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Thread: Overwhelmed by machine choices

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    The advice given has been excellent, I can't add anymore to it, but have fun shopping!! And let us know how your search is going. Oh I do have one suggestion, ask about floor models. You can save a bunch of money, and still get the warranty, and all the parts, manual, etc with it.
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    I just recently bought a MC6500 from my local shop, it was a trade in and I love it, I also tried out a 7700 they have on special right now. I would love to have it not in my budget at this time. I think later on I might get one. I love Janome Machines, they are great. I had one for years and never had any problems with it.
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    My first requirement for my next machine if there ever is a next machine will be a wide throat.

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    I now have four machines in my collection: My 1972 Bernina 830 Record that I still use daily. (It's a workhorse). I have a BabyLock that I like for free motion. Now for the important info: I bought a used Bernina 1230 that is awesome for piecing. Also have a Bernina 165 Sewing/Embroidery machine that I use mainly for embroidering names. For your $700 you can get an awesome used Bernina. I would not even consider buying a new machine. There is good value for your bucks in getting a quality used machine. I've bought my used machines on ebay and am totally satisfied with both of them. Good luck.

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    PS: Have someone craft an acrylic table for your machine regardless of what machine you decide upon. Go to Home Depot, purchase an 18 x 24 sheet of 1/4" acrylic and have someone make the cutout and add legs cut from a wood dowel. I made my own for each of my machines. Wouldn't dream of sewing without these awesome table extensions!!

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    I recently was in need of another machine as well. I use my machine for the same kinds of things that you do. I made the mistake of buying a Brother cs6000i which needed to be sent to the factory after only 62 days and I was not happy. I then decided to try a heavier machine and bought a Janome HD3000 for around $349 on Amazon. I really love this machine. It has the strength for heavy duty sewing such as purses and quilts and works equally well for sewing clothing etc. I would highly endorse this machine. It reminds me of the Kenmore that I had for 27 reliable years of sewing. Hope that helps!

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    yes,but if you take up their time playing in their store,buy the machine there.the internet has better deals,yes,but no personal contact.you need that.don't waste a dealers time then go to the internet to purchase.

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    I would save some more $$$ and buy a good computerized machine. Sew on a few different brands.
    Once you sew on one you will notice the difference right away. I would buy a used computerized machine to keep within the budget.
    New machines are way over priced. I could never spend that much on a machine and not feel quilty about the money spent on a sewing machine. I have Bernona sewing machines, and love them. I will never own anything else.
    Do a lot of research, and sew on as many machines as possible. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Well, I'm going to weigh in on getting a real nice vintage sewing machine. You can get one very inexpensively in most any city if you are patient. There are so many out there and many run just fine but may need a little cleaning. If you search this site you can find a massive amount of information on cleaning and fixing up a vintage machine. We have a whole section of QB dedicated to vintage machines. Browse that before you spend good money on a new plastic machine which will not last more than about 5 years with out breaking.
    I know lots of people love vintage machines, I'm not one of them. I love my needle up/down button. I love my lock stitch. I love being able to move the needle to the left or the right. Not to mention all the other features of my electronic and computerized machines.

    A *good* machine will last more than 5 years, plastic or not. I have a 13 year old Pfaff. It's been cleaned and serviced once.

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    Hang onto that old Singer. My daughter and I prefer the old machines over the newer for piecing.

    For newer machines I have Janomes, several of them. I have a Janome 6500 that I used nearly daily for everything, piecing and free motion for over 8 years. I love the needle up and down, auto threading, auto cutter (push button), larger throat, knee lifter and many other functions.
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    This site is good to compare machines and read lots of reviews. http://sewing.patternreview.com/
    If you look on the left there is a place that says sewing machines...reviews and compare machines, etc. Have fun reading!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    Another place to look at machines is allbrands.com. They always have machines on sale. For now one of the best things you can do is go to a machine dealer and sit down and play with whatever machines they have. They may even have some great used machines that were traded in.
    I have not bought a machine from them (allbrands), but attachments, etc. Very happy with them.
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    You can get an excellent quilting machine for $700. Most machines are electronic, and what that means to you is that the stitches are preset to preform the best. You can over-ride this and adjust it for fabric choice, but it will probably reset when u turn the machine off. If you have a mechanical machine, and you move settings, you will have to guess where they should be and keep adjusting them. Please don't be scared off by electronic - the machines are very user friendly!

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    I agree with the folks that have recommended talking to local dealers and seeing if they have a nice used machine in your budget. That's probably the best way to get a good quality machine and get the most "bang" for your buck, and you should be able to get a warranty for it from them. If you build a good relationship with your dealer they'll keep their eyes and ears open for you, too, even if they don't currently have anything on hand that suits your needs. I've only dealt with one local dealer and they (husband & wife team) are just wonderful, wonderful people. Of course not all dealers are the same but at least some of them are really good folks who are passionate about what they do, and will work hard to match you up with the RIGHT machine, not just the most expensive one.

    I love the features on modern electronic machines. I also think I good good advice when buying my current machine - I bought something a little more "advanced" than my current needs. I won't be growing out of this machine anytime soon! I spent a lot but I plan on using this machine for 20 years or longer. And now I don't know how I ever could stand to sew without the needle-down function, or that lovely little scissors button!!

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    Now is a good time to buy a new machine. Most companies have their new models coming out this month and their previous models are on sale at really good prices. Buying locally and having dealer support means a lot. Test drive several machines and find the one that is right for you.

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    So much great input! Thanks everyone - you are a great help! I have been a member at pattern review for 2 or 3 years but have never utilized their sewing machine reviews until this week. Boy have I spent a lot of time there reading. I think my eyes are crossed. haha


    I checked out a local shop yesterday that sold Janomes. Nice older gentleman but had a difficult time convincing him that I needed something with a larger throat. He kept telling me all machines were the same. He was still trying to sell me a Magnolia which has a throat of just over 6" even as I was leaving. He is keeping his eye out for a used machine for me though. Checked out a shop across town today that sells Brother and Janome. When I told him my wishlist and budget he politely told me that he only sold high end machines and basically ignored me after that. Have one more shop to check out tomorrow. I know they sell Babylock but not sure if anything else. I don't mind a used machine at all and will be taking my time to find the machine that seems to fit me best.

    I sincerely appreciate all the help and hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo M View Post
    I'll be watching this thread. I'm in the market for a new machine too.
    me, too... and that's about my budget as well!
    "... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

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    Quote Originally Posted by brenwalt View Post
    PS: Have someone craft an acrylic table for your machine regardless of what machine you decide upon. Go to Home Depot, purchase an 18 x 24 sheet of 1/4" acrylic and have someone make the cutout and add legs cut from a wood dowel. I made my own for each of my machines. Wouldn't dream of sewing without these awesome table extensions!!
    What a great idea! I have seen these online during my research. My husband can definately make this. Thanks for the suggestion!!

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