I have been quilting for a few years now - but ready to take myself up a notch.
I know this is most likely a personal choice - but I am looking for a new machine. I would like to be able to get a home machine quilting frame at some point and would like a machine I could use with that. Any help would be appreciated!
I love my Bernina - never had a problem with it. Others here swear by their Janome, Pffaf etc.
you are about to be flooded with testimonials and advice. :lol: :lol: :lol:
if embroidery is not an issue, something like this will serve you quite well.
no matter which brand you settle on, make sure it has at least the features included in this particular machine. most especially, search for something in your price range that has at least 9" to the right of the needle. my newest machine has that. i knew it would make a difference, but man-o-man-o-man does it truly make a HUGE difference.
if you don't need specialty or zigzag stitches, look for a 15-16" throat or more. i know many have machines with smaller throats mounted on frames, but if you already know you'll someday want to "frame" it, you may as well get the longest throat you can afford.
Not sure if I want to be able to embroider or not - never really thought about it! It will be helpful to hear what folks think are the positives and negatives of their machines.
Don't know what other machines have this feature, but the Pfaffs have the IDT (Integrated Dual Technology . . . dual feed) which I think is indispensible! You don't have to have a separate walking foot. If you want to quilt, you want this feature (IMHO)!
Babylock Quilters Dream Series - Espire. I absolutely love my machine, it does everything I could want it to do.
The warranty is very good too.
Best of luck in your search - there's a ton of great machines out there
Let me give you the same response ive said probably 100 times...
Don't shop for a brand name.. get a good one a known one ..
but here is the bottom line
the real secret is the shop and the service you get before during and most importantly after you drop your hard earned money
Go into all the shops more than once. talk to the rep's .. ask to talk to the repair tech in the back room does he/she get excited about machines? can they discuss all the ins and outs of motors that you never really needed or wanted to know?.. who teaches their new machine classes.??. ask to meet the instructor.. do you get along w/ them? can you learn from them? Do you walk out of the store feeling like the employees there respect every single one of your hard earned pennies? Did you leave happy? Did they make you feel like what ever machine you pick they really hope you get the right one for you??
when you find the shop that fits you the best that way.. then simply pick the best machine you have pennies for from there...
i cant tell you how many friends i have that have bought because of brand name and cried after the fact..
there are so many great products out there .. you have seen commercials for all the brands.. IMHO you cant go wrong with any of the brands if you have the right support behind you
DH says the best machine is the one that is reliable and does what you want it too. :) So think long and hard about what matters, an extended (enlarged) throat could very well be in your future, it's all about what you want. :D
what crawysong said, plus (even though it kind if contradicts a bit of what she said)....
I was treated quite well at both the Pfaff and Bernina store. I found the machines to be quite similar, but ended up choosing Pfaff because of the IDT (built in walking-foot).