Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 15 of 15

Thread: saving for a new perfect machine

  1. #1
    Junior Member seahorsesanna's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    evart, mi
    Posts
    179

    saving for a new perfect machine

    so I had a brother that couldnt sew a straight line if the fabric was held down with cement so I got an old kenmore model that I like well enough but I really want one that has a scissor button but am not will to pay over a grand for one does anyone have one that doesnt cost and arm and a leg that they like really well?
    As ye sew, so shall ye rip.
    http://www.TickerFactory.com/weight-loss/w0Bm5Vd/
    The only place where housework comes before quilting is in the dictionary.
    http://signatures.mylivesignature.co...ABF945C886.png

  2. #2
    Super Member Shelbie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    1,954
    There are no perfect machines that I have been able to find. It's a matter of trying them out and finding the one that suits your sewing needs best. If you are machine quilting large quilts, you will need a machine with as much harp space as possible. If you are just a piecer, you will have more options. Currently I am looking at the Juki Exceed 600 or the Juki TL2010Q which are both in your price range. I am presently stitching on a Janome 6500 which most people love but I have had a lot of trouble with it so I don't want another Janome. Good luck in the search.
    Shelbie from the High County in Southern Ontario

  3. #3
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Southeast Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,067
    I am very happy with my Pfaff Ambition. It sews a straight line without me doing much of anything to guide it! It does not have a scissors function so I guess I don't miss it. It has a bigger harp space than most but there certainly are bigger ones out there. It will be under your budget.

    I agree that there is no such thing as a perfect machine, but this Pfaff is perfect for me! The only thing I dislike is that it has a screw-on needle plate. Pain in the butt to have to unscrew it to get in and clean the bobbin area.

  4. #4
    Power Poster Jingle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Outside St. Louis
    Posts
    29,637
    I have a Babylock Jane about $900.00 that has the scissor button. It can be a pain as there is a tail of about 1/2" and needle comes unthreaded very easy. I could live without that feature. It is a straight stitch only, works well for me, I just make quilts. Nothing is perfect, including machines.
    Another Phyllis
    This life is the only one you get - enjoy it before you lose it.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    356
    Sorry, I am no help on this one. I have a Bernina 820 and feel like I will never have to buy another machine. However, I do have an arm and a leg missing. LOL

  6. #6
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    284
    I am also looking for an upgrade to my old but reliable sewing machine. A friend who teaches sewing classes gave me some excellent advice. She said to buy a sewing machine that would do what I actually used it for,not be swayed by be number of bells and whistles it had.

  7. #7
    Super Member Dolphyngyrl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    5,778
    Sorry I don't think I would be of much help I love my brothers, never had one not sew a straight line. I am in love with my new dreamweaver as well and am also missing and arm and a leg
    Brother (XL-3500i, CV3550, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D), Juki MO-2000QVP, Handiquilter Avante

  8. #8
    Senior Member nvb50's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Kankakee County in Illinois
    Posts
    457
    I am very pleased with my husqvarna Viking ruby.

  9. #9
    Super Member LyndaOH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    northwest Ohio
    Posts
    1,229
    I have a Juki 600 and love it! Great straight stitch, nice 1/4" foot, thread cutter, needle up-down, the foot pedal also cuts the thread and a needle threader. The harp is about 8" or so. Great for piecing.

  10. #10
    Senior Member Little RoO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    England. UK
    Posts
    403
    Hi, I bought a second hand Janome 6600 and couldn't be more happy with it....it is really solid and sews beautifully....have looked at moving to the 7700 but just wouldn't want to trade in my 6600. I find the scissor action really useful.

  11. #11
    Super Member AshleyR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    East Tennessee
    Posts
    1,099
    Blog Entries
    30
    I wish sewing machines were like cars, and you could buy the basic model (That's what I have, a big industrial) and add options (I would love to have a needle up/down). But I only paid $450 for 12inches of harp space, so I guess I can turn the hand crank! I probably wouldn't spend extra on the scissor button. I just let the sewing machine stitch 3-4 extra stitches in one place and pull the "knot" up and snip it and it's really a teeny extra step that I don't even think about any more!
    You can have any design you want. As long as it's loops!

  12. #12
    Super Member deedum's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Bluebell
    Posts
    4,234
    Everyone I know that has a Janome 6600 just loves them. If I were going to buy a newer machine that would be it. I have sewn on theirs and it is a dandy. I think I am the only one of my friends that don't have one. I am a vintage kind of gal, give me the old ones anytime! Although I do have two janomes and even more vintage machines.

  13. #13
    Super Member Knitette's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    The Granite City, Scotland
    Posts
    1,626
    I love my Janome TXL 607. I 'upgraded' to this for the auto lock and thread cutter features from my first machine.

    In fact, apart from the the larger harp space, I actually prefer it to my recently purchased Pfaff QE4 for FMQ!
    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

  14. #14
    Senior Member sewplease's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    686
    Quote Originally Posted by AshleyR View Post
    ...That's what I have, a big industrial) ... But I only paid $450 for 12 inches of harp space
    Ashley, just what do you have? I've often wondered about getting an industrial for the harp space. Laura

  15. #15
    Super Member AshleyR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    East Tennessee
    Posts
    1,099
    Blog Entries
    30
    Quote Originally Posted by sewplease View Post
    Ashley, just what do you have? I've often wondered about getting an industrial for the harp space. Laura
    Laura, I got this machine from this company, but I got it from ebay. It was 20% off and free shipping. I ordered it the Saturday (night) before Thanksgiving and it arrived on my doorstep (3 boxes) 10 days later! There was a piece that was broken and the machine head had to be returned and that seemed to take much longer than we thought to get the replacement (almost a month by then!!) but all's well that ends well! http://www.amapparelsupply.com/servl...dler%2C/Detail
    It is pretty much the same as a Juki 8700; and I got the idea (or the "ok") from Leah Day's site.. in the comments of one of her articles.
    Down side is.. it's my puppy and my problem when something goes wrong. It weighs a gazillion pounds and my local guy was NO help at all when I was asking if he could get me one, so I assume he's NO help at all if I need repairs.
    You can have any design you want. As long as it's loops!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.