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Thread: What kind of sewing machine do you have?

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    I have a bernina 1008 (very "vanilla" machine but it works well for basic stitching). I just traded in a Janome Memory Craft 200 and purchased a "gently used" Janome 11000. It has embroidery, sewing and quilting capabilities. I got it for a steal and I'm thrilled with it

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    A LOT! 9- 221"s including a centennial, a red s, one of the first 1933 edition, one of the first run after WW2, and a rare 1939 with the decal on the arm vs light. All my 221 machines are in near perfect condition. 1- 201, 2- 15-91, 1- 401, 1-301, 1- 500, 1- 127 (AllSinger), 1 Brother vX 970, 1 Brother innovis 1250D embroidery machine, 1 Brother Nouvelle 1500s quilting machine, 1 Pfaff serger. Have all I want and no I don't want anthing other than these. In fact I need to downsize my collection.
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    I wish Bernina wouldn't renumber their machines. I have a Bernina 830 - before the electronic ones. It's over 20 years old. I'd like to upgrade to a Janome MC 6500, 6600, or Horizon. I'm afraid to look at the prices, or even the higher models of Bernina.

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    I have a 40 year old Kenmore, still working and two Bernina's 180 and 440.

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    I have a Bernina Artista 200. It is about 10 years old. It was my "dream machine". I also have a Singer Featherweight. I love both machines. I would like a Bernina 830; but at my age, I do not think I really need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franc36 View Post
    . I would like a Bernina 830; but at my age, I do not think I really need it.
    That is the very reason to buy it!! You deserve it! Might as well enjoy life. Of course the main disadvantage of that machine is the price, so it is a matter of what your budget can handle. When I was working I kept putting money in a sewing machine savings account for years that was just for me for whatever TOL machine I wanted for my 70th birthday. So I bought myself the Brother Quattro (first the Duetta then traded it in for the Quattro less than a year later)
    Everyone falls in love with different machines, the Bernina 830 had also just been released, was so very tempting but I loved the Quattro more.

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    I have a Pfaff 2170, a Singer Spinx treadle and a Singer 414G. All working and love theme all.
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    Let's see.....1-Domestic 151 Rotary
    2-Singer Dressmaker
    3-Singer 185k3
    4-Singer ???
    5-Brother CS-80
    6-Brother XR-9000
    7-a treadle ???
    8-and I'm getting a Brother Innov-ULT-2003D next week.....but I could still use a few more
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    I have a Bernina Activa 230 Patchwork Edition - It is a great machine. I have had it for just over a year and I love it. My techie self wants to upgrade to another machine but my budget says no way.

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    Vikings, treddle Singer and A Featherweight, 25 yr old Necchi Logica....
    I am here to help whenever I can. We need to keep the craft a going.

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    I have a bernina 830 and 630 and a 440. need them all for different projects.

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    I have a Babylock Ellegante sewing/embroidery machine and love it!

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    Up until 15 years ago I only ever had one machine at a time. I had three Singers previous to owing my first Janome MC6000 which my husband purchased as a Birthday gift in 1984. I kept this machine until five years ago. I guess I almost wore it out. My husband bought me my first embroidery machine, a MC9000 in 1996 for our 30th Wedding Anniversary and he bought me the Janome MC10000 in 2001 for our 35th. I loved the MC10000 so much that I traded my MC9000 on another. I gave one of the MC10000's to my daughter and replaced it with the Brother Quattro 6000D. In between these machines I got the Brother PR620 which is a multi needle embroidery machine, also a Janome 6500P and the Little Gem, which I take to Quilting days. I love the ease of use of all these machines. This year my husband gave me the Janome MC7700 Horizon as a Mothers day and Birthday gift. I intended to sell the Janome 6500P, but once I installed the Horizon in my sewing room I decided that it was never going to leave the room because of its size. Hence I have kept the 6500P to take to quilting retreats. My husband has been involved in the purchase of most of my machines, so I am most fortunate. I would love to upgrade my MC10000 to the New MC12000 Horizon.........maybe in a year or two's time. I sew most nights and some days. I have been sewing since I was a child, mostly clothing but Patchwork, quilting and machine embroidery open up a whole new world. With clothing choices and quality not to my liking I am finding that I am going back to making clothing for myself.

    I am getting the upgrades for my Quattro for our coming wedding anniversary...45 years.

    I also have a Bernina Overlocker and Babylock Evolve, both gifts from my husband.

