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Thread: researching new quilting/sewing machine

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    researching new quilting/sewing machine

    Hi all, I am new to quilting and am addicted! I have sewn for many, MANY years, and recently took several quilting classes. I own a Brother Pacesetter PC8500...very nice machine, but mainly an embroidering/sewing machine. I'm researching new machines....more quilting/sewing type machines. Have looked at Janome and Brother machines....leaning toward another Brother....love mine and find it very user friendly. I'm looking at the following Brother machines....any input pro/con would be appreciated! Brother NX450Q, NX800 Innov is Laura Ashley, PC420PRW, and QC1000. Price range...I don't want to spend more than $1500, plan to trade in PC8500.
    thanks!

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    IMHO, keep your PC8500. You may want to use the embroidery function to create labels or to add that little something extra to a quilt, and if it is also a sewing machine, you will have something to use if your new machine has to go in for some TLC.

    My first choice for a machine is always a Bernina. Many will not use anything but a Janome. Juki and Baby Lock also make nice machines. If you can wait until the Quilt Festival in November, you will be able to test drive a lot of machines, many of which will be on sale. I don't know what dealers are in Magnolia, but I do know Quilters Quarters in Conroe carries machines.

    For $1,500, you should be able to get a nice machine. My suggestion is to always go with a dealer, because you can test drive the machines and a dealer will be able to do repairs and have accessories (additional feet, bobbins, etc.) on hand.

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    Husqvarna Viking Ruby Delux or Diamond delux. Both embroidery and able to FMQ.

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    My only suggestion is to keep your machine and not trade it in. You will need a back up machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mckwilter View Post
    IMHO, keep your PC8500. You may want to use the embroidery function to create labels or to add that little something extra to a quilt, and if it is also a sewing machine, you will have something to use if your new machine has to go in for some TLC....
    I agree. i have an 8500 and it works very well. i'd miss it if i didn't have it for the few projects and all the quilt labels i make. imho, you won't get the trade in value that it's worth.
    Nancy in western NY

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    Keep the old machine! I just bought a Brother Dreamweaver XE which is a combo. I had a Brother SE400. If I had the right table size I would have both machines up, using the SE for piecing and the XE for embroidery and quilting.

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    I had the babylock espire(QC-1000) before I got dreamy and I loved my baby, she FMQ nice, pieced lovely
    Brother XL-3500i, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D

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