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Thread: SEWING MACHINE

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    Hi,

    I'm new to quilting, I would love to by a nice sewing machine, but
    can't afford 2 to 10 thousand dollars at this moment, does anyone
    know of a sewing machine that is good but won't put a strain on my
    checking account.
    Linda

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    how much can you budget for the new machine? that will help the others make practical suggestions of brands and models for you to consider.

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    If I were you, I would do what I should have done when I started sewing and quilting. Buy a vintage sewing machine, like a 60s model. They are very heavy, but they are dependable workhorses, and the beauty of it is, they are only able 20-40 dollars.

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    Now please understand that you are going to hear from a lot of people and everyone loves their machine and their brand. The best thing to do if possible is to try out any machine that you are going to think about buying.

    I recommend the following Janome sewing machine only because I have first hand experience with it. Just bought it for my daughter who is a beginner sewer and quilter. She is accomplishing both with this machine. It was easy to set up. The manual is beautifully written and works perfectly with the machine like it says it does.

    http://www.hancockfabrics.com/Janome...VVviewprod.htm

    If I were going to buy a new one in that price range that would be the one. I fell in love with it just setting it up for her......lol.

    Having said that, if you have access to a 60's or 70's machine......I have both which are Singers.......they are work horses.....

    Hope this helps,

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    I have bought several old singers and love them. I could buy a new machine if I wanted I love the old singers. You can pick them up at sales or flea markets cheap. They usually just need a good cleaning. You might want to try that first. If you don't like it you aren't out much money.
    Judy in Ohio

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    i started out with a brother machine that had the drop feed because i love to do the stippling. it was less than $200. I frankly wore it out though and had to get another one 2 yrs later. I found a used one Elna that is great and will hold me til next time. I have made quite a few lap quilts and a few larger quilts on these "cheapee" machines and did quite well.
    good luck

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    IFW045 On the Janome you listed does it come with any special feet? I am thinking about buying me one too.
    Darlene

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darlene
    IFW045 On the Janome you listed does it come with any special feet? I am thinking about buying me one too.
    Darlene
    I would like to know the same. The description does not indicate if it does, but the price sounds good - $149.00!

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    Quote Originally Posted by basicfun
    Quote Originally Posted by Darlene
    IFW045 On the Janome you listed does it come with any special feet? I am thinking about buying me one too.
    Darlene
    I would like to know the same. The description does not indicate if it does, but the price sounds good - $149.00!
    To answer both of you, I don't believe it comes with extra feet. I honestly can't remember and the machine is in Texas.......bought it for my daughter as I mentioned in my first post to this thread. However, I did find a link to accessories for the machine you may be interested in with some extra information on the machine. Hope that helps. I do love this machine though.

    http://www.sewvacdirect.com/janome-2139n.html

    Just a word I will mention, that it seems from my research that the Janome company no longers makes this machine (just means they have replaced it with a newer model for this year). But this is one machine I will remember if I should ever need to buy a new one and would even consider it if it was used and still in good shape. Like I said before, I fell in love with this machine and so did my daughter. She had never sewed before so I was teaching her on this machine.

    Good luck and hope this helped.

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    thank you lfw045 for your quick response. Isn't that the way it goes, find something you like and they discontinue it :(

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    If you want a computerized one with plenty of bells and whistles try out the top of the line Kenmore. Kenmore is made by White who makes Janome. I have sewn on the new Kenmore and it sews like a dream for thousands less than the other top of the line brands. I love my Singer Featherweight, and Singer 15-90. I would give up my computerized machine before I'd give up my Singers.

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    I bought my granddaughter the Janome Hello Kitty 3/4 size machine and if I didn't have a featherweight I would buy one for myself for classes. It's a great machine. It is not a toy at all. (The 1/2 size Hello Kitty is considered a toy machine.) In fact it looks identical to the one IFWO45 posted about only has Hello Kitty on it. Same price too.

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    I bought a Singer 237 Fashionmate at a garage sale. It did require cleaning, oiling, and adjusting. There is another thread about what that costs.

    Then I bought a couple more of them.

