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Thread: New sewing machine for graduation!

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    Super Member wesing's Avatar
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    Congratulations on lots of fun things in your life!

    As for machines, we are a Pfaff house. We've never tried Janome, Viking, Bernina, Baby Lock, etc. The IDT on the Pfaff was a big selling point for us, although I understand other machines now have similar features. You should be able to find a Pfaff with some very useful features in your price range. Let us know what you decide.

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    Congratulations!

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    I love my Husqvarna Lily and SE...any Husqvarna would be a good choice...If your going old...I just bought a 301 and 301A Singers and love them both....

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    My husband just finished paying for my Bernina 430 for my graduation this month. I finished my BSN! yay! The machine was used, and cost about $1000. This is almost the same as the 440 QE from Bernina, and retails for about $3200 or so new. Look at these too, even if you are not going to do much FMQ right now, you will probably experiment with it later, and will be happy if you have a machine that will expand with your growing skills.
    Congratulations on completing your nursing degree! :-)

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    LauraEllen, first of all, CONGRATULATIONS!! Becoming a nurse is a tremendous accomplishment and I salute you!

    About the machine... several have mentioned going with a good used machine since you are considering using it for piecing only, and I agree... I'm still using the Bernina 830 Record my parents gave me when I graduated from college in 1975. My Bernina dealer knows I'm thinking about getting a new machine, too, and made me promise to never sell this machine. He says it has been a fantastic machine all these years... and, like others, this machine just purrs! The older machines should be considered!

    Listen to the excellent advice on the QB, too... there are new features on newer machines, newer than the "old 830", that you'll want to think about...

    Have fun shopping and be sure to tell us what you decide!!

    Happy quilting!!

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    My 2 cents worth is ...Take your time, do your research after you decide what you want to accompolish with your machine. What features will mean the most to you? Will you have lessons to help you use the machine to its full potential? What can you truly afford? Get the very best machine you can buy with your funds and make sure you have a source close by for maintenance and educational possibilities.

    Congrats on your education. I remember my DIL working so hard to get her nursing degree. She had 2 small children, my son was working 50-60 hours a week so she could work just on week-ends while she went to school and I was gifting foods for fridge and funds for gas, etc. I am so very proud of her!!! She is the daughter I did not give birth, but love dearly. Her education has made it possible for them to have a much more secure life.

    Do post your new machine details when you decide.

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    What a great gift! Congrats on your accomplishment,Nursing school is very stressful.I always feel bad for the young girls I work with.
    I have no clue bout the machine and can't imagine trying to decide lol. I did see a great looking Huskavarna/viking? at jo anns last week, it was about 1,000 bucks off till the end of the month,making it right at 1,000 I was very tempted.lol But For now I would rather buy other stuff like fabric, my old kenmore just chugs away, it is going on 30 lol, When I bought it ti was on the "fancy side, I have done no more than piece and occasionally zigzag something. it can do 30 diffrent sticthes and I have never even tried them so spending all that cash would be overkill for me.
    I have been in nursing bout 30 years, aide, LPN,then RN, Currently in critical care .

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    If I had it to do over , I would make sure the machine had a good size throat for FMQ. Good Luck and be sure to tell us what you buy. This is a great present.

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    Congratulations Nurse! I received my BSN 40 yrs ago & can understand you're excitement to begin your career.
    I'd Look at quality used machines for a first purchase - Bernina, Pfaff, older Singer. You won't need/use all the bells & whistles now, & can upgrade if you ever decide you need more options. Have fun trying out various machines in the shops before you purchase. Good luck & happy sewing & nursing.

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    A friend just got a new Janome machine and it is a dream machine.

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    Congrats from a nurse for 34 years, good luck. For me would def be a Bernina.

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    I'm partial to Vikings, but you should make a list of what you want in a machine, do lots of research, and lots of test driving of various models. Sewing machines are like underwear, we all like something different. It is good that they gave you the money instead of just getting you a machine. Good luck and have fun researching!!!

