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    I would look around and find a great deal under 1000 and put the rest of the money into fabric especially since all you do is piecing. I would also look for a larger throat space on your machine. this way if you did ever decided to try your hand at quilting you could do it easier. but as everyone has already said, try them out first.

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    You could get a commercial straight stitch with a 9 inch throat. Either a Brother or Juki. Then if you decide to quilt later, you will be glad you have the extra area. Also, they make a beautiful straight stitch. I bought mine barely used for 650. Then if start taking classes, maybe you can watch for a Featherweight. Congratulations on your degree. I am an RN too but thinking about not renewing my license this year. You start, I stop. Of course, I am in my 70's. Lots of nurses quilt and do needlework. It is very relaxing.

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    Check out the newest edition to the Bernina machines...the 350B to 380B. They are very impressive for the price.

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    Congratulations! I loved my career in nursing.Lots of choices in machines out there. I got anew baby lock Quilters Dream for Christmas and like it so far.

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    Don't forget to look at the Brothers sewing machine line, also. I have both a Brothers and a Janome an love both. Viking is also good.

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    I really like the Janome brand sewing machines. They are user friendly and have everything that a quilters needs on them to make a beautiful quilt.

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    I would go and take a couple of days, and visit all the shops
    that have machines, and just sit down and play, you will find
    the one for you, in your price range. Baby Lock, Bernina,
    Singer, Brother, you could get a good used machine from
    a trade up, too! But really you need to just go around
    and sew on them all, (it is sew much fun, too!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LauraEllen
    Hello all,
    I just graduated from Nursing school this weekend (hooray!) and my fiance and parents surprised me with $1,400 for a new sewing machine. I was totally shocked!
    So my questions is... If you had this amount of money (with possibly the option to add a bit more) what type of sewing machine would you invest in?
    Any suggestions would be welcomed!
    No suggestions, but congrats on the graduation and on the upcoming sewing machine.

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    Congratulations on your new career. If I had that money I would buy the new Pfaff expression because I am a quilter and I love the way it sews and the eleven inch throat. Make sure you shop around. Also the new Janome Horizon looks nice but it didn't sew as nice as the Pfaff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeBooper
    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?
    Thanks for the advice! I hope to work somewhere in the woman's health field (i.e. labor and delivery).

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    GOOD LUCK WHERE EVER YOU WORK. I WORKED L&D FOR 6 YEARS. I DID HAVE A VARIED CAREER. I ALSO WORKED 1 YEAR ON MED. SURG,14 YEARS IN HOME HEALTH AND 6 YEARS IN A COUNTY HEALTH DEPT. I LOVED MY NURSING CAREER. IT DIDN'T START NURSING SCHOOL TILL I WAS 34. I WAS MARRIED WITH A GREAT HUSBAND , 4 KIDS. THE YOUNGEST WAS 4 AND THE OLDEST 16. ALL GIRLS AND A 4 BEDROOM HOUSE TO CARE FOR. IT WAS THE HARDEST THING I EVER DID,BUT SO GLAD I DID. MY SISTER AND I GRADUATED TOGETHER. NOW 2 OF MY GIRLS AND MY NEICE ARE NURSES AND ONE OF MY GIRLS IS AN ENDOCRINE RESEARCH SCIENTIST.WE LIKE THE MEDICAL FIELD GOOD LUCK TO YOU.

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    Congratulations on your graduation. Welcome to the wonderful world of nursing and happy nurses week!

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    congratulations! My daughter is just starting her nursing program. I love my Viking!

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    Congratulations on your nursing degree and gift. I have 2 Berninas that are fun to sew on .My first is Activa 240 .It has lots of decorative quilting stitches 3 alphabet fonts so you can write things for quilt labels or for fun.mine was in your price range when I bought it new 5 years ago last year I moved up to Artista 630 because I wanted embroidery and a back up machine to use when one of them is being serviced.What ever machine you get make sure it has the features you want and have fun playing with all the great machines out there.

