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Thread: Best "work horse - no frills sewing machine"???

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    4js
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    I have 3 featherweights - which I love but lately it seems that I have 1 or 2 in for repair all the time!! I use them to sew on ALWAYS!! My question is if you were investing in a "modern work horse" what would it be. I would like to have the thread cutter and needle up and down as part of the features. Is there such an animal??? 4js

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    I like my Janome MC6600

    It has the auto cutter and the auto down feature. It has a side bar for my leg to lift the pressure foot but I am kind of a short person; 5'3, and I have a hard time using that but otherwise I couldn't ask for much more.
    I will be adding a Janome 300e or 350e in the near future, like for Christmas.

    Happy Shopping

    Tammy

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    I must admit that I like FRISTER&ROSSMAN machines as I find them so reliable, I have an old one and a neighbour had one too, her family gave her a new one for Christmas, a Singer, so she gave her old one to her grand children, she wish she didn't have to as she so preferred her F n R and the best thing about them is the price :shock: Check them out you might get a pleasant surprise.

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    If you just want straight stitch, I love my Juki TL98Q. Has the cutter,knee lift and needle down. I can't tell you how many quilts this baby has made and I drag it to Kansas for quilt retreat. She's a real workhorse, does great free motion and has the 9" throat so a little more room. I think they have a newer model now, but I think this one will last me a LOT longer, so I'll just keep her!

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    If I was buying one today, I would buy the Janome 6600.

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    Hands down a Bernina!

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    I just love my new Juki 2010!! It has what you are looking for and I got mine for $700

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4js
    I have 3 featherweights - which I love but lately it seems that I have 1 or 2 in for repair all the time!! I use them to sew on ALWAYS!! My question is if you were investing in a "modern work horse" what would it be. I would like to have the thread cutter and needle up and down as part of the features. Is there such an animal??? 4js
    While you have only mentioned two features, there are so many more that may affect your choice. I don't like to overbuy, though I am cautious to not buy "just" what I need, and then a year later discover I have outgrown what I have or say, oh, I didn't know that feature existed.

    Thus why I bought the MC6600 instead of the MC6500 which I was first considering. A professional seamstress I met after I purchased mine, told me it's her favourite machine ... except when she wanted a workhorse (goes through thicknesses when sewing wedding dresses) her favourite is the Janome 1600. Great machine .... but nothing more than a straight stitch, forward and back! Most of us want a little more!

    Go to your local dealer(s) and try some out and start your wish list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plumtree
    I like my Janome MC6600

    It has the auto cutter and the auto down feature. It has a side bar for my leg to lift the pressure foot but I am kind of a short person; 5'3, and I have a hard time using that but otherwise I couldn't ask for much more.
    I will be adding a Janome 300e or 350e in the near future, like for Christmas.

    Happy Shopping

    Tammy
    Ditto what she said! I've had my 6600P for 5 years & I love, love, love it! Worth every penny it cost.

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    Bernina 300 series.

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