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Thread: What features do you actually use on your sewing machine?

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    On my machines, I've used the following:

    1. 1/4 seam stitch, with my edge foot. Makes piecing a breeze.
    2. Alphabet stitches with the memory. I use it to label the backing of my quilts.
    3. Needle up/down. Good for piecing multiple items sewn one after another.
    4. Walking foot and guide. For SID quilting.
    5. Bobbin winder.
    6. Satin stitch. Great for fixing holes in sheets, etc. from the dog's nails.
    7. Thread cutter.
    8. Automatic button hole foot. Creates the perfect size button hole, based on the button.
    9. If I ever do any fused applique or crazy quilting, I'll try out some of the decorative stitches. Still on my to do list.

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    I use all of the features on my machines, I guess I just like playing with my toys :lol: :lol: :roll: :roll: :lol: :lol:

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    I just use straight stitch, though I have a singer touch and sew that I want to use the decorative stitches.

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    On my Bernina 153QE, I use some of the decorative stitches that are pre-loaded but have NEVER downloaded any of the other stitches available. Actually, I never even looked at them to see what is available :oops:

    The knee lift thing didn't lift my skirt. Old dog, new trick, I guess. I keep thinking I should force myself to use it more so that it will be second nature, as I often hear how great it is, but haven't done that yet, either.

    LOVE my 1/4" foot, that is almost always on my machine. Recently did a few bags and had to use the guides on the plate - wow, that took some thought. Although I started w/ garment sewing some 40 years ago (hey, I was a little girl!), I haven't done that in many years, and so haven't used the lines. I have the zipper foot, but put generally put zippers in bags using a regular foot.

    Needle down is a must for me. Sometimes use the walking foot, as well as the grid guide. I have somehow gotten my needle threader out of alignment twice now, don't bother having it adjusted any more. So far, I can thread the needle w/out trouble but guess some day I won't be able to and will have to have it fixed.

    Embroidery doesn't do a thing for me, so no desire for that. I think I'd like the BSR on the new Berninas, but have no burning desire and not enough $, lol. I've heard many times how much easier that makes FMQ. I can send several tops for quilting, though, for what a new machine would cost, and am not sure I'd like doing it enough anyhow. I don't want to buy a pricey machine to find that I don't like doing what I thought I had to have it for. How do you decide to spend that kind of money if you haven't done it? And if you buy it and don't like it, then what? :shock:



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    Machines make button holes?? REALLY????? lol :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by borntoquilt
    Machines make button holes?? REALLY????? lol :roll:

    mine doesn't! :wink: :wink:


    Ninnie

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    I really appreciate my auto threader. I will not buy another machine without it! I try to use as many new stitches as I can. I love all the specialties, including the low bobbin signal.

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    I love the knee lifter on my old Bernina 830, that machine has a million miles on it. The new Pfaff I use the stitches for quilting, making clothes, doing crafts, that's what it was purchased for. I love the way it does buttons holes, a no brainer there and I need all the help now days. I had to purchase the walking foot for the Bernina but the Pfaff came with it built in and it's great. I love the 1/4 inch foot and the stitch-in-the-ditch, I guess I use just about all the features on this machine at one time or another depending on projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    In addition to what's been mentioned, I use the 1/4" foot for quilting seams and the stitch-in-the-ditch foot for well, you know....

    I like the stitch length adjustment feature on my Pfaff and the needle position adjustment feature.

    There are also some nice decorative stitches.
    Yes, the quarter-inch foot and the stitch-in-the-ditch foot (also this is the foot that I use for the blind hem). Love the needle-down on the Janome (my other machines don't have that feature). I love the feature that knots the thread for me. As far as the needle threader -- I have been very successful with it. I find if I do move my needle to the right, it is better. Oh yes, and the feature that moves the needle. Ido use a few of the decorative stitches.

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    I have a Viking Designer I. The pressure foot lifts with the needle down every time I stop sewing so don't need the knee lifter. I love this feature. Also love the needle threader, bobbin winding without rethreading (you can even do it through the needle), drop in bobbin, sewing adviser, thread cutter, embroidery feature, needle positiions, etc, etc, etc.

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    I finally figured out that I don't need a knee lift with my Pfaff 2170 - I just tap the foot and it goes up - another tap and it goes back down.

    I also figured out how to put the needle down for paper piecing without the pressure foot going down, too. I 'fool' the pressure foot by starting to put the needle down; the foot goes down, but I haven't put the needly in the paper; then I raise the foot and REALLY put the needle down. If anyone knows a setting that eliminates the extra 2 steps, please clue me in!

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    I have the Viking Sapphire and it has the needle down with the foot lift.
    I love that feature and thought it was on all the new machines so did not mention it before.

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