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Date Posted: 13:41:58 10/11/01 Thu
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's message, "Machines" on 15:50:23 03/10/01 Sat
I found out that Dritz (the only cheap form)discontinued making the child size form and I haven't been able to find someone in the states who has any left. I've found forms priced anywhere from $200-500. I really don't want to spend that kind of $ right now since I'm only working on my first dress.
-Try going to the following, they have dressforms for $119 that you can order on line--three different brands
--I'm really looking for a children's size 8-12. The one's they sell at the store aren't small enough.
---I use the Dritz My Double Petite and made a child's 10-12 dress. There's not much of a bust on it, so it worked well, and it adjusts to larger sizes. I got mine at Joann's on sale for $99.
-I got a great one on Ebay a number of months back. Sometimes they're on there and I think I paid around $80.00 for it.
-I got one on ebay also for around $70+ shipping.
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[> Subject: Applique Machine Suggestions
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Date Posted: 13:55:58 03/15/02 Fri
I'm thinking of saving up for a good machine to do embroidery for dresses. I don;t want anything all-singing, all-dancing, just a reliable machine, which does good quality satin stitch. At this point in time I'm not super fussed about having 9mm width, but it'd be good to have it.
Also, I want one that you can adjust the needle position for the satin stitch.. i was looking at some in the shop today, and most had auto-needle alignment, so as soon as the stitch width went anything above 0, the needle went to the centre.. i need to be able to taper/mitre the lines to one side, not the center.
What machines would be good.. and can you give me an idea if how much i;d be up for? And would it be better to get one second hand, providing it was in good condition.
-I know that the Designer 1 and Designer 2 by Husqvarna Viking both have not only an automatic taper stitch, but an automatic Miter stitch as well. It also allows you to elongate both stitches without loosing the density of the stitch. the satin stitch on the machine is also a true satin--the needle makes a left hand stitch, then a right hand stitch and then advances the fabric for the next stitch. The stitch width for the satin is only 6 mm, but it does an awesome job. Necia
-I agree with Necia. I also have the Pfaff 7570 which tapers and has 9mm although it does not taper left and right. Both machines center the stitch though and are very expensive . I use a basic industrial zigzag. It has 12mm and allows you to taper left and right. Takes a little practice but makes a beautiful satin stitch. This machine is a couple of thousand $ cheaper. If you have the money and are not doing a lot of dresses I would get the Husqavarna . Satin stitch is the hardest stitch on the life of a machine and domestic machines are not covered by warranty if used in a business. Also the industrial is soooooo much faster! PatM
- Hi PatM, What brand of industrial do you have? Does the Pfaff have a nice satin stitch?
--I use a Singer 20u63. I also have the Pfaff and like the 9mm. The only problem with the Pfaff is the presser foot pressure cannot be changed . This is not good for appliquing on velvet where pressure needs to be less. I have a Husquavarna and like all of its features except for the width. I also find that mettalic threads run smoother on the industrial. PatM
- use a Singer20U143X which does a 12mm satin stitch. The X means it has an extra long neck which provides a lot of space for the fabric to lay flat while embroidering. This is an industrial machine and can be gotten for a reasonable price. I was able to pick one up (delivered, and complete set up) for under $1000 American.
-I am looking at purchasing an 8 month old Pfaff 7570. The owner is looking for $4200 Cdn (about $3000 US) for the machine. It has hardly been used. I am wondering if the machine is a good one for machine embroidery. How wide is the zig zag stitch? Are the stitches neat and smooth?
--That's the one I use. I like it because of the Dual Feed feature. Stiches are 9mm.
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