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    I have a janome 6260. The feed dogs drop and I use the darning foot so I can machine quilt. It works like a dream.

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    Personally I would buy from a dealer. I sold Vikings for awhile and the best deal is to talk to someone who really knows the different machine models in your brand of choice. These people can guide you to the machine that best fits your needs. Classes on your machine are free also and if you have any problems they can be taken care of locally.

    just my thoughts---good luck
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    If you have a Sewing Machine dealer in your area I would suggest going and taking the time to test drive different models. See what you like about different machines and ask about their service department. I have Bernina machines and love them, but you will have to see what fits your needs and what you are comfortable with. Good Luck..
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    For simple piecing, my recomendation is to go to a dealer and look at their used trade ins for something like a phaff, elna, I have an elna I bought before my second child was born - she is 42 and it is my favorite machine for piecing.
    The electronic ones take an extra stitch when you try to get them to stop. I don't like that. I have 3 other machines. That are newer. Take the machines for a test drive. If you can get a good satin stitch and good straight stitch you got it made. I also have a Viking 1100 that I use for sewing leather. A D-1 for embroidery work and everyday stuff but my best piecing machine is the elna. A good used machine is better than a plastic new machine, in my opinion.
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    the machine I use came from Walmart and I love it. It sews really nice and it is light weight so if you go to a class there is no struggle to take it along. Brother 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with Alphabet Font-SQ9050.
    I have used this machine for 2 years now and have never even skipped a stitch with it.

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    Husqvarna Viking machines are what I have and love them.

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    By all means, test drive and my advice if you are wanting to quilt on it, is to get one with at least a 9" throat, ability to lower feed dogs easily, needle down stopping position, adjustable foot pressure, a flat bed and single stitch needle plate.

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    If you want one for strictly piecing and quilting, I would like to suggest that you look for a Brother PQ 1500S. I bought mine from Amazon for somewhere around $500. No fancy stitches, no zig-zag, but great straight stitching and a good sized harp area for quilting. Has pin feed also to help the fabric along. Comes with the extension table to give a pretty nice area for quilting. Great machine for the money.
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    That is definitely one of their low end models. I would rather have a used Janome or an older Kenmore.

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    I have been sewing and making quilts for more than 40 years. Except for the charity quilts I make or ones for relatives or friends that know nothing about caring for quilts, I hand quilt. There is a satisfaction to handwork that can't be duplicated on any machine. I worked for almost two years for a Bernina dealer and feel in love with their machines. Since I usually produce at least 20 Linus quilts a month I do a lot of sewing. Those quilts I machine quilt but they are no larger than crib size. I also do very basic straight line quilting every four inches or so using a simple decorative stitch and variegated thread to add a little decoration. I will admit that just attaching the binding by machine to a larger bed size quilt is all I am willing to tackle on a sewing machine, even one as good as my Bernina. The physical effort it takes to constantly adjust the quilt and force it through the machine's throat takes all of the joy out of the task. If you have done handquilting in the past you realize that it also allows you to enjoy conversations, TV, music etc. while getting something accomplished. Just my two cents.

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    Worth having a Ladies Day out with some friends to travel to a Good Sewing machine Dealer or Quilt shop that has sewing machines.... Make a Day of it....Try all the machines.... For Regular Sewing machines I have Couple of Singers and Domestic, White and the one I have set up is my Husky 140 by Viking Basic sewing, zigzag, stretch stitches and button hole . not for Big quilt projects but does fine with smaller projects like potholders, tote bags etc... and the ever present stack of Mending... or several of you go together to buy a nicer machine....?
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    Quote Originally Posted by meyert View Post
    Well I understand that test driving would be good, but here in the sticks there is not a "local dealer". Maybe I can google and see where the nearest dealer is so I can try one out

    I will look up the Janome machine and see how that looks

    Thanks
    Where "in the sticks in Indiana" are you. There are a lot of quilt shops around, and I knowpretty much all of them?
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    Pleas consider looking for a machine with the needle up/down feature, saves a lot of headaches.

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    A brother is a good machine. But if there's anyway you can do it, get a machine at a dealer rather than amazon. They will provide you with the lessons and service you need, answer questions and probably will have stitched the machine out before selling it to make sure it is running well. And who knows, they may even have a better deal for you! I'm sure lots of people will tell you to buy online, but if we don't help support local brick and mortar dealers, they will soon be gone.

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    I am a Pfaff person all the way. That being said, you have to chose for yourself what is best for you. I would recomend that you visit several dealers to see what you would like. Each machine has features that you will like. A good dealer is important for learning to get the most from your machine and for routine maintainence and cleaning. Take your time to think about what you want and make a list of features you want ina machine. I love my Pfaff for the duel feed feature. I can sew anything with that machine.