    I also have a Singer Treadle that is a treasured keepsake from my Grandmother who earnt a living dressing making on this machine after she was left widowed with three children.

    I know several machines sound like an indulgance, but I wouldn't change not having them. They are all loved and well used. When my sisters vist they never need to bring a machine.
    Last edited by Betty J; 11-14-2011 at 06:24 AM.

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    I have a HUS/VIK embroidery machine that is about 2 years old and cost over $7000. It was given to me as I never in all my dreams thought a machine cost that much or would bring myself to spend that much. But I LOVE IT! I make SO many gifts with it and dress up all my quilts. If I had the money, I would buy one! I have gotten so much enjoyment out of it, as well as those who have received my gifts made with it.

    I couldn't quilt that well on it though, so when I saw a Bernina Virtuosa 160 for sale on line, I bought it used for $350 AND LOVE IT for quilting and piecing my quilts. I think it is about 13 years old, but you would never know just looking at it. I know Berninas are expensive too, but I will do whatever I have to to keep myself in a Bernina now. They have embroidery machines also. The Berninas that quilt and do embroidery have to be the kitties behind.
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    I have a Bernina 630E and 930. Love them both.

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    I have a Janome MC6600 which I love. Janome 300e embrodiery which I never use and am thinking of selling.
    Bernina 830 which is a good machine that I really liked, last time I took it for repairs they said they had a
    hard time finding parts for it.

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    I have a Janome HD3000 and love it! It does everything I need it to do so I don't need any other machines. That way I get to spend more money on fabric.
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    I have a Janome 11000 Memory Craft and love it, plus a Janome 6600. Have the use of a Queen Quilter 18 for quilting. Maybe some day I will have my own quilting machine - but love what I have. Grace is being able to buy the machines with little or no interest!

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    I have Bernina 830, Babylock Elegante, Babylock Sophia, Brother Quattro, Bernina 180, Pfaff 5056, Bernina (forget the number), Viking number 1, Babylock Sergers (two), Viking Serger, Janome Silver, Singer Isaac, Featherweight,Singer T&S, Several Vintage machines(I think six) and a singer treadle.
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    I have a Singer 223 (purchased from a co-worker for $25 many years ago) which needs a new motor and weighs a flipping TON (especially hard on toes!). I purchased a brand new Kenmore computerized a couple of years ago, lot's of basic embroidery stiches, love it! And Last month, got myself a Husk/Viking Sapphire. Got home, unboxed and embroidered the Quilt Label. I did read the manual first, but was very proud of that label. Will be taking the free "get to know your machine" class next month at the store. I don't know yet how much I'll like it, but I love the space the more open throat gives me! I'm starting to Free-Motion quilt and the Kenmore and Singer were really difficult to maneuver fabric in! I was thinking of passing the Kenmore to my daughter, but I'm thinking she may get a good Singer for Christmas and I'll keep the Kenmore for "everyday" sewing! After the class, I may be more comfortable with the "fancy" machine! Now I just need to actually setup my craft room, with cabinets and tables to work on! Always something more to do. And something wonderful to dream about!

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    I own Babylock Espire, Babylock Enlighten serger, heavy duty Singer, Brother PE700ll. Sad thing is I hardly make the time to sew as much as I think I should -to justify the purchases. (after a 40 hour work week, just want to rest-maybe better when I retire)

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    I have a Bernina 200E, Bernina 440QE, Baby Lock Sashiko, black Featherweight, and white/green Featherweight. I use them all and wouldn't trade them for anything else.
    I would really like the Bernina 830 because of the large hoop but....

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    I have a Brother Laura Ashley NX-2000 and I just love it!

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    I had a Janome 6600 which I just sold to my girlfriend because I went to the Houston Internal Quilt Festival and brought a Janome Horizons. i could pass up a great deal. They gave me a brand new one with a sewing table for only $2200.
    I also have a Brothers, 1979 Kenmore sewing machine, a Babylock Serger and a jewel Long arm.
    Carolyn

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    I have a Brother QC1000 and honestly I haven't used all the things it can do. It was my gift to myself when I came into a lump sum of money. And I love it. The rest went to pay off bills. I also have a few (6) vintage machines that I am just getting set up to use also. But honestly I am wondering how many machines I really need.
    I guess if I have the room and the money I would like a mid arm or the long arm if I were going to do quilting for others.

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