Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Introduce Yourself
Help me pick a new machine! >

Help me pick a new machine!

Help me pick a new machine!

Old 07-27-2020, 05:59 AM
Super Member
leonf's Avatar
Join Date: May 2016
Location: near Topeka kansas
Posts: 3,744

My Pfaff and my Husqvarna are each 100 + years old, perhaps I am not the best info source.

Thought you might like to see my four year UFO sock project that my GF has in time out right now
Attached Thumbnails argyle-sock-fail-b.jpg  
leonf is offline  
Old 07-27-2020, 06:16 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Keller, TX
Posts: 1,539
Default Sewing machines

I have six different Janome ranging from class machines to the 15000. None of them have been in the shop for service. I have been sewing for 50 years. Started on a Kenmore in 1970.
the price on the Janome are very reasonable compared to all others. The 6600 is a workhorse.....been around for more than a decade. Still selling strong..now that they have a 6700, the 6600 should be much less...but with lots of features. I would stay away from Pfaff for issues and Bernina due to cost of the machines and repair costs. If you are quilting, take a quilt sandwich to a Janome dealer and try it out. Do not buy from a discount store, no matter what the brand. Determine your budget, determine feature use, test drive at dealer. Best wishes in your quest. Enjoy sewing/quilting.
Lady Diana is offline  
Old 07-27-2020, 10:12 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Iowa
Posts: 2,084

I have a husqvarna quilt designer 2 and it is a pleasure to sew on I have had it since 2006 I think I could have got it earlier. I make quilts and do fmq it is a great machine
newbee3 is offline  
Old 07-27-2020, 10:59 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Western Washington
Posts: 617

I currently have 3 Pfaff machines; a Select 3.0. Passport 2.0 and a Performance 5.0 and love all of them for different reasons. The thing I love most is the IDT built in walking foot. The Select 3.0 was my first Pfaff and it is mechanical so it is mainly backup, I use the Passport 2.0 for classes and even use it for ruler work and the Performance 5.0 is my primary machine that I have set up in my sewing room it has a throat opening of 9 1/2 inches. I have not have any problems with any of my machines and take for yearly maintenance. One of the biggest reasons I chose Pfaff is I my sewing dealer is only 15 miles from my home and is where I bought my machines from. Your choice of a machine should be based on what your budget is, features you know that you want and need and service of your machine if you have any problems. Test drive machines you are interested in to make sure it is the right fit and you can't go wrong.
Three Dog Night is offline  
Old 07-27-2020, 02:46 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Heaven on earth/to N.E. Ohio
Posts: 5,366

Welcome from NE Ohio 🙋‍♀️
Thumbelina is offline  
Old 07-27-2020, 02:52 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 2

Wow, thank you all for all these great comments… I felt like I was getting the hard-sell from the dealer. They also service all the machines. (Pfaff, janome, Bernina, husqvarna)

He thinks the Bernina bobbin system is not good so steered me away from those... but I sewed on a friends bernina years ago and loved it. All the machines have changed so much since I started sewing, I’m a little bit in the weeds!
soxknitter is offline  
Old 07-27-2020, 05:37 PM
QuiltnNan's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
Posts: 51,413

Welcome to the quilting Board and happy quilting
Nancy in western NY
before you speak T.H.I.N.K. T – is it True? H – is it Helpful? I – is it Inspiring? N – is it Necessary? K – is it Kind?
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.
QuiltnNan is offline  
Old 07-27-2020, 05:47 PM
Power Poster
Join Date: May 2008
Location: MN
Posts: 22,911

Hi, and welcome.

I am no help with the machines, either. I have machines I am happy with - but my newest one was made in the 1980s.

bearisgray is offline  
Old 07-30-2020, 08:17 PM
Super Member
Join Date: May 2008
Location: IN
Posts: 1,803

Welcome to the quiltingboard! I just purchased a Husqvarna Viking Jade 20. It's a lower end machine for that brand. I've heard good things about the Sapphire. Right now it's a bit difficult to get parts as shops are closing and delays due to closings for Covid. I think that may be the case regardless of brand unless you have a well stocked dealer nearby. The other brand I considered was Bernina. In any case, I hope you find the best fit for you and you enjoy it for years to come.
retrogirl02 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.