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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie
    I have an Elna 7200 Quilter's Dream, along with quite a few others, but this is my main machine.

    I love everything about it, but do wish it had at least a 15" harp. LOL Really LOVE the scissors.

    I paid $1000 for it several years ago. It was a trade in.
    I have this exact same machine and I do love it. I can't begin to name all the great things about it. I bought it new in '06 for $1400.

    Melody

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    I have a Bernina 1090. My sister bought it for me in 1994 or 1995. I love it!! Never had ANY problem with it. Yes it was expensive, but most of the time you get what you pay for.

    If my memory serves me, she paid about $1500 for it. I would never have another brand except Bernina unless it was another Singer featherweight!

    Good luck in your search.

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    I've got a new Janome embroidery/sewing machine and it is wonderful and so easy to use. I paid $1500 and felt I got my money for it. It is interchangeable with the Elna, which I also have and they are really worth the money. I also have a small Janome Gem, and the only problem I have with that machine, it works too good. Goes faster than I do. LOL

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    1.) What machine you have
    A-Pfaff 7570 (embroidery, but only do my piecing on it now),
    B-Brother 2003D which I only do embroidery with.
    C-1941 Featherweight
    2.) What you love about it
    A-the IDT--dual feed and some of the fancy stitches are my favorite.
    B-never use it for piecing, just the embroidery in the blocks
    C-the stitches are fantastic, easy to transport
    3.) What you don't love about it
    A-heavy, afraid computer board will fry and they don't make them any more.
    B-takes up to much space....
    C-nothing...
    4.) How much you paid for it
    A-Pfaff 7570 can be picked up between $750.00 and $1200.00. now. New they were about $5000.00
    B-Second hand $500.00 because person had a Rose that she loved.
    C-$100.00 for just the machine.

    The best way to figure out what machine to get is to know what you want in features. Do you want scissors on the machine? How about needle down? Lots of fancy stitches or a straight stitch? Large throat? Needle threader? Walking foot--foot or built in walking foot? Low bobbin sensor? Easy button hole feature? Start stop button independent of the pressure foot?

    If my Pfaff 7570 dies I will pick up another machine with the IDT (dual feed) machine. I really won't care if it is a Pfaff or a Janome. I never use all of the stitches that are on this machine, so I would only require a few. I would also like to have the built in scissors.

    Good luck with your search. I know how hard it is to find just the right machine, but after you get your new baby home you will fall in love just like we all have.

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    Babylock Espire(now Symphony)
    What I love about it
    1.pivoting feature(presser foot raises when sewing is stopped with needle down, you can pivot fabric where you like it, just press foot pedal, presser foot automatically lowers and starts sewing again)
    2. knee lifter
    3. sewing without foot pedal can be done
    4. AHA-automatic height adjuster( automatically detects fabric thickness for perfect tension during sewing so you get nice even stitches)
    5. lots of accessories including 3 FMQ feet, straight stitch needle plate, large quilting table, cone thread stand, and a walking foot
    6. lots of decorative stitches & satin stitches
    7. automatic thread cutter
    8. Super easy needle threader( I swear a kid could do it)
    9. bobbin winder super easy
    10. stitches beautifully
    11. very user friendly(directions are even on the LCD for threading and such if you don't want to get your manual out)
    12. sews thick fabrics well
    13. lots of work space
    14. sews quietly
    15. Low bobbin indicator(will let you know before you run out))
    16. can save stitch patterns
    17. can lock the screen so while your sewing someone can't change the stitch on accident
    18. never had any tension issues
    19. fabric does not get sucked into needle plate like on my other machine( has 7 point feed dogs for more accurate sewing)
    20. sure there's more but only had it for a little over a year

    What I don't love about it
    the only thing i can think of is the lighting could be brighter, but i have an ott-lite so not an issue here, other than that not much of anything

    Price paid 1800 for the machine at a dealer -came with free classes, was a quilt show model so got a good deal, barely used

