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From: CraftyStitcher
Date: 07-01-2007, 07:59 PM (1 of 4)
Has anyone used the Husqvarna Fabric Mover and Stitch Regulator? I've been thinking about buying one and I can't find any reviews about it.
User: CraftyStitcher
Member since: 06-11-2006
Total posts: 14
From: plrlegal
Date: 07-01-2007, 11:27 PM (2 of 4)
Pfaff and Bernina have them also and I've been told by several ladies who have tried them out that they do okay for smaller pieces but not so good on larger quilts. I haven't tried one and kind of dismissed thinking I wanted one after talking to a couple of ladies in my quilt groups who had actually tried them out.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: allie-oops
Date: 07-03-2007, 01:52 AM (3 of 4)
I was working at a Viking Gallery when they came out with this - I was so excited! But, after I tried it, not that impressed. I will admit that the first one we got was installed wrong, though. I used it several times, demonstrating it and playing with it, and there is a bit of a learning curve but overall I enjoyed it. I don't think it's as good as Viking thinks it is, but at least [unlike the Bernina] it "reads" different colors of threads and fabrics.

The Bernina uses a laser light to "see" how fast the fabric is moving, and adjusts the stitch length accordingly. The Viking Fabric Mover reads how fast you're moving the fabric - the stitch control is attached to the Mover. That's why the Viking can be used with red fabric, and the Bernina can't.

Go to a Viking dealer, and sit down and use it for about an hour. That should give you a better idea. If you have an old blanket, take it with you and see how it handles big fabric pieces. Use it at the dealer the way you would at home.

I will say that it was MUCH easier than doing free motion the regular way. I have pinched nerves in my neck and arms and can't do free motion - but I could with this.
"onward through the fog"
User: allie-oops
Member since: 10-25-2002
Total posts: 282
From: Tom Land
Date: 07-04-2007, 11:03 PM (4 of 4)
I too was not initially impressed but I have been doing free motion for so long that I didn't need it. After using it awhile I've changed my mind. The fabric mover part of it really does help. People that have trouble regulating their stitch length find it more usefull but as Allie pointed out it must be set up right. Of probably 2 dozen that I've sold I can't think of anyone that has been disappointed. The thing is to go to the dealer and try one. Spend more than a little time trying it out. I can't say that I would have spent the money for one but had I not already been proficient in free-motion I probably would have.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
User: Tom Land
Member since: 09-21-2005
Total posts: 514
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