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« on: June 15, 2011, 07:54 AM »

The local goodwill has one with a cabinet for $35.  Anybody know if it's a good machine for sewing kites?   Thanks. B
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2011, 03:20 PM »

You can sew a kite on pretty much anything, if it has a 3 step zig-zag that's even better, we do hold out to find a machine with a 3 step zz. Can you test the machine? Get a needle, spool of thread and an old shirt for a piece of fabric. You can at least confirm the the motor & foot are working without thread, just run a piece of paper through it, no odd noises? Can you change stitch length & style? Does reverse work? Does it pull the paper through evenly?

We've been using a New Home from a garage sale that cost $10 with a box full of fabric and quilting books. They're probably nice, but you don't NEED a $3K Pfaff with IDT to sew a kite.

Hmmm... Goodwill Online sells it for $21 but without the cabinet. I think I see a 3 step ZZ there on the dial. It's an older machine but that is often a good thing, without having 200 different stitches (you'll use 3) requiring a dozen cams and complexities and it's internals are probably made out of metal rather then plastic.

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