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    watch out that a pfaff is made in europe not asia----too many bad reports----i was a pfaff tragic but wavering to wards the horizon good reports about that one

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    I am getting ready to buy the Horizon this week end. It was used in a class that I took and I love it. Not sure how much it is but around 3000.00

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    Bernina 830
    It does everything I need and then somw. It goes sideways, Best embroidery unit ever! My quilts look terrific. I had a quilt shop owner tell me there would be a difference, I thought she was joking. She was right. Spend the extra money. It is worth it I promise.
    With all the whistles and bells, excluding quilt frames, I spend $10,328.68. (Breathe)

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    I have a Viking Platinum and love it. Granted, I don't do FMQ so the throat space was not an issue for me. I does have needle/up down, lots of embroidery stitches which, again, I don't really use. It is a workhorse and very sturdy which is what I was looking for. I do know they have a couple of newer models with larger throat space as well as the auto up/down foot. I paid about $1200 for mine when it was retailing for close to $2000 at the time. The Viking dealer by me will almost always discount to this level. Not sure if there are always 'promotions' going on or if there is just that much mark up. But I am very happy with my Viking. I agree the Bernina's are nice machines but way out of my price range for the must have's I was looking for at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vintage Bicycle
    Hi All,

    I am in the process of researching new sewing machines - and what a process it is!!! I'm sure you all have been asked these types of questions SO many times that you're tired of it, but I need help!

    Okay - I'm looking at Pfaff, Bernina, and possibly Elna... I've heard wonderful things about Pfaff, so that's the direction I'm leaning (Berninas are SO expensive and I've heard mixed reviews on Elnas)...

    *** I just realized that I forgot to add Husqvarnas to the list - I am looking into those too, but I don't know much about their machines and which model would be best for quilting***

    If you could spare a moment, let me know:

    1.) What machine you have
    2.) What you love about it
    3.) What you don't love about it
    4.) How much you paid for it (I know this may be a rude question, but I just really need to know what a "good deal"is on these machines... I walk into a dealer and feel like I'm a sitting duck!!!)

    I feel like you are all the best people possible to ask - quilters! I will be using the machine primarily for quilting. Large throat space and smooth, even FMQing are a couple of things that are important to me when quilting.

    THANK YOU so much (in advance) for your help and advice :D
    I have a Singer. I love it! It is simple - it has embroidery on it - not complicated - easy to keep clean - Mine is the Singer Precision - 7444. I got it on sale at Target - I paid $214.49. I have had it for almost two years now, have made about twelve quilts, different sizes - sewed other stuff - am very happy with it. There is nothing I don't like about it. It does what I tell it to do and the rest is up to me. My other sewing machine was a used White that my husband got me for our first anniversary 50 years ago, so I cannot complain about either of my machines. Specially the White. I can still use it, it is just slower than the Singer. We don't have the money to fork out on a machine that will basically do the same thing my Singer does. I bought a case for it and couldn't be more pleased. Hope that helps! Edie

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    My advice... go in like you would shopping for a car. Meander and look around without buying. Act like you were thinking about buying but not sure. All of a sudden the dealer will talk about throwing in extras or cutting the price. I called a dealer about an embroidery machine. he said $800. I said I was just pricing them and would call back when I saved some money towards it. All of a sudden, he cut $150 off the price. It was a miracle. LOL

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    "Test drive" all machines available and choose the one that seems to fit your sewing style. Consider service, too, because if something goes wrong you won't want to drive miles and miles to take it in/pick it up. That said, I ended up with a Viking Rose about 10 years ago and I love it although I rarely use the embroidery features. I Also have a Viking 100 that is 22 years old that's a good backup. We now have a reliable dealer of other brands available locally but didn't when I bought the Rose. Although many love their Berninas, we don't have a local dealer and I didn't like the way I couldn't rely on it to continue in a straight line toward the end of every seam.

