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    favorite thread injector

    Have you got a favorite sewing ma . . . I mean, thread injector for your projects? Mine's not working worth a crap and I'm shopping for another one. I gather the older, all metal machines are more durable/reliable and that's a worthwhile consideration. Which features are necessary and which are not? Zig-zagging, button holing, zipper footing? Your input is appreciated.

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    oops. If someone still has my original post paste it up. I did a stupid.
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    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    I've used a Viking for the last ten years. Before that had an old Singer Touch N Sew. I like basic machines: straight stitch, zig zag, buttonhole, zipperfoot. No computerized machines. The less bells and whistles the less that can go wrong.

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    Take in look in my gallery. I like all of them for gear making.

    My current favorite is the Bernina 217N - 8. It does straight and up to 8 mm zig zag. No special buttonhole function other than the normal zig zag / satin stitch. It's how button holes were made for years. It's got a 3450 motor on it which gives about 5500spm, which is too fast for that machine. It should have a 1725rpm motor by spec and be 2800spm. I just reduced the drive pulley to 50mm to get it slowed down to where it should be.

    I can add a cam reader, puller, and tons of other things to the Bernina, but haven't had the need to spend that money yet.

    The Singer 20U is a good machine as well.

    Anything that all metal should be a good machine and last as long as you.

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    I love my Bernina 1008. It does everything I want/need it to, but doesn't have all dat'dare new-fangled technology, like internet connections to get the latest embroidery patterns. I just don't need that. I just need the basics. It does have the buttonhole function, which has actually come in quite handy for me, but you don't need it to make button holes. You can use a tight zig-zag, if ya know what you're doing.

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    The only absolute requirement is a straight stitch. There are workarounds for everything else. IMO the brand of a used machine is less important than the quality and condition. Check my "guidelines" post in my signature. It might be helpful.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    Amen to the Rev.
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    I've only used Singer and Kenmore (which were fine) up to my recent purchase of a Janome. It is a low end model but amazes me every time I use it. I'd buy another in a heartbeat.

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    Thanks to all who responded. I agree with the basic-is-best philosophy. Fewer fancy features means there's less that can go wrong, and I don't need that stuff anyways. I just purchased a Necchi BU Nora this week. It's bright green and built like a brick you know what. I'm looking forward to many projects with it.

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    What is the masculine counterpart of a seamstress . . . seamster?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyclad View Post
    Thanks to all who responded. I agree with the basic-is-best philosophy. Fewer fancy features means there's less that can go wrong, and I don't need that stuff anyways. I just purchased a Necchi BU Nora this week. It's bright green and built like a brick you know what. I'm looking forward to many projects with it.

    sky

    What is the masculine counterpart of a seamstress . . . seamster?
    properly it's a tailor but maybe better would be a gearist?

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