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what is the best sewing machine for quilting and embroidering?

I am looking to buy a new sewing machine and would like to get one that has good features for quilting and embroidering. A machine that has a good track record for least repairs.

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3 Responses to “what is the best sewing machine for quilting and embroidering?”

  1. CraftMaven says:

    Dont’ buy a new one, get a Singer Featherweight 221 or 222 free arm style. The date back to the 1930’s but are well worth it ! Mostly I sew, but I have quilted some and this machine beats anything modern on the market.

  2. Susan says:

    For quilting and embroidering, I like the Bernina model 830. The harp is huge which makes quilting a lot easier. The whole Bernina line of embroidery machines do wonderful work. And, you can enlarge or shrink a design without losing the design’s integrity. Most machines lengthen stitches when you enlarge or shorten stitches when you shrink a design. In the machine itself, Bernina calculates a new vector map and the design sews out perfectly.

    I do own a Singer Featherweight 221 and it’s lovely for straight sewing. However, it is not suitable for quilting because of the tiny harp and the lack of a walking foot and it doesn’t embroider at all.

  3. pattiann42 says:

    There are sewing machines that have decorative stitching if that is what you mean by “embroidery”.

    Then there are sewing and embroidery (combo) sewing machines that do actual embroidery.

    Babylock or Brother are the best for embroidery as well as sewing and quilting.

    Visit your local sewing machine dealers so yo can get a better idea of what type machine you actually want – one with decorative stitching or one that embroiders.

    For quilting, it is good to have a machine with a lot of open area to the right of the needle, feed dogs that can be disengaged, presser foot pressure adjustment, a walking foot, a 1/4″ foot and a darning or free-motion stitching foot.

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