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Quilting machine advice

junietunebug | Posted in General Discussion on

My grandmother taught me to quilt by cutting patterns out of newspaper when I was 9. That’s been a lot of years ago. Things have changed dramatically and I am a beginner again. I want to buy a good machine to quilt and embroider, and don’t mind spending a bit as it will probably be my last machine but the reviews are quite conflicting. I like the computer automation available these days. I could use some advice on getting started.


  1. solosmocker | | #1

    Do you want something that will embroider out designs for you or something more utilitarian? There are many less expensive machines that have all that is needed for quilting, minus the embroidery. I would make sure you have a dual feed and a quarter inch foot. I love my Pfaff which has both.


    1. junietunebug | | #2

      I would like the embroidery feature. I looked at the Pfaff and the Baby Locks. I am just beginning to look and appreciate the recommendation.

      1. chris458 | | #3

        i have a pfaff 2140 & couldn't be happier. once or twice a year there's an update for it. i connect my machine to my computer & new features, stitches, and little tweaks are added to the machine software.


        this is a post from a sewing machine group on yahoo. (D1 is a viking designer)

        Message: 14           Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 14:38:49 -0000   From: "bizzybee85262" <[email protected]>Subject: Re: Thoughts on Pfaff TOLs?Well, I guess I can chime in now.  I have a D1, and love it for the variety of hoop sizes it gives me.  I love to do embroidered quilts, and the larger hoop sizes are a real attraction to me.  The D1 is a good, solid machine and I am not sorry that I bought it.To expand my embroidery ability, I researched, and bought, the Babylock Ellegante.  It tops out the D1 for embroidery, although it does not have the Mega Hoop.  It has wider feet, and much better display area when you embroider, threads itself, and cuts the jump stitches.  I try to use that machine the most for embroidery (depending on the size of the design).Well...What I was noticing was that, when piecing, I was not as accurate as I would have liked to have been with my D1.  That lead me to the Pfaff.  I eventually purchased the 2170, mainly for the IDT system.  Since then, I have become a believer.  I can run that baby as fast as I like, and she just hums along.  I love the markings on the feet, which make piecing so much more accurate.  I love the width of the feet.  The built in stitches are great, but, it's the IDT that I like the most.

        1. xxooms | | #5

          I wondered which embroidery machines you looked at before you purchased yours...What factors did you consider important?  For me, quality of emb. stitch, flexibility, and update availability is important...

          Currently I am looking at the Designer SE, the Pfaff 2170, and the Janome 11000.  I don't need the walking foot as I have another Pfaff, which I will continue to use for piecing accuracy.  You said you have the Baby Lock...

          Thanks for sharing your research...


      2. chris458 | | #4

        i forgot to mention that you can read reviews from owners of all kinds of machines at patternreview.com. you can search by manufacturer here:


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