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Thread: Help - Want to buy my wife quilt/sewing machine for X-mas!!

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    My wife is a crazy quilter. I am sure many on this forum know what I mean.

    She is really great at it and has been doing it for many years.

    She is ill, however, and I want to really surprise her at Christmas this year with a top of the line sewing machine for her quilting.

    I just snuck into her quilting room - yes, she has an entire room devoted to quilting with a work table, sewing centre etc. From what I can tell (I can't find the specific model number on the machine, it just says Husqvarna
    Viking) she currently has a Husqvarna Platitmun machine (the instructional manual that I found is for Plantimum 730, 750 and 770 models so it has to be one of these).

    I would like to get something significantly better. I think she would also enjoy/like something with embroidering capabilites for shirts, jeans, blouses etc.

    So, here is the big question. If you were my wife and currently owned a Husqvarna Viking Plantinum series quilting/sewing machine ... what would you like if you were upgrading?


    Since we live in a small city with a Husqvarna store in it and given that she currently has a Husqvarna machine which she is familiar with ... I think (for my own sake) I better stick with another Husqvarna model.

    So there you have it ladies. Please fire away at me and please give me your divine guidance. I know that buying a sewing machine is to women what buying a new car is to us guys ... so I know I am on thin ice here. Help me not to break through! If you can suggest specific model numbers that would be very helpful.

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    If you are going to upgrade to a embroidery machine, it may be a good idea to stick with a local dealer. She is going to love being able to take classes from them on how to use it. I would also make sure that the dealer agrees that you can return it, if it is not the model she has in mind. No offence, but sometimes it is more of a personal decision... You are awesome to think of surprising your wife with a new machine

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    She'll love you for wanting to do this for her. But if my DH bought me a new sewing machine without my input I would love the gesture but be disheartened too. A sewing machine is personal to most quilters and lots of research and thought goes into a new machine. Go to the dealer and see the prices of the various machines and then give your wife lots of new machine brochures along with a check! :)

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    I don't know sewing machines- but have you done a search on top-rated, etc machines? I know it's way different, but that's the way I picked out my vacuum cleaner (which I am IN LOVE with), and now I do that with every big purchase I make.
    It may even help to go to the manufacturers websites and see if there aren't reviews online from people who have purchased that particular model, for instance. People are sometimes partial to their own machines, so it may be better to seek out a site like I mentioned above. ? The thing is that a manufacturer may say- model ABC is the best, but if all the reviews say otherwise, well there you go. At least it's better than nothing.
    As far as a machine specific to what she does??? Maybe you can set up your sister or daughter or something to grill your wife about what she thinks is good (as if they were going to take up quilting??? however you do it) about her machine and what she wants in a new one. Then they can relay that information to you. :)
    That may or not help, but that's all I can think of- you are so sweet to take the time to search out a forum and think of getting your wife something that will mean so much to her!
    Good luck- I hope you get more good ideas from the many experienced quilters on here!

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    I think you are GREAT and what I would want my husband to do is get me a real nice card, with picture of what you think she might want. The local Quilt Store should be able to help you if they know her. Put the pic in the card and tell her she can have that one or anyone she might like better, or prefer. Like BellaBoo said it is a personel item that only she is going to be working with so she should pick it out. Have a GREAT Christmas and it sounds like both of you are very lucky to have each other.

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    Oh forgot I have a Viking Sapphire 850 love it

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    While this is an incredibly thoughtful gesture on your part you may be setting yourself up for a world of hurt and disappointment. Like other posters a machine is very personal. I would be very angry with my husband if he did this as I am currently extremely pleased with the machine I have now, as your wife may be with hers. She may secretly covet something else and not want the hassle associated with a new machine. Please seek out this posting: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-28927-1.htm for some insite about this kind of "surprise".

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    Hi Guy! What a wonderful surprise you are planning for your wife. I worked at a quilt shop/sewing machine store for several years, and we repaired them also.

    First of all: definitely whatever brand you buy, make sure it is from a dealer, and not off the net or from WallyWorld. She will need the support/lessons/warranty from a dealer.

