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I really wanted to love this machine
on October 4, 2015
I really wanted to love this machine. It has multiple features that I was excited about: such as down needle position, twin needle option, enough fancy stitches to entertain me, up/down feed dog operation (more on this later) and that great little accessory package just for us quilters! That little package included a "scant" 1/4 inch presser foot that everyone who quilts wants (more on this later). So I buy one from Amazon and use it for a couple of weeks making small items like totes, wine carriers, etc. more of a whole cloth quilting thing. Thinking ahead to Christmas. Then one day I go to sew and the feed dogs are down for good. Nothing was going to raise them. So I sent it back to Amazon and got a replacement. One thing I noticed on the first machine is that there was "play" between the presser foot and fabric even when the feed dogs were fully engaged and I thought that was weird as I didn't have that on my old singer. So second 7469Q arrives and I decide to make a serious quilt project. Using a fairly involved pattern of a billion 3" squares (you know how many seams are involved) and I'm excited about that "scant" presser foot. So I get started and I notice that when using the "scant 1/4 inch presser foot" the seams weren't deep enough to sit on the right side feed dog. This is my guess, but what I experienced as a result of "short" seams is the fabric would not feed through the machine smoothly. Every time I started stitching the feed dog that the fabric did rest on would "skew" the fabric and make it bunch before straightening out. Not a good feature for quilting. Then when piecing the piece together 7469Q didn't want to go through multiple layers. It would "baulk" at each seam and bunch the stitches making it impossible to rip seams out when necessary (and for me it's almost always necessary). So I started making initial seams using the #7 stitch length which would be easier to rip out if needed. If not, I stitched the seam again using #4 setting. So now I'm doing all seams twice! Crazy right. And even on the #7 setting stitches still bunched at the seams. So I'm returning 7469Q two and will shop around. On the plus side: this machine is user friendly, a breeze to thread and the best bobbin winder I've used. I really wanted to love it, but I'm leaving it instead.