Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I'd like to know what machine you use as your primary piecing machine, and why you like it. I tried out a couple at a recent show, but I have to sell my Baby Lock Quest first. I'm asking for opinions right now.
I have two Baby Locks, which I absolutely love, an Ellure and the Ellegante. But my most recent purchase was a Bernina (for the stitch regulator) and I discovered that it has a much more accurate 1/4 inch seam when piecing. So now I use my Ellegante for its embroidering capability and the Bernina for all my piecing.
I have a Quest Plus by Baby Lock also, and have been enjoying sewing with it. Why are you selling it--are you having trouble with it?
Barbara, I don't have the Plus, I have the original one. Baby Lock discontinued it because there were so many complaints.
Eileen, I am not a good person to ask regarding new machines. I have vintage machines...yes, plural. I use two Kenmore's, one a portable one, the other in a cabinet, which are my primary piecing machines. They are work horses, just what I need for piecing 6-8 hours a day. When quilting, and a straight stitch is all I need, these do the jobs. My other two "next" piecing machines are a 1930-ish Singer in a cabinet and then there is my 1911 White treadle machine. These two are great machines as well, tho' I tend to use the Kenmores more often. I have a couple newer Singers, and a couple Janomes as well, but the Kenmores do the best for me. They do have decorative stitches, which I use in making doll clothes, but the piecing and some quilting on smaller items is done on the Kenmores. I have no real desire to "upgrade" to a newer, fancy machine when these work so well. Good luck with your "Quest".
I have 2 Baby Lock sewing machines. Love the thread cutter on both. The one I use most is one that is for machine quilting with a large throat or opening. It is sort of heavy, which is good, so it doesn't bounce around no matter how fast I sew. It only does straight stitches. But I love it for piecing.
I use my featherweight when i am at retreats or quilting bees. If I start a qult on it then I finish piecing with it. At home I use my Bernina Artista 180E unless I have started a project with the featherweight 221. My featherweight is a centennial and I love it because it is so light. She is beautiful and so reliable.
My standby machine is the Brother 6000 I got a Walmart. Sure and steady, I have bought the same machine for 2 of my nieces who are learning to sew.
I love using my Featherweight also, and I have taken it to class.
My splurge was the Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0. I love this machine and have just recently begun to free-motion quilt with it. I am nowhere near perfect with that, but I do love the machine. LOVE ♥