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Thread: New Machine Decision Made

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    New Machine Decision Made

    Recently I posted about replacing my Pfaff and I was considering three machines: Janome 8900, BabyLock Aria, Bernina 740.

    Everyone's input was greatly appreciated.

    Since free motion ability is the main reason I am replacing my Pfaff, I took small quilt sandwiches with me and tried it on the three machines. I feel that the best result I got was with the Janome.

    I also found it next to impossible to find dealers here who were willing to allow payment plans, even for a short period of time.

    At any rate, on Monday I get to bring home my new 8900. Considering I have 2 quilts to make before Christmas, it's going to get broken in rather quickly.

    Thanks again,

    Lynda

    PS: Admins, I would have updated my previous thread, but couldn't find a way to edit the title.

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    Congrats on your purchase! Janome is a great brand.
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    Happy stitching, I'm sure they are/were all fine machines.

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    thanks for the update it is always good to hear the outcome of a query.

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    ​Congratulations on your new machine! May you have many happy years together.

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    My 8900 fmq's very well, have fun with your new machine.
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    I hope you held onto your Pfaff, that is, if it has IDT. I've had my Pfaff 1472 for about 30 years, and more and more I appreciate the IDT for long seams. I've yet to FMQ on it, but my really old Pfaff 260 is good for slow and steady FMQ. Congratulations on bringing home the Janome. I've liked every Janome I ever used, from the Gem Silver, Gem Gold & on up.

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    Congrats on your new Janome. I have a Janome Magnolia 7330 that I love. I don't do a lot of FM quilting but my machine is a real workhorse. Sounds like you will be putting it to the test soon with your Christmas quilts.

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    I am glad your decision is made. It has to feel good. You were wise to shop with sandwiches!

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    How exciting for you... I'm sure you're looking forward to Monday! New machines are so much fun... I haven't broken my 8900 in yet, but I sure have enjoyed the FMQ experience on it from what I've done so far.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    I have the Janome 8900 and love it. The extension table that comes with it along with the large harp space really will spoil you.

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    I have the Janome 6600 Professional and do all my own FMG and have quilted many quilts with no problems. You will love it and it is a step up from mine so even better. Enjoy!

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    Congratulations, I love my 8900

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    Lynda, congratulation on being able to make the right decision for you. Test driving these machines are so important because when it comes down to the purchase, it is what YOU feel most comfortable quilting on!
    A Good Friend, like an old quilt, is both a Treasure and a Comfort

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    You will love your Janome. I have a 7700QCP and I bought it because of the 11" throat plate
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    Congratulations !!
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    Congratulations!! I love the Janome brand. Have tons of fun on your new machine and enjoy.

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    Congratulations on your new sewing machine. I have had my Janome 4000 for several years and she is still getting a workout with quilts, dresses for our DGD, misc. quilts and other projects, so I am very pleased that I traded my Singer in for the Janome.

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    You will love the 8900. I purchased one about 4 months ago and I love it.

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    Congratulations on your new Janome. I have that machine and it is a dream to FMQ with. It can do anything beautifully. I am very pleased with mine.

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    Congratulations and Merry Christmas to you! Your choice is a beauty!

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    Make sure you take advantage of the training sessions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elnan View Post
    I hope you held onto your Pfaff, that is, if it has IDT. I've had my Pfaff 1472 for about 30 years, and more and more I appreciate the IDT for long seams. I've yet to FMQ on it, but my really old Pfaff 260 is good for slow and steady FMQ. Congratulations on bringing home the Janome. I've liked every Janome I ever used, from the Gem Silver, Gem Gold & on up.
    Unfortunately, new Pfaffs are not like your old Pfaff. Mine was made in China and had I known that, I wouldn't have bought it. It will be sold shortly.

    As for IDT, the patent Pfaff had on that ran out a couple of years ago, and all machines now have a version of it.

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    Dina, yes it does feel good. I kept flip flopping about which way to go, but the quilt sandwiches didn't lie.

    Someone on this board suggested that I shop with the quilt sandwiches and I am so happy I did.

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    good luck sewing !

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