    The e-bay auctions say they are "industrial" - they aren't, but they are good little work horses. I can sew about four layers of denim on them before it gets cranky. I am not able to sew over a six layer bump on jean hems.

    Has a beautiful straight stitch and does a nice satin stitch.

    There are two versions of the 237 - one can drop the feed dogs on one model - I think that's the 237-A.

    The down size of this machine - it's a heavy puppy. I think it weighs around 30 pounds. I can carry it, but not very far.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lfw045
    Now please understand that you are going to hear from a lot of people and everyone loves their machine and their brand. The best thing to do if possible is to try out any machine that you are going to think about buying.

    I recommend the following Janome sewing machine only because I have first hand experience with it. Just bought it for my daughter who is a beginner sewer and quilter. She is accomplishing both with this machine. It was easy to set up. The manual is beautifully written and works perfectly with the machine like it says it does.

    http://www.hancockfabrics.com/Janome...VVviewprod.htm

    If I were going to buy a new one in that price range that would be the one. I fell in love with it just setting it up for her......lol.

    Having said that, if you have access to a 60's or 70's machine......I have both which are Singers.......they are work horses.....

    Hope this helps,
    i'm on my third - 3rd - janome. i think they are workhorses. i am using the janome 8000 now (i love it), i have janome gem for traveling (pretty basic) and i bought my dd a janome, three steps up from the bottom for her birthday 4 years ago. they all sew like a dream. my dd never needs repairs, she cleans and oils herself. same with my gem. i have had mine repaired six times in twenty years. not a bad record.

    sew on one and see what you think.

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    buy an old machine which is a well known brand with as little plastic parts as possible and then when you have more money and you know what you like in a machine after researching then go out and spend but above all take your time! Look at buying used as many people just trade up and the machines are often a good buy. That way you will also have a spare machine if your other one has to go into the shop.
    Try all different machines but the features that i couldnt live without is drop feed dogs, needle down everytime it stops and if i ever buy a new machine it will have the biggest throat space imaginable!! Low bobbin sensor would be nice too and i also love the little thread cutter on the side of the machine.
    If the machine comes with a walking foot then count yourself lucky as they can cost quite a bit.. all other feet arent that expensive. good luck finding what you need...
    :D

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    I was able to pick up my first janome at a fabric store on sale for $200. It was a janome 3022....still piece on it and now my youngest has taken it over!:)Great machine...even machine quilted on it w/bigger quilts. Came w/many feet too:)Good luck! Keep looking around..Skeat

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    There are several refurbished Janome 16221 sewing machines on Ebay listed for buy it now price of $99.00, free shipping and says it has full 25 year warranty from a large company.
    Does anyone have this machine, if so is it any good?

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    I say it depends on what you want.. I was shopping at Target the other day and was strolling by their sewing machines. They had a Brother XL3750 and it was on sale for $99. On further checking it had a "quilting package" with it.
    Walking foot, 1/4" foot, quilting foot, quilting guide, and wide "deck" you can add to it.. so far I love it.. and you sure can't beat that price.. it even has a self threader for the needle.

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    I really think I need to check into that, I think the feed dogs are messed up on the brother I am sewing on. I do most of my sewing on a 1958 Singer 401A I inherited from my Mother.

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    Depending on your budget, take a look at the Janome 6125QC, 6260QC or 4900QC. I am looking at the 4900QC myself as I am upgrading from the Janome 6125 which has been and still is a little workhorse, but I want some more whistles and flutes! :D

    PS The walking foot and other essential feet all come as standard as well as an extending table and freearm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tippy
    I say it depends on what you want.. I was shopping at Target the other day and was strolling by their sewing machines. They had a Brother XL3750 and it was on sale for $99. On further checking it had a "quilting package" with it.
    Walking foot, 1/4" foot, quilting foot, quilting guide, and wide "deck" you can add to it.. so far I love it.. and you sure can't beat that price.. it even has a self threader for the needle.
    if target will take it back if you are not satisfied, then why not try it? $99 is a very good price if it does what you need it to do. it won't have all the bells and whistles, but it will give you time to see what you do want and in the meantime, try every other machine on the market. i also suggest that you invest in a good sewing lamp, even if the machine has a little light.

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