Hi there, brand new to sewing and after completing a baby quilt, I decided to jump right in to making a king. Yeah, well I didn't realize my little hand-me-down machine wouldn't be able to finish. I'm now leaning toward buying a different machine that can handle bigger quilts. I do not care to hand quilt, nor do I want to piece it together as I go. May I have suggestions please on machines? I know it is somewhat of a personal preference, but I've also read reviews on machines that have tension and bobbin problems. I'd like to stay away from machines that have had multiple issues, obviously. Thanks!
I haven't heard of a confident quilter machine. Can you post a pic. of it? $400 is a good deal on a machine.
My favorite sewing machines are Brothers - Dreamweaver (does everything!) & PQ 1500S (sews straight stitch only) but both have large throats that allow for making larger quilts pretty easy. You can find the PQ 1500S on Amazon & other sites for under $500. I've never had any issues with it & have made several king-size quilts on it. I'd try & test drive one at a local Brother dealer before buying. They may be able to work a deal for you.
I also have a Singer Confidence that I purchased at Joann's as a back up for under $400. It is very reliable & sews great. The throat is not as large as my Brother machines but you can manage to do a larger quilt (not sure about king-size).
I had a Brother and was not happy with the quality. When I started having problems with it, I did a lot of research. I, too, do not care for hand quilting so I wanted a machine with a very large throat, but I also didn't want to have to buy another machine in a few years. I decided on a Janome Memorycraft 6600P and absolutely love it. It also has the Accufeed system, which I use instead of a walking foot. It sews beautifully and has all the options I need. I got it from an eBay seller. Do your research - there are many different machines out there but I consider some of them throw-aways (you use them for a few years and then you start having multiple problems with them). Good luck and happy quilting!
I have an Ellureplus from Babylock and love it. It also does embroidery and many people use it more for that. I have to say that I have not made anything larger than throw sizes (52 X 65) quilts but I've done all the quilting on it using the walking foot and have had no problems. Had the machine for 2.5 years with only 1 trip to the shop for cleaning, etc. Need to do that again soon. I got it at a quilt show and paid $1480. Only negative is the weight. Definitely not light but most of the time it is out one our dining room table.
I have two sewing/ embroidery machines. One is a Singer Quantum 6000, and the other one is Husqarna Viking Designer one. Those machines don't have the little hole that allows the sewer to attach a seam guide and that's a drawback. A seam guide is great for attaching binding, among other things.