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Thread: What kind of sewing machine are you using?

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    Super Member Amythyst02's Avatar
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    I am looking into purchasing a new sewing machine. I have 2 in mind right now. I intend to use it for quilting, and garment sewing, so it needs to be able to do both. Currently I have a Kenmore 19233 but it does struggle on thick materials. It will sew over them, but you can tell its pushing it :)

    Currently I have in mind the Juki Exceed F600 (I can get it for the same price as the 300 because its Christmas in July at the dealers). Or the other Pfaff Expression 2.0, this one is on CL and is a bit cheaper since it is used. But its only 6mos old, and the guy wants to sell it, sadly his wife passed away and he wants to get rid of it.

    Any ideas on which would be best. I do like the Pfaff with the IDT which the Juki does not have. Or perhaps you have a suggestion of another machine I should look at. I have a fairly limited budget, I want to stay under $900.00 if I can.

    Any suggestions or helpful hints would be appreciated.

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    I have two Janome's, I love them and they are rated very high with little need for repairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katieranch
    I have two Janome's, I love them and they are rated very high with little need for repairs.
    Model numbers ?

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    I'll put in my two cents for the Pfaff 2.0 which i currently use as my main sewing machine. I work on a number of things with it - personal clothing, alterations, canvas covers for deck furniture, craft items for shows we do all summer long, quilts, etc. I went with the Pfaff because of the large throating opening, dual lights, IDT, self threading, needle down and the 9mm versus 6mm stitch width.
    I also own a Janome, Singer, Bernedette and BelAir but when I needed to replace my "main" sewing machine I did alot of test driving and comparison shopping and found Pfaff was the one for me.
    Hope you found one that suits you.

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    I have 3 Vikings and I love them. The viking will sew on very heavy material.
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    Have had Kenmore, Janome and Pfaff... and my all time favorite is Pfaff with the IDT. I will never have a machine without that again.

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    I would Google to get more information about both machines. Also check http://www.patternreview.com for reviews of the specific models from actual users.

    Ordinarily I would choose Pfaff over Juki, but in a quick scan of a few websites with Google, it seems to me the Juki has a bigger harp and seems to get good comments from users (as does the Pfaff). One of the websites indicated the Pfaff 2.0 is geared more towards embroidery; 3.0 and 4.0 are geared towards home sewing and quilting (although not sure which is which).

    Oh, and in answer to your original question, I use my (now getting ancient) Bernina 1230. Love its purr and total reliability.....

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    I have a Viking SE which is my main machine and I have a Bernina Quilters Edition that I use when my Viking is in for its yearly maintenance. I like both of them.

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    I have a Janome Horizon, Janome Gem Platinum, and a Kenmore basic machine.

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    I also have 2 Janomes and love them both. One is a Memory Craft 9500 and the other is a Jem Platinum 760.

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    Brother PE 770 , This one is strictly embroidery.

    Janome 11543, it's a heavy duty machine. I can sew through 6 layers of denim.

    Brother SQ9000, this my quilting machine. It is computerized and has tons of neat little stitches to use.

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    I have a Bernina 630e that I use all the time.

    There's a Pfaff in and an old Singer in the garage.

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    I use one of my Pfaff's (have had 10 of them, down to six right now)

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    You probably already have hundreds of preferences as there are so many machines. SO far I have owned Kenmore, Singer, New Home, Janome, Brother and Juki. I still keep the new home for classes but I simply would not trade my Juki's for anything else. I have the TL98Q and the 2010Q. The 2010Q I just got to use with my frame and love it but the 98-TLQ I bought over 3 years ago and still runs like brand new and it has FMQ'd at least 50-70 quilts.

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    I sew most of my quilts with a Viking I purchased about 8 years ago. I have had problems with the computer twice.
    Both times were under warranty. For my backup machine, I have an older Bernina 830 Record.
    Make sure you test drive the machine you think you'll be buying. Take some of your own scrap fabrics.
    Good luck!

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    I sew on my Euro Pro, tomorrow my new Brother PQ1500S arrives, I also have a Project Runway set up for embroidery only.

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    6600 and a 3160 qdc...the 3160 is a more basic machine but set up for quilting. It has a few extra stitches and it sews wonderfully.

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    Janome

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    I will never give up my Juki 98Q. It's a straight stitch workhorse and I both piece and quilt with it. It will run through anything.

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    Old singer!!

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    My main sewing machine is a Viking Quilt Designer, this is my go to machine. For classes and a back up for piecing I use a Featherweight and if everything else fails me I use a Singer 401.

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    I have a Pfaff 7550 and a Pfaff 2144. Love both machines.

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    I sew on a Pfaff 7510. I also just got a Featherweight, so will be trying her out! :)

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    I have a Janome 6600P. I have quilted full size quilts under it with no problem. I did stitch in the ditch. On a large lap quilt I echo quilted it and satin stitched around the pansies. I used the even feed foot with no problems. I like it for garment sewing and for piecing quilts. It runs quietly and I have had it over 3-4 years and never had a problem with it. It has never been in the shop.

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    I don't have either so I don't have any advice but had to comment on your little Westi. He/she is adorable! I have one too so your pup really caught my attention.

    Good luck on your machine search. I'm sure you'll get a lot of feedback from the members here who do use those machines.

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