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    Quote Originally Posted by mhansen6 View Post
    I have a Pfaff Creative 4.0. I absolutely love it.
    It has a very large harp for FMQ.
    It has a built in walking foot.
    Thread Cutter and hundreds of stitches.
    It has one really cool feature for chain piecing. When you stop to add the next piece the pressure foot will rise about an 1/8 of an inch so you can slide the next piece under the foot. Wonderful feature for quilters.
    I have owned Pfaffs for 30 years and I love them. I would buy this machine again if I needed a new machine.
    All of my Vikings have always done that. I thought that was just something they ALL did. I love that feature too, for chain piecing. I have arthritis pretty much all over, but my wrists don't bend much, so the auto needle threader and cutter are what drew me to the Vikings.

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    I have a Janome 12000 which is less than a year old. It's my second Janome. I quilt and FMQ almost every day on it and have never had a problem. Great stitch selection and variability. Every foot I could ever use. Love the embroidery ability as well. That's my goal this fall...to become as comfortable with that capacity as well. Excited to use all my embroidery threads and stabilizers. Wouldn't buy anything other than a Janome....love love love my machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhansen6 View Post
    I have a Pfaff Creative 4.0. I absolutely love it.
    It has a very large harp for FMQ.
    It has a built in walking foot.
    Thread Cutter and hundreds of stitches.
    It has one really cool feature for chain piecing. When you stop to add the next piece the pressure foot will rise about an 1/8 of an inch so you can slide the next piece under the foot. Wonderful feature for quilters.
    I have owned Pfaffs for 30 years and I love them. I would buy this machine again if I needed a new machine.
    Ditto! I love everything in mine except the needle threader it never worked well. I would have to send my machine to the dealer but just cant and what would I use while it's there ;-)
    I have theembroidery attachment with it and also love it.

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    I think most people stick with a brand they are familiar with. I have never tried any other brand except for my Vikings, mainly because the dealer is in my local Joann store, and her service and knowledge is beyond spectacular. The other dealers are too far away to make checking them out practical.

    I would say for anyone considering a new machine, to make sure you have a GOOD dealer, and good customer service. You never know when you will need it. Also what is important to you in a machine may be far different than what I need. Buying a sewing machine is really no different than buying a car, or even a house for that matter. Take your time, and get informed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6 View Post
    I think most people stick with a brand they are familiar with. I have never tried any other brand except for my Vikings, mainly because the dealer is in my local Joann store, and her service and knowledge is beyond spectacular. The other dealers are too far away to make checking them out practical.

    I would say for anyone considering a new machine, to make sure you have a GOOD dealer, and good customer service. You never know when you will need it. Also what is important to you in a machine may be far different than what I need. Buying a sewing machine is really no different than buying a car, or even a house for that matter. Take your time, and get informed.

    Well Said!!!
    Absolutely vital to have a dealer that will be there to service your machine ... and to help you if you are having troubles, on the phone or IRL, as needed. A bargain/deal does not prove to be such when you can't resolve a problem, get service, parts, etc.


    Me? I purchased a Janome 6600, a year ago (my third Janome).
    Love all the features and use most as appropriate.
    Seldom use the fancy stitches, though they are there when I do want them.
    Absolutely love the needle up/down, auto-thread, start-stop, accu-feed, wider throat, etc.

    The knee lift is annoying as some say ... though it's all about practice, practice, practice ... and I am coming to like it. Someone suggested on the QB before, to use my left foot on the pedal and the right knee on the lift and that has made a difference to my getting used to it. Some sewing I do not use it, though for some, I see huge advantages ... now for the practice, practice, practice, to get more comfortable and adept in using it!

    As for what I do not like about it... nothing!!

