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Thread: New and in need of advice!

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    I agree with the advice Ducky and others gave you about buying a refurbished machine. I would strongly urge you to buy from a reputable dealer (find your local quilt guild and ask lots of questions ) so you can get lessons and assistance. Welcome to the fold of quilters; it is an addiction that hurts no one!

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    Check out Sear's Kenmore machines. They are made by Janome. The top of the line Kenmore is very affordable and the mid price range machine is an excellent buy. I can buy any brand of machine I want and my next new machine will be the computerized Kenmore.

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    welcome from wa

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    I've been a kenmore gal for years, own a computer one and an old 1978 that is still going LOL I went to Brother when I went into embroidery but don't recommend their lower end machines. Our 8th grade sewing class goes thru them pretty quick...too much plastic

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    Chrissy, your husband is right. Take it back to the shop and have them fix it correctly. It is not causing trouble to insist that you get the service you paid for. You don't have to be unpleasant just firm and insist that the machine comes back to you in proper working order. Regarding sewing machines, I have one that is at least 30 years old and is wonderful for quilting. I had the same problem with loose bobbin thread a while back. I took it in to be serviced and the man said the timing was off and that was what was causing the problem. Did the person who serviced yours check the timing or did he just clean and oil? Take it back and have them check the timing.

    I would hold off on buying a new machine unless the old one could not be fixed. Then you could see what features you really wanted and needed before making such a large purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy in Nisky
    Wow! Thank you all so much for your quick responses! My husband said the same thing about taking the machine back to be re-serviced; I know I should, but I feel like I'm causing trouble...

    As for choosing a new machine, I'm probably not any less overwhelmed. The local JoAnn's has an independent Husqvarna-Viking dealer located inside of it, but I have not read many favorable reviews about the company's current entry level machines. There is also a local quilt shop that I haven't yet visited (my girldfriend who is teaching me warned me about all of the beautiful fabrics that i was going to fall in love w/and I thought maybe I shoud avoid it for a bit) but maybe I should head there too? Anybody have any thoughts?
    If your service is still under warranty, TAKE IT BACK.

    THEY are causing YOU trouble!!!!!

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    You know, we went to Sears, and I was really disappointed. They had several machines, but not one was plugged in, there wasn't a sales associate around, or those who were didn't "work in that department". It was very clear to me that they had no desire to sell me a machine. On the other hand, the woman at JoAnn's who, granted, is running her own business, took 20 minutes to walk me through 3 different machines at varying price points, and ofers free classes on how to use them! I'm torn because I haven't seen any recent reviews on her machines, only ones from a few years ago, that weren't spectacular...

    BTW, my old machine is a Kenmore 158.1212180. Anybodu know anything about them?

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    When I go to Sears and no help to be found, I take a machine off display and plug it in. I bring fabric and thread with me. No one bothered me at all. Lazy clerks didn't care. Several clerks came over from appliances to watch and ask me questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy in Nisky
    You know, we went to Sears, and I was really disappointed.
    I had a similar experience at the now defunct Wards, and the sales guy (from a different department) tried to PUSH the thread from the bobbin through the throat plate. (A true head shaker) I have found that reputable machine dealers (often sew and vac combos) will have a variety of new and used machines. They should deal - I have gotten a discount on every machine I bought, and they should offer service and support. A small shop may not have the classes, but for a fee, one can take classes at a larger shop.

    There are a lot of reviews available on the web AND it is very important to test drive the machine. I spend a lot of time on research before I commit.

    Have fun with it.

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    I had an old machine and found that when either I failed to properly thread it or the thread came out of the channels, it would not operate properly, try rethreading it also.

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    Chrissy, Welcome to quilting and this board. This has been a wonderful place for me to get ideas, encouragement and inspiration. And often a good laugh when I need one.

    I agree you should be able to go back to where the machine was serviced and have them fix it and show you some basics. I would wait to invest in a new machine until you have a couple projects under your belt. It is a big investment and you will have a better idea of what features that you want.

    I still sew with a machine I won in a raffle in high school, over 30 years ago. I have only done straight line machine quilting patterns on it so far. I just invested in a Singer Featherweight (antique) sewing machine to take to classes. It is wonderful.

    So you don't have to spend a lot of money on a machine to get into quilting. My 0.02.


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    Go to your local quilt shops and check out themachines. Janome is a great machine and you can buy a very good one for under $500. It will serve you well. They are allmost trouble free. I have 3 of them and never had a problem. But get your machine (whatever you decide) from a dealer who will back up what they sell. Marge

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