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Old 05-25-2008, 05:53 AM
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I have a 24 yr old Kenmore Sewing Machine and I want a newer one with more quilting options etc. What do you think of this one from Sears?
Anyone have this?
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:59 AM
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How big are your quilts going to be? If they're going to be bed size, you might want to think about getting a machine with a bigger area in which to quilt, I don't remember what it's called. But the one in the picture, although it may have a lot of quilting features, the bed is small and you wouldn't be able to do a big quilt with it.
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Old 05-25-2008, 06:18 AM
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Ahhhhhh ok. I never thought of that, How is this one?
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You want input??:0)I say step out of that arena and go check out the Janome 6600 machine...if you are into embrod. then check out their 10,000. I have a friend that her 30+machine died and wanted to replace it w/what she had too...only to find companies are not making them like they use to. I too wanted to beef up my machine so we both did much homework and both of us were really pleased w/features, performance, etc w/the Janomes. The raves on them are huge and very positive too. I'm not saying any machine is better then another...they are a big investment and we spend much time on them...so do the homework and plug your ears!!:))No matter what store you stand in, you will hear why theirs is better...just find out for yourself. These are our cars!:))Keep us posted on what you decide and why..Skeat
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Old 05-25-2008, 08:51 AM
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YES, YES!!!! That's my baby... the 19-900!!! It is made by Janome and it has been a lot of fun since I got it in December. I did, however, have to buy the quilting feet package ( around $20 )

Easy to thread, needle up/down, super-easy to do fancy stitches. On rare occassions, I have asked it to do zig-zag with the wrong foot, and it beeped and flashed the light at me, rather than break a needle. Everything I've asked it to do, it does quietly and efficiently. My overall impression was that the designer actually sewed, and didn't just make machines of all sorts.

If you do machine applique, it has a buttonhole stitch from either direction, a great feature for me. There are some fun heirloom stitches and pretty decorative ones. The throat area is larger than my old Singer, so it should handle the machine quilting alright.I have only quilted tablerunners and small things so far, no problems at all.

I got mine on sale just before Christmas, and at the time it was almost $75 cheaper than the same one with a Janome label on. They also threw in a $10 gift certificate because I had to wait in the pickup area.

Ruth Camp did a whole lot of research. If I'm not mistaken, she got a Kenmore, too. There are a lot of threads about what folks like and don't that she could help you find.

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Moonpi...you aren't just a little bit excited about that baby are you?:0)When you find the right shoe...it just fits! Don't it?!:))Great advice!! Skeat ..who just loves my baby too!!:))
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I have the Janome Gold Gem. I like it a lot. It's around $299-399ish.

The only think I don't like about it is it doesn't have very many stitches. It doesn't have the satin stitch and I would like to have that stitch.
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I have the brother .. the second picture you posted.. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! All I can say is well I just LOVE IT!!! It is soooo wonderful.
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Old 05-25-2008, 12:52 PM
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I have the janome 1600P long arm and a janome memory craft 6500 for regular quilting. If you can save and invest in these machines you will (my opinion) be very happy.
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Unfortunately, the second one doesn't have a big bed either, so you'll have the same problem as the first one. You need to get something with a much bigger bed if you're going to be making anything bigger than maybe a twin. I have 2 Elna's, one of which is a Quilter's Dream. Love both of them. I would stay away from the new Singers.
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