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Thread: Newly Retired and Looking to Renew Old Hobbies!!

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    Hello and welcome to QB, from western Nevada!

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    Hi Geri welcome waving from NE Ohio.

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    welcome from se TX

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    Welcome! Can't help with the machine purchase, but good luck!

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    Hi Geri! Welcome to retirement and to this wonderful quilting board. You will love it here. Can't advise you on a machine.....I'm still using my 25 year old Pfaff :-D

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    Welcome from Wickliffe, Ohio

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    welcome from colorado-
    I have older Berninas and do love them; however, don't know anything about the newest ones. :D :mrgreen:

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    Welcome from a middle school teacher in Atlanta!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gj1213
    I am just returning to quilting and sewing after years of teaching first grade! I have a lovely Memory Craft 6000 (New Home; Janome) and although it works well I am excited about updating to more of a quilting machine.
    I've looked at the various Bernina machines and am undecided about what I need. I will most likely be doing machine quilting but probably not a lot of embroidery.
    Can someone help me with advice on what model to get? I am quite proficient and am computer savy for the most part.
    I am speaking with a lady who is selling a Bernina 180E with all the attachments, cabinet, laptop (not sure I need this) and many spools of thread. She is asking $3500 for all but is open to negotiations. I want to be fair but am not sure of the value of this deal.
    Thanks for any advice or direction!!
    Geri
    Welcome from Atlanta, Georgia. I've been quilting for a couple of years on my Janome Memory Craft 6600. I enjoy it for piecing and free motion quilting (crib to queen size), but of course, I have the bug, too. I've been researching longarm machines, and I have found there is a lot to ponder. Best thing to do is decide what kind of work you will be doing, go to your local shops to test drive various machines, and use this great quilting board for researching information. Good luck with your decision...it's a hard one and most of us have been there.

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    Welcome from Central California. You will love it here!

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    I have a Bernina 440 QE which I love but sure wish I had a bigger harp. I am still lusting over the Janome Horizon.

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    Hello and welcome from Lake Fork, TX. I, too, have a Janome 6600P and love it. Enjoy your retirement!

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    Hello from Indiana. I don't own a Bernina but I know a lady that does. Not sure what model she has though. She uses her embroidery designs as quilting designs also. She just uses the outline part of it instead of doing all the filling in. Hope that makes sense.

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    Welcome to the group. You will love it here. Lots to learn and see. If I was to buy a new machine I would buy a Jamone Horizon. I have the Memory Craft 6000 love that machine it works so good. I bought mine 2nd hand 13 year ago and didn't know that it is like 30 years old now. I have sewed lots of quilts with it.

    Quilterfay from Saskatchewan

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    A big welcome from the eastern pat of Texas.

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    Congratulations on you retirement. Enjoy! And welcome from Utah.

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    I recently did a lot of looking at the Janome 1100SE, the SE is more advanced than even the 1100, and a new model is coming in September as mentioned above. While the 1100SE has all the embroidery magic that you could ever imagine and is much more user friendly than the older versions of embroidery machines...keep in mind that it has built in quilting stitches and designs. It stipples a few different patterns as well as doing straight quilting stitches and they all look like they are done by hand. It has the larger throat are as well, a boat load of decorative stitches and much much more than I can even think of right this moment. There is much info on the All Brands site. Price is not listed but I've seen the 1100 on ebay at around $3K so it's probably in that price range. While I'm not sure I would use the embroidery function all that much myself, while studying the 1100SE I had a strong feeling that it would be the last machine I would ever need to buy. Good luck in your decision!!

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    Welcome to the sewing / quilting world again.

    does not matter what you start your new/ renewed life with.. but do use the new tools on the quilt displays, "pizza cutter" = rota blade, templates of all shapes, small rubber discs to grab stubborn needles as you hand stitch.. brows this are of the fabric store. OH and the rubber tipped finger breathable gloves LOVE them..

    It is all up to what you want to do, that is how you chose your sewing machine.

    I have enjoyed my return! Hope you do too !

    Ell

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    I am newly retired too after 40 years in state government. I bought a new Viking Husqvarna Diamond Deluxe. It is embroidery and quilting; has a 10 inch harp. It was my retirement gift to myself; had to rob the IRA but hey, what are IRA's for....retirement! I am really enjoying my newly found freedom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GramaLaura
    Hi Geri! Welcome to retirement and to this wonderful quilting board. You will love it here. Can't advise you on a machine.....I'm still using my 25 year old Pfaff :-D
    I am still using my Pfaff 262 I bought brand new in 1968 at Oscar Snowden's on Congress Ave., downtown Austin. It is on the right in my avatar. Just finished FMQ one side to a tote bag on this ol' gal. Great machine! I even use the embroidery cams once in a while too, especially if I have something going on the Pfaff 2170 (on the left) embroidery wise. I still have lots to learn on the Viking Diamond Deluxe but it is awesome! It just came out this May.
    Vernell in Austin

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    Waving High And Wide From Missouri...........I love my Berninas and would not trade them for another brand. However, I imagine most quilters would say the same for what they are now using.

    My little 240 is great to carry to/from meetings and Project Linus Sew days; my 440QE I sold to my best friend and we now sew together weekly. My big machine is from the new Series8 and, while it is touchy with link in the automatic cutter, I love it. I got the one without the embroidery feature because I want to freehand motion quilt more than anything. It has plenty of embroidery straight-line stitches, designs and lettering anyway. Very expensive yet extremely durable for my numerous hours of sewing daily. Good luck finding what you want and welcome back to an old hobby.

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    A very warm welcome from South Florida. Not knowing anything about the machine, I would probably check things out in the COnsumers Report book to see what they have to say, and ask questions about that particular machine from an authorized dealer if you have one near you.
    Smarter to be an educated consumer then jump into something you are not sure about.

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    Hello and welcome from Very WARM North Texas :)

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