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    New Machine?

    We looked at new machines yesterday. Not wanting to break the bank or live on mac and cheese, we want something that does what I do, and is still affordable. LOL

    I want to do some embroidery, some appligue and then my piecing. Singer has a machine that is 1,000.00 on sale at JoAnn's for $499.

    It has a large base spand for fabric, and for the embroidery frame. I've also looked at a Genome basic machine, not yet looked at their embrodery/appligue machines yet.

    What kind of machine do you have or reccommend?
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    Oh you'll get tons of recommendations on here! Good luck with your search!
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    Be wary of a sale like that. Find out the exact model of that Singer in order to get reliable recommendations. Also, once you know the model number, you can look up reviews of it at http://www.patternreview.com (join for free in order to see old as well as new reviews).

    Personally, in that price range I would probably be looking for a Janome 6600P or 6500P. The 6600P has the accu-feed system (similar to Pfaff's built-in walking foot) but might be a little out of your price range. The 6500P is almost the same machine, but without the built-in walking foot; should be within your price range.

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    If she wants to do embroidery, the Janome 6600P or 65ooP won't be the machine for her, unfortunately.
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    No ideas here, all I do is straight stitch. Google sewing machine online and get an idea of what your money can buy.Good luck.
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    Seems to me it would be just as easy to search here for the multiple topics already posted on this very subject.

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    I have gotten all three of my machines from here. They have video to watch and manual for you to download etc. They have free shipping and I got my machines within 4 days. One is a sewing machine, one is an embroidery machine and my newest one is a quilting machine.

    Found this for you!
    http://www.allbrands.com/products/32...ine-299-dollar

    You'll love doing embroidery! Good luck in your search.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Be wary of a sale like that. Find out the exact model of that Singer in order to get reliable recommendations. Also, once you know the model number, you can look up reviews of it at http://www.patternreview.com (join for free in order to see old as well as new reviews).

    Personally, in that price range I would probably be looking for a Janome 6600P or 6500P. The 6600P has the accu-feed system (similar to Pfaff's built-in walking foot) but might be a little out of your price range. The 6500P is almost the same machine, but without the built-in walking foot; should be within your price range.
    Hey thanks. Of course they had someone there to tell me "THIS" is the machine you want. I can afford what I want, but I do not want to spend thousands of dollars. Those machines are really impressive, but my hobby is basic, I like to strip piece, straight sew for quilt tops, and I now want to applique some and I love the embroidered block also.

    I'm a new at both of those things. I just don't need a machine I have to go to college to learn to use. ROTFLOL.

    I am thinking between 600.00 and 1,000.00. I've had two basic Singer machines. My mom had a Singer. My granny and great granny had Singer peddle machines. That's why I was looking at that Singer.

    Can you tell me which ones are the most quiet and go the fasest. I'm sure that is almost like cusing to some, but I have a heavy foot... the faster the better. Thanks for your reply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Seems to me it would be just as easy to search here for the multiple topics already posted on this very subject.

    Jan in VA
    Yes, and I have been looking at some of the topics I can find that seem to match my search. But, I prefer to interact with people. KWIM? Reading older topics does help me gleem information, but I have my own questions too. Thanks for your reply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    No ideas here, all I do is straight stitch. Google sewing machine online and get an idea of what your money can buy.Good luck.
    Do you have a heavy foot? (go fast?)... I do, and my machine being 20 years old, sounds like a truck coming down the gravel road. Is your machine quiet... the new ones I've been seeing are very quiet compared to mine. LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nygal View Post
    I have gotten all three of my machines from here. They have video to watch and manual for you to download etc. They have free shipping and I got my machines within 4 days. One is a sewing machine, one is an embroidery machine and my newest one is a quilting machine.

    Found this for you!


    http://www.allbrands.com/products/32...ine-299-dollar

    You'll love doing embroidery! Good luck in your search.
    Hey, thank you so much! I'm going to browse that site!
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    I just got the Brother PE 500 from Amazon for 299. an embroidery only machine and my sister just got the Brother CS6000I for 160. from Amazon, this is a very cool machine for the price. She just wanted it for basic stuff like you do. I got the embroidery only machine so I could let it do its thing while I sewed on my regular machine. Good luck.

