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Thread: Janome? Viking? Pfaff? Bernina?

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    I have a Viking that is 20 years old. It generally does a pretty good job (unless it's in the shop for repairs). Am looking at a new purchase. I'm leaning toward a Janome 6600, but also considering Vikings again. Have looked at Pfaffs and Berninas-- they all are a step up from my old machine and any of them would be a treat. I would really appreciate input from the experts (you).

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    I am a huge Janome fan and highly recommend the Horizon...it has a larger throat space than the 6600 and better lighting. Has the same accufeed system and I love mine.

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    I love my Pfaffs. I've been sewing with them for more than 30 years. However, if you hear from 100 people, you will get 100 opinions. They are all good machines, and I would buy the one that has the best dealer in your area. Make sure you will be able to get lessons on how to operate the machine, and that they offer good and speedy service.

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    Ditto Mamaw. I have the Horizon as well, and I love it.

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    I have Viking machines and they are a good machine, but just to toss another one in the mix.... I have been really looking at the Babylock machines..... Do a test drive on one... It made me stop and rethink my next machine.... so much so ... I just can't pull the trigger.... on any machine. I had been a devote Viking owner... now ..... Like I said it was a game changer.

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    I have a 10-year old Viking Designer I that has been serving me well, although I envy many features on Berninas that are lacking in Vikings and this Viking model is considered a dinosaur among machines. Over the years, my annual maintenance and cleaning cost has risen from $89 to a whopping $150. I am not wedded to Vikings and at some point, when I begin shopping around, I will thoroughly investigate Berninas and Babylocks. I hear raves about both.

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    I love my Bernina. I had a basic Janome that gave me nothing but trouble.

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    Having a supportative dealer is important, I am in the Viking camp however, I have a Bernina too depends on what I am working on...........but actually the Pfaff with the IDT is nice too......as I said depends on what I am working on..........

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    Having a trustworthy dealer is essential. Then test-drive with your own fabrics, threads, and typical sewing tasks. Prepare samples of piecing, quilt sandwiches, rolled hems, jeans to hem, whatever YOU need. You've got to love the feel of your machine. That said, I've got several machines, and I think BERNINA has the most power, precision, durability, and reliability. They are more expensive, but totally worth it.

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    I have a Janome 6600 which I love but really wish I could trade it for the new Janome 12000!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Wife
    I love my Pfaffs. I've been sewing with them for more than 30 years. However, if you hear from 100 people, you will get 100 opinions. They are all good machines, and I would buy the one that has the best dealer in your area. Make sure you will be able to get lessons on how to operate the machine, and that they offer good and speedy service.
    Ditto all the way through. I do love my Pfaffs but what works for you is what is important.

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    I like the Janome Horizon. I have had mine for a year and I love it.

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    Love my Janome machines!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamaw
    I am a huge Janome fan and highly recommend the Horizon...it has a larger throat space than the 6600 and better lighting. Has the same accufeed system and I love mine.
    I am also a huge Janome fan and can't see ever giving up my old Memory Craft 9000. However, I got to use a Bernina in a class one time and absolutely fell in love with how well it did free motion quilting. Loved it so much that I bought a used one!

    The type of machine you get will depend on what you want it for. For FMQ, I definitely recommend a Bernina. For ease of use and regular stitching, I definitely recommend a Janome.

    Since I haven't used any other brand sewing machines, I can't comment on them. But the best thing for you to do is to go check all your friends sewing machines and the ones in the stores. This will be a tough decision!

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    I have a Bernina and a Viking. They are both very good machines. I use the Bernina for stitching blocks and other stuff. I use the Viking for my machine quilting. The Bernina has a stitch regulator but I like the Viking because it is high speed.

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    Janome is my choice.

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    I have the Bernina 440 EQ and love it. Would not trade this in for anyother machine. Orginally purchased it to do embroidery, but I quickly moved to quilting.
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    I have two Vikings and loved the first which is about 30 years old now. The second is fine, about 12 years old. With this one it's been okay, but no chemistry. I got a Bernina about a year ago and am in love again. It has made me a believer.

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    I absolutely LOVe my Janome6600. Am seriously considering the 12000.

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    I agree with everyone's advice about buying one through a reputable dealer close by. I love my Pfaff because of the IDT & the fact you can use different feet (1/4", SID, etc) while having the IDT engaged. I love my Janome 1600 because it is a workhorse & the large bed space makes FMQ easier. I love my old Kenmore because it has the best overcast stitch & buttonhole. Figure out what features are essential to you & go from there!

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    I have had my Bernina for over 15 years and I will never own any other brand than Bernina. I love that it is all metal and sews like a dream. I've never had a minute of trouble with it.

    I recently used a Janome machine and while it was nice, it felt cheap to me because it wasn't made of metal (mostly plastic).

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    Janome, Janome, Janome! I love my Horizon 7700, loved my MC4900, loved my New Home! Sew easy, sew fun!

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    You could ask a similar question about cars: Do you think I should buy a Dodge, Chevy, Toyota, or Ford? I'm afraid the answers would be about as meaningful. We all have our favorites, mostly because the ones we ended up with meet our personal needs. However your needs and wants will probably be different. I always recommend you check for the best local shops first. That will narrow the list significantly. For example, if there isn't a good Bernina store nearby, it probably should come off your list. Then go to each of the shops with samples of what you normally sew with - piecing, FMQ, garment fabrics, home dec. If you do buttonholes, come prepared with samples to do those one. Spend some significant time with your options. One of the machines will probably "speak" to you. BTW: If the shop doesn't want to let you just play with the machine a bit to try it out, move that shop to the "not very good" category!

    As to purely personal experience, I love my Berninas and my vintage Singers. I value perfect straight stitches and heavy-duty metal construction so those fit my style. But note: Your style may vary completely!

    Pam

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    I've owned Janome, Viking, Pfaff and Bernina. You need to test drive all models to find what you want. To ask which manufacturer you should buy is like asking what flavor of ice cream is best.

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    You'll get lots of opinions. I think most of us will recommend our current brand. For me that's a Viking. My advice, test drive and decide for yourself.

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