First there is my basic machine that sews and is great for quilting, which is the Brother CS6000i. This machine has a lot of features, but the part I like most is that I can quilt on it.
|Quilting a large quilt.|
Its a very inexpensive machine and is currently $144.99 on Amazon HERE. But, last week when I checked, it was $137.00! The prices on Amazon change constantly.
At that price, if in the future the machine needed servicing, it would make sense to just buy a new one. I recently checked to see what it costs to have a machine serviced and the minimum is anywhere from $65.00 to $100.00, plus the cost of any parts.
In addition, it comes with 60 built in stitches and several extra feet.
These are close up pictures of some of the free motion quilting I have done with this machine:
The second Brother machine that I really enjoy is the SE400 Combination Sewing and Embroidery machine. The current price for this one is $299.97. In my opinion, for all you can do with it, that's not a bad price.
I love to use it to make lots of things like these:
This machine is a little more expensive, but is much sturdier than the first machine I described above. I love that its multipurpose. It sews beautifully! I haven't quilted with it, but feel sure I could. I feel like free motion quilting is a heavy duty sewing, and so I have reserved that for the less expensive machine.
So, those are my two most used machines. I also have two old Singer machines from the 1970s that are built into cabinets. Both of them are in need of servicing, and so I haven't used them lately.
Talking about these machines is really making me want to get in the sewing room and get busy!
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