machines, some I use and some I just collect. As long as your machine does what you need then that is really enough. For me sewing machines are kind of like quilts I just never have enough or get tired of them!!!!

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    I have my workhorse, a Husqvarna, that I use daily. I have my Bernina that does all the fancy work -- embroidery, heirloom stitching, etc. I'd love to get an FW to take places, but that's a 'someday' thing....

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    In my case it's the larger throat on my new Juki. I am just so pleased at how much faster and less stressful it is to quilt when you aren't cramming it through. I've actually had tops get stuck in the throat of my Pfaff! It makes a world of difference.

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    I have a Pfaff that I piece on. I bought a Janome 6600 because I wanted the wider throat area and I thought with the AccuFeed system I could replace the Pfaff and piece and quilt on one machine. I don't like the huge feet of the Janome for piecing but if you use a regular foot you're not using the AccuFeed system. But I like the Janome tons better for quilting.

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    Different machines for different tasks. My Bernina 440 I use for piecing, appliqué and quiting. My old Singer treadle is for thick, heavy, weird materials that I don't want to take that chance of messing up my main machine.

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    Maybe they just want to go back and forth without adjusting their settings. I used to keep a walking foot on my mechanical just so I wouldn't have to get one out to use, just a thought. Also some have a straight stitch 9" throat just for quilting and use their small machines to piece. No one is suggesting that one needs more than one sewing machine, but it is an option for everyone if they can afford it. Its all a matter of opinion, its one of those subjects that you can debate forever. You can get by with one machine. I did for years on my cheapie mechanical brother being my only machine. The only reason I still have one is that many of the TOL machines are bulky and heavy, not easily transported for classes or travel, kind of a pain to move so most that own those own smaller lightweight machine
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    If someone does a lot of FMQ then they may want one machine with the quilting foot attached and feed dogs down, and then one with the regular foot (or 1/4" foot). It is a bit of a pain to have to change the feet all the time.

    Some machines are straightstitch only so if someone wanted to do some decorative work, they would need a machine with fancy stitches (unless they were good at threadplay).
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    If someone does a lot of FMQ then they may want one machine with the quilting foot attached and feed dogs down, and then one with the regular foot (or 1/4" foot). It is a bit of a pain to have to change the feet all the time.

    Some machines are straightstitch only so if someone wanted to do some decorative work, they would need a machine with fancy stitches (unless they were good at threadplay).
    That's exactly why I have more than one! lol. Although I love love love my Juki for piecing it by far does a better fmq job than my other machines so I reserve it for that purpose, I have a combo machine that I leave set up for embroidery and another machine for piecing.
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    I don't want to unload my quilting machine from the frame if I want to sew something.
    And different machines have different features - my big brother is a straight-stitch, super fast machine, so I piece with it because I only need straight seams and I want to go fast. My little brother is slower and has zigzag, buttonhole, and other decorative stitches, so I use it for those stitches. You really don't want to go too fast when you're stitching buttonhole stitches.

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    The only reason I generally have two machines set up, one for quilting and one for straight stitching is because I need a different foot and different tension for free motion than straight stitching. Sometimes I want to quickly go back and forth without going through all the mess of switching feet, thread, tension and all of that for just a few stitches.
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    Sometimes it is just a matter of what feels more comfortable. Over a yr ago I bought a Viking Ruby but mainly only did embroidery on it even though it's great to quilt on. I even took a class a few months before trading it in on FMQ and it was great. I used my Kenmore/Janome to piece on because I know exactly where the 1/4 in markings are and it just feels right. I have now traded my Ruby in for the Diamond Deluxe and my goal is to start using it for quilting/sewing as well. This weekend I used the new interchangeable walking foot to finish quiltint a runner and bind two quilts that I had in progress. The newest foot I have is the new SITD foot with a wide slot that allows you to do the fancy stitches like zigzag and others that needs the wide slot in the foot. It's great and gives a great touch to the binding. You can even use the twin needle with the new foot. I love the interchangeable walking foot that Viking has because it doesn't limit you like a normal foot does. The other thing that makes the Diamond better for quilting is that it has a larger harp and programs for a couple of different FMQ feet depending on what you like. I've seen on here though where alot of people like to use their old singers to quilt and feel good with that. It's more a matter of preference and convience I think to most, at least it is to me.
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    My Pfaff 4.0 for everything except PP, use my Brother, as I leave it set up for that.

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