Quilting machine--what should I purchase?
I would very much appreciate some help here. I am about to purchase a machine for quilting and am overwhelmed with the choices out there. I like the fact that the Juki is a solid machine.
Has anyone sewn on one before and how do they like it? Also, Janome, Pfaff and Bernina I have also looked at.
I really don't want to pay more than $2000. What would you recommend since I have not quilted for 15 years and would like to get back into it again.
I've written an article on the 'Best Machine for Quilting' here on the website that may be helpful to you. Click here to go to it.
Since I first wrote that article, more and more manufacturers have come out with machines with larger harp space...the area underneath the arm where we stuff half our quilt when machine quilting.
My advice...get the one with the most space under the arm and that makes a great straight stitch if you'll be doing a lot of machine quilting. Needle stop down and the ability to control your machine's speed with a touch of button are important features for me, too.
Dealers will often tout the amazingly faster speeds at which their machines stitch. Personally, I think it's a lot of phooey. I slow down my speed when I'm doing marked free motion quilting work. I have more control and my stitches are very even. Way less ripping, too.
Others may disagree with me...and if you do, please add your comments using the link below...and that's OK. We won't all like the same machine.
The best way to know is to actually stitch on one with things that you think you'll be working on. If it's quilts, bring a practice quilt sandwich and put the machine through its paces before signing on the dotted line. Make sure it's got presser feet that make your job easier. For quilting you'll want an open toe walking foot
, a selection of darning feet to choose from
. For piecing you'll need a good quarter inch foot (I prefer the one with a guide on the right side) but there are other versions, too. And finally, an open toe applique foot for invisible machine applique. Might as well let the machine do most of the work for you, right?!
I hope the information on the website is of help to you. Congratulations on your upcoming purchase and welcome back to quilting!