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Thread: Help< im into shotguns not sewing machines

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    Wife is in making a "ragquilt?" and has made several with her machine from highschool. It sqeaks and is loud. Want to get her a new one for Christmas. I have done no research and dont know where to start, but would like one to last for another twenty years. She enjoys making quilts. any info would be helpful. Thanks

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    Shaggy, what a wonderful gift! I am sure your wife would appreciate a new machine. At the top of this page, you will see a search icon. Click there and enter something like buying a sewing machine. This topic was covered previously, so you may want to start there. Good luck and let us know your specific questions, when you have researched a little.

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    Shes giving that machine heck as we speak, she really digs making them and I thank you for the reply.
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    Very pretty. Very nice.

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    Shaggy, here is one link to a discussion we've had about sewing machines. There may be others that you find on your search, but you could start here...

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/116.page

    I think it's great that you want to get her a new machine for Christmas. She's going to love that!! In the meantime, has her current machine been serviced lately, or have you done any maintenance on it yourself? Sometimes just a good cleaning/oiling can make a huge difference. Especially in the bobbin area. That seems to be the one place that my machines have needed some cleaning and a little squirt the most often.

    Her quilt is just beautiful! :)

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    Is there a sewing dealer in your area that you can visit and see the machines have them demonstrated,they would be your most informed source.

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    Shaggy, your girl is a keeper and so are you!!

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    My suggestion for a new machine is giving her a gift certificate for a machine of her choice. I used to sell machines and nine times out of ten the women want to pick their own out. there are so many different ones out there with many different features and everyone has there own idea what they want in a machine. Marge

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    I wholeheartedly agree with the gift certificate.....a BIG ONE so she can have the machine of her dreams.

    On the other hand, talk about her love of sewing and casually ask her about the "machine of her dreams." what would she really love to have if she could have a new one. I bet you will get some good responses, enough to fuel your energy toward buying her the one big gift she really wants.

    On the practical side, I would NOT want my husband to give me a machine of his choice. He has no idea what I would want or use. Surprises are nice, but sometimes they go awry.

    Better safe than sorry!

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    Yes...gift certificate!! My husband purchased my last machine for me and altho I use it , there are many things I have to use my older machines for that this one won't or can't accomplish....I cannot machine quilt with it... it is great for piecing and it has some fancy stitches on it that I use on occasion but for quilting and binding I have to use my older machine.

    Make sure its enuf so she can get all the bells and whistles she needs and extra accessories!

    Good luck!!

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    Shaggy, another thought, do you have any idea of the price of sewing machines? A basic machine can start from 300-400 while a computerized machine can cost as much a $6,000. The prices in between will depend on the brand and capabilities of the machine. I high suggest that you actually go to a dealer or two and educate yourself a bit on what is available. My personal recommendation would be Janome. That is the brand I have and am very happy with. Each of us has our own idea what makes a good machine. Some have combo embroidery/sewing machines. Obviously, those cost a bit more. Some of us are happy with basic machines, yet still require certain functions not available on all machines. For example, needle down feature, multiple needle positioning, and free arm are what I wanted.
    Concider what you can afford, and offer her the chance to pick a machine in your price range. I am sure this seems quite complicated, as each of us have different ideas on what is a good machine and what is our dream machine. Sewing machines are not a one size fits all sort of thing. :lol:

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    Hey Shaggy,
    Do the gift certificate, there are machines and there are MACHINES. Do the search here for machines, call around your area, get the highest price on the machine that will do all that your wife enjoys then take her and gift certificate to try the machine of her dreams and buy it. She will appreciate you so much you might get your own quilt for snuggling!

    You ARE a keeper and to think you even looked us up to ask, that's going the extra mile!! You might learn to quilt with her, there are several of the 'guys' that share the joy with us.

    Quilting together keeps a family together! There! Made up my own slogan.

    Sharon

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    One year my husband bought "me" a shotgun, and I bought "him" a painting. That method works well, too.

    One hitch, though, you will need to make sure she uses it on a machine instead of something the kids need or want - we have a tendacy of doing that.

    I found a Brother embroidery/sewing machine in Wal Mart in Deming, New Mexico that was about $400 less than what exactly the same machine in San Antonio, Texas. This is what I use for quilting and general sewing. So, you might check around for your pricing.

