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NZquilter

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A 31-15 has come up in my price range, but a five hour drive away. The harp space is three inches more than my 15-91 I use and I would love to get it for free motion quilting.

I have seen on a lot of blogs and forums that people get these machines for FMQing, get all excited and post all about it at first. They may do a few projects on it and then they go back to using their 201 or whatever they were using before. At least, this seems to be the common thread. I'm curious why? Are the stitch less than par, or are there tension problems?

I'm not planning to put the 31-15 on a frame, because I simply don't have room for it. My plan is to replace the current clutch motor with a Servo motor, for better speed control. I'll probably need a new belt when I change the motor too. I'll get a high shank FMQing foot too, but that is easy. Anything I'm missing? Should I try it?

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ke6cvh

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Hello,

  I don't own a 31-15 (bought one but never could get it shipped here unfortunately) but do own a Pfaff 34 courtesy of a tip from Bruce (thanks again Bruce).  The 34 is a clone of a 31-15 with reverse and a fine machine (mine is black from 1928/29).  I don't see any reason why it can be used for this.  What I can tell you is there is a huge array of generic parts for it.  Once can change out needle plates and feed dogs.  I changed mine for a more aggressive feed along with the presser feet for work with denim.  I had to do some grinding on the shop grinder when I again made a change to a right angle bias tape binder setup that included a special needle plate and feed dog.  I don't see how you can go wrong with the machine myself but I have no experience with quilting.  

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Mike
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NZquilter

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Thanks, Mike. I've read that the 31-15 is very similar to the 15s, which I love, so hopefully I can get a free weekend to go buy it before it sells. If not, dreams are free! Maybe one will show up closer...
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hilltophomesteader

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NZQuilter, I have a 31-20, very similar to the 31-15 (tho mine is in a treadle base) that I love.  It is a workhorse of a machine, but smooth and that extra space for stuffing a quilt into is amazing!  They were made for tailors, so I'm thinking you'd be thrilled with it!  
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