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Thread: Newbie in Mississauga needs advice on Sewing Machines.

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    Super Member Aurora's Avatar
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    I have spent over $1,000 on new machines, but I keep going back to my 301A and my vintage Viking and New Home as my favorite machines. My least favorite thing about new machines is that I cannot just sit down and start sewing. You may already own a great machine for quilting. A lot of beautiful quilts were made on those older machines. Besides it is more fun to purchase fabric.

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    When we went to buy a computer, the sales people asked "what do you want to do with/on it?"

    We knew very very little about computers, so the question was difficult to answer. I knew I wanted e-mail, a word processing program, and a spread sheet. That was about all I knew for sure.

    So it is with sewing machines - how do I know I might want a feature if I have never heard of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    ..........how do I know I might want a feature if I have never heard of it?
    Totally understand what you mean!

    However, that is what test driving is all about.
    At a dealer. Or in a friend's home. Or in a sewing/quilting class.
    Or talking with other quilters, virtually or IRL.

    Though for me, it is all about experience ... I don't get the real feel for a feature until I have used it for a while. That's the benefit of trying it out for more than just a store test drive or demo.
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    a good website to go to for research is allbrands.com. They have listings for all kinds of machines so you can analyze the different features, etc.

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