    ..........well, that's not exactly true ..........Because it has helped me come to love FMQing, I now want a larger throat and would like more consistency in FMQ stitches (BSR-like, though I keep hearing negatives about it's functioning). So I'm following this thread to see what machines that may be the answer to my dreams!
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    There is also something else to consider...Husqvarna Vikings almost yearly have updates and upgrades that are downloadable through the Manufacturer's website. Since I got my Diamond 2 years ago, there have been several updates that added more fancy stitches, and easier movement through the onscreen menu. These are no-cost to the owner. I have no idea if other manufacturers offer this, but I think it is something else to consider when you purchase....seems that as soon as you buy a new machine it becomes "obsolete" because of new options on a new machine.

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    I have a babylock Ellegante. It is a wonderful machine and comes with almost all of the feet you could ever use. It has a wonderful stitch and does beautiful embroidery. It also connects to my computer for downloading embroidery patterns, has an editor built in and has built in tutorials on the screen. I LOVE IT

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    I have the Brother Quattro 2. Love this machine. I have owned brother machines for many years (also New Home-Janome and Elna) and have never had any problems with any of them. Finding a good dealer is important. I use almost everything the machine has except the knee lift...just not used to it yet. I need to take more classes to use some of the features that I did not understand at my classes.
    My warranty is fantastic. I have not used it for this machine , but my last brother had a major computer issue. So bad, it had to go back to the factory. They repaired it very quickly, updated the computer, fixed a timing issue and replaced a foot that I had a bad nic in. ( the computer issue caused quite a bit of damage to parts) I paid for shipping, but everything else was covered by warranty.
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    I have Janome's Marie Osmond Quilter's Companion (MQ200), and love love love it. When I bought it to replace my very old New Home machine, I was more into garment making than quilting. Then I added the Janome 1100 serger and Janome 200 embroidery machine to my studio. IF I won the lottery, I'd really like to add the 12000.

    Features that I like on Marie: needle up-down (totally new concept to me 2 years ago when I got Marie that I'm SO hooked on now), the ability to close up that little hole on the throat plate to get really even top-stitching, and I like the fancier stitches for embellishment on some of my projects.

    What I wish I had - larger throat area! More decorative stitches! Ability to sew over thicker fabrics or more layers of fabrics without hick-ups. Ability to embroider larger pieces on my embroidery machine! Auto threader on my serger! More money for fabric and machines! To be financially independent so that I didn't have to work and could sew all day long! LOL!

    My Janome dealer/LQS owner has unleashed the stitchery monster within me!

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    Elna 740. I absolutely love it, and it gets loads of use. It's a little fussier than my Elna 6003, in that it wants to be cleaned more often, but it's still a workhorse, with many wonderful features, and very easy to use. I also LOVE my dealer. They send me bobbin cases if I need them and can't drive the 130 miles, or help me over the phone, besides being VERY wonderful when I take my machines up for their annual (or bi-annual?) appointments! In fact, there's Elna machine envy that has resulted in a few more sales!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
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    The few times I tried the knee lift I still found myself moving my right hand into position to lift the foot ... so why bother with that dumb rod in between my legs!!
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    The knee lifter should be to the SIDE of your leg, not between your legs. The idea is to nudge it with your knee, to lift the presser foot. Sounds like yours needed its position adjusted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    I have the Janome 6600 - the features are the same as the 7700 but the 6600 has a smaller harp space.

    Features I DO NOT use - Needle threader, knee lift, single hole stitch plate

    Features I love and would not do without if I had to replace the machine - Accufeed (built in walking foot), thread cutter, needle up/down with the push of a button, small increment needle left/right positioning, large harp size (but I wouldn't object to even larger harp!!)

    Like the others above, I piece with my Accufeed all the time - but I use the accufeed foot with the 1/4" guide and I move my needle position to the right for a scant 1/4" seam - which is the only reason I don't use the single hole stitch plate.

    The few times I tried the knee lift I still found myself moving my right hand into position to lift the foot ... so why bother with that dumb rod in between my legs!!

