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SUrsel | Posted in Quilting and Home Decor on

My main reason for joining this forum is that I am a beginner quilter, to date I have made one king size quilt, my first, 120″x 120″, boy that was a real experience but it didn’t turn out too bad, for a beginner. 

Anyway I am presently using a Kenmore sewing machine and am now contemplating purchasing a new machine.  I have been considering a Pfaff 2046 however since this is a considerable investment I wanted to have some other opinions about sewing machines.  I did research on the internet however the Consumer Search indicated that some of the newer models of machines have not been the subject of any professional reviews yet.  I would greatly appreciate any words of advise.

Thank You



  1. kayl | | #1

    I'd start you thinking about a new machine in several ways...

    1) What about your current machine makes you want a new one?

    2) What do you think you need in functions? What do you think

    would be nice for functions?

    3) Who are the best dealers around you (good dealers are worth

    their weight in spare bobbins and new needles; dealers who don't know

    you after the sale are -- well -- um -- common.

    FWIW, I do the bulk of my quilting on my grandmother's old straight-

    stitch-only cabinet-model White. I also do topstitching on that machine, because straight stitch machines generally produce better

    straight stitching than zig-zag and fancy-stitch capable machines.

    Got a nice one of those, too... the model before the current Viking Lily. Good machine, but sometimes old is just as good for what you're



  2. trotter | | #2

    Jo --

    For the type of sewing you are doing, I suggest purchasing the top of the line mechanical machine, and save the computerized ones for the next phase. I use a Janome Quitlers' Companion and find it suitable for piecing, small quilting projects and dressmaking (okay, replacing zippers.) Cheers Trotter

  3. foxfyreutk | | #3

    I agree wholeheartedly with the previous answers. I adore my 35+ year old Kenmore for garment construction and was NOT EVEN TEMPTED by new machines to feed my quilting addiction .... until Brother introduced the Nouvelle 1500. It is ONLY straight stitch and has a longer and higher arm to accomodate all that extra fabric in a quilt. BUT that is MY answer. For you, it could be entirely different.  After you answer all the pertinent questions, you may be buying a used treadle <grin> and not a new computerized model! Marlene

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