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

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

    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?
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    what is TOL?
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    top of the line.
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    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 bought the Janome 7700 in July 2010. The features I like best are the large harp (quilted a large queen size very easily), the Automatic Plate Converter, and the good lighting.

    I use the APC all the time, especially in garment sewing since I don't have a serger. I use a single hole needleplate whenever possible, because I think it gives me better stitch quality and prevents the fabric from being sucked down into the hole, but need to switch back and forth for finishing raw seam edges. My previous machine was a BabyLock Quest, which was a good machine except that changing the plates that had to be screwed down just drove me batty.

    That being said, the APC has been problematic for some owners.

    I haven't used many of the decorative stitches yet.

    I definitely would buy the 7700 again.

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    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.
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    7700 for me (Like QuiltnLady, I have the 3160 for class too.)

    I like the accufeed, harp space, APC, the free-arm and just the overall heavy feel of the machine. I don't use the deco stitches much. But when I want them, they're there!! I also like the ability to save my stitches in memory.

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    I have the Janomme 7700 ditto to what everone else has already said, but I love my knee lift
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    I have a husqvarna viking topaz 30 don't know if it's the top of the line but I do like the big embroidery it can do and it has a longer throat for quilting. Yes I would buy Husqvarna again in fact I have a Quilt Designer 11 that I have it's been 7 years now for that machine.

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    My two machines are not TOL but, I like them and they work fine for me. I don't like the knee lift, or auto needle threader and I don't really like the thread cutter one of them has. Plain and simple is all I need.
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    I have a Bernina 730 and love it. The stitching, the stitches available the knee lift, needle up/needle down stopping position, the foot control which with your heel you can can raise the needle up or down (in addition to the needle up/down option). The only thing I wish I had was a little larger harp area and evenfeed (accufeed) However they have new models coming out (710, 750,780) which does have those two things. The only thing I would like to mention is that in my experience I would wait until they were out for a while and the bugs were worked out. Unless of course you get a tremendous deal.

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    What brand/make and model do you have? Janome 6600

    Which features do you like best? The range of fancy stitches. In fact, that's all I use it for, since I also have a 1600P I also like the separate bobbin winding motor and cutter.

    Use the most? fancy stitches, thread cutter, needle threader, start- stop (I don't use the foot pedal at all)
    Which features do you NOT use? knee lift. I have bad knees, so this is no help.
    What I DON'T like is the tendency to blow fuses when I am working at speed and make an error. A trip to the dealer is 150 miles. It works just fine if I do.

    Would you buy that particular brand/make and model again? In a flash. I have a 6600, a 1600P C, which is my straight sewing work horse, and a little portable, used only for classes. My Janome dealer is a gem. When I have had questions, he or his staff take the time to work them through on the phone or in person. I have been a fan of his for 9 years, since my TOL Bernina lemon died after 3 years of use and good care.

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    Brother Dreamweaver VX6200D
    Features I like the most:
    all my brothers have liked any thread I throw at them
    AHA feature- never have to mess with tension
    Dual-fit foot
    Embroidery
    wide harp
    threads the needle for you literally at the push of a button
    bright lights(no longer need my ott-lite)
    Do not use:
    so far nothing yet, still learning all about it
    maybe the knee lift but I will be getting the new foot soon so won't have a need for it , didn't use it that much with my espire towards the end
    Yes I would buy it again, I am a diehard brother lover, won't have anything else, other than the babylocks made by brother, might like a juki one day, but definitely will always own a brother. They are reliable and never have problems that I have seen many others on this board with more expensive brands. The only thing I have kind of been peeved about is that they are geared towards quilter's but they left out most of the quilting feet that I had one the espire out of the embroidery model as well as the table so its an extra expense and for the cost they could have left in 30 dollars worth of feet which probably cost they a couple dollars to make.

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    I have the Janome Horizon 12000 and so far love everything about it. Still haven't used everything or even think I will use all it does. There is nothing I don't like. Well maybe the weight of it.
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    Janome 7700. I use the needle threader (it makes these aging 50 y/o eyes get a break from threading a needle) all the time, auto thread cutter, large harp for FMQ, have used the start/stop button when my foot pedal went bad and needed to order another one, have used the fancy stitches for repairing my daughter's jeans (making them look 'cool' on the outside of the repair job since it couldn't be hidden) and even quilted a quilt using decorative stitches, the single hole plate, yes, and the zig zag, the accufeed is super easy, and the fact that the feed dogs drop so easily. I also like the fact that they have storage for some of the feet on TOP of the machine.

