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Finally… a machine that stitches properly

Now that the Hinterberg Voyager 17 mess is all over with it was time to look for (another) new machine to help with quilting.  I went back to what I had been looking at — the Pfaff Grand Quilter.  Did some reading and decided that’s what I wanted.

The local dealer didn’t have the Pfaff in stock but they did have the Viking Husqvarna version (the Mega Quilter).  Tried it out.  Sold.  It was a little dicey at the beginning when they were showing me the machine and the thread kept breaking.  I almost ran out of the store screaming.  Thankfully the bobbin case just wasn’t inserted all the way.  A little nudge and it was stitching flawlessly.

In my reading before going into the store I found out the Pfaff and Viking are made by Janome and Janome has a 9″ machine with their label as well but we decided that it was worth buying the Pfaff so we could have local dealer support if necessary.

The is a carefully cropped photo… the mess beside, below and beyond the machine must not be revealed.

It’s only done a little bit of work so far but it stitched beautifully.  Wub.

5 thoughts on “Finally… a machine that stitches properly”

  1. kim says:

    HI Emily, Love your Blog. Love my Pfaff, too. love, love, love it in the most natural not creepy way. So, I have a Grand Quilter. No frame. Love it, too. Am thinking of getting the Next Gen frame to put her on with a cruise control. What kind of frame did you get with your machine? And how have you done with the quilting machine and all? Easy? Worth it?
    Kim

  2. emily says:

    I didn’t get a frame to go with the Mega Quilter. I pin baste and just sew sitting at a table. The frame is tempting but after the horrible problems I had with the Voyager I’m a wee bit scared to try another machine on a frame. Have you read about the QBOT? That might push me over the edge to get a frame.

    So to sum it up, I love the machine and would give it two thumbs up.

  3. kim says:

    OK, not sure what QBOT is…but I am intrigued! Also, my problem with the Grand Quilter (whose speed I love) is that I cannot master a consistent stitch size. I know, everyone says practice, but I just cannot get that coordination to my liking! So,I am thinking of the frame with that lovely cruise control to tackle my size issue.
    Thoughts?

  4. emily says:

    The Qbot does the stitching for us. My stitches aren’t perfect but they are close enough. I put the speed slider all the way to the slow side (which still ends up being pretty fast) and wear Machingers to help move the quilt. Keeping the machine at a constant speeds helps too.

  5. Kathy Tummonds says:

    Hi Stumbled over you site looking for info on the V17 I am considering buying. Sounds like you had issues with the machine? Can I ask what happened?

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