    I quilt on one machine and embroider on another. It is wonderful to do it that way as you can be embroidering while you are quilting. The "all in one" QUEEN machines that do it all limit you to be able to do that, so while she is embroidering on her "all in one", she will have to continue to use her other machine she owns now to quilt & do regular sewing. Don't missunderstand me...the "all in one machines" are WONDERFUL and TERRIFIC in today's electronic digital world, but you can only do embroidery OR sewing on them..........not both at the same time.

    If there is a Janome Dealer in your city, be sure you take a look at their machines. They hardly ever need repair and are very user friendly and most owners can do their own oiling/cleaning maintenance on them. The Corporation is a good company and they are definitely customer service oriented. They have a machine that does ONLY embroidery and that's all it does...(I have one of those)..and then they have other machines for quilting & regular sewing. Yes, they have one of those "all in one QUEEN" machines too, and it is TOP OF THE LINE...excellent.

    Hope you have a computer and high end one, as she will need it to store all of her embroidery designs...or a separate external hard drive (which is what I have).

    Now...that I've totally confused you. LOL! Have a good time looking and surprising your wife, and be prepared to spend more than a few dollars!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and her! You are one terrific Santa!

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    That is really a sweet thought. But I'm with most of the other people here - I would want some input on it.

    Before you commit to this, you might want to do some shopping yourself - some of these machines are spendy!!!!

    (The only reason I mention cost is because I can't afford a new one right now - and I am mostly happy with the ones I have.)

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    Go to the dealer where she got her last machine. Talk to them. Has she been in there lately to lust after some new machine?
    I agree with the previous comments, I would not want someone else to actually BUY a machine for me, but maybe a gift certificate, or an actual visit with me to pick out a new machine in aprice range. I think doing research together would be lots better than a "surprise"!

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    I haven't even looked at price tags lately - last time I had serious sticker shock!

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    wow, what an awesome idea... That's so incredible sweet of you. I'd have to agree with the others, tell her you need some help shopping for ... something. and then surprise her by taking her to the quilt store and tell her to pick out a machine (or go to several stores). Women enjoy the anticipation as much as the event itself, and since you're dropping a chunk of change, get your money's worth. tee hee

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    What a wonderful husband!

    You are just sooooo thoughtful!

    Surprise her with a night out (no cooking--a nice restaurant) and give her a gift certificate (that you made) indicating it is good for the sewing machine of her dreams. I guarantee you she will know exactly what she wants. Every quilter on this board has "their" favorite machine and they aren't the same. lol......

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    The Designer Diamond is the newest embroidery machine. I would love one, but can't see that happening for a while yet.

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    I have the same machine as Guy's wife and I love it for taking to classes. It stitches really well but does not have a large enough harp to quilt queen size quilts. I would seriously look at the Sapphire 870 as it is a beautiful machine for quilting with many embroidery stitches and a huge (10") harp for quilting. It also has the automatic thread cutter which is a feature quilters love.

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    You must be a wonderful loving dear husband,what a thoughtful gift idea! I am thinking that maybe your wife would like something diffrent than the huskavarna! I know women who have several of one brand machine but while they love that brand would also love buying a diffrent brand when they have a chance! Hope that makes some sense, maybe secretly, she may want a serger or an old treadle or such! I think every quilter has there special wish list that they keep to themselves. Whatever you do, I am sure she will just love it because it came from you and your heart!

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    Please let us know what you decide to do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemjo
    Please let us know what you decide to do!
    maybe you should talk to her friends as she may have told them what her dream machine is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy
    My wife is a crazy quilter. I am sure many on this forum know what I mean.

    She is really great at it and has been doing it for many years.

    She is ill, however, and I want to really surprise her at Christmas this year with a top of the line sewing machine for her quilting.

    I just snuck into her quilting room - yes, she has an entire room devoted to quilting with a work table, sewing centre etc. From what I can tell (I can't find the specific model number on the machine, it just says Husqvarna
    Viking) she currently has a Husqvarna Platitmun machine (the instructional manual that I found is for Plantimum 730, 750 and 770 models so it has to be one of these).

    I would like to get something significantly better. I think she would also enjoy/like something with embroidering capabilites for shirts, jeans, blouses etc.

    So, here is the big question. If you were my wife and currently owned a Husqvarna Viking Plantinum series quilting/sewing machine ... what would you like if you were upgrading?


    Since we live in a small city with a Husqvarna store in it and given that she currently has a Husqvarna machine which she is familiar with ... I think (for my own sake) I better stick with another Husqvarna model.

