Janome Memory Craft 6300p

It’s important it is to have a reliable, efficient machine and generally quilters know this by harsh experience! Some computerized sewing machines leave a lot to be desired but, there are some exceptions to the rule. The Janome Memory Craft … Read more

Bernina 780 Sewing Machine

cat meme bobbin runs out

Is this you? I know it certainly applies to me, but, I have a solution, the Bernina 780 Sewing Machine! It has a larger bobbin capacity, up to 80% which can make a huge difference, especially when quilting. Of course, … Read more

Brother HC1850 Review

Brother HC1850 review

 

Brother HC1850 Review

Brother claims that the HC 1850 is perfect for:

“sewing, quilting, and basic monogramming. Designed for versatility and ease of use, this machine includes a hassle-free, built-in stitch reference flip-chart”.

Because we are quilters it’s good to see some specialized quilting features which include a detachable large table, spring action quilting foot, and the ability to do free-motion quilting.

The HC1850is also portable and light-weight, and perfect for taking to classes.

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What is a Presser Foot

What is a presser foot

What is a presser footIf you’re new to sewing and sewing machines then learning all the terminology is a bit of a learning curve.

An often asked question is “what is a presser foot,” I remember wondering this many years ago. Initially, I thought a presser foot was the foot peddle, you press it with your foot to make the sewing machine go, made perfect sense to me!

Simply put, A presser foot is an attachment for your sewing machine which  holds fabric flat as it is fed through the machine and stitched.

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Singer Futura xl 400 Computerized Sewing Embroidery Machine

Singer Futura xl 400 Computerized Sewing Embroidery Machine

Singer Futura xl 400 Computerized Sewing Embroidery MachineProduct – Singer Futura xl 400 Computerized Sewing Embroidery Machine 

Price – Special Package only $1,799.00 – I want it all special!

Website – Sewing Machines Plus

 

Singer Futura xl 400 Computerized Sewing Embroidery Machine

The Singer Futura xl 400 Computerized Sewing Embroidery Machine is part of special package from Sewing machines Plus is packed with goodies. All the Singer XL -400 software is included, 80 spools of thread, Wilcom resizing and conversion software, Stabilizer kit, Kay Brooks instructional video and a Florian thread converter.

All sounds good? Let’s have a look at the Singer XL – 400 Functions and Features first, then we’ll move onto all the extras goodies and see if this bundle is worth purchasing.

 

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Juki tl 2000qi Long Arm Quilting Machine

juki long arm quilting machine

Juki tl 2000qi Long Arm Quilting Machine

The Juki tl 2000qilong arm quilting machine is not strictly a long arm machine but is classed as one for domestic use. Juki is more well known for industrial machines and have produced theTL-2000Qi for the domestic market. It is marketed as a “high-quality sewing and quilting machine, portable and lightweight, constructed of aluminium die-casting to ensure industrial-quality sewing.” It has a large work area of 23 inches so can handle large quilts with ease.

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Brother PQ1500S High Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine

Brother PQ1500S High Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine

Brother PQ1500S High Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine

The Brother PQ1500S High-Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine is a domestic quilting sewing machine suitable for beginners and experienced quilters. With an array of functions and the fabulous price point, it would make a great addition to your sewing room. This sewing machine is a good machine for tackling your quilting projects and is great for larger quilts with the large throat space. It’s has a high-speed straight stitching function sewing up to 1,500 stitches per minute!

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Sewing Machines for Quilting

sewing machines for quilting

Sewing Machines for QuiltingWhat are the things to take into account when you’re looking for a sewing machine for quilting?

Choosing a machine for quilting is a much different proposition than choosing one for basic occasional use. If you’re on a limited budget it’s more important to have a reliable machine that sews well than have extra bells and whistles on an unreliable one.

 

Sewing Machine for Quilting – essential things to look for

  • A good straight stitch – essential when piecing fabric together.
  • The option to disengage feed dogs – needed for free motion quilting.
  • Variety of feet – these add extra functionality and a walking foot is a must for moving the 3 layers through evenly.
  • Throat space – this is the space on the right of the needle where your quilt will get shoved through during quilting, the bigger the better!
  • Variable speed motor – helps to give good control when free motion quilting.
  • JUKI Exceed HZL F600 wide sewing spaceExtension table –  to the left of the needle for those larger quilts.
  • Marked measurements on the needle plate – this makes it much easier to achieve accurate 1/4″ seams.
  • Build quality – it’s important to check this. Sewing quilts puts a heavy strain on any machine, a flimsy plasticky machine won’t last long.
  • Lighting – look for sewing machines with more than one light that are angled well onto the work surface. Bright LED lights are the best.
  • Instructions – are they easy to follow and does the machine come with a DVD?

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