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Old 05-19-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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What are the best machines? I want to start making cloth diapers and I am looking to buy an awesome machine that will last

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If you don't need to worry about cost, the Pfaff sergers are amazing... I started with a Brother 1034 D, and it worked well, but I wanted to be able to do a coverstitch and upgraded to a Pfaff and I LOVE it. As for diapers and sewing machines, and "lasting" you may want to look into an older (like the all metal machines from the early years of sewing), as they are made to last and can handle the multiple layers diaper sewing requires.

I used an older Singer and Kenmore for sewing PUL and layers of diaper fabric and they did well... not so good with the medium range Brother machine, that died after I tried to sew snack bags- velcro/pul/cotton fabrics. I now have a mid range babylock (Audrey- it is a 3/4 size machine), and I love it. I am done with the diaper stage now, but I did use it to sew a PUL wet bag for a friend and it did fairly well.

I still use my older machines for my more heavy duty sewing just because it has a stronger motor and seems to be able push with more force.

If you can go to a sewing machine store- and see if there is a newer machine that can handle the layers you want to sew- If money isn't a factor in your choice there are some Pfaff machines that have a built in walking foot that is really great for bulky layers and guiding things through.

If you want to go old school, look for a Singer 401-A, older black singers or pfaffs, or a Bernina Record- they are supposedly really good "old" machines
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