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Thread: I need help deciding on a sewing machine.

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    I am needing to purchase a sewing machine for the primary
    purpose of making quilts. I will be taking beginner's quilting
    lessons after I purchase and learn the basics of this sewing
    machine. I don't want to invest a large sum of money, but do
    want something user-friendly and reliable. Any advice on a
    machine with a price-range of maybe $300 - $400 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by veronda.47
    I am needing to purchase a sewing machine for the primary
    purpose of making quilts. I will be taking beginner's quilting
    lessons after I purchase and learn the basics of this sewing
    machine. I don't want to invest a large sum of money, but do
    want something user-friendly and reliable. Any advice on a
    machine with a price-range of maybe $300 - $400 ?
    I was in Hancock Fabrics today and I was looking at their machines while there. They have the Janome 8077 machine on sale reg $359 on sale for $259.

    I'm also keeping my eyes open for a good machine. But I went to the Janome website, and I can't find that model machine anywhere. Is it a knockoff?

    I'm going to post to see if anyone else has the 8077 and what they think of it.

    Good luck and I'll be watching this subject since I'm looking for about the same thing!
    Martha
    O, and WELCOME!

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    I would talk to a sewing machine dealer. If a new machine is not in your price range, maybe a refurbished one is. I would avoid Walmart machines. A dealer will help you with upkeep and tiips on how to run the machine and get the most for your money. Customer service it important.

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    I don't know if that model is a knockoff, but I looked at the
    Janome 7330 at a local quilting store for $349.00. Also,
    at Joann's Fabric store I looked at a Singer 7469Q that was
    supposed to go on sale on 2/21 for $299.00. Does anyone
    know if those are good quilting machines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by veronda.47
    I don't know if that model is a knockoff, but I looked at the
    Janome 7330 at a local quilting store for $349.00. Also,
    at Joann's Fabric store I looked at a Singer 7469Q that was
    supposed to go on sale on 2/21 for $299.00. Does anyone
    know if those are good quilting machines?
    New Singer machines (with the exception of some of the higher-priced top-of-the-line embroidery models) have a bad reputation. I would stay away from those.

    If I were on a budget, I would be looking at the Sears Kenmore machines. They are supposed to be branded Janomes.

    In terms of basic functions you need on a machine, the very minimum is infinite stitch length adjustment and infinie stitch width adjustment. Stay away from machines that have fixed length/width stitch selections; they become very limiting.

    I would also want a minimum of the needle-down function (allows you to set machine to stop always in the needle-down position) and several needle position adjustments (so you can move the needle left and right of center).

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    The higher end Singers are probably ok, but I got one about 2 years ago for around $350, supposed to be a quilting machine. It was horrible for that! I gave it to my son and my hubby talked me into a used Bernina. I am so glad, because if I had only the singer to use, I never would have quilted again.

    Good used machines are a great idea. Talk to a dealer. I know there is a little beginner Janome for $400 new, perhaps a used Janome, a little above beginner would be afforable.

    Good luck.

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    I am very happy with my Janome that I got for $399. It has needle up or down, threader, needle moves to side for a perfect 1/4",3 speeds, a nice selection of stitches and have not had any problems with it at all.

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    Thanks very much

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    Thank you. I am really leaning toward purchasing the
    Janome.

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    I love my basic 30 year old Kenmore more than my expensive 15 year old Viking.

    I would recommend that you go to Sears and check on the Kenmores. I haven't looked at them lately, but they usually are not too expensive. Or try the Sears website to get an idea of features/price.

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    I have the Janome 8077... so far, it's been a rockin' little machine! I love it, even tho it might not be anything to "write home about" it's certainly done the job that I need it to do!
    The repair guy in another store compared it to the Magnolia...

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    I recently read that Kenmore was made by Janome. So perhaps it might be a good idea to take a look at the Kenmores. I know they used to be a good product. Before you shop around make sure you make a list of the features you just can't live without. It will help making the decision.

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    To get the most for your money I would suggest taking a little time to call all of the sewing machine dealers within a reasonable distance to your home.
    The manufacturers; Husqvarna Viking, Bernina, Janome, Elna are always bringing out new models and oftentimes people trade their machines in to upgrade to the latest model.
    My local Husqvarna Viking (great machines) dealer has no less than 20 gently used machines at any one time that have been completely checked out and serviced and are ready for sale. You can find what originally were expensive machines at bargain prices. My local dealer warranties his machines and offers free classes. He also gives you all the time you need to test drive them to be sure you get the perfect one for your needs.
    You might be able to get a better machine than you thought possible.

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    I don't have a fancy machine. I spent about $200 on it about 16-17 yrs ago and it still works fine. It probably has about 60 stitch functions. Are you looking for a workhorse or an everything machine? I'm not a speed quilter. I actually like taking my time and enjoying the process. So machines with 400-1000 stitches a minute would probably be nice, but for me not necessary. See where I'm going? What's going to fit your needs and budget? You can always upgrade? That's now what I'm probably going to do, but my machine still works!! :-) Hard to give up an old friend. Maybe get it a friend!

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    I agree with you stay away from the Singer's. They was once upon a time wonderfull machines. Not now a day.
    Bying from a dealer is many time better. WalMart or Handcocks
    have to send machines out to be serviced. You could be without your machine for 2 to 3 weeks. The needle up needle down is a must and like you said stay away from set length and widths. Hope you both find a good machine and YES re ferbished machine are get for the $$$$ sometime you get a lot more for your $$$. When I workes in a sewing machine shop they was completley gone through and has a 6 month to a years warrenty. The lesser machine a short time but the better machines a longer time.

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    love the chicken pin cushion

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    I too would suggest avoiding Singer
    Baby Lock and Brother are ususally good machine, along with the previous list.
    A used one from a dealer can get you a higher end model at a lower price. They would come with a warrenty. If you are going to do the quilting of the three layers keep in mind the space under the arm, called throat space.
    Let us know what you decide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConnieF
    love the chicken pin cushion
    Thanks! I've made 3 and I love them too. I gave 1 to my good friend - she is the one that talked me into buying the pattern because she loved the chickens in the quilt shop. :-) So she got my first one, and I got my second one, and my cousin in CA who finally convinced me to start quilting, got the third one yesterday and loves it. :-)
    I'm just using mine for decoration (and my friend is doing the same).
    Martha in VA

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    Thanks for all the info!
    I'm going out today, may try to stop in Sears and check them out.
    My hubby went to the city yesterday (where Hancocks is) and I was so hoping he'd bring home the machine...........but alas, it didn't happen. This has been a bad month for money flying out the window, so I guess I'll just have to wait. That's ok - I bought a darning foot in Hancocks with a 50% off coupon for JoAnns and they took it! I only paid $13 for a $26 darning foot! :lol: VERY happy cuz it fits my machine AND it makes FMQ easy! (my Brother doesn't have drop dogs).
    So for now, I'm just shopping around. My LQS has a machine repair person that will repair ANY machine, so I don't have to worry about service.

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