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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Petew » Thu 24 Sep, 2020 2:44 pm

Lamont wrote:Although I think I see a kink in the twenty seventh stitch.

You made me look :)

What do you think of the pantone colour chart hybrid DCF? I find it seriously yummy.
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Lamont » Thu 24 Sep, 2020 3:19 pm

Petew wrote:
Lamont wrote:Although I think I see a kink in the twenty seventh stitch.

You made me look :)

What do you think of the pantone colour chart hybrid DCF? I find it seriously yummy.

It's fair to say that sometimes too much pantone is barely enough. Is that sample of all variations on the one sheet?
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Petew » Thu 24 Sep, 2020 8:07 pm

Yes, it's from ripstop by the roll. They do print on demand and you can buy a Pantone chart printed directly on the fabric of your choice for accurate colour samples. Ive got half a sheet of X-Pac VX 07 of it and a sheet of 2.92 Oz Hybrid DCF.
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Lamont » Thu 24 Sep, 2020 8:40 pm

Ah ha. I see.
$40US for a small order from them worth $36US weight of about 500gms, if that. Not thrilled. Not buying-yet.
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Petew » Thu 24 Sep, 2020 10:28 pm

Yeah, shipping is a killer from the US.
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Lamont » Fri 25 Sep, 2020 8:15 am

One seller who shall remain nameless upon contact nearly halved the postage. Telling me the computer just adds in 100gm increments and ups when often there's no need. Didn't fix the issue though.
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Cecile » Fri 25 Sep, 2020 8:25 am

Petew wrote:It a fantastic stitcher too


That really is a nice even stitch. Is there any reason why you bought a machine with a lot of different stitches instead of a dedicated industrial straight stitcher (Moondog told me you make mostly fairly simple bags)? I have a Brother, a year old, that has >500 stitches and I know I will never, ever use most of them. It sews like a dream, but I do sew mostly clothes. There were features that were non-negotiable for me in a machine and it came with the stitches.

I'm still learning how to make bags, some of which are quite complex, and not too sure how the machine will handle multiple layers.

Anyway, I hope you have many years of happy use of it.
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Petew » Fri 25 Sep, 2020 11:58 am

Hi Cecile,

I was tossing up between the Janome hd9 and the one I ended up buying ( mc6700p). The hd9 is certainly good enough for my use. What changed my mind was two things. One, my daughter is keen to start making her own clothes. Two, the 6700 has acufeed feet (like a walking foot but with interchangeable feet) which was appealing.

I also like being able to see the bobbin. It's a little thing I know but it seemed important at the time...

One thing I do know is that I love making stuff and wonder why I didn't start a lot earlier. Quite gratifying :)

Cheers,

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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Lamont » Fri 25 Sep, 2020 2:24 pm

The hidden bobbin was doing my head in Pete -a bit less since the tuning, but nearly had me buying a new machine. May still.
Interchangeable walking feet! Small vs large/fast vs slow? Heavy LW material vs UL material?
I would swear in that photo there looks to be an espresso maker setting?
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Petew » Fri 25 Sep, 2020 4:02 pm

Lamont wrote:The hidden bobbin was doing my head in Pete -a bit less since the tuning, but nearly had me buying a new machine. May still.
Interchangeable walking feet! Small vs large/fast vs slow? Heavy LW material vs UL material?
I would swear in that photo there looks to be an espresso maker setting?


Sadly no espresso setting, an oversight for sure.

It has speed control so you can do 1stitch at a time up to 1200 a minute. It comes with a standard width acufeed foot but I have a narrow width and a zipper foot on the way.

I'm sure I would have gotten used to the non visible bobbin but it always annoyed me not being able to see it on my 201.
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Cecile » Fri 25 Sep, 2020 4:39 pm

In 50+ years' sewing I have never owned a machine with a vertical bobbin. I think I used one once. These days with mobility impaired hands they are difficult for me to handle and click in properly.

Moondog is keen to try my Brother but instead I gave him the vintage elna, which will sew nearly anything and is solid as a rock. I bought it new in 1985 or so. In reality there isn't a lot that can go wrong with plain sewing and he is unlikely to break anything. I also have an 8 thread, 5 needle overlocker and a separate cover stitch machine.
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Petew » Fri 25 Sep, 2020 5:08 pm

Wowsers! Did you have to sell a kidney to buy that?
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Lamont » Fri 25 Sep, 2020 5:21 pm

Dare to dream 1983s finest. :D
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Petew » Fri 25 Sep, 2020 7:04 pm

Love the (oldish) Janome!
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Cecile » Fri 25 Sep, 2020 10:19 pm

Petew wrote:Wowsers! Did you have to sell a kidney to buy that?


No, but I did pay full price. It has a massive extension table and a very good electronic walking foot. I had a newer machine that I bought to replace the vintage elna that can no longer be repaired and I hated it so took a huge loss and sold it.

I haven't shown you the other two machines that I use regularly. Add them all up for new price, it's horrendous to think how much it would cost to replace them!
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Petew » Sun 27 Sep, 2020 2:32 pm

New machine performs well. Having only used a couple of old Janome machines and a 201 this beastie is a revelation. Simple things like the needle stopping in the fabric make my life easier. It had no trouble getting through a sandwich of 300d pack cloth, hyperd 300, doubled over binding tape and two layers of thick webbing.

Been a productive six days.
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Cecile » Sun 27 Sep, 2020 4:20 pm

I am suitably impressed that your machine went through that many layers. Did you have to slow it down? Which needle type and size did you use?

OK...I'm a fabric junkie. What is that really bright multi-coloured fabric in the front, with the hot pink zipper? I need it. Recently I have branched out into making some bags. With fabric that has swear words printed on it. :mrgreen: :shock:

BTW Moondog is always telling me I have too much fabric. I guess as long as I make him (or help him make) gear from time to time I can get away with it.
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Petew » Sun 27 Sep, 2020 5:05 pm

Just a bog standard universal needle 90/14. I just went a little slower and used the acufeed foot. The machine has a reasonable amount of grunt for a domestic.

That coloful fabric is X-Pac VX 07 that I got printed to order from Ripstop by the roll. The pattern is called colouring book. It's my favourite by far. Very vibrant.
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Moondog55 » Fri 18 Jun, 2021 10:59 am

Just a quick question after you have been using it for a while.
Feedback?
How thick a fabric and how many layers of woollen blanket could this machine sew do you think?
Cecile and I are tempted to share the use of a new machine and trade off all the others older ones.
The old Elna is doing great but has very limited lift and is struggling with layering the woollens I'm sewing at the moment
Ve are too soon old und too late schmart
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Re: Sewing machine advice

Postby Petew » Fri 18 Jun, 2021 1:53 pm

Hi moondog.

I'm pretty happy with it. The most I've sewn through with the MC6700P is two layers of 1000d cordura, two layers of hyperd300 and 25mm webbing. So quite thick. It did struggle a little bit with all those layers though. I imagine it would cope with your Woolen stuff quite well and it comes as standard with an accufeed foot (like a walking foot). I would buy it again or maybe the HD9 which has less features but possibly more grunt and bigger bobbins.

I'd suggest taking some scraps of fabric into a dealer and have at it!
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