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    Vintage Machine with Blanket Stitch?

    I love machine applique and my favorite stitch is the blanket stitch. Is there a vintage machine that does the blanket stitch? I have a Singer 328, but none of the cams do a blanket stitch. I have been looking at plastic wonders just to get the blanket stitch, but would much rather have a vintage that does the same thing... Any suggestions?
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    I have an Elna SU Air Electronic purchased in the late 1970s. It came with a blanket stitch disc #150. I think that the disc will also work in the earlier Elna Supermatic also.
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    The problem with the vintage machines that do the buttonhole stitch using cams, is that they're not very adjustable. I use my new machines for doing buttonhole applique, because the vintage ones just can't get the exact depth of stitch and as close together as I'd like. This is one of the only functions that I prefer a new machine over a vintage one for. I make sure all my applique can withstand many years of washing and abuse, and I've never liked the product of the cam/buttonhole stitching in any of my cam machines.

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    I don't know if my suggestion is vintage enough but my 1968 Bernina Minimatic 707 has a blanket stitch.

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    None of mine do. I use my Janome 10001 when I want to do a blanket stitch.

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    Thanks for all the comments! Clare, I will start looking for a Bernina Minimatic 707. I am guessing they may be hard to find... but the hunt is fun!
    Thanks, all!
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    The Husqvarna Viking 6000 series has cams for the blanket stitch and my Pfaff 1473 does the pretiest I know of. These are 80's machines so not truly Vintage but the Vikings are all mechanical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovelyl View Post
    Thanks for all the comments! Clare, I will start looking for a Bernina Minimatic 707. I am guessing they may be hard to find... but the hunt is fun!
    Thanks, all!
    Linda
    Linda,

    I am sure other Bernina models from the 1960's will also have blanket stitch so you won't be limited to the 707.

    Happy hunting!

    Clare

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovelyl View Post
    I love machine applique and my favorite stitch is the blanket stitch. Is there a vintage machine that does the blanket stitch? I have a Singer 328, but none of the cams do a blanket stitch. I have been looking at plastic wonders just to get the blanket stitch, but would much rather have a vintage that does the same thing... Any suggestions?
    I have a singer Futura Touch-Tronic 2001 memory machine.I got it early 1980's It has built in blanket stiches and many others(no cams) decorative stitches.It is also a slant needle machine.I love it.I have never had any trouble with it.Havent even changed the light bulb.So easy to change the stiches Will also chain stitch,and twin needle stitch

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    Linda,

    My apologies, I have just got my Bernina out to test the blanket stitch and it turns out that it is not a blanket stitch after all. The little drawing on the stitch selector looks like blanket stitch but upon checking the manual I've found out it is actually a stretch stitch.

    I am sorry for misleading you.

    Clare

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    I am wondering about a pic to see this Minimatic 707 machine?????
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    Google it. Lots of photos of Berninas on the net.

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    1973 Elna SU has one, so does the Montgomery Wards from the 70s. I haven't used the MW for that, but the Elna's is adjustable for length and width.

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    look at the Kenmore 158-1030 and 1040. That is my 'go-to' machine to take to conferences where I need a blanket stitch in my classes. It is lightweight, cute, has like 4 stitches, and is basic and easily maintained. It has a built in accessory tray, and is often called the 'lunchbox' machine- why, I have no idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    1973 Elna SU has one, so does the Montgomery Wards from the 70s. I haven't used the MW for that, but the Elna's is adjustable for length and width.
    I have the SU and it's not adjustable enough for me.

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    I hear everyone complain about the plastic machines, well I have several of them and love them all. I do have a lot of ventage and antique machines as well but still love the plastic ones too. I have cheap ones and expensive ones. I do machine embroidery as well as crafting. I am now starting to quilt. I guess they aren't for everyone but there are good ones out there too. Just had to put my two cents worth in.
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    I agree. I play around on my vintage machines, but when I want to make something really nice I use a modern machine. AFAIK, there is nothing like a new Janome or Bernina. To each their own!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Grannyh67 View Post
    I hear everyone complain about the plastic machines, well I have several of them and love them all. I do have a lot of ventage and antique machines as well but still love the plastic ones too. I have cheap ones and expensive ones. I do machine embroidery as well as crafting. I am now starting to quilt. I guess they aren't for everyone but there are good ones out there too. Just had to put my two cents worth in.

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    I agree to a point. There are just some stitches and ability to adjust the stitch, that modern machines are the best fit. And there are features of modern machines that just lend themselves to a better outcome. The automatic needle down is just one.... Many of my projects are completed on my modern machines as they give the best results. But, given the chance to pick between a plastic wonder from WallyWorld or a vintage machine, I'd go vintage! I love my modern Bernina and Janome and love my vintage machines. But, I think there are just some plastic machines that are junk!!

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    Please post a picture of a "blanket stitch" for this novice.

    Thank you.

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    Blanket Stitch

    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Please post a picture of a "blanket stitch" for this novice.

    Thank you.

    Joe
    An example done with my Elna 7300 built in stitch.
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    What I am trying to picture in my mind is what the stitch looks like on the edge.

    Perhaps some dark thread on a light back ground. We have several machines that make a similar looking stitch, but I can't tell if it's the same. Elaine has asked me about it too, and all I can do is shrug my shoulders and say, I don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    What I am trying to picture in my mind is what the stitch looks like on the edge.

    Perhaps some dark thread on a light back ground. We have several machines that make a similar looking stitch, but I can't tell if it's the same. Elaine has asked me about it too, and all I can do is shrug my shoulders and say, I don't know.

    Joe
    I'm not sure if you can see the side stitches, maybe if you enlarge this pic. The stitch is made with two regular stitches, then the third stitch goes to the left and back. So - two forward, one left then back, two forward, one left then back, etc.
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    Joe, tell Elaine it may be called a blind hem stitch.

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    Here's a close up... http://images.search.yahoo.com/image...mb=UiIiSP5gUGm

    http://images.search.yahoo.com/image...mb=UiIiSP5gUGm

    A blind hem stitch makes more of a "V" whereas a blanket stitch is just a straight line or stitch over onto the fabric. Some folks use the blanket stitch and invisible thread or matching thread to just catch the fabric and make it look more like hand applique. Some use a zig zag or even other decorative stitches for applique. Lots of choices:>
    Last edited by Candace; 12-10-2012 at 02:42 PM.

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    Thanks for the links and pics. I think I understand now. So far the machines I've checked have the blind hem stitch. I haven't found one with a blanket stitch yet.

    Joe

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