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    How do you like your 6600?? :) I forgot to say Congratulations on your graduation in nursing. I think at least if you get a machine with a harp space large enough to fmq you can. There are some very nice machines out there. Talk to the sells rep. and try them out. Good luck in your search. Keep us posted. :):):)

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    Congratulations on your Nursing graduation and may I say you have made the best career choice ever so rewarding. As far as the sewing machine I purchased a Brother that does everything I needed it to do. When and if the time comes when I want to get something that has more bells and whistles I will do it then. I have several other machines and each does something I like, some are computerized some are not but the one I use the most is the Brother or the Janome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Go to more than one sewing machine dealership to try out machines in your price range. You may be surprised to find that you "bond" with one brand more than the others.

    If you can, try out Janome, Bernina and Pfaff brands; they are three of the top brands right now.

    Also ask at a dealership if they have used machines in these brands in your price range. You get more "bang" for the buck with a used machine; some people trade up every year, similar to cars.

    Instead of going for a machine that can both sew and embroider, I would get one machine dedicated to sewing and another machine for embroidery. Embroidery takes time to sew out; with two machines you can still be piecing while one machine works for you on embroidery.

    I would add that, for me, the sound of the machine is important. My Bernina purrs when I sew. Loud machines and clunky machines are annoying to me. However, YMMV!
    I now have a Pfaff Expressions 3800, and I like it, but I sewed on a Memory Craft (Janome now) 6000 for over 20 years. If I had to do it again, I'd do a little more shopping and get a Janome! (FYI, Sears Kenmore machines are made by Janome and are workhorses as well.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63
    Quote Originally Posted by cafegold2
    Welcome to Nursing. I loved it and was never sorry . Perhaps consider a basic machine and start on your masters degree soon with the rest of your gift.
    Masters UGH,LOL.I bet more school it the last thing she is thinking of right now. Speaking as a nurse that has been up and down the ladder I suggest getting a good solid floor nursing foundation, So many young nurses climb the ladder too fast because administration pushes education, I have seen bedside nursing skills drasticly decline over the last several years. Most administative nurses have totaly forgotten the reality of bedside nursing and what it takes. I can speak from both ends I have been everywhere on the ladder from aide,to Director of Nursing and now reside on night shift back on one of the lower rungs lol.
    I hear you on the decrease in nursing skills....There is a nurse where I work who says it's "not in her job description" to change the briefs of our incontinent residents. (I work in a facility for mentally and physically challenged adults.) For heaven's sake, who did it when Florence Nightingale was working!? I'll bet she didn't even HAVE an aide to help her! Sorry, I just had to vent a bit.

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    Congratulations on your accomplishment!!!!


    If it were me I would buy an entire collection of vintage machines but I am an enabler when it comes to the vintage machines. :mrgreen: But I would consider buying a Singer 500A loaded with all of the accessories and taking the rest of the money and buying fabric and what not. You can get a super nice one with everything for around $300 or less. Even though the machine was built in 1962 for only one year I would put it against any high end Bernina (like the new 830) and send it back to school. For a machine that is almost 50 years old that is saying something!!

    Billy

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    No suggestions for a machine, but want to welcome you into the ranks of nurses. I'm glad that there are young people coming in to take the place of us oldsters who are retiring. I've been an RN for 42 years and am about worn out.
    Congratulations

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    That's just laziness. That is as much a nurses job as anything else. I'VE DONE IT ALL FROMM EMPTING BED PANS TO DELIVERYING BABIES, wound care,draw blood, give chemo. Loved my nursing career. I MADE SURE I HELPED MY NURSES AIDS WITH CHANGING AND TURNING AND ALL THEIR JOBS IF THEY NEEDED ME. I could always depend on them when i was in a pinch. Every one is important. I'll get off my soap box now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACRN
    That's just laziness. That is as much a nurses job as anything else. I'VE DONE IT ALL FROMM EMPTING BED PANS TO DELIVERYING BABIES, wound care,draw blood, give chemo. Loved my nursing career. I MADE SURE I HELPED MY NURSES AIDS WITH CHANGING AND TURNING AND ALL THEIR JOBS IF THEY NEEDED ME. I could always depend on them when i was in a pinch. Every one is important. I'll get off my soap box now.
    My sentiments exactly! More power,too, to our new member, both in her nursing career, and in quilting!

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    Congratulations on your graduation! Now get yourself to every sewing machine store you can find and try out every machine possible. You need to find out what options you like and and what machine YOU are comfortable working with. If it's a $1400 machine that you fall in love with, so be it. Enjoy!

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