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    I like Brothers machines, used to think Singer was the only one to use. Brothers is operator friendly, easy to learn to use. they have very good online tutorials also . I have 2 Brothers embroidery machines and one regular sewing machine.
    have a Singer 500 that I quilt on , but would love a LAQ machine. Go to the dealer and try one. Good luck have fun with what every one you buy.
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    I bought a Brother CS6000i on Amazon that is computerized and has multiple decorative stitches. It had problems at 60 days so I was totally upset. I sent it in for repairs - since you can not repair it yourself - and it has worked great since then and I have come to love it. I only paid $159+ or something like that for it although it is listed at double that. While I was waiting for my Brother to be repaired I ordered and received a Janome HJD3000 machine which I paid around $350 for and again it was listed at a higher price. I loved it. It is a heavier machine so it handles heavier material better than the smaller brother. It is an electronic machine and not computerized. However I did have some severe problems with the stitches and had to spend quite a lot of time working on it to get it working right again. I got this one on Amazon as well and when it needed repairs Janome customer service told me to go to the place that I had purchased it for repairs and when I attempted to contact that company on Amazon they did not respond so I eventually fixed it myself. Prior to that I had a Kenmore for 25 years and loved it followed by another Kenmore for 27 years and loved it but when I looked at Kenmore and found out that Janome made them I went with the Janome and it works very much like the Kenmores I had. So I guess I would say either of those machines when working are a great machine.

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    I would look into the Janomes. Everyone that has one seems to love them. Also, they are reasonably priced compared to the Bernina's. I believe that Janome is a better machine than the Brother.

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    My personal preference is for a vintage machine with none of the fancy stuff on it. They are wonderful for piecing and I've done quilting of up to twin size on my Featherweight which is a smaller model but still has a larger throat than many of even the most basic modern machines.
    At some point I do want to get a machine with some additional features, but until I decide exactly what features are most important to me I'm not going to spend $ I could more easily use for more fabric!
    Good luck on your search.

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    Teresa, I have several machines, most Janome brand, including a high-end one. It's the only machine I have in my upstairs sewing room, mainly used for piecing and machine embroidery. I wanted a more basic machine for my downstairs room, a machine primarily for quilting. I did a lot of research before I bought a Janome MC6300; it is computerized, has all the features I need, but is still quite basic, with a 9'1/2" space to the right of the needle. You might want look at all its specifications and features at the Janome site. Last time I looked, authorized Janome dealers were asking $1200. for this machine. Suggest you buy whatever from an authorized dealer (on-line or not) to make sure the warranty is valid.

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    Since you don't have a lot of experience with machines I would suggest you buy from a store that will offer free Machine Mastery classes and have a service tech available on site. You said you don't have stores nearby, but this is a big purchase and you need to find a dealer who can help you. I've known lots of people over the years who had sewing machines they never used simply because they had no mastery classes or people to help them. Look for a used machine with a warrantee from a dealership. Buying online or from a box store means you will have no help and perhaps no recourse if there are problems. A " previously loved" machine of good quality will last you a long time and do whatever you need it to do. Don't shortchange yourself....you may grow in your interests and want to have the ability to learn machine embroidery, or appliqué, or felting, etc. some day. A used higher end machine will give you the capability to explore and grow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabrielle's Mimi View Post
    Since you don't have a lot of experience with machines I would suggest you buy from a store that will offer free Machine Mastery classes and have a service tech available on site. You said you don't have stores nearby, but this is a big purchase and you need to find a dealer who can help you. I've known lots of people over the years who had sewing machines they never used simply because they had no mastery classes or people to help them. Look for a used machine with a warrantee from a dealership. Buying online or from a box store means you will have no help and perhaps no recourse if there are problems. A " previously loved" machine of good quality will last you a long time and do whatever you need it to do. Don't shortchange yourself....you may grow in your interests and want to have the ability to learn machine embroidery, or appliqué, or felting, etc. some day. A used higher end machine will give you the capability to explore and grow.
    For several years, I have "kept an eye out" for a good used machine and there's never any to be had. Admittedly, there's only one dealer in our area and I'm not in a position to travel long distances in heavy traffic to any of the others in the greater metro area.

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    The Jenome gem machine is light weight(good to take to sewing classes) It has served me well. If you want to machine quilt, do the individual blocks before you sew them all together. Leah Day has an excellent tutorial on u tube on how to do that and it is easy. Google. Leah Day free motion quilt along project on u tube. She has a series of many quilting tutorials and they are all free.

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    There are many good machines out there and I would suggest, if possible, to go to a dealer to try out different machines to get the right "fit". If you are going to machine quilt, look for a machine with a larger throat, I have a Janome 4000, which I love, but I also have a Brother that was free, and it is my "go-to" machine when my Janome is in for a regular check-up. I don't know that you need much more than a straight and zig-zag stitch on the machine, but a needle up/down is a great feature, at least to me. There are also machines that have a quilting stitch, but I have never used one. It all comes down to personal preference plus follow-up service. I know this is long, but there is no one right machine for everyone. By the way, welcome to quilting, I'm sure you will find it a very rewarding hobby, or in my case - obsession.

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    I would go to a dealer and try out a few machines. Even if you end up ordering online at least that way you'll have a better idea of what you want. Not saying that ordering online is a bad thing but dealer support is great when something goes wrong and in the beginning to show you how everything on your machine works. Also sometimes dealers throw in some extras when you buy from them. With the last machine I bought I got six spools of thread and a free yard of fabric each month for the next year.

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