Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
New Sewing Machine recommendations please . . . >

New Sewing Machine recommendations please . . .

New Sewing Machine recommendations please . . .

Old 06-14-2011, 04:55 PM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
susieqwva's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Mount Nebo, WV
Posts: 115
Default

I would like to purchase a new sewing machine. Right now I have a Viking, but have never been very happy with it. I am an intermediate quilter . . . . what brand and model would you recommend?

Thanks quilting friends!
susieqwva
susieqwva is offline  
Old 06-14-2011, 05:01 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
SharBear's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 460
Default

I purchased a used Bernina and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. Look at your local dealer and see if they have any good deals. If you want new - I would go with a Janome; my mom has a smaller one that she takes to classes and it sews like a dream.
SharBear is offline  
Old 06-14-2011, 05:05 PM
  #3  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
susieqwva's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Mount Nebo, WV
Posts: 115
Default

Thanks. I have a "baby" Janome, a Sewist 521 and it is so much quieter than my other machine.

Thanks!
susieqwva is offline  
Old 06-14-2011, 05:09 PM
  #4  
Super Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4,635
Default

Depends on what you want to use the machine for.

I have had the Janome 6500 and loved it. I recently bought the Janome Horizon 7700 and love it as well. The 7700 has a free arm, which was one of my deciding factors. DD now has the 6500 and adores it.
QuiltnLady1 is offline  
Old 06-14-2011, 05:10 PM
  #5  
Super Member
 
JUNEC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Clearwater, FL
Posts: 2,328
Default

I would go to a sewing machine store and try different machines to see which one you like and sews best for you
JUNEC is offline  
Old 06-14-2011, 05:11 PM
  #6  
Super Member
 
jillnjo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Indiana
Posts: 3,595
Default

I have sewn on Janomes for the last several years and now have the 7700 and love it. I would consider a used machine if I didn't feel I could spend top dollar. I have seen great machines for sale where someone has just upgraded and never put a lot of hours on the trade-in. Good luck!
jillnjo is offline  
Old 06-14-2011, 05:21 PM
  #7  
Junior Member
 
OCQuilts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: 339 High st Burlington NJ 08016
Posts: 191
Default

The best machines are Bernina's. Are you comfortable with your dealer, will they offer you support? There are lots of things to consider. A Bernina is built to last years, and boasts a 20 year mechanical warranty. All machines have the ability to sew very well. And there are machines that offer a lot of options for less money, but for durability and quality its Bernina. Good luck in your search!
OCQuilts is offline  
Old 06-14-2011, 05:21 PM
  #8  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: IL
Posts: 2,671
Default

I have two modern models, the Bernina 440 QE (which I bought used) and the Babylock Quest Plus. I LOVE them both, don't know how I'd choose if forced. The Quest Plus has been replaced/upgraded by the Serenade. I personally like having multiple machines. The 440 has narrower feed dogs, better for tight curves, 1/8" seam allowances, tiny work. The stitch quality and precision are superb. The Quest Plus has gorgeous stitches, 9mm wide, built-in dual feed. Both have knee lifts, needle up/down, sewing w/o the foot control. One big advantage of the Bernina is that the throat plate pops out for easier changing to a straight stitch plate and cleaning underneath. The QP, like most machines, has two screws to change the plate. But it has 1" more in the harp and the IDT (built-in dual feed, like a built-in walking foot). I've also only heard good thing about Janomes and Juki. If you only need a straight-stitch, Juki and Brother have great machines for that-high speed, 9" harps, auto-cut. Happy hunting!
Maia B is offline  
Old 06-14-2011, 05:29 PM
  #9  
Member
 
vagabondmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: currently near Eugene. Oregon
Posts: 93
Default

I recently purchased a Babylock Symphony after sewing on a Kenmore for 35+ years. I've only had it a couple of weeks but so far really like it.
vagabondmom is offline  
Old 06-14-2011, 05:30 PM
  #10  
Super Member
 
mamaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Maine
Posts: 1,914
Default

I think the Janome Horizon 7700 offers alot for the money. I know I really am enjoying mine!
mamaw is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
gidget1212
Main
30
08-25-2014 12:47 PM
marand
Main
16
10-17-2013 10:07 PM
Lisas
Main
13
11-22-2010 06:56 AM
laadw
Main
30
01-10-2010 06:55 PM
beginningquilter
Main
31
12-18-2009 08:33 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.