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Thread: need new sewing machine/what kind do you have??

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    Senior Member Blue's quilting mama's Avatar
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    I bought a new machine recently. Did a lot of research, and decided to buy a Janome DC2010. Then, I found the exact same machine at Sears, that says Kenmore, for $100 (plus tax) cheaper! So far, have made two kid sized quilts...piecing and straight line and fmq...and love it! The only thing I don't like with it is that it is awkward to lower the feed dogs to do the fmq....but love the feed system.

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    I have a Bernina 630e.
    Love my machine but it is pricey!

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    Did you know that Kenmore and Janome are made by the same manufacturer and their attachments are interchangeable.
    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    I would look at the simpler Janome machines. I'm pretty sure they have some models without all the bells and whistles that aren't too expensive. Or Kenmore-they're supposed to be good too (but I hate Sears but that's just me)

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    thanks to all for your wonderful advice.i will be checking out those machines! :)
    i have been quilting since 1972 with the old singer.my daughter will take it home with her to do mending on when i finally find the one i want.
    i usually have one quilt i am piecing and one on the frame at any given time.currently i am in chemo for return of breat cancer from 5 yrs ago.all will be well-but my summer and fall will be taken up by that/so,now i have two quilts in the making,two throws that are waiting to be made and my own quilt which needs to go on the frame.hope to do that this weekend.......marty

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    I have a janome memory craft 9500, love it, quilting embrodiery machine, I have a Janome Platiumn. Can't go wrong with the Janome Jems. I also, have two old singers that purrs like a kitten! Can't go wrong with an old machine either. Thing of what you want or need in a machine, do your homework! There all good!

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    I have a Janome Magnolia 7330 and love it. Cost me $399 at the LQS and I got them to include the 1/4" foot and walking foot. They always include free maintenance for 2 (maybe 3?) years and free classes.

    I love my machine. I've been sewing on it for 9 months now fairly heavily (I sew almost every night and have finished 7 quilts plus other sewing projects) and it's never had a problem. Great basic quilting machine for a good price :)

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    hi everyone,
    I have 3 Janome's,two of those are the lil one's which weight only 11 pounds and I use all of them as I travel that's how good they are.Um I started out yrs.ago with a Singer hahaha that long ago and finally it quit so I upgraded.Jetta

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltswithConvicts
    I have the Janome 6600P with some bells & whistles. Best features are the extended work surface, "built-in walking foot" & built-in thread cone holder. This is my 2nd Janome.

    i have the Janome 6600 and Janome platinum for travel and classes.

    a couple great machines with no bells and whistles:
    Janome 1600 and the Juki 98qt..both basic sewing machine, but industrial.
    you can check out
    www.patternreview.com
    and check out different machines, with prices/pros and cons,written by users...

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    I have several machines but the ones i like to use are my mom's 1951 singer 403. it will sew through anything. it does FMQ, embroidrey, etc. i also just got a 221 for piecing and other things quilty. the others are fixin to be up for sale. love my two babies

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    I have several machines, but my favorite for quilting is a Viking Lilly. I also have a Pfaff (like the IDF), Viking 950E for embroidery, Featherweight for classes (great for piecing), and a Baby Lock Quilters Pro for my PCQuilter. DH says I am machine poor. Oh and I just sold a piece of junk Brother.

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    I Have a bernina, love it! and got a Juki 98Q..it's an awesome machine.....and has a beautiful stitch....

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    Be sure to check out the Berninas. I've had them for 20 years and would recommemd them to everyone. Do some research on what you want in a machine and sew on as many different
    machines as possible. There will be one model that you will immediately feel comfortable with and know it is the right one.

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    I have a Brother QC1000 I absolutely love it. I am so spoiled now. Tried to sew on my old Kenmore stuff I didn't want to use my Brother for. Kept looking for the needle threader and thread cutter. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by kacy 49
    I love my Juki 98Q. It is only a straight stitch and I use it on the quilting frame to finish my quilts. It is truly a workhorse and does a great job. I use Brother QC1000 to piece quilts.


    I use a Janome 6500 and have been running it hard and nearly daily for 6 1/2 yrs. It does have some bells and whistles. What I like about it is extended space under the arm, knee lifter, automatic thread cutter and automatic threader. I also quilt on this machine but it sounds like you might not need that option.

    The Janome was introduced to me by the Bernina dealer. I now own 4 Janomes. Some of my daughters sew on the other machines. I told her I wanted a machine with no tension issues. My background is a mechanical Pfaff.

