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Thread: New Kid In Town

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    HA! Good to know. Thanks! I'll keep you in mind for shoe patching too! I'll check out your recommendations...

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    I just got a Janome hd 1000...metal body, no frills, heavy duty. $299. I'm very happy with it. But, i also agree that the vintage machines can be great. Two weks ago i found a 1975 kenmore at the Habitat Restore for $35. It's a great machine.

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    Nice, where'd you get the Janome?

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    my juki straight stitch is a wonderful metal machine.
    Nancy in western NY

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    Thank you! I'll check it out. I need something fast...

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    Do you have a local 'sewing machine store' they should have some trade-ins....sounds like what you are looking for
    look especially at the size of the throat....and ask what they service, and history of the machine you are buying.
    Yes that is a real picture of my hometown Temecula, California. We feature premiere Wineries, World Class Golf Courses, Pechanga Indian Casino and Hot Air Balloons

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    I'll check around. The only sewing machine store around here is scary. I mean, the guy that runs it is right out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Creeps me out to go in there so I'll check somewhere else. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Downtown View Post
    Hi, is your Juki plastic or metal? I don't mind a straigth stitch machine, that's all I use anyway. Thank you!
    All I can tell you is that the arm and body are made of die cast aluminum and that you have to keep it oiled, so I assume the bearings are metal. Many people on the board love their Janomes, but I've never used one. As far as vintage machines goes, some folks love the Singer 201. They are supposed to be workhorses. You might check your local craigslist to see what is available. Good luck!

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    i found a great singer at the thrift store for $24 and it's all metal

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    I've also had several of the cheaper plastic machines....decided to upgrade and found a used Janome 6600 from a dealer for a great price (can't live without the thread cutter or the needle threader)....best decision I've made concerning quilting!.....she will sew through anything without problems, including my finger (not one of my better moments).....there are so many threads here on buying machines....do a search and you will be surprised!....welcome to the board...you will love it here!...so many wonderful quilters and great advice.




    Quote Originally Posted by Downtown View Post
    Hi, and thanks for your reply! I've had several of the $99 dollar version machines that worked well until they broke. The problem is, when they broke, the cost to fix them was more than what I paid for them. Of course my machine broke last night right in the middle of a project that is due the day after Thanksgiving so I need to get a machine fast. I just don't want to get another cheap machine and go through this again. I'm looking on line at the Janome TB12. It looks like a work horse and around $200. I don't have a lot of money to spend so I'm looking for advice from fellow sewers.

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