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    I bought a Babylock Serenade recently, and am very happy with it. It has dual feed dogs (a must have! for me), love the knee lift, needle up/down button (another must have), thread cutter is ok. Thread cutter is fussy about thread, and makes a small tangle on the back side of the two fabrics, but is very handy sometimes, like if you are sewing straight seams which stop at the seam allowance (for Y seam construction).

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    I bought a Pfaff Expression 3.0 a year and a half ago. I love the IDT system, the large harp, the needle threader and the needle up/down button. I like having all the different stitches and have used most of them for different things. I do wish it had a thread cutter.
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    I love my Elna 740, it has the same features as the 7700 Janome. I would buy it again and I also have aViking Diamond. I would buy the Elna or the Viking Diamond again. I also love Janome.
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    Janome 6600....I love her dearly and would buy another Janome in a flash (maybe upgrade)....I love and can't do without the auto-threader, the accufeed, the auto-cut and the fancy stitches....I do not use the push button for on/off and despise the knee lift (too many years without a kneelift burn those habits into your brain)....oh yeah - she will sew with whatever thread I put in her - not fussy at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    Brother Dreamweaver VX6200D
    Features I like the most:
    all my brothers have liked any thread I throw at them
    AHA feature- never have to mess with tension
    Dual-fit foot
    Embroidery
    wide harp
    threads the needle for you literally at the push of a button
    bright lights(no longer need my ott-lite)
    Do not use:
    so far nothing yet, still learning all about it
    maybe the knee lift but I will be getting the new foot soon so won't have a need for it , didn't use it that much with my espire towards the end
    Yes I would buy it again, I am a diehard brother lover, won't have anything else, other than the babylocks made by brother, might like a juki one day, but definitely will always own a brother. They are reliable and never have problems that I have seen many others on this board with more expensive brands. The only thing I have kind of been peeved about is that they are geared towards quilter's but they left out most of the quilting feet that I had one the espire out of the embroidery model as well as the table so its an extra expense and for the cost they could have left in 30 dollars worth of feet which probably cost they a couple dollars to make.
    I am glad to see your review. I am curious about this machine and/or the Baby Lock Crescendo which I believe is very similar. I do use three very basic mechanical Brother machines and am very happy with them.

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    I have the Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond AND the Topaz 30. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them. I use the Diamond just for machine embroidery which does awesome huge designs, has wonderful adjustable lighting, and just too many features to list. I rarely use it for regular sewing because I have the Topaz 30 for that. They both have the larger neck for quilting. I miss the large screen on the Topaz 30, but it does nearly all that the Diamond does, for about $7000 less. All of my machines have been TOL when they were purchased, except for the Topaz. Since I have always done so much sewing, I figure I should always buy up from what I think I need or want. I have never regretted this. I also have the earliest Designer I, then the Designer SE. I still use them all. The D1 is my everyday do-it-all machine, the SE has the walking foot on it all the time. You can never have too many machines.

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    Ruby, I have the MC12000 too that I just traded up for. So far so good ... I'm still in shock spending that kind of money, although I traded up for it, so it was a bit better than buying it outright lol

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruby the Quilter View Post
    I have the Janome Horizon 12000 and so far love everything about it. Still haven't used everything or even think I will use all it does. There is nothing I don't like. Well maybe the weight of it.

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    First off, I think TOL is not important. It is what you like, what works for you. And what you can afford.

    I have a Singer Precision, purchased May, 2009, $199.99 Target. Best features? None! What do I use the most? The pedal. Feature not used? Needle threader -never worked anyhow. Buy again? Probably not. I am used to Betsy Bobbin and just paid $50.00 for a tune-up. She is happy, I am happy. When she quits and the White quits, I quit!!!(I do have an over 60 year old White that I can fall back on....doesn't do as much as this one does, just goes back and forth and now is the best backup anyone could ask for!

    Unless, of course, I win a lottery!!!!! Or a jackpot at the casino! Don't scoff --- my Mom won a $400 jackpot and bought herself a Husqvarna and made the most beautiful quilts you have ever seen. And she was in her 80's. (I don't think the casino was too happy because she didn't put the money back into the machine. I learned that from her as well as everything I know about quilting. I just don't win $400 jackpots......just $10 - $20. I save that for fabric, tools, thread, what else do I need??????

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    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.
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