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    There are def. Berninas in that price range. I just bought a brand new 380 that has tons of bells and whistles and it sews as well as my 730. I bought the 380 for travel and to have at DS's house when I take care of my beautiful new baby grand-daughter. Check them out. Also check out pre-loved machines that were originally at a higher price point...they come with full warantees. Good luck!

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    You are going to LOVE the Bernina 440 QE!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE mine and I have the embroidery module for it too. Sews AND embroiders like a dream!

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    Any Berninas w/ 9+ inches to right of needle except the $$$ TOLs? And btw, does anyone know know what a Bernina 350 PE goes for?

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    I just bought a Janome Horizon and I love it. The main reason I bought it because of the extra width that makes it easier to machine quilt. I use it to piece, it has over two hundred spcialty stitches, letters, and numbers in 2 or 3 fonts. I love, love the thread cutter. It has all the goodies you could ask for if you are in to quilting. Check it out on line and test drive it at a dealer.

    My other main machine is a 20+ year old Janome 8000, an embroidrey machine, which has been a work horse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyl
    WOW thanks for all the replies! Went to Worthington today and tried out the Bernina Aurora 440 QE. And brought it home. So, now I have my Harley just like my hubs. Bernina. Harley. Bernina same same. right? I got the Stitch regulator with mine and the other feet as well. Also ordered the embroidery module in case I want to delve into embroidery someday. Great deal on this particular machine, but I don't know how long it will last. $2899 without the module. Also I will be getting lessons for both. I've arrived. Now if only they had a leather bernina jacket. ha (referring to the Harley of hubs again)
    Congratulations on your new Harley ;-)

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    The Designer 1 was bought several years ago by my nephew's mother-in-law and she was elderly and wasn't able to master it. I bought it with the idea that it would be nice to download embroidery designs to a floppy disk then insert it in the machine to sew out. I wasn't aware that it needed to go through the software first to get it in the right format. I opened the software and looked at the book and decided I'm not capable of doing that either. I took the machine to a dealer/repairman and asked him to tell me how many hours it had been used and he said 69 minutes so it's like new. I have a friend who has a machine like it and she loves it; they do embroider beautifully but I sew on a Bernina and have an older Brother that I still use for embroidering. It just sits here unused.

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    I would also talk to a well-known sewing machine repair person. They seem to know about quality and manufacturers.

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    How wonderful. Good Luck!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carrie Jo
    I have a husquvarna Sapphire 870 I love!!!
    I had the 850 and loved it, upgraded to diamond and i can't imagine another machine as wonderful. i have heard the new emerald is having lots of problems.

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    Check Bernina if you are looking for a good basic machine. Bernina has brought out two new lower-price models to replace their Activa line. Their current Activas are being sold at large discounts. I just purchased an Activa PE 230 (quilting model), new, listed at $1,600 for $950 at my local LQS. Doesn't do embroidery but has 70 stitches, is relatively lightweight and sews beautifully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    Quote Originally Posted by Raggiemom
    I love my Janome 6600 but if I had $3000 to spend I would buy the 11000! But then I'm partial to Janomes. I think you can find a Bernina in that price range though.


    What she said.
    Me, too!

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    I love my Phaff,l

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    I would try out any that I could but also consider the service and reception of the store selling the item. Do you sincerely feel you will get extra assistance if you have trouble with the machine or just don't understand how to do something. Will they do it free or charge you for their time each time you ask to be shown something? I live in a relatively small area and so bought a Husky serger 60 miles a way. They will give free lessons but I hate the drive. I bought a Baby Lock quilter and love it. It was a demo used in classes at a quilt expo so got it half price. E Burns had taught and there were several new machines for the class to use and then sold 1/2 off with financing free for 12 months. I really like it. Love the 3 stich in place start up, push a button at end of seam and it locks the stitch ( 3 stitches in place), thread cut off button, presser foot lift button. Lots of auxillary stitches and lettering. Good Luck. Let us know what you get.

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    The Janome Horizon is a superb machine, I love it. It has an 11" throat, thread cutter, built in walking foot, so many nice features that I can't list them. I had a Bernina QE with the stitch regulator and sold it because it did not sew fast enough for me, had a short work space and I found I could do free motion better without the BSR. I would absolutely get the Horizon. Check out the Janome website.

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    I started out with Viking Topaz 20, 3-months later, upgraded to Viking Designer Diamond (costs more).
    I do so much quilting and designing on quilts, I am
    so very happy with it. Just go to different stores that
    handle different models, ask for a demo. GOOD LUCK!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamaw
    Janome Horizon with the 11" plate and 5 wonderful lights.
    I agree!!