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    I have a Brother Innov'is 4000D which I love. Before that I had a Pfaff which was one of the best machines I've ever had. When I had to get a new machine after lightening blew up my Pfaff, I went with the brother because it had so many features I wanted.

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    I LOVE my Juki 98TLQ. If all you want is a machine for piecing and free motion quilting, this is perfect. It only sews a straight stitch, but does it so beautifully and you never have to fuss with the tension unless you change the weight of your thread.The longer throat arm makes FMQ easier.
    We paid $699. on ebay about 7 years ago. The only thing I wish is that it were lighter when I take it to classes. (I use a roller bag to transport it)

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    Bernina Patchwork edition 140 11 years ago, about $1,100 and it has never had a breakdown, it always meets my sewing needs. Is heavy but occ take it places not into too many classes so nothing I don't love about it.

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    When you purchase your machine, ask when it was manufactured. I purchased a Husquvarna (great machine!) but the dealer I purchased from said, "Wait until next week - we have some NEW mid range priced machines coming in then. I waited and purchased what I thought was a new, state of the art machine. When I needed to replace a part, I call Husquvarna directly and found out that my machine had been manufactured in 1990 and had been sitting on warehouse shelves since then. They released them to dealers in 2005 as a "special purchase", which is when I purchased mine. Husquvarna was not to blame (although they were not very helpful) - it was the dealer who "led me astray". I paid a lot of $$ for 15 year old technology thinking I was getting a state of the art machine. My first clue should have been that it did not have a needle threader on it. I thought it was odd that they would leave that off of a new model, but didn't ask enough questions.
    Good luck, and make sure you are working with a reputable dealer! Let us know which machine you decide on! I need to upgrade! :)

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    Bernina gets my vote.
    There are great used machines available.
    I love the dependability
    The knee lift
    5 needle positions
    Can't think of anything I don't like about my Berninas
    (180E and 150 Quilters Edition)

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    1.) I have a Bernina 440 QE (without the emb unit, it was alot more and I didn't think I would ever use it and I probably would never have)

    2.) Everything. It purrs like a kitten, when I first got it, I was amazed how it just seemed to sew so effortlessly, the fabric just slid in. I don't know how else to describe it and it still does it for me.

    3.) The BSR, the many feet that are soooo easy to change. The new stitch in the ditch foot for the walking foot.

    4.) I paid 2500 five years ago. It was a special sale that my dealer was running. They had a no interest program running through Bernina that I used.

    I would look for a good used machine, try Craigslist, try all the dealers you can drive to, they all have used machines to sell that have been given the once over.

    Good luck and remember, nothing sews like a Bernina, nothing.

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    My only machine is a Bernina Auroro 440 QE and I LOVE IT! I have had only wonderful results with it. My LQS is great, they have new user classes for free and you can take them over and over. I get it tuned up each year (have had it for almost 5 years). My LQS runs frequent promotions and sales. Don't remember what I paid - it was expensive - but well worth the investment. As the slogan goes, "Nothing Sews Like a Bernina." And I agree. You may want to look at "gently used" Berninas at your dealer.

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    I have a few :) machines. My queens of sewing room are my Baby Lock Quest Plus and Bernina 440 QE. I don't know that I could choose between them. The BLQP has a 9" harp, Pfaff-esque IDT (PRICELESS!), plenty if light, super markings on the throat plate and bed, good lighting, a large thread stand with a thread guide like a serger for two cones, and many gorgeous stitches. I've found it super quiet, easy/intuitive to use, and trouble free except the occasional thread tangle when starting seams, likely due to operator error. The stitches are 8mm wide max. The needle thread doesn't always work on the first try, and a few more, well-placed, manual thread cutters would be nice. I paid $1300 new with some extras and a cheapo trade-in. The 440 is lighter but still solid, powerful, precise. The feet are engineering masterpieces. Easy to change and so useful. They do so much of the work of sewing for me. The foot control is precise and responsive, no extra stitches. It has 4 manual thread cutters right where you need 'em. The throat plate changes without any screws :)! Turning tight curves is easy with 5.5mm feed dogs. Needle threader a but better. Love the accessories box. It's a little less intuitive to learn, for me, but then I haven't taken a class yet. I paid $1900 used :). Both machines have the indespensible knee lift, sewing w/o the foot control, programmable needle up/down, and gorgeous stitches. I'd higly recommend either, and as the new Babylock Serenade and Bernina 5 series come out, used machines should be available as bargains. Good luck!

