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    So my DH sends me an email that states that his co worker wants to buy his wife a sewing machine for Xmas. Hers has problems piecing heavier fabrics together for quilts. She makes alot of quilts and just does the putting the blocks together. He wants to get her a new machine around $600 or so. Any suggestions out there from fellow quilters? I have a megaquilter and my friend has a juki but they are around $1000. Thanks!!!!

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    No ideas but I think this is so sweet!

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    No way would I let DH or anyone choose a new sewing machine for me. A beautiful card with the check for a new machine would be the only way to do this. I would have your DH tell the guy Do not buy the machine, let her choose.

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    wow so many on market why not google and see whice one would do the job better it would have to be able to sew on heavy fabric two come to mind white brand and singer sewing machine but i know there,s more

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    You can't go wrong with a Brother Nouvelle 1500 for that price 9" throat, drop feed. I love mine.

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    She was looking at a machine for $400 but he wanted to get her something better than that.

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    I love my elna, but it's over the price range, but Janome have a good reputation, but there's no way I would buy a new Singer, old one, yes. Bellaboo is right, have him get a gift certificate and let her choose. What a great husband!!!

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    If it were me I would get a picture of a sewing machine and enclose the check and picture in a card and let her pick her own machine out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    No way would I let DH or anyone choose a new sewing machine for me. A beautiful card with the check for a new machine would be the only way to do this. I would have your DH tell the guy Do not buy the machine, let her choose.
    This is what I would suggest. If he wants to make it a little more interesting put it in a large box and wrap the whole thing. After she opens it he needs to tell her that he wanted to make sure she got the one she likes! He will be the envy of DH's across the world!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lhavelka
    So my DH sends me an email that states that his co worker wants to buy his wife a sewing machine for Xmas. Hers has problems piecing heavier fabrics together for quilts. She makes alot of quilts and just does the putting the blocks together. He wants to get her a new machine around $600 or so. Any suggestions out there from fellow quilters? I have a megaquilter and my friend has a juki but they are around $1000. Thanks!!!!
    My suggestion would be a Janome 6600 or the New Horizon...unfortunately it would probably give someone a heartache with the price. I love my Janomes and toot its horn every chance I get. I've had mine for 6yrs and you just can't beat the Accufeed feature. The machines take whatever I dish out, and somedays, its alot.

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    I think you should tell your husband to tell his coworker to make a nice home made coupon, good for one new sewing machine valued at X amount, wrap it up in a pretty box and give it to her. OR Just tell her to pick one out.

    I would hate it if my husband didn't consult me on a new machine for me...that would be like me just picking out new running shoes for him...he is very particular about his running shoes and I have no idea about them. lol

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    That is so awesome. My DH can buy me a new one anytime! I have a Brother and a Janome memorcraft that i just love!

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    I would recommend if he wants to purchase the machine himself that he goes to an LQS that sells machines. I know that the closest one to me sells Janomes. They are also going to have some great Janome sales. I don't have one of these, but I know that they give the classs free with the machines, and you can go as often as you need to. Anyway, this way if it isn't what she wants exactly, she would be able to easily exchange it and receive help with the decision.

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    As much as he wants to surprise her a machine is so personal and what one person likes another may hate- can he get her a gift card ?

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    A nice card with a homemade gift certificate and then a trip to the LQS (where he stands around quietly while she makes her choice). :0)

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    I agree with all the above. He is going to be a hero, but he'll be a superhero if he gift wraps a photograph of a sewing machine, gives her the cash and a kiss. She knows which features are must haves and which ones she could do without. What a great DH!

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    I also have this machine. It does FMQ, however, it is not equipped for zig zag it is only a straight stitch machine. Good luck!

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    He should buy her a mini sewing machine or a toy one. This one is for 20 bucks on Amazon. Then she can open up the pretend sewing machine and still have a gift and it would be cute and fun. Then he can tell her that he would like to get her a newer nicer one and that he would take her shopping to get the one she wants :) I think a toy machine would be fun to have in her sewing room or something! And a cute gesture. More exciting than just cash.

    http://www.amazon.com/Michley-LSS-20...774877&sr=8-11

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    No way would I let DH or anyone choose a new sewing machine for me. A beautiful card with the check for a new machine would be the only way to do this. I would have your DH tell the guy Do not buy the machine, let her choose.
    I have to agree. A sewing machine is too personal for anyone but the user to pick out. $600 is a large enough amount that she probably won't be replacing it soon and should get one she really loves this time. But it is a sweet idea - a card and a check would be a good way to handle it.

    Besides, think of the fun she will have trying out machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    No way would I let DH or anyone choose a new sewing machine for me. A beautiful card with the check for a new machine would be the only way to do this. I would have your DH tell the guy Do not buy the machine, let her choose.
    I agree.

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    What a great idea!
    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    He should buy her a mini sewing machine or a toy one. This one is for 20 bucks on Amazon. Then she can open up the pretend sewing machine and still have a gift and it would be cute and fun. Then he can tell her that he would like to get her a newer nicer one and that he would take her shopping to get the one she wants :) I think a toy machine would be fun to have in her sewing room or something! And a cute gesture. More exciting than just cash.

    http://www.amazon.com/Michley-LSS-20...774877&sr=8-11

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    I also agree about the personality of a sewing machine.

    Another cute idea would be to get a.....

    sewing machine Christmas ornament
    coffee mug with a sewing machine on it
    sewing machine music box
    sewing machine print fabric

    sewing machine anything..... but not the actual sewing machine with the gift certificate or monies in the package with a hand written note or card from him expressing his desires for the monies to be spent on a new machine.

    Her heart might already be set on a certain machine for the $400. Then she could use the rest to build a stash of fabrics to try out on the new machine or extra feet for machine....

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    I agree a machine is a personal choice. Maybe he could find a sewing machine ornament so she would have a box to open!!! No matter how he presents it....what a guy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    No way would I let DH or anyone choose a new sewing machine for me. A beautiful card with the check for a new machine would be the only way to do this. I would have your DH tell the guy Do not buy the machine, let her choose.
    A machine is such a personal choice. I agree that he should tell her to pick one out and he'll pay for it. She's happy, and he doesn't make a mistake he'll be paying for - forever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie
    I love my elna, but it's over the price range, but Janome have a good reputation, but there's no way I would buy a new Singer, old one, yes. Bellaboo is right, have him get a gift certificate and let her choose. What a great husband!!!
    Elna's are good and some LQS's may be having a sale on them right now. There's one in a town nearby my house that was lowering their prices by $250 to make room for the new model and also discounting their floor model. That brings the price down quite a bit. If there's a store that has machines on sale this would be a great time to give her a gift certificate so she can pick out her own and possibly get more for the money.

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