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Thread: A new sewing machine $600 - $1000. What would you buy?

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    A new sewing machine $600 - $1000. What would you buy?

    I have a Singer Confidence Quilter that's a nice machine with the exception of the tension - not consistant from one turn on the the next. It makes me nuts - I'm used to an old Golden Touch and Sew. I do like the needle up/down feature and the needle movement. But my confidence with the stitch quality isn't great. With limited time, I want
    the best quality I can afford. I purchased this machine not realizing how much I missed having a machine - now I'm
    ready for a bit more. I'd your experience and input. Thank you!

    Oh, I also must have a top drop bobbin. Thx.

    Lynne
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    I'd buy what I did buy with the same budget - a Pfaff Ambition. It is a wonderful machine. The IDT (built in "walking foot") is wonderful - pulls the fabric through so straight and true. Has just enough special stitches that I will never use! It is a quality machine. Has stitch up/down, needle movement, sewing with start/stop button, three speed choices, etc.

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    Perhaps a Janome 6500? Doesn't have the even-feed built-in, but does have the wider arm for quilting.

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    check with your local dealers for used machines.....I found a great deal on a used Janome 6600, hundreds less than new.

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    I would buy a used Bernina.

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    The Janome DC 3050, has the drop in bobbin and lots of other features. I just bought mine in Dec. I love it. Its in your price range also. You might do some research on it. I think you would like it.

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    There were a whole row of machines from Amazon were across the top of my computer as soon as I opened your question. A $2000 Juki quilting machine for $850 with free shipping. If I link it, my name shows up and I'd rather it didn't. I don't know if I do a link in a PM. If you can't find it, let me know.
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    I know you can get a nice Brother machine for under $600.00 from a reputable dealer. They have several different models available depending on what you want or need. The nice thing about buying a new machine from a good dealer is that you will get a good warranty and they usually give some free service as well as lessons on how the machine works. I have two Brother machines that are 4 an 5 years old with absolutely no problems.
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    Brother Laura Ashley NX800, used to be the 650Q, I think are around that price, are the higher end ones not the cheap ones, or a used babylock quest if you could find one, but that would be my choice if i didn't have my babylock espire, almost got the 650Q back when i got my espire but the had such a good payment plan I said what the hell, give me the big one

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    Thanks everyone, I appreciate the input. I need to do some homework and make a true list of what I "must have"
    and let my fingers do some shopping before I get behind the wheel.

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