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Thread: Which sewing machine

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    Suzie,

    I looked, and I looked and I looked before I bought my Husqvrna Viking Sapphire machine. It is not the top of the line with all the embroidery (that I would never use), but it a true jewel. It threads itself, it knots and cuts the threads on the bottom of your quilt, it free motion quilts like a dream, has needle up/down feature and you don't have a lever to pull up or down before sewing. AND it will wind a bobbin while you are still threaded and have your quilt under the needle.(Warns you when your bobbin is low. I'm sure there are a lot of good machines out there, but this one does exactly what I wanted in a machine. Give it a look if you can.

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    Susie,
    I would go with the Jamone if that is the only choice you have. I don't think the entry level machines are made as durable as the middle to upper machines. If you are trying to keep the cost down, I would look at Estate sales for a good machine or a good trade in. As I stated in another posting, I have the Bernina 830, great machine. I use a Singer feather weight for quilt piecing. Presently for everyday sewing I have a Pfaff with built in walking foot that I love. But, I never purchases the bottom of the line.

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    As many others have told you, think about what you need for the machine to do for you. I don't think the sewing machines that you purchase at Wal-mart is the same quility as dealer machines. If you notice the serial number on a Wal-mart machine has a WM as part of the number. In my opinion this shows a machine make for Wal-mart. This my opinion.
    I personally love my 2 Pfaffs and older model 628 Singer (over 40 years old). I not would trade either machine. Dont' give up you will find the machine that fits your needs. Have faith.

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    I have had one of the least expensive Berninas for about 5 years. I sew every weekend. I occasionally do machine quilting. I have never had to adjust the tension. I previously had a Kenmore. I could not get it to machine quilt without missing every other stitch. My machine has more types of stitches then I will ever need.

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    Almost as important as the machine itself is the service AFTER THE SALE from the dealer. Do they offer owner's classes at no cost? Do they, periodically, offer creative classes so you can "get hte most" out of your machine? Are they available when YOU need them, either in person or on the phone?

    You can get the machine with all of the features you want/need - but if your dealer is not there to help after the sale has been completed, you will not get the most for your money.

    In my area, the Viking dealer is absolutely the BEST, and I have 4 different Viking machines, including my serger, as in addition to quilting, I do home dec, machine embroidery, and garment sewing.

    Take your time, TEST DRIVE everything, and good luck with your search!

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    Here's a few more things to consider:
    l bought about 35 years ago an Elna. It still sews beautifully. But, as the other ladies , stated it has more bells and whistles then l use. Plus it is very heavy.
    l bought about 5 years ago, a White. It's a basic machine with a built in buttonholer, and a few stitches. l use it constantly and have had no problems. It is much lighter .
    l do recommend, that you stay away from the electronic sewing machines. The quilting classes l've gone to, the ladies who have them seem to have a lot of problems adjusting them. We had a fella from the local Singer sewing centre come to our Guild meeting for a talk. He said , that those electronic machines are not made to last very long. Also, make sure you have them on a surge protector bar. If you have a power failure and the power comes back on rapidly it could destroy some of your electronic components. And your warranty will not cover replacement of those parts. Also,parts on those machines are hard to find he said after 5 years.

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    Ive been debating between a Husky & Brother for the embroidery feature. I used quilt designs to quilt my daughter's quilt and enjoyed that, so want a machine with a bigger hoop, but dont want to spend too much either. Im not good with free motion, but the Husky has a large throat and that should help with maneauvering the quilt.. Any suggestions are welcome

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    I have a Janome 6600 and I love it, it sews like a dream, and I also have an embordery machine and serger, that are both Janome. I have sew on these machines for years.
    this is my input.

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    I forgot to mention the battery bacjup and serge protector I have on my machines , also we have a serge protector from the electric company on our meter. but the very safest in storms is to unplug it from the wall socket. Might I suggest you go and sew on all of the machines, thread them and try them out in the stores and then buy the one you like. My friend has a new brother and it has given hernothing but trouble. Personally I would not have one. good luck.

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    I am biased when it comes to baby lock machines. They have a style for every need, and all needs.. My Ese is 10+ years old, and she still runs like a chap, plus she is computer operated, and does embrodery too. If your not interested in spending a lot of money, check out shops, and stores, that offer older models used...We have a shop by us, that will have a quilt show, use a machine for the weekend, then sell it for more than half off....

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