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    What is a good quilting machine to buy that fairly inexpencive? any suggestions?

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    Wills' grammy, someone just got a really nice machine for $199. I can't think of who it is, but when I do, I will get a link for you. In the mean time, go look on eBay to get yourself an idea on how much machines are going for there. That will help you for when you go looking for one locally.

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    Brothers are pretty good inexpensive machines. I just bought a CE4000 off Craigslist (almost brand new) for $60. The retail on them is 199 but on sale around 139. I've tried it out and I like it. It's lightweight enough to take to classes, has 40 built in stitches, a button that makes the feed dogs go down and a whole bunch of extra feet including the 1/4", Stitch in the Ditch, and zipper feet plus others. I've had Brothers machines before that were wonderful.

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    There is only 1 sewing machine place in Effingham, DH thinks that is where I should buy my machine for service and repair.

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    I know he carries Janome but not sure about brother

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wills' grammy
    I know he carries Janome but not sure about brother
    I have two Janomes and love them to death. You can't go wrong with a Janome machine in my opinion.

    And I totally agree that buying one from the local shop so you can get it repaired there is a great idea.

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    Yes, buying local is the way to go if at all possible. Go in and test drive all the machines the dealer carries. Then you'll have an idea of your wants and needs.

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    Thank you to everyone, I am going to look at the janome site and see what they carry

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    I got a Janome 8077 1 1/2 yr ago at Hancock fabric for 250. they still sell them and I LOVE IT!! Has needle up down and the blanket stitch for applique. Really easy and a good beginner or advanced user machine. Would do it all over agin.

    I also have a Joanome 1600 p-QC. LOVE IT! My favorite features are needle down, thread cutter, and it will not sew if you forget to put the foot down. I also use the knee lifter ALL the time.

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    I would stick with a dealer. If a new machine is out lf the price range, check into a used one. The dealer will have refurbised models. You can get a great machine at a lower cost.

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    Janome just came out with two new machines that are reasonably priced. One is 399 and the other is 799. The 799 has some super great feed dogs, thread cutter, etc.

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    I went through quite a few $200-$400 machines before I took the plunge and got my Bernina 430, which I LOVE. Three "cheapies" for sure- 2 from Sears and one from Walmart. The warranties were for CRAP! I expected that from Walmart, but not Sears.

    You will get much better service going local than you will from any of the box stores. The Sears ones that I bought only had 6 month warranties, and guess how long one lasted? Yup, 6 months. They would have covered the parts, but the labor was more than a new one would have been. The other Sears one lasted a few years before literally wearing out. I did make a lot of quilts on it, to be fair, but that one was the pricier- I think $400-ish- one. They were both Janome brand, but possibly the Sears ones are not made to the same quality as ones a dealer would get? I don't know. I just am sort of soured on Janomes now.

    I would suggest going used if money is an issue as you can get a lot nicer machine. If you go through a sewing machine dealer you can often even get a warranty on a used one. My mom has a Viking/Husqvarna that she loves and I have a Bernina that I love. So I know that in our family, those two brands have stood us really well. My Grandma's Viking is from the 1960s and still goes strong. Are there any dealers anywhere near you that sell either of those?

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    Aren't Brother & Janome made by the same people? I've heard that & my Dealer sells them both so I wondered. I have heard great things about both however certain models of the Brother are better than other models. Good Luck in your search.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wills' grammy
    I know he carries Janome but not sure about brother
    I love my Janome. Try it out at the shop first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramof6
    Aren't Brother & Janome made by the same people? I've heard that & my Dealer sells them both so I wondered. I have heard great things about both however certain models of the Brother are better than other models. Good Luck in your search.
    No, but the Elna and Kenmore are outsourced by the same manufacturer as Janome, so all of these 3 tend to have almost identical models and features.

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    I have had real good luck with Brothers. They are cheap enough that you can replace them every couple of years. I sew a lot of hours so it doesn't pay me to buy an expensive one and I don't have a good machine shop in my rural area. If you want to buy one for free motion I wouldn't buy a Singer. My son bought me a commercial one a few months ago and I fight it continually.

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    Buy local and go with a Janome. My son has has two and DGD has two and all work great.

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