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    Hello and welcome from sunny Myakka City Fl. This is the best place for us beginners, I've learned a lot.

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    I am about ready to purchase a Janome Horizon. This machine would be light years beyond my 25 year old White, so am a bit intimidated. I would be going from 13 stiches to 250 and I hope the learning curve won't be too frustrating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redrider
    I am about ready to purchase a Janome Horizon. This machine would be light years beyond my 25 year old White, so am a bit intimidated. I would be going from 13 stiches to 250 and I hope the learning curve won't be too frustrating.
    You"re going to love it! There is a Yahoo group for these machines. It's not too hard to figure out. I love the thread cutter and needle threader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redrider
    I am about ready to purchase a Janome Horizon. This machine would be light years beyond my 25 year old White, so am a bit intimidated. I would be going from 13 stiches to 250 and I hope the learning curve won't be too frustrating.
    I'll second. You're going to love it. The yahoo group is really helpful too.

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    I have a Babylock Espire and love the machine. She is now marketed as a Symphonie. However, I recently read that Babylock has added the built-in walking foot on their new model. Here I thought I was DONE buying new machines for a while......

    Don't you agree that buying a sewing machine is very much like buying a car? It has to "fit" the driver.

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    I have a Babylock Ellisimo and absolutely LOVE it for quilting!! I have a Husqvarna Viking D1 ESS and love that also for quilting. I do have a larger surface area to work on with my Elli so I use her the most...plus she's brand new so I love to play with it!! Take a peek @ Babylock, it just might rock your world!! :lol:

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    I have the Babylock Quest Plus that has the built in walking foot so there are no tucks when quilting. A deciding factor was all the feet work with the PDQ and it came with a large table, so there was no added expense. Has a perfect straight stitch and almost 9" of space. The new Quest is called the Serenade. Also, have 2 Vikings that sew nicely, but would not get a machine without the PDQ (precision dual feed) or IDF (Pfaff's name).

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltbuddy
    Quote Originally Posted by redrider
    I am about ready to purchase a Janome Horizon. This machine would be light years beyond my 25 year old White, so am a bit intimidated. I would be going from 13 stiches to 250 and I hope the learning curve won't be too frustrating.
    You"re going to love it! There is a Yahoo group for these machines. It's not too hard to figure out. I love the thread cutter and needle threader.
    Well, I went and ordered the Horizon last night and I will have it on Monday. Thanks for the tip on the Yahoo group! I will be sure to check it out. The dealer gives lessons too, as many as I need he said. It is the same place I got the White from.

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    I have 2 Vikings (1) is Sandiviania 200 7 yrs old and Sapphire 835 1 yr old. I love both. I also have a Singer that was produced in 1937. It appears to weigh 50 lbs.

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    In regards to my post about the 820 machine stating it is not suitable for quilters (in my opinion) I was referring to piecing not machine quilting.

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    I must preface by saying I have very little experience with sewing machines. That being said, I have a Viking Emerald 118, which is a really wonderful little workhorse of a machine (and the only machine I have). It has decent throat space, sews beautifully, and it is not particularly finicky. It manages a variety of threads and needles without giving me grief and generally runs like a top. I do an annual service on it, and as of yet, have had no other issues with it (knock on wood!). I understand the company was sold and the products are now made in China so I don't know about the newer models. This one is about 4 or 5 years old. For what it is worth my MIL, who is a die-hard quilter, swears by her Janome.

    PS I use mine for both piecing and FMQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwiltnutt
    After reading this thread, I must say I am curious as to why anyone would have multiple machines. You all must be much richer than me; I'll say that much. Please take this in the spirit with which it is intended.
    Have you seen the thread about how many machines everyone has? I only have one machine too. I joke that we "single machiners" are a small but very elite group on the board! :lol:

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    Yes I do! It is almost like human bonding. I feel most comfortable sitting in front of a Bernina. I have owned Pfaff, Viking, Singer, Babylock, Brother and Elna. I always return to Bernina. I have to add though, I love Babylock/Brother for embroidery the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvillequilter
    Yes I do! It is almost like human bonding. I feel most comfortable sitting in front of a Bernina. I have owned Pfaff, Viking, Singer, Babylock, Brother and Elna. I always return to Bernina. I have to add though, I love Babylock/Brother for embroidery the most.
    and also Janome.

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    I have found 9 times out of ten that if the thread is jamming it is because the thread fell out of the main thread path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Mimm
    Quote Originally Posted by kwiltnutt
    After reading this thread, I must say I am curious as to why anyone would have multiple machines. You all must be much richer than me; I'll say that much. Please take this in the spirit with which it is intended.
    Have you seen the thread about how many machines everyone has? I only have one machine too. I joke that we "single machiners" are a small but very elite group on the board! :lol:
    Purchasing and owning more than one machine is a lovely vice. I have never met a person that didn't have at least one vice. Some people like to buy and collect stamps, shoes - clothes - handbags, or cars, or nicknacks, or drink, smoke, gamble. I find many sewers and quilters, including myself, have such a passion for the hobby that extend it further by buying lots of fabric, patterns, notions and of course machines. You will also find that women/men who spend much of their disposible income on their hobby are thrifty with spending in other areas to compensate.

    I am curious to learn if the single machine owners also fall into the group of those who only buy fabric with a particular project in mind and don't have a stash?

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    I must not be considered a single machine owner or likely to ever fall into that group. I do acquire too much fabric. Have enough to make about 10-15 quilts. Buy it when it is on sale or just because it is pretty. I only have one machine, that one is for sewing, although, I have quilted on it a small bit. I am in the process of saving for my first quilting machine, but am not there, yet.
    I do have multiple weaving looms, though. Have had to get rid of several to make room and money for my future quilting machine.

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    I just got a Bernina 430 and am in love with it. I upgraded from my mass market machine for more throat space, and while it isn't huge, it is bigger than what I have. I paid 10x for this machine what I paid for the last one, and it is without a doubt 10x better- just so many features. I've gotten a twin size quilt completely under the harp, to do something on the far edge when I didn't want it to be directional (I don't quilt as well pulling as I do pushing), so if I did a queen from center out, I would be okay.

    I really wanted the Janome Horizon 7700 for the larger harp, but it was $1000 more. Since the Bernina also came with embroidery, I really couldn't justify that extra $1000. (I originally had hoped to upgrade to about a $600-800 sewing machine, but ended up spending $2000 when I realized that my price point wasn't going to get me what I wanted at all, and I might as well stay with my $200 machine... definetly worth the money, but it is going to have to last me for the rest of my life!)

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    I'm near Syracuse and so is Roberta.


    Quote Originally Posted by Bon-bon
    Roberta, where are you in CNY? I, too, am from CNY

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