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Thread: Sewing machine question

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    Leah Day has a tutorial on you tube featuring the Janome HD 1000, under $500 machine, she compares the
    Janome HD 1000 to the Bernina 830. All aluminum cast body. Her other favorite was the Janome Horizon 7700(big bucks).
    I love my Pfaff 2044, I have seen them on Ebay.
    Good luck on your qwest!

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    For several years I used a Pfaff, but it was very tempermental. It seemed I was always taking it in for repair, and the shop was several miles away and the price kept going up. I finally decided I needed to do something different so I went to Costco online and bought a Brother machine for just over $100. It came with a 1/4" quilting foot and automatic needle down. It also has a top drop-in bobbin so at a glance I can see how much is left. I don't make extremely big quilts anymore so the throat size isn't that much of an issue for me. I absolutely love the Brother machine!

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    Teresa,

    Depending on what you really need. You can go two ways. An expensive machine will cost you a lot to repair. I have an Elna, cost me $1,800.00. Repairs on it will cost me $800.00. I bought another Elna , which I keep here at home. I also have a Brother SQ9050, it has 100 stitches, computerized, quilting board,etc. This one I carry to class or friends when I travel. I bought it at Wal-Mart for $200.00 dollars, if it breaks my cost to repair will be a lot less or depending how many years I get out of it, I can buy another. I love my Brother, it sews as well as the Elna.
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    I have a Bernina 1530. Have had it for almost 15-16 yrs and it is great for making clothes but very expensive for repair work or parts. About 2 1/2 months ago I bought a Janome 8900 and simply love it. It is quiet, I can use it by just pushing a button or conect the foot press, it is smooth and has an 11"throat for quilting. Haven't tried that yet but haven't tried that yet, will in the next couple of weeks tho. It was expensive but they have less expensive ones that are just as nice as what I bought. Starting in the $100's and going up. I also have a Janome embroidery machine that I also Love.
    Grandmeto6 aka Judy

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    If you're in southern Indiana, I know Evansville has some several sewing machine dealers, and there are sewing machines sold at a couple of quilt shops in that area.
    Karen in Kentucky

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    A machine with a wide throat is important for me.

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    I have Janome machines now and my old Pfaff. I really love both brands. Several of my friends got Kenmore machines from Sears to take to classes. They are made by Janome, I think. If you can find a Sears store that carries machines you can check them out. They got lots of bells and whistles for less money and are very satisfied. As to Brother I have several friends who have had lots of problems with theirs. Two of them traded them in on Janome. We have an excellent dealer about 60 miles away who was smart enough to give really court the local quilt trade and she sells lots of machines.

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    If I were to buy only one machine I would buy one with the widest harp I could find. You mentioned you want to machine quilt your projects well this would make your life much easier. I love a built in needle threader. My eyes have a hard time threading a sewing machine needle. As far as stitches go a straight stitch, zigzag, appliqué type stitch are the main ones I use. Most machines ave feed dogs that drop so you can fmq. A table extension sure is helpful. But I can't stretch the fact that a wide harp is the way to go. Let's us know what you decide.

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    I have a Janome 6600 machine and I loved it.. I recently purchased a Janome 8900 and now I am in love with it.. Janomes are very easy to use. On the 6600, I quilted everything from lapsize quilts to king size quilts and never had a problem.. Since I purchased the 8900 2 months ago, I have quilted a few things ( UFO's) and again, the quilting was wonderful.. Love my Janome machine..

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    Brother are good machines. Kenmore makes Janome,which is also a great machine but Kenmore is basically half the price of janome

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    I have a Brother SQ9000 I got on sale on Amazon.com for $140 and it has 80 stitches, but I also have a Kenmore from 70's, a Singer from 18's, may or may not keep although I have it working now. Helen, my grandmothers 201-3 works great with quilting as it has a large harp and straight stitches like a dream. But to quilt I would look for one with a larger harp area. But they all sew really good.

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    I still like the Janome and the larger throat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Learner747 View Post
    I have used a Bernina for twenty years without any problems at all. Mine is a Bernina 1000 and is pretty basic but she is a work horse. It will sew through four layers of denim and keep on going. If I were going to buy on a budget, I would look on-line for a used Bernina. New ones are very expensive but used ones are quite affordable.
    21 years ago I bought a Bernina 1031 and it sews as well as the day I bought it. You can't go wrong with and older Bernina or other high end machine. The new plastic machines often don't last beyond 5 years.
    Sharon

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    You might be a good candidate for a singer featherweight. That particular machine is from the 1930's and is light weight, so could go to bee's or retreats easily. As far as repairs, they are pretty simple machines, and there are experts here on the Quilt board. It stitches a beautiful seam, just like most any mechanical machine it too can quilt a quilt.
    Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great. Mark Twain

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    Babylock machines are user friendly

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    I am also interested in knowing which affordable machine has a wider throat or harp area?

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