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Date Posted: 13:42:27 03/15/01 Thu
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I find that I am killing your basic steam iron at the rate of one or two a year. I would like to upgrade to something stronger, and am looking at the kind that has a tank to rest on and can steam for 2 1/2- 3 hours. The brands I have looked at are Rowenta and Europro. Does anyone have opinions on the quality of these, or suggestions toward another direction in this search?
-I have found the Rowenta Professional Iron to be a good work horse. I've been using Rowenta's for the past several years and I am on my second. I am not a professional seamstress though, so it may not last for years if you are using it every day. It does seem as though I am always sewing since my girls started dance though. The Rowenta I have cost $90. Some Costco's/BJs/Sam's Club carry them, that shaves off about $20 off the price if you can find it there. I don't know anything about the other brand you mentioned. I have been very happy with my Rowenta's though. When this one dies, I will replace it with another Rowenta. I started with the Rowenta because I was killing regular irons every year with all my sewing (this was pre-dance too) and a friend recommended the Rowenta.
-I have seen the Rowenta advertised on QVC for what would appear to be a very reasonable price. You might want to try there.
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[> Subject: Basic 9mm zig-zag survey
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Date Posted: 18:28:35 03/15/01 Thu
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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