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Thread: Am I wrong to want a new machine so soon?

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    I haven't seen the auto tension. What machines have this lovely feature? I haven't been checking the machines for a while (long while).


    Quote Originally Posted by Amythyst02 View Post
    I guess my question to you, is why do you feel greedy?

    When I bought my machine, I thought it was the end all, and now I wish I had thought more, and gotten a few things mine does not have, like auto tension (how I hate having to mess with tensions) and a auto thread cutter (I honestly think I would save money by having one).

    I think the one thing, even though we tell everyone this, to test all the machines out there, just in case the one you thought was your end all, is not. IF I had gone just a step up, (trying to save money) I would have found my end all, or I may have looked at a completely different machine.

    Honestly, you need to enjoy your sewing, if your not happy with the machine, you will sew less, and then there is just no point in even having one. I say get what makes you happy and does the things you want.

    Good luck!!
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    You know what your finances are and you get to say what you want to spend your money for. Use your own judgment. froggyintexas

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccthomas View Post
    I haven't seen the auto tension. What machines have this lovely feature? I haven't been checking the machines for a while (long while).
    The one I'm thinking of buying
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    You'll love the Pfaff. Have used them since 1982. Go for it, it will make a world of difference.
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    In imho (which is just that ..LOL), buy what you can afford; but make sure it can last you for a while. That is why I bought the Pfaff Ambition1.5 (went through 2 machines and decided hmmm.. time to buy another machine) and going to buy a quilting Pfaff in the next couple of years. DH was behind me all the way with buying a good sewing machine, then the quilting machine next. Be sure your budget can handle it and your family doesn't think you are well "that crazy quilt lady" LOL
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    Romanojg: Oh girl .. tell him his vet said you could buy a new machine and see his reaction !LOL Did that once to hubby.. walked out to his tools and told him the tools told me I needed whatever it was (Gingher Scissors..lol) and he was just beside himself .. LOL so I won out and got what I wanted, I still use that every once in a while. (okay its nuts but hey it worked!LOL)
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    There is a strong difference between want and need.....If you can afford to do it, without cutting into the food budget....go for it.....there will come a time to stop, but it has not come YET !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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    If you want it and can afford it, get it! Life is too short to live with regret! I have a machine to embroider on, one to applique on, a Kenmore, a Morse, and 4 Singers. I say go for it! You can never have too many sewing machines or too much cloth!

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    Ladies - thank you all for your advice! I took a lot of your comments on board and I went out today and bought the Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0!
    I gave it a good test run with piecing, appliqué and even a little FMQ and was very pleased with it. This brings my total number of machines to two!
    It honestly never entered my head what I would do if my Janome broke down (I'll be keeping it to take to class) and the comment about how one machine can't do everything was very apt.
    Once again you ladies have given me great advice - thanks to everyone.
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    I don't think you are greedy at all. Many, many years ago (when my kids were small, they're 35 &37 now) I literally burned out the motor on my Sears Kenmore, went to the local sewing machine shop and bought a Singer (I forget which model), but when I bought it I told the dealer that I wanted a machine that would stand up to the hours and hours of sewing and quilting that I was doing. Well, one year or so later, I'm preparing a quilt for a quilt show - time is short and my machine went "postal" and had a "meltdown". I took it back to the dealer, where one gentleman said there was nothing wrong with it, then the owner came over and he showed me the Janome 4000, and let me test drive it. He said he would give me the full price I paid for the Singer in trade for the Janome, so instead of $900, it was $300. I'm hoping I don't jinx it, but she and I have been "best buds" ever since. I also have a Brother that I got for free at our local trash incinerator where people dropped off items too good to throw away and this gentleman was going up the stairs with this Brother machine, still in it's original box, well, it came home with me and was a great stand-in when the Janome was in for a tune up. Then just before leaving our home of 33 years a friend drops by with a Kenmore machine, which is very close to the bells and whistles of my Janome. At one point I had 6 machines, but now I'm down to 3, although I haven't spent much time with the other 2 machines, I know they are there, it's nice to have a back-up plan, although I should take them out of the closet and use them occasionally and give my Janome a rest. I don't think it's ever greedy to have something to use for something you love.

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    Go for it. make the men in your life happy!!!

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    NO NO NO!!!!!!! We quilters are never greedy, we are just making sure we have the right tools for the job - LOL LOL LOL!!!!

    If you have the funds and the family are with you I say ......... GO FOR IT!!!!!