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    I have been drooling over the new Janome Horizon. Go to a dealer and try one. Big throat.

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    I really like my new Viking Sapphire with the 10" throat and have been FMQ on it. I purchased it locally to save the hassle of having to drive for 2 hours to get a machine serviced so keep that in mind when making your purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheesh
    I would try out any that I could but also consider the service and reception of the store selling the item. Do you sincerely feel you will get extra assistance if you have trouble with the machine or just don't understand how to do something. Will they do it free or charge you for their time each time you ask to be shown something? I live in a relatively small area and so bought a Husky serger 60 miles a way. They will give free lessons but I hate the drive. I bought a Baby Lock quilter and love it. It was a demo used in classes at a quilt expo so got it half price. E Burns had taught and there were several new machines for the class to use and then sold 1/2 off with financing free for 12 months. I really like it. Love the 3 stich in place start up, push a button at end of seam and it locks the stitch ( 3 stitches in place), thread cut off button, presser foot lift button. Lots of auxillary stitches and lettering. Good Luck. Let us know what you get.
    My Janome 4000 has the same lock stitch at beginning and end. Wish I had the thread cut off thingy and the presser foot lift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyl
    If you had about $2000-$3000 to spend on a sewing machine that you can quilt on, which machine would you buy? I don't really care much about applique (a little would be nice) my primary wish is for the quilting. Don't think I could find a Bernina in that price range, but what about a Husqvarna? I want the wider throat on any machine I would buy.
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    Which dealer is closest to you? How good are they with service after the sale? I own 4 Viking machines and love every one- bought the first because I could not get the Bernina dealer to wait on me and seel me a machine - and I have NEVER regretted this for a second. Many of the machines in that price range have similar features....but the classes and service that you get with the sale are so very important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crickett Sweet
    I have been drooling over the new Janome Horizon. Go to a dealer and try one. Big throat.
    Crickett, I have been researching and drooling over the Horizon too, so I went yesterday to closest dealer - tried it out and absolutely loved it. It came home with me! And it sews perfect stitches, I even can free motion with it & my stitches look better than they ever have with my other machine. I've had another brand for about 8 years, paid a lot for it, and this is far superior!
    This was my Christmas present to me. :D

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    I bought Janome about 3 months ago just love it. I have the Horizon 7700. I looked At Babylock ,great machine but people at that store are not very welcoming. Looked at verizon, avery nice machine, but i've been to 4 stores in my area looking for help with my{used} embridery machine, they couldn't or wouldn't help because I didn't buy it from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyl
    If you had about $2000-$3000 to spend on a sewing machine that you can quilt on, which machine would you buy? I don't really care much about applique (a little would be nice) my primary wish is for the quilting. Don't think I could find a Bernina in that price range, but what about a Husqvarna? I want the wider throat on any machine I would buy.
    Thanks,
    I have the Husqvarna Viking Designer I, Designer II Quilting Machine and the Designer SE/LE. I quilt on all of them depending on what I am doing. I would not have bought the Designer II if I had known how good the Des. I and SE would do on quilting. On my heavier quilts I always bring out my old Bernine 1230 (25 yrs. old) and go to town. This machine is a work horse and has never let me down. I would look at several shops and fish for the best buy for your money. If you "test" drive all of the machines you will know the feel when you see it. With a budget of 2/3K you should be able to find a really good machine. I bought two of my machines second hand from dealers and didn't have a moments problem with either one of them. I would certainly shop price wise because there are a lot of machines out there and if quilting is all you really want a machine for you won't have to pay for all of the bells and whistles which come on a lot of the machines out there. I find myself doing only certain things on all of my machines and that way I don't have to adjust or readjust every time I sit down to sew. I wish you the very best on your journey to find just the right "girl" for you. Be sure to let us know what you find out there and what you decide on.

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    You sure can get a Bernina for around $3,000! I have a 440 QE (with BSR) that my husband bought me a year ago for that price. I didn't want the embroidery unit with it but if you did I think it's roughly another $1,000.

    I really, really love my Bernina but I haven't used any other machines so don't have much to compare it to (other than the cheap Walmart Brother that I had before). I think what is really important is to go with a brand that you like that has a good dealer near you. You will need to go to them for servicing and other possible issues so you want someone you can easily get help from.

    Good luck on your machine search!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PS Stitcher
    You are going to LOVE the Bernina 440 QE!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE mine and I have the embroidery module for it too. Sews AND embroiders like a dream!
    Yep! I agree. My first Bernina was a 440QE and I loved her! I had the embroidery module also and once I started, I wanted to embroider anything that wasn't moving 8-) I now have a 730E with embroidery and the fund continues.

    Congrats on your new machine! Enjoy!

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