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Thread: Overwhelmed by machine choices

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    So much great input! Thanks everyone - you are a great help! I have been a member at pattern review for 2 or 3 years but have never utilized their sewing machine reviews until this week. Boy have I spent a lot of time there reading. I think my eyes are crossed. haha


    I checked out a local shop yesterday that sold Janomes. Nice older gentleman but had a difficult time convincing him that I needed something with a larger throat. He kept telling me all machines were the same. He was still trying to sell me a Magnolia which has a throat of just over 6" even as I was leaving. He is keeping his eye out for a used machine for me though. Checked out a shop across town today that sells Brother and Janome. When I told him my wishlist and budget he politely told me that he only sold high end machines and basically ignored me after that. Have one more shop to check out tomorrow. I know they sell Babylock but not sure if anything else. I don't mind a used machine at all and will be taking my time to find the machine that seems to fit me best.

    I sincerely appreciate all the help and hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo M View Post
    I'll be watching this thread. I'm in the market for a new machine too.
    me, too... and that's about my budget as well!
    "... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

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    Quote Originally Posted by brenwalt View Post
    PS: Have someone craft an acrylic table for your machine regardless of what machine you decide upon. Go to Home Depot, purchase an 18 x 24 sheet of 1/4" acrylic and have someone make the cutout and add legs cut from a wood dowel. I made my own for each of my machines. Wouldn't dream of sewing without these awesome table extensions!!
    What a great idea! I have seen these online during my research. My husband can definately make this. Thanks for the suggestion!!

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