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Thread: Machine Brands Rating

  1. #26
    Super Member weezie's Avatar
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    Dec 2007
    Douglas County, GA
    We have one local sewing machine dealer. When we first moved here nearly 30 years ago, I bought a small, very basic Pfaff from him. When I went back several years later to upgrade, he was no longer a Pfaff dealer, so I bought a used Janome. It has been a dream machine ... just a workhorse. When I upgraded again just a few years ago (when the Janome 11000 was brand new), I looked at all the machines for which he is a dealer (Janome, Bernina, and Viking). At that time, the Janome 11000 was the "Cadillac" of those 3 brands. I bought it and I have not been unhappy with it. I've been waiting for over 3 months now for a LED replacement light that has been on back order from Janome and I'm not happy about that. Last year I bought a Janome 1600 DBX. I was told then by personnel at that dealership that the matching Viking highspeed machine was a lot more expensive because of the Viking name, but the machine was identical to the Janome 1600. (I never trade my machines in ... I just add to my machine collection ... I use them all!) I have no opinion nor interest in Bernina.

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    Super Member azdesertrat's Avatar
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    Mar 2007
    tucson Az
    I have the Brother Quattro and I love it,I had the Viking Diamond but really wasn't impressed,it just didn't seem to run smoothly,so I traded it in on the Brother and I am much happier

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    Super Member lfw045's Avatar
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    Mar 2008
    Rustburg, VA (for the moment anyway)
    Just bought my daughter a Janome 2139N machine as I am teaching her to sew and quilt. I love this machine even if it is a low end machine. I personally own the older Singers and swear by them. It seemed a little touchy at first but the manual that comes with it is precise with directions and we had her purring in short order! I love this machine....DD had never sewied before and with this machine she has take like a duck to water with it. She has the gift!!!! I'm proud of her!

  4. #29
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    Oct 2007
    I have a Janome Memory Craft 7000, it's 24 years old and it's more than paid for itself. I looked at the Janome 6600, too many features for what I want it for. It's a beautiful machine, but it would have been over kill for what I needed.

    I bought a Pfaff Performance 2056, I love the IDT feature, (built in walking foot) The machine is a work horse!!

    After the nightmare experience I had with Janome's customer service when my 2 week old embroidery machine had problems, I wouldn't consider buying another Janome again. Should I ever have to buy another machine, it will definitely be another Pfaff.

  5. #30
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    May 2008
    I think part of what you need to ask yourself are what your tastes are?

    Are you a decorative stitch user? Do you like to adorn everything?

    I think I've done well if I get the basic garment put together, so for me, utility is important. I have decorative stitches on my machine that I've never used.

    Do you like ruffles and smocking? Embroidery?

    For myself, I've come to the conclusion that I would be better off commissioning/hiring someone to do embroidered motifs for me - after considering the cost of the machine, thread, and patterns for a particular motif. The odds are very high, in my case, that I would never do another one again.

    The needle down function is very helpful.

    I bought three Singer 237 (or 327?) Fashion mate machines. They are very Plain Jane machines - forward, backward, zig-zag, and three needle positions. AFTER getting them cleaned, oiled, and adjusted properly, they do about 99 percent of everything I sew on an ordinary machine. The downer on them is that they are heavy. And they do a nicer satin stitch than my Pfaff.

    If I were buying a new machine - and I do think it would be kind of fun to have a very top-of-the-line new one, but there is no way that I can justify it with my style - I would probably go for the mid-price range machines.

    Buttonhole maker is nice to have, even if one doesn't use it often, The utility stitches are great to have.

    This doesn't really answer your question. It's kind of like when I was looking at computers and I was asked "What do you want to do with it?"

    I didn't know enough then (or now, for that matter) to answer that question intelligently. You may be at that same stage in your sewing career.

    At any rate, I hope you find a machine that is reliable and does what you want it to at a price you can afford.

  6. #31
    Senior Member AtHomeSewing's Avatar
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    Nov 2008
    Pacific NW USA
    Quote Originally Posted by Moose
    ...I am still hoping for you to rank brands ...
    Those replying would have to have tested every brand, and/or every model to determine a ranking. Even then, what parameters would we use? Even those who have recently worked selling machines probably haven't had their hands on every brand. Brands can change also, companies selling to other companies and so on.

    Your request is generally too broad. :?

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