    So there you have it ladies. Please fire away at me and please give me your divine guidance. I know that buying a sewing machine is to women what buying a new car is to us guys ... so I know I am on thin ice here. Help me not to break through! If you can suggest specific model numbers that would be very helpful.

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    For my money, I would recommend the Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond.....It is their top of the line machine, and besides having a 10" throat, it does phenominal embroidery, and has so many wonderful features.........If that one is too much for the budget (they are running sales right now) have them demo the Designer Topaz....also has a 10" throat, and does very nice embroidery designs.......just does not have all of the features that the Diamond does...............ALSO, the service after the sale is worth as much, if not more, than the sale itself.........if you local dealer is anything like mine in Leesburg, VA, service will be Bodacious!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    She'll love you for wanting to do this for her. But if my DH bought me a new sewing machine without my input I would love the gesture but be disheartened too. A sewing machine is personal to most quilters and lots of research and thought goes into a new machine. Go to the dealer and see the prices of the various machines and then give your wife lots of new machine brochures along with a check! :)
    I wholeheartedly agree with BellaBoo!!! This way she can have exactly what she wants.

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    I agree its a personal item. One your a DOLL for doing this, she is one lucky woman and I am sorry she has been unwell. How about a BIG BOX? put a brick or two in it so she has no clue what it is.. wrapped real pretty with a gift certificate to the quilt store near you that sells those machines she can pick exactly what she would wish for and take those classes.. its a lot nicer than just a card under the tree.. as well its a HUGE gift? you could also say.. oh so and so from the.. somewhere.. wants to buy his daughter who sews a lot a machine.. any suggestions? feel her out. Or say you heard these two women arguing on which was the better sewing machine (name two you can recall) and it was so funny as you knew she would have been good at solving that question.. and well what would you have told them?? be sneaky .. its ok and allowed at Christmas.

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    It is so nice of you to want to buy your wife a new machine. Glad you came here for some info, Wish my husband had. I agree with the girls who say give her a gift certificate or money for a new machine. My husband suprised me with am embroidery machine several years ago. It was way more then I wanted or needed therefore it is not being used. A waste of good money.

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    Hello Guy and welcome to the forum. You obviously want this to be a surprise, so why not try a bit of subtle curiosity. Flick through one of her quilt magazines, they usually feature a sewing machine or two and casually slip in how impressive these latest computerized machines are then at the right moment casually ask what her dream machine would be. You could then express your alarm at the potential price to throw her off the scent. Good luck, and do let us know what the outcome is. Best wishes. Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy
    My wife is a crazy quilter. I am sure many on this forum know what I mean.

    She is really great at it and has been doing it for many years.

    She is ill, however, and I want to really surprise her at Christmas this year with a top of the line sewing machine for her quilting.

    I just snuck into her quilting room - yes, she has an entire room devoted to quilting with a work table, sewing centre etc. From what I can tell (I can't find the specific model number on the machine, it just says Husqvarna
    Viking) she currently has a Husqvarna Platitmun machine (the instructional manual that I found is for Plantimum 730, 750 and 770 models so it has to be one of these).

    I would like to get something significantly better. I think she would also enjoy/like something with embroidering capabilites for shirts, jeans, blouses etc.

    So, here is the big question. If you were my wife and currently owned a Husqvarna Viking Plantinum series quilting/sewing machine ... what would you like if you were upgrading?


    Since we live in a small city with a Husqvarna store in it and given that she currently has a Husqvarna machine which she is familiar with ... I think (for my own sake) I better stick with another Husqvarna model.

    So there you have it ladies. Please fire away at me and please give me your divine guidance. I know that buying a sewing machine is to women what buying a new car is to us guys ... so I know I am on thin ice here. Help me not to break through! If you can suggest specific model numbers that would be very helpful.

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You are a very DH!! Get her a gift card with no limit on what it costs, and then go with her to the Viking shop. She already has a very good machine , and may like, or need, only some upgrades. What a Guy!! Did they clone you somewhere along the way? Ha ha Just kidding! Best to you both.

    YTQ

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    If it were me, I would prefer a hand made gift certificate to be used at anywhere so I was not limited to looking at only those sold at my local quilt shop. What a wonderful, thoughtful man you are. Merry Christmas to you and your lucky lady.

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