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    Hi,
    I'm a retired Home Ec. teacher and have used MANY machines. I highly recommend either knowing how to fix your machines or having a respected dealer close by. Something always goes wrong when you most need that machine.
    I have a Janome Quilting machine 4900 and a wonderful Featherweight Singer #221 that I bought on ebay. I love them both. I do not do machine embroidery or many fancy stitches, zigzag is about all I use. The 221 has a small needle hole and the fabric of small pieces do not get lost in there.
    Check out Threads magazine for machine reviews. Threads #35 and #102 have some good articles. Good Luck! Margo

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    I have the Pfaff Creative Vision 5.0 with the 5.5 software update. Have had it since it came out. I love my CV. I love the IDT (built in walking foot) that you use for most sewing. I love the all the different needle positions. I love the Grand Dream Hoop for embroidery (360 x 350 mm). I really love the beauty of the straight stitch. I love all the 9 mm stitches. I love the ability to design your own stitches on the machine. Also the ability to resize, move, adjust every which way, add to, etc. embroidery designs on the screen. It really is a great machine. They all have their little quirks, but mine works beautifully. What I paid for this machine is not relevant because I teach classes there 1 day a week and she gave it to me for 10% over her price.
    I really feel that the most important thing about buying a machine is your dealer. Figure out the machine you think you want and then really check out the dealer. Do they offer free classes to learn the machine? Do they do in-house repairs or do they have to send it away? Are they really knowledgeable about the machine? Are they close enough so that you won't be inconvenienced if you do have to take it in? If the answer to any of these questions is maybe or no, I would pick another machine and then check out that dealer.
    Have fun!

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    I have a Bernina 730E and I love it. It is easy to set up and use, you have unlimited feet, the walking foot is wonderful and it does excellent FMQ as well as embroidery. It is a workhorse sewing machine, and I love the stitch regulator -- gives you perfect, even stitching no matter how fast or slow you sew. The Free Hand System, with the knee lever, allows you to raise and lower the presser foot without using your hands, which is helpful when you're trying to hold a quilt in place. I bought mine 6-7 years ago, and I think I paid between $5000-6000. Bernina has great financing plans like 24 months, no interest, for example (I don't know what they are offering now). If you need a really wide throat, I would suggest the 830, which I think is running about $10K, if you are a heavy user. This is not a machine for the occasional sewer. Service is easy to get on Berninas, and I've never had issues with service -- the technicians are all well schooled and know how to get you back in business quickly.

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    I have a Bernina 150 Quilter's Edition. Got it in 2000 for 1800.00 new. New Berninas are now a lot higher but people get good used ones. They are solid machines.
    11 years later I have never had a problem with it. Bernina is a fabulous machine. BUT it's the only good machine I've ever had so I can't compare it to others. I sewed on a really basic Kenmore for 25 years before I got my dream Bernina!
    I have to say my old Singers are treasures too!!!! You can quilt with them but I'm just stepping into those waters lol
    Be sure to let us know what you get!! :D:D

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    I have the Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0.

    I love the IDT which is the dual feed. This is my second Pfaff and love them. The automatic thread cutter, needle threader, automatic up down of the presser foot and needle are great. I don't embroidery so don't have that machine. This one also has the larger bed which is great for machine quilting.

    I don't like the fact that it is very sensitive to thread weight. The importance of a quality dealer near by is very important as one needs to learn how to use this machine. I paid $2000 for this machine.

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