    You are a keeper! It's really sweet that you want to do this for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimisharon
    Hey Shaggy,
    Do the gift certificate, there are machines and there are MACHINES. Do the search here for machines, call around your area, get the highest price on the machine that will do all that your wife enjoys then take her and gift certificate to try the machine of her dreams and buy it. She will appreciate you so much you might get your own quilt for snuggling!


    Sharon
    I think he already got the quilt for snuggling, unless she is a Corn Huskers fan herself! LOL

    Anyway, I agree that taking her to pick out the machine she likes is the safest way to go, but if Shaggy is an attentive husband, he can probably guess what she's going to be happy with, and maybe take it up a notch!
    Hint, hint. :lol:

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    Aren't great husbands a wonderful thing!!!! Much luck with your endeavor, I'm voting for the take her with you kinda surprise. Get a sitter, take her for lunch, and over dessert say..."Honey, lets go get ya something great! and head for the local shop and have a ball! She does beautiful work and sure deserves a beautiful machine to help her efforts. You're a wonderful husband for noticing that!!

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    WOW, THANK YOU. You guys are great. I would like to show her this site but I think I better wait a while. This has been a great help!!

    Thanks again, I will stay in touch.

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    My DH bought my sewing/embroidery machine for me for Christmas last year, but that's what I had hinted at forever!
    It's a Brother SE270D, and I'm not so happy with it right at the moment.

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    If I may ask...why aren't you happy with the Brother SE270D right now...I've been considering getting another Brother. Mine, I've had for aroud 20 yrs or so, has sadly decided to die. It was a horrible, screeching death just a few weeks ago. One of the reasons I'm still in the planning stage of my quilting process. (Not to mention I'm quickly running out of time to finish this years Halloween costumes!! I may have to go borrow my mother's!!)

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    I was wondering how the shopping went?

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    Shaggy, Yes indeed, you are a keeper! I would let her pick her own machine. You could scout out the shops that sell in your price range and then let her pick. If there is more than one shop, I would encourage her to chose a shop that offers lots of after-purchase support and classes. A good machine will last a long time and she should be able to depend on the shop to keep her machine running. Also I think a little time spent in the shop for the old machine might be called for. She might want to pass it down to your daughter for her "first" machine. Good Luck. You're sweet to notice. Virginia

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    Shaggy, Instead of a store gift certificate, you might want to consider giving her a homemade gift certificate that says "Can be redeemed for 1 new sewing machine of your choice"; then she can shop around and get the brand of machine she wants. A gift certificate from a store might restrict her to a specific brand. I have Janome and Bernina machines. I love them both, but if I had to pick only one it would definitely be the Bernina. Hope this helps. Please be sure and let us know what you decide.


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    Hi Minda,
    Can I ask why you'd pick the Brenina? I currently have a Brother basic model and want to buy a new machine. I am trying to choose between the Bernina 440WQE and the Husqvarna Sapphire 850 (or 870?). I feel I'm only going to make a big purchase like this once in my life and I want to get it right.
    I'd appreciate any advice.
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    Imelda

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    Hi Imelda,
    The Bernina has metal gears, which means it will last longer and take much more 'wear and tear' than machines with some plastic. The walking foot on my Bernina works much more smoothly and makes a nicer seam than my Janome. Overall, I just think the Bernina sews nicer than other machines I've used. I think it's best to go and try out the machines you are thinking about buying. I sewed on all of my machines for quite a while and asked lots of questions before I bought them. Hope this helps you, but remember it all comes down to personal preference. Good luck shopping. :-) :-)

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    Thanks for the advice. I tried out both machines, liked both but I think I prefer the Bernina. The only thing putting me off it is that I've heard some negative feedback about the Bernina dealer here (there's only one in Ireland) and I don't want any hassle with him in the future should there be a problem. Decisions, decisions....
    Imelda

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    Hi Imelda,
    Maybe you should ask around and try to find out what the problems are with the dealer. The people who sell Berninas in my area are angels. They are very helpful and supportive any time I have questions. As Virginia already mentioned, it's important to have good after-purchase support from your sewing machine dealer.

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