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    No matter how many other quilters tell you to ignore feelings youhad that made you ask if you are greedy, the feelings must have been honest, or why would you have even brought up the subject? The feelings are probably not really related to whether you own one, two or forty sewing machines. They probably relate to something very personal to you. Certainly 2 sewing machines is not unusual for someone who sews. Not even unusual for someone in the USA who doesn't sew. I would suggest you not ignore your feelings or confuse them with your quilting. They may be justified or they may not be, but I would suggest that you find out for sure and not be in the position of asking strangers about something like this. I think you will probably feel better later. I don't mean to sound preachy, but it is unusual to ask strangers about such a personal question that it sounds as if it is not a superficial question at all.
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    Heck, no!! Go for it! I have an Exp 3.0 and would love a 4.0 also!
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    I have that very machine and a Janome. I like them both for different reasons. That presser foot option is awesome, it is also easy to figure out how to run the machine in general. Enjoy them both!
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    If you want the machine and it won't be a financial hardship, get it. Life is short-enjoy it.

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    I say go for it if you can afford it. I'm in the process of getting a new/used machine...been looking at the HV Shappire 850,875 or the HV Topaz 30. Can't figure out if I want the embrodiery part, but like the larger sewing area to the right of the needle.

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    Buy it -- there's no calories in it! And hours spent at the sewing machine save BIG dollars on therapy! If DH says to buy it, then you should be a happy camper! LOL!

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    Absolutely Not! I bought a Janome 6600 two years ago because I couldn't afford the 7700 which is what I wanted!!!!! Then surprise...............I got a credit card offer of no interest for a year so I thought, well, that must be a sign from above so went and bought the 7700! Now I have both the 6600 and the 7700! (plus a smaller Janome for classes) The joke in our family is how many sewing machines does one person need to make a quilt?????

    I don't care!!!!! I love my machines and use them both. It makes me happy.......................
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    Lol, I just had to laugh at your post because I felt the same way a couple of months ago! I have only been quilting for about a year now, I dabbled in it a little in the past but nothing like now. I started out with a new Singer machine, I think it cost a couple hundred bucks at Walmart about 15 yrs ago. I didn't really sew that much, made both my babies a baby blanket with my moms help of course, other than that, nothing really. Well then about a year ago I decided I wanted to make myself a little lap quilt. My mom and I were at Joanne's and she was looking into the Viking Sapphire 875Q, well I thought she deserved one so I bought it for her that day. (We had went there to buy a few yards of material for my lap quilt). I bought my material, went home started on my lap quilt and decided that my old singer was a piece of crap and that I needed a new one like my moms. So I went back to Joanne's and bought another Viking Sapphire 875Q. I finished my lap quilt and started really getting into Quilting, buying fabric like the Moda warehouse was on fire and I had to buy it all! Crazy crazy addiction! Well then I started hearing about all these great other machines, so I told myself that I had to have another one so I bought a new Janome 7700. I quilted one quilt on that, and some how got looking at Berninas....needless to say I now have 3 new machines, I had to have the Bernina 820 QE. I love this machine the most out of the 3 new ones. I wish I would have never bought the Janome I guess because I love the bernina so much that's all I want to use. My Bernina kicks butt hands down!
    So I guess all the advice that I can give you is to investigate and make sure that you buy what you want. I had a magazine (I forget which one it was cuz for some reason I think I have to have all those too) that listed about 20 different machines and their differences and their price range. Great magazine, I think that's what got me going on the bernina. But jsut do some research first! I am done buying machines now for awhile, I have found my new love! I kinda felt greedy at first too, so I know how your feeling even though your hubby and daughter are telling you to go for it you still kinda feel guilty. You know why you kinda feel guilty? Because MOMS don't normaly spend money on themselves, it's always for the kids or someone else, that's why. Look at all of your husbands tools! Those are expensive too! So this is your tool!
    Just for a funny: I read something somewhere once, can't really remember all of it but it was something about finally getting to use a clean towel after you shower, something like 'A mom has waited 18 yrs to have a nice clean towel all to herself without feeling guilty about it'. What I gathered from it is a mom always grabs her baby's dirty towel, that really isn't that dirty, instead of getting a clean one, save those for the kids and DH, besides all that you do the laundry. Sounds kinda gross but I'll be honest and say I have done it before! (especially if its just for my hair)....lol.. Buy the machine if you want it.

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    If you can afford it and have the room, why haven't you bought it already???
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    I say go for it. I bought my Brother QC1000 machine on a whim 4 yrs ago(and well I had just gotten a good size lump of money) and I am still very happy with it. It is heavy. I cannot take it anywhere . I do have 5 other vintage machines but have come to the conclusion that I REALLY need a smaller lighter machine with an auto threader So am considering selling my vintage machines to finance my newer machine. I will get it at the dealer where I got my Brother although they have changed over to Babylock it looks like.

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    If you get the Pfaff you will love it! I have one and it is a dream machine!

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    I'm glad you bought it! Good for you!
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    your family is telling to buy it ,they know how you feel about quilting .i say go for it you only live once
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