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    Super Member newbee3's Avatar
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    I would buy a machine that you have tested out and from a store that is close enough to your home so if you run into problems you can get help. Also some place that offers some training.

    Good luck

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    I bought mine from Sears.....after deciding I wanted a Janome. Found out that Janome makes the Kenmore sewing machines, and it is supposed to be easy to get service, etc. My other thought is that if you get a machine with a lot of goodies, it might be best to buy from a sewing machine dealer that would include a few lessons on how to use all the features, as part of the purchase.

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    Write down all the features you want in a machine, your budget, and take some test samples and go to a reputable dealer is my best advice, there are so many wonderful machines on the market you might get overwhelmed

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    I'm another Janome fan (I have the 7700 Horizon too)and I don't think you would go wrong with a Janome. The Horizon is quite expensive but I don't think there's anything else I would want on a machine for quilting...it has an extra large harp area for fitting large quilts into an a host of stitches, including a few different blanket stitches. I love to applique with mine as well. And I love the built in walking foot.

    But, as suggested, go and try them out and see what might suit you and your budget the best.

    Good luck with it :)

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    those machines that are sold at Wal-mart and other stores according to my sewing repair man they are throw a way machines meaning they can't be fix. as it would if you can get it fixed cost more than buying a new one. my dealer sells machines from $150.00 and up. to a few thousand. but i sew so much i tend to wear out the thread guides. but those are cheap to replace. i like the viking machines. go to a dealer and a lot of times they have trade in models for a very good deal.

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    Having owned a number of machines over the years I personally recommend both the Pfaff and Viking Mega Quilter. The Pfaff has a built-in walking foot which is great for quilting and the Viking is more of an industrial machine, but only does straight stitching. They both have auto needle threaders but the Pfaff is much easier to use. Also they have needle up/down position and the Viking will cut threads. It all depends on what features you want. As indicated before, make a note of what features are important to you and then take your fabric in hand and go test drive them and make notes. :wink:

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    Without hesitation, I would search Craigslist for a used Bernina. See what's out there, then go online to research available models. If you're looking for solid construction and dependability, go for a mechanical Bernina. If you're wanting more decorative stitches and bells and whistles, then think computerized Bernina. That's my suggestion! :-P

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    I agree with you - my Bernine 440 QE is the best machine I have ever purchased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss_ticky2
    I'm another Janome fan (I have the 7700 Horizon too)and I don't think you would go wrong with a Janome. The Horizon is quite expensive but I don't think there's anything else I would want on a machine for quilting...it has an extra large harp area for fitting large quilts into an a host of stitches, including a few different blanket stitches. I love to applique with mine as well. And I love the built in walking foot.

    But, as suggested, go and try them out and see what might suit you and your budget the best.

    Good luck with it :)


    I agree I love my Horizon.

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    Try estate sales. You may be able to find your Kenmore parts or a machine of a similar age with all its parts. Needle down is a more recent feature and for that you would need a newer machine.

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