    Never used the needle threader, honestly don't know how it works

    And yes I would buy another Janome again ... drooling over their new one which has a larger harp area and is also an embroidery machine. The dealer gave me a SWEET deal on one but I just can't justify spending $8K on a sewing machine.
    I have the Janome 6600 too. I LOVE IT!! I love the knee lift - and I keep the knee lift on the outside of my right knee (not between my legs). I use the Accufeed a lot. The needle threader is awesome (since I can't see that darn tiny hole) . I have used the decorative stitches and the monograming. I have done 2 free motion quilts on it and it's wonderful. In fact, I'm thinking about selling my midarm machine and frame. I upgraded from a New Home My Excel 23L. So much better - although my little New Home still runs like a dream.

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    I have the Janome 6600 and love it. However, would someone from up above here explain how you use the Accufeed foot with the quarter inch foot??? I haven't been using the Accufeed foot to piece because of needed the 1/4 inch foot for seam control, so now I'm wondering what I'm missing. Please tell me how to do what you're doing.
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    I bought the Janome Horizon 7700 this summer. I love it. I always had very basic machines before. Love the automatic plate changer, the up/down button, the decorative stitches. Especially like the 15 feet, I think having the right foot does the job better. I love choosing a stitch and the computer suggests the foot, stitch length/width, needle plate and feed dog position. Lower dog feeds with a switch on side of machine. Have used fine embroidery thread and 30# thread and have had no problems. I always use the same thread in the needle and bobbin. I spent 2 days at my sewing center sewing on the 6600 and the 7700. I think the 6600 was probably a better buy for the money, but I was working on a quilt and the large harp (11.5" wide x 4.75" high) on the 7700 was easier to move the quilt through. I have been having fun and sewing more than ever. I would buy it again. I'd love to try a Bernina, but no one around here sells them, I agree about having a good dealer.

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    I have a Babylock Ellegante, and I LOVE it! There are too many features to mention and it just does a great job. Also have the serger, which is wonderful, mostly because of the threading. The best machines I have ever had are Elna's, tho. In my opinion, they are tops!
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    Wait--knee lift lever between your legs? How could it work that way? Personally, I position the knee lift lever on my Juki on the outside of my right leg just above my knee and push it to the right to lift my presser foot. To me it's the very most labor-saving device I've ever had on any machine. Next would be an automatic needle threader that actually works properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyKaren1949 View Post
    I have the Janome 6600 and love it. However, would someone from up above here explain how you use the Accufeed foot with the quarter inch foot??? I haven't been using the Accufeed foot to piece because of needed the 1/4 inch foot for seam control, so now I'm wondering what I'm missing. Please tell me how to do what you're doing.
    First of all, you do not use your regular accufeed foot plus a 1/4" ... you purchase a special accufeed foot that has the 1/4" as part of it! Then all you do is change the regular AF (accufeed) over to the AF 1/4" and stitch as normal.

    You can also get an AF-SITD foot to use when you do SITD!

    If you don't have it, the special FMQ package of interchangeable feet are well worth the investment ... far better than using the darning foot. And another add-on is the blue dot bobbin case to switch in when doing FMQing. Both of these have helped me come to love FMQing with my 6600.

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    I'm a new quilted so I should probably just keep my mouth shut but I'm not very good at that but here is what I have:
    Bernina 820 QE - my favorite so far but cost the most, you get what you pay for tho. $5999 brand new. I love the threader, cutter, knee lift, this thing is by far the strongest out of my three machines. It will sew easily thru 8 layers of jeans just like it's a single layer of cotton. Not that anyone ever would need to sew thru 8 layers of jeans, just saying... This machine is my favorite so far in my quilting experiences.

    Next up is my Janome 7700. This one is my husbands favorite because it is by far the quietest of the 3. Nice straight stitch. $1999 brand new, with the table and a free new little machine and box set of thread. Good bang for the buck. I enjoy sewing on this one. Auto threader, cutter, knee lift, and accu feed. It has slot of nice decorative stitches also. Nice machine.

