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Thread: High end machines? Are they Worth the $$?

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    Super Member Caswews's Avatar
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    Quilting, crocheting, sewing and crafting in my Sewing Room...Peaceful and wonderful !!
    I love my Pfaff ambition 1.5 the more I use it, but I also love the Brother machines I have .. the Pfaff is high end, and the Brother is my low end machine. Its all in what you enjoy in your machine and need for features... take a test drive for sure of any machine that you have an "eye" on. I would never turn down an Ellismo from Babylock if I was offered it for sure !LOL
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    I have a brother 2500D combo and love it but also I still have my Kenmore from 1972 and love it,the high end machines are great but makes me wonder will we find them around in 30 to 50 yrs from now still operational as we do now with the fw and all the other older machines......just saying

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    Senior Member lovedquilts's Avatar
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    I know that my Babylock Cresendo makes me a better sewer.

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    Test Drive. I would stay away from the $150 to $450 machines, you will find they just aren't as strong as you may need. Go to a good dealer and see what they have and if they have classes and work on them. Go to a couple classes before you buy and talk with the ladies/gentlemen. What do they have, not like, had good luck with, etc. You may even find a good used machine that someone is selling in order to trade up for a real deal. Ask about show room demo. If their is a sewing/quilting show in your area, they usually have some of the best deals on the last day of the show and will throw a lots of things in just so they don't have to haul it back to the store. Now on brands. I would stay away from Singer unless it's old. I have some Bernina, Pfaff, Brother, Baby Lock, Feather weight Singers and love them all. Haven't had any problem with any. But, they are all top of the line machines.

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    Senior Member Dandish's Avatar
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    You've gotten some great replies. I've had a Janome Horizon 7700 for about 3 years, it was VERY expensive (to me, at least), and I've not regretted having it one bit. It's a wonderful machine. Having said that, I also enjoy sewing on my Featherweight, and my Singer 401a, and I still sometimes work on my almost 10 year old, simple, mechanical Kenmore badged Janome. Depends on my mood and the project. You don't HAVE to have a high end machine - just one that functions well. Was the Horizon worth it? Yes, absolutely. As long as a machine doesn't crunch your budget, why not?

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    Junior Member Kieta's Avatar
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    seems to me it depends on what you are doing with your machine. if you are just creating the quilt top any machine with a good straight stitch and an up/down needle position would probably do just fine. if you are actually going to quilt with the machine the higher end machines are worth the money. if you are going to longarm or have someone else do that for you I wouldn't spend the money for bells & whistles you won't use.

    I have a Viking sapphire 850. middle of the pack in price and love it but I do actually quilt with mine so it's worth the extra money for the larger throat & all the other fun things. good luck with your choice.

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    Super Member Wanabee Quiltin's Avatar
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    I have a Bernina that would probably be $3000 or more brand new but I bought it off eBay for $1400 and yes, it's worth every penny. I especially like the needle down position, the needle thread, the quiet hum of the machine, the knee presser that lifts the needle when quilting, the wonderful tension, the choices of stitches, the many feet I can use. If I ever buy another machine it will have the thread clipping. I think the machines on the market today are fabulous. I have had my Bernina 7 years now and have never taken it to a shop for repairs. I clean it constantly and it purrs like a kitten, works just fabulous.

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    Senior Member Sheri.a's Avatar
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    One thing I look for is whether the machine can deal with thin fabrics as well as thick (or multiple layer) fabrics. When my singer died after 20 years at the end of 2011, I went looking. I had stopped sewing, but wanted one for those rare occasions I might need it. I only cared about a good straight stitch, not the decorative or extra features.

    I ended up deciding on a Janome 3160 ($550). I decided to go ahead and work on a quilt to make certain if any there were any issues I could deal with them right away. The quilt was queen size (almost 4000 pieces) and it was a joy. I fell in love with this machine and sewing all over again. At the same time I became aware of machine quilting and all of the information available on the Internet. I decided I wanted a machine with a large throat.

    Four months (and a bonus from work) later I also owned a Janome 7700 ($2100). I kept my 3160 because I knew I could manage it for classes. I have since quilted two queen size and a lap quilt. I have not regretted either purchase.

    But much like the cars we own, I'll keep these until it cost more to fix than buy new (or I trickle down to my kids LOL).
    Last edited by Sheri.a; 03-31-2013 at 07:30 AM. Reason: Add prices

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    Super Member QultingaddictUK's Avatar
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    I believe you get what you pay for, I have just paid out about $2000 for my new Elna machine and for ease of use and less frustration it does everything I want and more, the so called little extras, such as a good working needle threader, thread cutter, knee lifter etc. etc. is worth it's weight in gold IMO it take so much frustration and stress out of the quilting so that you can enjoy your hobby.

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    I can say that I have not regretted buying a Baby Lock for about $2,200 which is high for me. She is a workhorse and I love everything about her. She has all of the features I need (and then some) and we get along just famously.
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    I love my Bernina.

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    Senior Member Landers's Avatar
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    Yes, My machine has been worth it!!!

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