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looking for idea for new sewing machaine for quilting

Hi, am looking for ideas on buying a new sewing machaine for quilting. as of right now have a Singer Simple, is okay for plain sewing blocks together.

but does not like the 3 layers, of top quilt, the batting and a back fabric to sew as one.. mine right now has a front load metal bobbin case. am sort of leary of plastic bobbin cases and drop in as had one before and broke it twice, got replacement parts both times $20 each and broke again, so that is why bought the singer simple one..

now want to buy a new machaine to sew the layers and top stitch.

any ideas would be great. am thinking about spending about $500 at the tops in price.. I have been looking at some the Singer 7470 confidence looks like it does almost everthing for you, but am unsure.,,, so anyone that has any idea for me, please let me know... thankyou so much.

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Comment by Lori/MD on October 26, 2010 at 7:36am
I agree with Marci, for $500 your going to have to get a previously loved machine. I've got a "ahem" (in her words) several machines as well, but I use my Janome for quilting and embroidery and fancy stuff but it cost several $500 over and over again.
Comment by Teresa Ann Martinek on October 25, 2010 at 4:40pm
I would recomend taking along some of your fabric to test drive the machines when you are looking. Maybe even make a little quilt sandwich to try.
Comment by Stephanie G. Benson-Greer on October 25, 2010 at 3:11pm
I bought a Pfaff 7570 used, and I LOVE it! Best little machine. the IDT is definitely worth it. I have also heard the new baby locks are grand as well. I am looking into the Ellisimo (quilting and embroidery).
Comment by Terry F on October 25, 2010 at 2:35pm
I just left a comment on "where I sew" about loving the drop in bobbins. I'm not familiar with the Singer Simple machine, but are you using a walking foot? What is the problem when you try to sew three layers?
Comment by Irene Wilson/MT on October 25, 2010 at 1:36pm
Try out a simple pfaff with IDT. They will push the layers through. Sometimes a good used machine can be the way to go to get a good brand too.

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