    Last but surely not least is my Husqavarna Sapphire Quilt. This was my first machine, very strong nice straight stitch. The only thing that I don't like about this machine is the grinding sound it makes, especially when it cuts, sounds slot like metal on metal. But they say this is normal, and the demo one made the same noise so does my moms. $2100 brand new, nothing free or thrown in on the deal. This one is not near as strong as my Janome and doesn't even come close to my Bernina. This one has slot of nice stitches also.

    I guess out of these three brands, I am gonna say I am definitely a Bernina girl so far. I am in love with my Bernina, with that being said tho, I also like my other two, just not as much as my Bernina. I think my Bernina has spoiled me...

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    I totally agree...totally worth it...I do all of my own FMQ'ing with my 7700. It has paid for itsslf. I also do not use the single hole..No idea why I would. Its pieces just fine.
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnLady1 View Post
    As far as sewing (not embroidery) machines -- I have the Janome 7700. It was TOL for Janome when I bought it. I got it because of the large harp, the extra lights and the accufeed. The one thing I do not use is the single hole thingy that comes out for piecing (I piece mainly with the accufeed). I would buy a Janome again -- in fact I have bought the smaller 3160 to take to class. Janome is coming out with new machines so I understand that the 7700 being discontinued so it is available at a lower price.

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    I own a Bernina Series 8 model 820 machine & I love it. The auto needle threader works like a charm, it has a very large harp area (which was a priority for me). I am impressed with everything it does & the quality of the machine itself. The lighting is great, it has a bobbin 2-3x the size of most regular bobbins, so less filling.I was first quoted $8500. here in Canada & the dealer came down to $6500. + taxes (of course) so that's what I decided on. I also have a Juki straight stitch machine that is a real work horse - nothing fancy but it sure does work. I also have a Janome 350E embroidery only machine that I just bought so I have only played a little with it so far, but so far, so good.It really isn't the fact that any machine is TOL or not TOL, it is whatever you are looking for in a machine & of course, what you can comfortably afford.
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    For quilting, I have the jANOME 6600. Love all the features and costs less than the 7700. Difference in the two is 2 inches of harp space and lighting. I also purchased the 3160 Janome for class. I think it weighs only 12 lbs...and it has auto thread cutting jus like the 6600...can't piece without it.

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    you can buy the foot at the dealers...I use it to put on my binding...I have never thought of piecing with it. Why would you piece with the auccuffed since it is not thick material?
    Quote Originally Posted by KyKaren1949 View Post
    I have the Janome 6600 and love it. However, would someone from up above here explain how you use the Accufeed foot with the quarter inch foot??? I haven't been using the Accufeed foot to piece because of needed the 1/4 inch foot for seam control, so now I'm wondering what I'm missing. Please tell me how to do what you're doing.

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    So glad I am not the only one who did not know what TOL is, but then I do not speak twitter or text either. I am still kicking and screaming on moving into the technilgical movement, just when you learn one thing it is obsolete and you have to start all over again on new and improved version, like my new cell phone - it is one yesar newer than old one and so much more difficult to use, but I guess I will learn it in time for new phone tocome out.

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    I have two Janomes, not TOL, and I love them both. Don't think I will ever buy a different brand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhansen6 View Post
    I have a Pfaff Creative 4.0. I absolutely love it.
    It has a very large harp for FMQ.
    It has a built in walking foot.
    Thread Cutter and hundreds of stitches.
    It has one really cool feature for chain piecing. When you stop to add the next piece the pressure foot will rise about an 1/8 of an inch so you can slide the next piece under the foot. Wonderful feature for quilters.
    I have owned Pfaffs for 30 years and I love them. I would buy this machine again if I needed a new machine.
    I just bought this same machine and so far I love it. I love the pivot foot, the IDT (dual feed or even feed foot), the large harp size for free motion, and the thread cutter. It also has the needle threader, needle up and down, and bright lights. Glad to hear you love your Pfaff. I have had Singer and Brother in the past and was worried about changing brands.

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