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Thread: For those that own new (made in last three years) TOL sewing machines:

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    I own 3 Janomes and would hate to part with any of them. The only thing I don't use on my 6600 is the single hole plate. I use the knee lifter when appliqueing as it leaves both hands free to guide the fabric. I don't use a lot of the decorative stitches on my 5024 but have them on the 6600. The little one I take to workshops or to my group. Also have a MC10000 but it is used exclusively for embroidery. Now I have my own quilt room the embroidery machine can be going while I sew on either of the other two. Love the freedom of a large workspace.

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    I have the Janome 12000 and like the others who have it, love it. I especially like the embroidery. It is a heavy machine but that is the only downfall. I also have traded up with each machine so it doesn't seem to cost so much. Love the Janomes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by callen View Post
    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.
    CAllen's final statement is SO true ... it's important to get a machine that's a match for your needs (and wants, though sometimes that's beyond what IS needed!) ... and affordable.

    I'd be interested to hear from more about their experiences with the Bernina 820 (or other comparables)
    ... I'm particulary interested in the larger harp space, and BSR

    Does the BSR really give you consistent FMQ stitch lengths?
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    QuiltE, I have tried the BSR and have used a LA with stitch regulation. Both are not perfectly consistant...you have to practice to make the stitches the same...the only way the stitches come out constistant is when the machine goes by itself without you manning it. Computerized...

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    I have a BabyLock Ellisimo sewing/embroidery machine. The quilting features are great. It has neeedle up/down button and auto presser foot lift for pivoting fabric when piecing. There isn't really anything I don't like about it.

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    After reading everyone's reviews, I now have a list of machines to go look at, thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honchey View Post
    QuiltE, I have tried the BSR and have used a LA with stitch regulation. Both are not perfectly consistant...you have to practice to make the stitches the same...the only way the stitches come out constistant is when the machine goes by itself without you manning it. Computerized...
    Of course, I want the magic pill!!
    I won't be going for a LAQ ... and am starting to really like doing FMQ. I just want to make it look better.
    Of course, practice, but anything that can help me is welcomed.

    I know .. practice, practice, practice!
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    I have the Janome MC6600. I love it. I use it all the time AND I use the knee lift. The AccuFeed is great for so many applications. I really like it with flannel because I don't get the distortion I do on other machines - and I have several.

    I have finally mastered the needle threader and use it all the time but I have to say it is a major disappointment after my Babylock Ellegante. I bought the Janome so that I would have something with a larger harp to sew on while embroidering. The BL has nicer decorative stitches but the Janome sews faster (probably why the BL stitches are nicer!) and it sets in a recessed table. I am kind of short bodied so that is better for me.

    The one feature I don't like on the Janome that most people would love is that the lights are too bright. Sometimes I just have to switch to another machine.

    Yes, I would buy another and I use most every feature I have found.

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    I have a Janome 7700. I love all its bells and whistles, especially the accufeed foot and the automatic plate converter. Not particularly enamored of the knee lift - I simply don't use it. I like the buttons right above the needle for backstitch, locking stitch, needle up/down.
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    I have 3 Husqvarna machines: A Sapphire 870, Topaz 20 (in Norway) and an older Freesia (in USA). I love them all.

    These 2 are not TOL but, I bought 2 Baby Lock machines last year (in USA) - a Jane to use on a Grace quilting frame - a Sophia for piecing and taking along places.
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    I have an Elna SU which I bought in the early 70's. It is the most beautiful machine to sew on and I would not part with it for the world. I was offered a new one by hubby but declined. The modern ones to me just don't sew as easily as this one. My friend used it once and said to me "now I know why you like it so much"

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    I have a Viking Ruby. I love it. It has all the bells and whistles like thread cutting, needle up/down, needle threader, auto-tension. It doesn't care what thread you use and will wind bobbins while it's sewing or embroiderying. I love the embroidering part too. It's so easy to use, you can put your designs on the machine via USB or connecting to machine, you don't have to leave the USB once you pull up the designs so while I'm doing designs I can be loading more on the stick. I can go to pacific stitches so going back on a design after it has been unloaded from machine is easy. It comes with a great organizer software that lets you do a lot without buying the additional software (which I ended up doing). One of the greatest features of this is that I can enter all of my many different thread brands w/the color# and then I can use them for my thread choices and the machine picks the best match out of all of them. It helps me from having to either limit my choices or go thru all of my thread by hand picking the matches. Plus it does the trim command which is a great feature when you are embroiderying. It has lots of sizes of hoops to I'm not limited. I get free classes for my machine and the additional software that I bought. Oh yeah, I also love the cutwork needles for my machine. There are so many things that I love about my machine that I could go on for along time. It also has a larger harp size too.
    Judy

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    What brand/make and model do you have?

    Which features do you like best?

    Use the most?

    Which features do you NOT use?

    Would you buy that particular brand/make and model again?
    1. Janome Horizons
    2. The basic sewing for piecing and the ability to free-motion
    3. both equally from #2
    4. I already did, I have a Janome 6600 before!
    Carolyn

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    I love my machine. It has the needle up/down, needle threader, thread cutter, knee lift that I can't live without, dual feed (built in walking foot), hundreds of stitches, can make my needle go up and down with my foot pedal, has hundreds of stitches, has an attachable embroidery system, foot raises 1/8" so I can chain feed also, huge throat plate, two long row of lights plus a light right above the needle, the feet come off with a quick flick of a switch, can turn the sensors on or off, can have it sew 4 small stitches at beginning of sewing and end of sewing if I want or not, has an alarm clock with a reminder and many other things. I just love it.
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    I bought a Bernina 820 last year. I have the embroidery module on my Bernina 440, and do not use it enough to justify the extra cost. I mainly purchased it for its large throat, BSR, and the Bernina quality product. The added bonus is its built in walking foot, automatic threader and cutter, and of coarse the wonderful tension Bernina is so known for. Right now it is on my frame, but I take it off to sew on. There are so many features that I am still exploring. I feel like I will never need another machine, as I can grow into it. I do not see myself ever buying a machine that was not a Bernina.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I love my machine. It has the needle up/down, needle threader, thread cutter, knee lift that I can't live without, dual feed (built in walking foot), hundreds of stitches, can make my needle go up and down with my foot pedal, has hundreds of stitches, has an attachable embroidery system, foot raises 1/8" so I can chain feed also, huge throat plate, two long row of lights plus a light right above the needle, the feet come off with a quick flick of a switch, can turn the sensors on or off, can have it sew 4 small stitches at beginning of sewing and end of sewing if I want or not, has an alarm clock with a reminder and many other things. I just love it.
    Jeanne, What kind of machine do you have?
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    oH my gosh, thank you all for letting me dream and drool. : )
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