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    Congrats on getting your degree!!! May I recommend you get a machine at a quilt show.. many times at a quilt show they let you try out different machines etc.. and then they offer them at a discounted price after the show is over..not sure when the next quilt show is going on near you ..but it does save alot to check this out..by the way almost all the sewing machine folks are at the quilt shows... with all the feet you might need such as the quarter inch foot, walking foot etc...
    Have fun shopping make a list of what you like and want in a machine.. and enjoy!!
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    You only need a straight stitcher for piecing and FMQ. However, if you are going to do some applique by machine, you will need one that can do blanket stitch and zig zag. I find the brother Nouvelle 1500s ideal for quilting,=. It is a straight stitcher with variable foot pressure and a 9" throat.

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    I would also look at the viking. It has a wider throat and two lights for sewing. Try them out more than once.

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    I have been very happy with all my Viking machines......congratulations on your graduation from nursing school. I am an RN and am retired. I worked mostly in the operating room. What area are you going to work in?

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    Congratulations!!...What a nice gift.

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    Research all the major brands: Pfaff, Janome, Bernina, Viking and see what you can get for that price. Make a list of features and compare. You will be happy with whatever you get.

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    Congratulations, we need nurses and God bless you for it!!! My workhorse for making quilts is the Janome 6600. I have four machines and that is my 100% favorite and so reliable. It also has some built in embroidery stitches too. I love the automatic thread cutter. Mine is five years old and never had a problem with it. Oh, I like the built in walking foot too. And it sells for $1400.00 depending on where you live. There are lots of good machines to choose from, but this is my baby. C.

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    CONGRATULATIONS, Nurse! That's a major accomplishment in itself and I know your proud that you did it!!! As for the machine - take your time and try out several (including a couple of vintage if you can) and go for the largest harp area - that means more than fancy stitches and alot of the little extras that the big name machines offer. Good luck in your search as you happily hunt down THE machine for you!

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    test drive machines, then decide. but, I do like my Janome 6600 for piecing and quilting. MY old Viking is great too.

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    Congrats on on graduating. I am an RN, retired after 30 years. Spent most of them in Labor and Delivery. It has been a wonderful career and there are so many diverse areas that you can work in. Moved 6 times with my husband's career and I had no trouble getting hired in the job and hospital that I wanted. Do you have a specialty area that you want to work in?

    There are so many good choices out there for machines. Even though you only piece now, you are very likely going to want to expand your skills. I mainly piece now but the features I wanted were: needle down option, feed dogs that lower, IDT (called that on Pfaff, I'm sure that other machines have different names for it), auto needle threader and large throat space. I have a Pfaff Quilter's Expressions 4.0--I think that is what it is called but it isn't in front of me to check. I wouldn't trade it for anything. Buy from a dealer vs online or at Sam's or Costco. You want a place and person you can go to with question or problems. Try a bunch out. And remember that you are probably going to want to buy more feet for the machine at some point, so check out the price of accessories because they can vary a great deal. I have never paid over $30 for a foot for my Pfaff.

    Happy shopping and have fun!

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    Congratulations on your nursing degree and good luck in your future job. Wow, you really got quite a bit of money to play around with for your sewing machine. If you are mostly going to be doing piece work, why don't you get a featherweight or some other vintage machine? They are supposed to be real good for that and then you could get another machine that could do other things. That way you have a backup in case your main machine has to go into the shop.

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    Congrats on your nursing degree! I've been an oncology nurse for the past 15 years, and love it. I started quilting about 3 years ago because I realized I really needed an outlet from the stress. Quilting has been so cathartic and therapeutic for me, as it will for you. What field are you going into?
    What a lovely gift!!! I agree with the ladies who say to get a machine that you can grow into...I started with a very basic Kenmore and quickly outgrew it. Last year I bought the Janome Magnolia for $350... Love that machine, but now that I'm mastering piecing, I would lime to try embroidery. I never thought I would get so into quilting!! And yes, save some for fabric as it can get pricey. Good Luck!

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    Congratulations on graduation from nursing school!! Great job! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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