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Q: Quilting and sewing machine ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: Quilting and sewing machine
Category: Sports and Recreation > Hobbies and Crafts
Asked by: gwenwins-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 21 Jul 2005 15:50 PDT
Expires: 26 Jul 2005 15:58 PDT
Question ID: 546401
Without regard to brand, what type of sewing machine should someone
who has never sewn a stitch by hand or machine start with?
What is the limit on how old a used machine should be if you start
with reconditioned one?
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Quilting and sewing machine
From: czh-ga on 21 Jul 2005 20:20 PDT
I love my old Viking that I got when I first started sewing in the
early seveties. I've never used all its attachments. I've never needed
repairs. It's still wonderful.
Subject: Re: Quilting and sewing machine
From: myoarin-ga on 22 Jul 2005 06:03 PDT
Hi Gwen,
Before "your" quilting expert Kriswrite-ga answers, I will risk a
male's sewing (hand and) machine user's comment.

Sewing machines are pretty indestructable.  A reconditioned one should
be good.  I bet there are quilters who like the control of an old
foot-powered one  (but that is begging for a refutation).

For sewing quilt pieces together and then bigger pieces of those, I
would want a machine with a table, not a "free-arm" portable.  With
some of those, the cover can be slid around the free-arm to give a
larger flat surface, but I would choose a machine that is set in a
table (like the old White machine I learned on as a kid).*
Again, expect counter opinions.

If  Kriswrite is a purist who sews everything by hand, she may sneer
at this comment.

But that raises the point, that at some time you will have to do hand
stitching.  It is not difficult, but does require a little practice to
make a straight seam with even tension on both pieces of cloth,
especially if they are of different texture.

But now I had better sign off.

Good luck with your new hobby, 

*Nice story from a friend who also learned as a boy:  His mother told
him if he could use a sewing machine (hands, foot coordination) he
could drive a car.

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