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    I got a Viking Emerald 126 (basic model) for about $300, for a little more you should be able to get a higher model that maybe has some embrodery features. I love the Viking because all I have to do is turn it on, it's ready to go! I've had it a little over a year now and no problems with it!

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    I like Brother machines and they are inexpensive compared to some of the machines. I have had Singer (which I used to swear by-but their machines aren't like the older ones, unfortunately), Kenmore, Riccar and now I have Brother machines which I have had for 15-20 years and swear by them. I am even looking at Babylock for a machine (which is the younger sibling to Brother).
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    Have you thought of buying a "gently used" better quality machine, like a Bernina, Pfaff, Husqvarna, Brother or Janome. If you have any dealers in your area go look and try their machines. I would steer away from any machines sold in a store where you can't try it before you buy it.

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    if you want a new machine

    Quote Originally Posted by kensington View Post
    We looked at new machines yesterday. Not wanting to break the bank or live on mac and cheese, we want something that does what I do, and is still affordable. LOL

    I want to do some embroidery, some appligue and then my piecing. Singer has a machine that is 1,000.00 on sale at JoAnn's for $499.

    It has a large base spand for fabric, and for the embroidery frame. I've also looked at a Genome basic machine, not yet looked at their embrodery/appligue machines yet.

    What kind of machine do you have or reccommend?
    if you want a reasonably good machine go to amazon.com and look at there singer futura embroidery machine,,you have to have a computer to hook up to it,,i bought it,it was only 589.00 and you can embroider and sew,,,,it is a good machine for the money and a large throat area

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    I have Janome, would never buy any other make.

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    I'll admit I'm dumb, but what is KWIM? Inquiring minds wanna know!
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    Latrinka, KWIM is "Know What I Mean?" (I think!)

    kensington, I think the suggestion to get two machines is a really good one -- especially with your price range. I have heard really good things about standalone embroidery machines (check out all the Brother embroidery machines at the $300 or so price point), and it's nice to have one machine for embroidery and one for other sewing tasks. It takes awhile for an embroidery machine to sew out a pattern so, while you are waiting, you can be piecing on the other machine. These are great beginner machines for embroidery.

    Edit: I think the Brother embroidery machines use PES files. For another $100 you can purchase the PED software so you can download designs from the net.
    Last edited by Prism99; 07-26-2012 at 07:57 AM.

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    The latest issue of Quiltmaker has a wonderful chart comparing sewing machines their features and price.

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    I have Janomes and wouldn't want anything else. Love, love, love my machines!

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    WOW... this is some great advice. I love all the comparison information. I will go check out the Quiltmaker issue too. I do believe the one we looked at was a Singer Futura. The second machine was, it was 699. It did embroidery, applique and straight sticth.

    I had not thought of getting two machines one for sewing and one for embroider. I think DH would pass out if I mentioned that one. LOL. But, now I have some hints to go on.

    Thank you all so much for the help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gemmyfrog View Post
    I got a Viking Emerald 126 (basic model) for about $300, for a little more you should be able to get a higher model that maybe has some embrodery features. I love the Viking because all I have to do is turn it on, it's ready to go! I've had it a little over a year now and no problems with it!
    The Viking Emerald 116(not 126) is one of my favorite machines to sell, its a good basic machine and easy to use.
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    Kwim??????

    Quote Originally Posted by kensington View Post
    yes, and i have been looking at some of the topics i can find that seem to match my search. But, i prefer to interact with people. Kwim? Reading older topics does help me gleem information, but i have my own questions too. Thanks for your reply.

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    I have one embroidery machine and one every day sewing machine. The nice thing is you can use both machines for different projects at the same time so to speak. Plus if you have a problem with the embroidey/sewing machine...you can't do either! It is something to think about having two different machines for two different purposes.
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