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Thread: I need advice on new sewing machine

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    Junior Member Kate01's Avatar
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    Oct 2010
    Southeastern PA.
    Hi, I am looking to buy a new sewing machine that does straight sewing, free motion quilting, and decorative stitches. I now have an older Vicking, that is OK for the straight sewing and a Brother that is always breaking down. I am hoping to find an nice reliable workhorse to the straight sewing, free motion quilting and decorative stitches (as many as possible). I am not looking for embroidery.
    My problem is I can not afford an expensive machine, so I am asking for all your adivice on what to look for. Please tell me what I should look for.

    Thanks, in advance,

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    Super Member LyndaOH's Avatar
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    Jun 2011
    northwest Ohio
    Are you willing to buy a used machine? I purchased a used Janome 6500 for $500 and it was fantastic. I then upgraded to a Janome 6600 and went for a used machine again for $300 more. If you have a number of dealers around you, you may want to stop in and see what they've got in a used machine with a warranty. It can be a great way to get a quality machine that you wouldn't otherwise be able to afford.

    Hope this helps!

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    Columbus, Ohio
    Janome 6600. Lots of people love these, and I think they're pretty reasonable right now from what I've read on this board. I have the Elna 7300 Pro Quilting Queen, which is very similar, and I love her! She has over 100 decorative stitches, plus Accufeed, which is a wonderful feature. Plus all the quilter must-haves: needle up/down, thread cutter, etc, etc.

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    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
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    if your viking is ok for straight stitching -why is it not ok for your free motion quilting? really that is all you need to free motion quilt is a machine that has a nice-even straight stitch-
    no machine will just do it for you- you have to practice- and learn how=
    many (big-name, famous) quilters use a regular domestic sewing machine to do all of their quilting.

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    Super Member Sunnie's Avatar
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    Morgantown, PA area
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    I was able to pick up a used Janome 6500 on Craigslist for $250. and I love it. Seems so much sturdier than my
    BabyLock Quest Plus.

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    Nov 2010
    What's your budget? I'm a Bernina convert, but I know many find them too expensive. Janome seems to have a lot of features for the price, and a reputation for quality. That said, my Baby Lock Quest Plus is a quilter's dream: perfect straight feed, easy to acheive perfect 1/4", hundreds of gorgeous stitches, large extension table included, comes with 15 feet and the straight stitch plate, thread stand with antenna for two cones. It's been replaced by the Serenade, so the most recent price I've seen is $999, but you could haggle :).

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