Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 68

Thread: What are the 3 most important things you need on your machine?

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    94

    What are the 3 most important things you need on your machine?

    Auto needle threader, needle up/down and scissors

  2. #2
    Senior Member Bneighbor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    NE Ohio
    Posts
    463
    Lighting, auto-needle threader, scissors. I like the camera too, can I add that?

  3. #3
    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Southwest Kansas
    Posts
    4,829
    Adjustable position needle and needle up/down. Every thing beyond that is a perk.

  4. #4
    Power Poster PaperPrincess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    11,158
    Blog Entries
    2
    1) When I select the needle down position and stop, the foot automatically lifts just a bit so that you can pivot the fabric. Not sure what this is called. 2) Needle Threader 3)drop in bobbin.
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    94
    Camera? Never heard of that. What is it used for?

  6. #6
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Puget Sound WA area
    Posts
    299
    My 3 "must haves" on sewing machine: needle up/down; auto thread; built-in walking foot (Pfaff's IDT).
    Pfaff Ambition 1.0
    Pfaff Performance 5.0

  7. #7
    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Posts
    13,717
    needle up/down, auto-threading, adjustable position needle...that's all I need... plus a knee lever to lift presser foot... and a stitch regulator... that's all I need... wait, there's some more...

  8. #8
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    central Indiana
    Posts
    1,164
    Needle up/down, great lighting, love my needle threader and thread cutter. Guess that is 4. Sorry.

  9. #9
    Super Member Angel Bear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Central Ohio
    Posts
    1,967
    Needle up/down, needle threader and Pfaff's IDT. (Wish I had auto-cut for the thread. I have it on my mega quilter and love it!)
    Being a great quilter is 5% talent and 95% pushing yourself away from the internet!

  10. #10
    Super Member Lisa_wanna_b_quilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    The middle of an IL cornfield
    Posts
    7,021
    Blog Entries
    1
    Needle up/down, at least 9 inch throat, needle threader

  11. #11
    Super Member maryb119's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    7,285
    Needle threader, needle down button and IDT (duel feed)

  12. #12
    Super Member Buckeye Rose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Monroe, IN
    Posts
    2,285
    auto threader, needle up/down, autocut.....too many to list....I love this machine

  13. #13
    Super Member Pat625's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    North Pole
    Posts
    1,640
    What is needle down?

  14. #14
    Senior Member Lisa Marie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Hampton NJ
    Posts
    875
    Needle up/down, auto threader and 1/4 inch foot.

  15. #15
    Super Member quiltjoey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    SC
    Posts
    2,052
    Auto-adjusting tension, needle-up/down, and thread cutter...

  16. #16
    Junior Member Karenowc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    Posts
    293
    It will be hard to limit to 3, but here goes:

    1) needle up/needle down
    2) automatic threader
    3) foot that raises when I quit sewing - great for machine appliqué

    and 4 - the camera for my embroidery.
    Karen in CA
    Babylock Ellisimo, Babylock Enlighten Serger, Janome 6600, Janome 760 for travel

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    538
    Needle up/down, hover foot, scissors, tie off, IDT.

  18. #18
    DJ
    DJ is offline
    Super Member DJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Pacific NW
    Posts
    4,095
    I agree with some ... Pfaff IDT, needle threader, needle down feature, and wish I had auto cutter.

  19. #19
    Super Member Dolphyngyrl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    6,077
    thread cutter, needle threader, and needle down.
    Brother (XL-3500i, CV3550, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D), Juki MO-2000QVP, Handiquilter Avante

  20. #20
    Super Member patchsamkim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Fox Valley Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,932
    Needle stop up or down, knee lift, good lighting. I would love a stitch regulator too, but too pricey for me at this time.

  21. #21
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    183
    Straight stitch, button hole, zig zag. I can do a ton of projects with a machine that has these stitches, but a needle threader, and needle up/down won't help if I can't zig zag. Just my thoughts. But I'd still never but a machine that only has these 3 features. KWIM? There are so many options!

  22. #22
    Super Member petthefabric's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Eastern Madera County, Ca
    Posts
    1,715
    I have more than one machine. Each does something the others don't.
    First there's the garment machine with #1 reliability, #2 utility stitches, #3 knee lift
    Then there's the quilt machine with #1 reliability, #2 excelent straight stitch, #3 FMQ capability. It also has thread cutter, needle up/down, knee lift
    Then there's the light weight for travel with #1 reliability, #2 excelent stitch, #3 11lbs. It also as thread cutter, needle up/down and a 4" square embroidery which I don't expect to ever use.

  23. #23
    Senior Member Bneighbor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    NE Ohio
    Posts
    463
    Quote Originally Posted by bizzibee View Post
    Camera? Never heard of that. What is it used for?
    my Quttro has a camera just above the needle. It is fabulous when you embroider. I can scan the item while it is in the hoop, if I need a precise location (over a pocket or near a button, etc) the camera allows me to see how the embroidery design is lining up. If the design needs to be moved, I can then use my location buttons and move the design, then embroider. LOVE this option.

  24. #24
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    356
    knee lift for the presser foot, thread cutter, and auto needle up and down, all of those features that give you an extra hand when sewing.

  25. #25
    Senior Member lfletcher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Texas Hill Country
    Posts
    943
    Knee lift, needle down and needle threader.

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.