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Thread: New machine dilema...what would you do?

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    Wink New machine dilema...what would you do?

    A couple weeks ago I asked what machine you all used for FMQ and of course, I got a hundred different answers. I expected that. I can't do much FMQ on my little Brother because the arm space is only 5 inches. It's a fight just to get a baby quilt through there. I am wanting a new machine really bad.... like an itch I can't scratch.... so I went shopping. I've whittled it down to two.... the pricey Janome Horizon 7700 and the free Singer 301A that is sitting at my mom's untouched for at least twenty years. It needs a good cleaning but I'm sure it works just fine. I'll get it someday whether I buy the Horizon or not. But the Horizon is sooooo pretty. I love red. And it has all those wonderful attachments and stitches and it even has fonts. I haven't heard too many complaints about it other than the price. The old Singer only has one foot and two clunky attachments that I would never use... Buttonhole and zigzag.

    What would you do with those two choices? Let's pretend money is not a problem

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    Money no problem? I'd get both. The Horizon for the novelty of it, and the 301 for the straight stitches.
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    If your Mom is willing to give up the Singer why not get both? I would be thrilled if my Mom would give up her old Singer 15, and I already have 5 machines that I use regularly. I love the fancy stitches on my computerized machines, and I do use them, but I really want the old workhorse too.
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    I don't know anything about the new machine (my White is 50 yrs. old), but I'll get my Mom's 301A some day too (not that I'm in any hurry if you know what I mean). It does sew a really nice straight stitch just as my Featherweights. Good Luck in your decision.
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    If money was no object, I'd get both. LOL

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    I agree with the majority-both. The 301 is a wonderful machine, but the Horizon is a dream from what I've read. Not much help am I?

    Pat

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    If money is no problem then what is the debate? I would get the machine of my dreams and get moms too.
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    I vote both as well. It is great fun to have a new machine with bells and whistles, but there is something about sewing on a tried and true that can't be beat
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    if you can afford the Janome, I would go for both. You might end up using both for different purposes. I have a Janome 19606 and a tiny, very cute little sewing machine that was sold by Hancock fabrics a while back. I use them when the mood strikes or for different needs.
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    I vote both also. You will find you use each machine for different purposes and won't know how you did anything before you got them.

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    i would get both.

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    check around for the price on the Janome Horizon. I notice that the price can vary But get the basic model. You wil love the 11" space and soon learn it is worth the $$.

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    Go for both. I have a 301 and it works great for FM for small things, plus it is the perfect backup in case.....

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    Ditto! My mom has a Janome for workshops, etc. what a great brand of machines.
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    This is kind of apples and oranges bc you can't really compare these 2 machines. I say if you must have just one, go with the Horizon because it offers so much more and has so many perks/features that will make any project easier and more fun. That said, I have a number of vintage Singers and i LOVE them too but if I had to choose between those two, I'd go w/ the Horizon! Also, the slant needle Singers aren't ideal for FM based on what I read and hear.
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    check with the dealers for good used machines. I just bought a used 6600 and love it! The built in accufeed system is amazing.

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    It wouldn't be a problem for me to choose. I just would go for both like everyone else here. I would love to have the Horizon though. Just a dream for me.

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    It is nice to have more than one machine as maintenance and repairs do happen.
    For me its one expensive computerized machine that does everything I want except embroidery. It has a 10inch throat and needle down so works well for free motion.
    A second cheap workhorse machine like a Brother strait stitch for piecework and backup when the computerized one is in the shop.
    This machine should also have needle down as that is a very handy function to have for quilting.

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    Do you realize how lucky we quilters are when we are presented with these tough decisions? Ever so often I get a reality check when I read about women in impoverished countries and see what they use for their creations. Now, to get to your delimma. Get the Horizon -- I have a Janome 6500, use it as my main machine, but also have 7 other old Singers, the portables are used for teaching others about sewing. I feel the old iron horses are just that -- great machines that have unbeliveable durabilty. Love them. Also like the new computerized models, but have noticed that they need more maintenance -- though, not enough to discourage anyone from enjoying all the attributes that they offer, like the extra space, the ton of special stitches, the ease of threading, etc. If you can get one, do it. You'll learn many more new techniques and enjoy a new, special tool. However, I understand there is a new Janome out that upstages that 7700 -- haven't seen it, but, gosh, can't be too close-mined now, can we?

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    If the 301 is free...why can't you take it and sew on it? The only problem is that the 301 is straight stitch only. So you will need another machine for applique and other techniques. I have 2 301's and am maybe buying a 3rd 301 so you could say I'm rather attached to this machine! The Horizon would be an awesome choice and you could use the 301 as your travel machine if you can get by with the straight stitch.

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    Get them both!!! That way you can use the new one to quilt with and the old one to piece with.
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    I test drove the Horizon at a fair last year and fell in love with it, I couldn't get it because I had just bought the Babylock Symphony which I also love. If I were you I would get both!

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    Money no problem, the Horizon since you are wanting to do FMQ.
    Money is a problem, the Janome 6600!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Diana View Post
    Money no problem, the Horizon since you are wanting to do FMQ.
    Money is a problem, the Janome 6600!
    The 301 does fabulous FMQ.

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    The 11" throat space would be a dream, when doing fmq bigger is definitely better...I have the Janome 6600 and love it for anything up to a queen, anything bigger goes to my longarmer. Good luck with your decision :-)

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