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From: kmccrea
Date: 05-13-2007, 02:13 PM (1 of 7)
It's a Singer QuantumLock 14T967DC and I love it! It does both serging and coverstitching (not at the same time). It is easy to set up the machine for either function once I slowed down and paid attention to what the work book and manual were telling me.
My first project was a simple t shirt. I was into instant gratification at the time...okay, it took two hours to finish the garment which is about as instant as sewing gets.
Here are some photographs: ( ( ( (

In my haste to do a real project after many test samples I forgot to change the looper thread to a darker color. Now, you can see what the underside looks like. Good thing that's on the inside and not visible by the general public. I have not yet printed up the entire workbook (on a CD) which came with my new machine, but I did print the pages I was immediately interested in, made the samples and put them in a binder. Anyway, the t shirt was constructed entirely on the QuantumLock and did take less time to complete than using serger to construct the shirt and the regular machine to top stitch. I chose the 4 thread coverstitch because it looks more expensive.
On to another project. I am making matching shorts to go with my new t shirt since I had somewhere near 5 yards of the good quality purple knit. I just did not have any ribbing to match, so I chose the violet one which I had on hand and coordinates well.
Katherine McCrea
Designer At Large
User: kmccrea
Member since: 05-07-2006
Total posts: 173
From: MissTaraTara
Date: 05-13-2007, 02:48 PM (2 of 7)
Those neck and sleeve edges look so professional. I'm sure soon you'll be whipping up those tees in 20 minutes flat. The shirt looks great and I can already see that you are enjoying your new machine. Are you a big fan of knit yardage? If not, I'm sure you will be :smile:

P.S. It's great that your workbook came with the machine. So many times it seems as if every little thing is extra.:re:
User: MissTaraTara
Member since: 01-24-2006
Total posts: 227
From: kmccrea
Date: 05-13-2007, 06:18 PM (3 of 7)
I really do love the machine and it is faster than going from serger to sewing machine to do the top stitching and finishing. I'm not giving up any of my other machines, though. There are some things the coverstitch cannot do and if I'm doing something which requires a bit of detail, then having both the serger and the coverstitch machines set up will be loads faster and easier.
Yes, it's nice that the workbook CD came with the machine. It is top of the line, but Singer does it with their other specialty machines, too.
I did finish a pair of shorts and pants in a little over an hour for both, not each! The garments were the same pattern, so that made constructing both of them at the same time a snap.
Yes, I do love knits. I also favor natural fibers and soft, drapey fabrics. Though, I do have a couple of jackets in my wardrobe.
Katherine McCrea
Designer At Large
User: kmccrea
Member since: 05-07-2006
Total posts: 173
From: pinkroses
Date: 05-13-2007, 07:18 PM (4 of 7)
I am glad you like your machine. It means a lot when one likes their sewing machine. pinkroses
I know I have a guradian angel watching over me. I am very gratefull. PINKROSES
User: pinkroses
Member since: 11-30-2005
Total posts: 64
From: MartySews2
Date: 05-13-2007, 11:21 PM (5 of 7)
What a cute T-shirt. I love how easy it is to make one on the serger and use the coverstitch function. As you progress, you'll want to do some decorative stitching using a serger. Great job.:up:
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
From: temom
Date: 05-14-2007, 08:39 AM (6 of 7)
Congratulations! I'm sure you will have a blast getting to know your new friend! :love:
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
From: MaryW
Date: 05-14-2007, 08:50 AM (7 of 7)
Congratulations, sounds like you are having a ball.
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Member since: 06-23-2005
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