    When you said something simple the Juki with extended lenght under the arm and only straight stitch came to my mind. I have no personal experience with them though but I have heard good things.

    Something else that came to mind was a vintage sewing machine Singer 301, Feather Weight (Singer) or a Bernina 830. I like the Singer 301 for piecing and Feather Weight.

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    I have 2 Bernina's a 330 as my travel machine and a 730E for everything else. The 3 series have several really nice machines. The 330 is the most basic. This series is replacing the Activa series, so you might be able to get a good deal at a dealers for one of those. Also the older Berninas are still much sought after and could probably be gotten for a good price. I also have a little Brother CS4000 which my DH got for me verrrrrry reasonably, refurbished on Overstock.com and it is a great little machine. However, if you are going to do machine quilting, you will want more throat space, so check out the other great priced machines on Overstock.com. The refurbished ones even come with a warranty. I won a Janome Jem silver ed I was not pleased with it so traded for the Bernina 330, but there are other basic Janomes that I am sure would be great for your purposes. Good luck and happy hunting.

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    i have a commercial singer sewing machine,that goes 1 direction ,,forward,,,i have a montgomey wards that is about 60 yrs old and sew very well,,i do applique stitches on that

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    I sew with a Bernina, however if I had to pick a new machine I would probably check out the Janome. I recently used one at a retreat and loved it. Not going to give up my Bernina, but price wise, Janome is a good deal. Have a friend who has a Gem that she takes to workshops, its a great little machine.

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    I am a huge fan of older PfaFFs, pre 1995, when they were still made in Germany. and one with IDT is a must for me.

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    What is your price range, main use, needed features?
    I have a Janome 6600, 4900, 9000 and a 3160-for class. For quilting I use the 6600, built in walking foot and that ever important automatic thread cutter for piecing....that is why I purchased the 3160 for class....extremely light weight and it has the autho thread cutter, becuase, face it, when you are in most quilt classes, you are piecing, not quilting your top. The prices are very reasonable. Try Brubakerssewing.com. I have p-purchased numerous machines from them. They also sell their accessories at 15% discount if you belong to the Janome 6500 yahoo group...I have saved a ton shopping there. In fact, they give me better customer service than my local shop. I had a problem with my 4900..local dealer said I had to spend $125+ to fix it....Brubakers sent me instructions...I fixed it..simple. Enough about them...back to your choice of machine. Try out the Janomes and then try out others....make a list of your needs to take with you. Built in walking foot, thread cutter, start stop button, separate bobbin winding motor-saves on your machine), thread cone holder, knee lift, decorative stitches, stitch memory, etc. ......(6600) Take a small sandwich..not food..although this maybe an all day outing....try your quilt sandwich on the machines.... Happy Hunting.
    D in TX

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    Viking Quilt Designer II

    I don't that the embroidery unit .... yet

    http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/global/572.htm

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    Before you buy the best advice I found here on this board is to test drive. This is an investment, so to speak, not just a purchase. Find a dealer you can trust. This is one of the few purchases I feel should be done through a dealer. They are mechanical devices that require maintenance from time to time plus the computerized ones will require firmware updates. Search the internet to read reviews of machines. Sometimes there are red flags that are hard to ignore. Even if you have to take out a loan, I know this sounds silly for a sewing machine, then do so, in the long run it will be worth it. We all have our opinions. After doing tons of research and finding a fantastic dealer in our area we are a Bernina family here. Good luck in your purchase and have fun with this.

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    I have two Berninas and I enjoy them very much. They are great and hold their value for a long time.

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    I have a Bernina 440QE and I love it. After I'd had it a few months, I found the embroidery module on ebay and asked for it for Christmas. Now I have that too. I love both. I've had no problems with it--none--and it does everything I need it to do. Mine was a demo and I got a good deal on it.

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    I have been a Bernina user for over 20 years and wouldn't have any other. "Nothing sews like a Bernina...nothing". I have a 1090 and a quilters 440 with the stitch regulator adapter. Works great!

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    I agree with Janome. There is a Janome 2010 that has 50 stitches; a right and left blanket stitch, 1 step buttonhole, a heart stitch, automatic needle threader, top loading bobbin, you can sew 8 layers of denim easily. Easy to set-up and manage, a real workhorse. You can also get a Janome 6600 Professional that has the built in walking foot for quilting, easy to free-style quilt, has the alphabet, made with all metal parts, the 6500 is not, great value. You won't need another machine for the rest of your life.

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