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Thread: For those that own new (made in last three years) TOL sewing machines:

  1. #61
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    I have an Elna SU which I bought in the early 70's. It is the most beautiful machine to sew on and I would not part with it for the world. I was offered a new one by hubby but declined. The modern ones to me just don't sew as easily as this one. My friend used it once and said to me "now I know why you like it so much"

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    I have a Viking Ruby. I love it. It has all the bells and whistles like thread cutting, needle up/down, needle threader, auto-tension. It doesn't care what thread you use and will wind bobbins while it's sewing or embroiderying. I love the embroidering part too. It's so easy to use, you can put your designs on the machine via USB or connecting to machine, you don't have to leave the USB once you pull up the designs so while I'm doing designs I can be loading more on the stick. I can go to pacific stitches so going back on a design after it has been unloaded from machine is easy. It comes with a great organizer software that lets you do a lot without buying the additional software (which I ended up doing). One of the greatest features of this is that I can enter all of my many different thread brands w/the color# and then I can use them for my thread choices and the machine picks the best match out of all of them. It helps me from having to either limit my choices or go thru all of my thread by hand picking the matches. Plus it does the trim command which is a great feature when you are embroiderying. It has lots of sizes of hoops to I'm not limited. I get free classes for my machine and the additional software that I bought. Oh yeah, I also love the cutwork needles for my machine. There are so many things that I love about my machine that I could go on for along time. It also has a larger harp size too.
    Judy

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    What brand/make and model do you have?

    Which features do you like best?

    Use the most?

    Which features do you NOT use?

    Would you buy that particular brand/make and model again?
    1. Janome Horizons
    2. The basic sewing for piecing and the ability to free-motion
    3. both equally from #2
    4. I already did, I have a Janome 6600 before!
    Carolyn

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    I love my machine. It has the needle up/down, needle threader, thread cutter, knee lift that I can't live without, dual feed (built in walking foot), hundreds of stitches, can make my needle go up and down with my foot pedal, has hundreds of stitches, has an attachable embroidery system, foot raises 1/8" so I can chain feed also, huge throat plate, two long row of lights plus a light right above the needle, the feet come off with a quick flick of a switch, can turn the sensors on or off, can have it sew 4 small stitches at beginning of sewing and end of sewing if I want or not, has an alarm clock with a reminder and many other things. I just love it.
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    I bought a Bernina 820 last year. I have the embroidery module on my Bernina 440, and do not use it enough to justify the extra cost. I mainly purchased it for its large throat, BSR, and the Bernina quality product. The added bonus is its built in walking foot, automatic threader and cutter, and of coarse the wonderful tension Bernina is so known for. Right now it is on my frame, but I take it off to sew on. There are so many features that I am still exploring. I feel like I will never need another machine, as I can grow into it. I do not see myself ever buying a machine that was not a Bernina.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I love my machine. It has the needle up/down, needle threader, thread cutter, knee lift that I can't live without, dual feed (built in walking foot), hundreds of stitches, can make my needle go up and down with my foot pedal, has hundreds of stitches, has an attachable embroidery system, foot raises 1/8" so I can chain feed also, huge throat plate, two long row of lights plus a light right above the needle, the feet come off with a quick flick of a switch, can turn the sensors on or off, can have it sew 4 small stitches at beginning of sewing and end of sewing if I want or not, has an alarm clock with a reminder and many other things. I just love it.
    Jeanne, What kind of machine do you have?
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    oH my gosh, thank you all for letting me dream and drool. : )
    Nancy

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