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

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    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

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    A warm welcome to the Board from Kentucky. Can't help with the machine question but I'm sure somebody can.

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    Welcome from Virginia

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    Hello and welcome from the Arkansas Ozarks.
    Happy quilting.

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    Welcome from Kansas

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    Welcome from NM. Retirement is wonderful. I'm a retired middle school teacher-taught in Texas for 20 years. I don't own a Bernina and you said you aren't especially interested in embroidery but friends I quilt with that have Berninas say that you can't always upgrade, upload, update the embroidery designs-the newer ones to an older machine. Don't know exactly why not but it would be something I would check into before buying. With that said, my friends do love their Berninas.

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    Hello!

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    Welcome from south Louisiana

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    Hello Geri, welcome from northern California!

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    Hello and welcome from Missouri!

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    Hello Geri!
    Welcome from Minnesota!

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    Hello, welcome from Oklahoma!!!

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    Welcome from Missouri!

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    Hello from Connecticut, welcome, Sorry I don't much about that machine,but I think Greensleeves has given you great advice. I love my embroidery feature, at first I did care about it but now I just can not live without it..

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    Hello from Western Mountain Maryland !! :-D

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    Welcome to the board!!

    What is it you don't like about the Janome 6600 for quilting? This is what I'm currently using. Sure ... I would love a larger harp area (the Horizon 7700 has a larger area than the 6600), but someone on the board here posted that she quilted a KING with a 6600 recently. I've quilted a Queen and am currently quilting a large landscape lap throw with lots and lots of quilting on it.

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    Love my Bernina aurora 430

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    Hello and welcome from Houston Texas

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    Hi from Ohio!

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    Welcome from Michigan.:)

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    Hello, and another welcome from Michigan!

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    Welcome from Michigan. Congratulations on your retirement.

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    Welome from Tennessee. I am a former first grade teacher also. Can't help with machine question. I have 2 Singers and a Husqvarna Viking.

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    I also have a 6600 which I really love. Am also considering an embroidery/sewing/quilting machine. Are you aware that Janome is introducing a new machine this September and it is supposed to be a new TOL machine (replacing the 1100)? I've heard the price is enough to choke on but am still anxiously awaiting its arrival. If I'm going to buy an embroidery machine, I want one that is uses the most up to date technology. I don't want to spend that kind of money on outdated technology. I'd prefer to stick with Janome if I can. Good luck with your search. Enjoy your retirement. Once you get used to a new pace of life, it is wonderful!!

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    Welcome from CA! I'm still teaching, but need to retire to finish all my projects!

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