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Yes I would like to know, what sewing machine do you use? What likes and dislikes. I can't afford a new machine yet, I wish I could but the bills dictate other wise, that and the dentist office. I guess no ones told them we are in a reccession. I have a Pfaff 2042 made for quilting but here lately it just isn't getting the job done. Seems that I spend a lot of time ripping seams to realine my edges in this quilt I'm working on and it's getting very frustrating. The sales lady said that it would sew through layers of denim which it probably would but for lining up the edges I'm working on not so good. As you can see from the picture it's not as good as it could be. My material shifts as I am sewing through intersections where there is more than just two pieces of fabric coming together even when I pin them.

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Comment by Jennifer Evans on November 30, 2010 at 6:31pm
I learned to sew on my mom's Singer that had two speeds, lightning fast and stop. I learned some control pretty quick. When I was in control of my own finances, I bought a New Home which was not computerized and I used it initially for just mending. Then I got addicted to quilting and decided to get a better machine. I got a Janome 4800QC and that one served me well for many years. (it is now the property of my f-i-l, a story for another time). This machine was wonderful for all things quilty UNTIL... I started to want to do FMQ. The tension problems made me want to throw in the towel. I started to look at other machines that could do the job better and I wound up getting a Bernina 440QE a few years back when the economy was still good and I got a year end bonus at work. That was more money than I EVER want to spend on a machine again. I was thinking it was worth it for the BSR, but now that I have gotten more proficient at FMQ, I find myself not using the BSR at all! Weird. An expensive lesson to learn. I also picked up a nice embroidery Kennmore at an estate sale while I was still under the illusion that my daughter might take up quilting and now I use that for piecing while the Bernina is set up for FMQ.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on November 30, 2010 at 11:40am
You've got lots of good advice here, Kathy. Sounds like your Pfaff could use a tune-up. They are considered to be good machines with the built in dual-feed. I have a Bernina 1260 (my favorite, but a real heavy-weight), a Janome gem platinum and a Singer featherweight 211. I love them all for different reasons. I am interested in a Juki for it's deep throat (sounds a little racy!), for machine quilting, but haven't taken the leap yet.
Comment by Jackie Williams on November 30, 2010 at 9:18am
I have the same machine as you and I always use the IDT. It's down all the time except for applique and I don't do that very often. I have never regretted buying the pfaff - I really enjoy using it. My first machine was a singer and we fought all the time! Also I have found if I slow down there is much less seam ripping. Your quilt colours and pattern are lovely, I do hope you can sort your machine out soon.
Comment by Terry F on November 30, 2010 at 9:07am
Wow, you've got so much info here that I'm hesitant to add my 2 "bucks" (inflation, don'tcha know!) here. But, I will bc who can resist a chance to brag about their babies? I have a Singer Athena "touch-tronic" that I bought new about 30 plus yrs. ago. It was my first computerized machine and I used it a lot for many years. About 20-some yrs. ago I bought an Elna 8000 and have also used that a lot. I purchased a "store model" Viking Sapphire 850 on ebay about 2-3 yrs. ago and that is my "main machine" right now. I've sewn clothing and quilts on it and love it very much. I ended up with two Featherweights 221; one purchased at a flea market and one inherited from a neighbor. I love them both but don't use them as much as I should. Shame on me. I have a Pfaff hobby 1200 Grande Quiter, a Viking Emerald 118 (both mechanical machines) and a Singer basic serger all acquired from craig's list sellers. I haven't yet used the serger or Grande Quilter as much as I vow to and will. The Emerald I've used more and I do love it. I have loaned an older, maybe 30-35 yrs. old, mechanical Kenmore to a friend, and it is a good working machine.
I have walking feet for all but the Kenmore ( but no built ins) and use them very often. I can't claim to have perfectly pieced seams with any of my machines, but I've only been quilting for a few years and still consider myself a "learner". I do pin and sometimes even hand baste in my quest for perfect matches. My advice to myself is to stand back and squint! Don't they look great? LOL I have learned over my 45 years of sewing to clean my machines often and try the practical fixes (caught threads, etc.) before going to a professional, but i do make sure to have them professionally cleaned & "tuned" when they need it. (I once took in a machine that wouldn't zig-zag only to find out that someone, hmmm, had set it to straight stitch only on me!)
So, clean and oil and check your machine for lint, caught threads and accidental settings. Unthread and rethread top & bobbin. Make sure the needle is in properly. Have it prof. tuned, and then see how it is. Good luck Kathy!
Comment by vicki l childs on November 30, 2010 at 7:51am
Can you add a walking foot? I would assume your machine has IDT, so I would think it could sew without a problem. I have a Juki mid arm, that I use for quilting my quilts and couldn't be without it. I just finished two this last week and they are my best work ever and I got mine for a steal I bought it on line for only $550.00 it is worth its weight in gold. I also have 2 featherweight 221's a 301 that will be delivered today and my Bernina 630e. I am loving my singers as I never thought I would say this, but there is something really nice about being able to work on machines that are not computerized and getting it to sew very nicely and being old they were built during a different time more metal than plastic. I had a Pfaff which was in the shop more than I used it so I traded that in on a Bernina which I also love. But I have to tell you the featherweights were ahead of there time in the day. The feet that came with it and the straight stitching are something you cant get with the newer machines. Look on ebay. I bought my last featherweight off of ebay last month it is a 1939 and in extremely good shape. I am going to start a new quilt and use it for piecing. I have heard people and horror stories about buying them on ebay so ask questions of the seller and rely on Ebays buyer protection plan also.
Comment by Stephanie G. Benson-Greer on November 30, 2010 at 7:35am
I also have a Pfaff 7570 and I love the IDT! It makes the total difference. Now if you are "quilting" instead of piecing, I can't help you with this as I have all my quilts done by a long armer.....sorry! The other suggestions sound promising though. You may want to take your machine into the shop, along with your quilt top and show them what it is doing to see if they have suggestions. They are the "professionals" after all and should know how to fix the problem. Good luck!
Comment by Arlene Parker on November 30, 2010 at 7:25am
Have you checked the bobbin/feed dog area for lint? Amazing how it builds up and people don't think to clean it out. I love my Pfaff 7550 and its dual-feed - won't even think about its dying. When I have a little problem I run a checklist of: change needle, oil bobbin area, clean bobbin/feed dogs for lint, rethread machine. One other thing to consider - is a small piece of thread caught somewhere in the bobbin or tension mechanism? I have had this give me an issue and I had to take some things apart to retrieve it which isn't hard, depends on how mechanical you are or confident in messing with the machine. Good luck; love the pattern
Comment by Traci on November 30, 2010 at 7:15am
Well Kathy - if you really want a new machine you might check out the used machines at the dealers. I got a Quilters Dream by Elna for $500. But in the mean time, you might check the pressure of the presser foot, and your needle too. If your fabric keeps moving, then pin that baby!!
Comment by Judith Cogswell on November 30, 2010 at 6:22am
I have Pfaffs 7570 and 1151 and love them both. I do not have any problems with either. But if I were looking for a new machine I would definitely look for one with a wider throat.
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on November 30, 2010 at 5:39am
I have a Pfaff 2044 and don't have any problems with mine at all. It has the dual even-feed walking foot, so both the top and bottom fabrics are "walked" through evenly which helps avoid shifting. Also, I do as Annie mentioned, pressing the seams in the opposite directions so they butt up against one another and lock in place. That helps with bulk.

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