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Subject: Basic 9mm zig-zag survey

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Date Posted: 18:28:35 03/15/01 Thu
In reply to: K 's message, "Machines" on 15:50:23 03/10/01 Sat

I am looking for a high quality sewing machine for embroidery work, preferably with a 9mm zig zag. I don't really need all the "bells and whistles", just a good, strong zig zag and high quality stitch. What does everyone use?

-I have a Bernina 180, that has the 9mm zigzag, and I bought the embroidery module and software. It's quite an investment, but because I do alot of sewing for the local school, I have used both the software and sewing machine enough to have gotten back my investment. There's a Bernina store just 10 minutes away, so if I run into any problems, I can usually get it fixed quickly. So whatever you get make sure there's someone close by who can help you when you need it! (I've had my machine in the shop, and I have been able to go in and use one of their machines and/or get a loaner.) When I embroider dresses, I do not use the satin stitch because I have seen too many dresses get snagged and look rather tattered after a while. I like to use the step stitch, which gives a nice flat stitch, which stays looking good for a very long time.

--What is a "step stitch" and can you do it in 9mm widths?

---A step stitch is an embroidery machine term, I believe. It's a short back and forth stitch that fills an area with a flat stitch. My bernina 180 has multi directional sewing, so you don't have swing the material around everytime you go back/forth.

-I use the Pfaff 7570, it has 9mm. I also got the embroidery attachment and software. It has paid for itself. I never have a problem getting through all the layers.

-I recommend an industrial which comes in 12mm also/. I have the Pfaff 7570 which is great but the industrial goes sooo much faster and handles metallic threads better and is sooo much cheaper . Also the Pfaff is a domestic machine so if you use it for any kind of business the warranty can be voided. There is a Bernina semi industrial with 9mm which I am told is also very good. Zigzag stitch is the hardest stitch for any machine and will wear on the expensive home embroidery units quickly .

-I'm planning on beginning to make school dresses and am looking for a machine. I have an industrial straight stitch now and want to get both an industrial zig zag and a serger. I hesitate using a domestic (regardless of how capable they are) for the reasons you stated.

-Is there a specific industrial you recommend?
--I use a Singer 20u63. Juki is good as is Consew although they cost more . I know where to buy in Canada but not the US. I paid only 1200.00 Can for a new Singer Used machines are good also as they are all so basic . Ceck to see which models are 9mm and 12mm. Mine is 12mm. If you are lucky you might find a long arm.

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[> Subject: Pfaff 7530 and a Husquavarna Designer 1 or 2

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Date Posted: 13:17:24 09/20/01 Thu

I have been shopping around for an embroidery machine for the past couple of months and have narrowed it down to a Pfaff 7530 and a Husquavarna Designer 1 or 2. I like the Pfaff for the wide stitches, and dual feed. I hear that the fact that you can't release the pressure of the presser foot could cause problems. I like that on the Husquavarna, you can reduce pressure on the foot, but this machine doesn't do the wider stitches. What do you use? Do you have any other suggestions or comments? I need a machine that can do a good satin stitch, and am not interested in all the "extras" that come with many embroidery machines. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

-Well, I guess I am a little biased, but I own 2 of the Designer 1 machines. Since I make custom costumes for dance as well as the theater, I decided on this machine as I have been able to go to the internet to upgrade the machine as it is all done with the use of a floppy disk. If you are not interested in the embroidery aspect of the machine, they do have the Designer 2 which has all the same sewing features, sensor lift, adjustable foot pressure, plus if you want, you can purchase the embroidery unit at a later date. The embroidery unit is the same as the Designer 1, but uses a *smart card* instead of a floppy disk. You can also set the machine up with the stitches you will use. I compared the *other brands* to the Husqvarna Viking and found that it sewed circles around the others. The Husqvarna Viking has some 9mm stitches - but mainly for crazy quilting. The 9mm Satin stitch on the home sewing machined tends to tunnel a little because of the extreme width. I think this is why the other companies have not made this a feature.

-I have the Pfaff and love it. There is a foot you can buy that leaves the work area of the needle wide open. I think it's called open toe applique 9mm foot. It helps to relieve the pressure on the presser foot problem. Most of the dresses I do are silk, so there isn't quite as much bulk going under the foot either. When I do make velvet dresses, I have been able to get through all the layers in the pleats, but sometimes I have to turn the wheel by hand. Unless you have a big commercial machine, I think that will be the case.

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