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Thread: What kind of sewing machine do you have?

  1. #301
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    Janome 6600 (set in a big table) #1 favorite
    Janome 6500 #2 favorite
    Babylock Dec. Choice
    Kenmore 19100 (??) small computerized machine
    Kenmore 1803
    Kenmore 1560
    Kenmore 1941
    Kenmore 85
    Kenmore 86
    Kenmore 1653
    Necchi BU treadle
    Singer 66--- 3 of these 2 treadles, one electric
    Singer 127 (1894)
    Singer 128 handcrank---2 of these
    Singer 403
    Singer 404
    Singer 31-15 industrial treadle---has a 10" bed
    FW
    Singer 237---3 of these
    Singer 201K
    Elna Grasshopper
    Kenmore 1040
    Elna Star 62

    Except for the first 4 I didn't pay much for any of them....but I've been collecting for a long time. I've been noticing that the Bernina's are very popular with this group and I'd like to get one....used most likely. I would like to experience what most folks think is soooo wonderful. I would love to trade my 31-15 and my FW for an older model mechanical Bernnie. I should learn to sell on ebay and just sell them....maybe someday.....

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    Janome 4618LE -$200 used 2005
    Janome JD1822- $295 new in 1991
    Singer (1946) 15-91 - Belonged to my Grandmother and then my Mother. I inherited it.
    Singer Tiny Serger- $21.99 - new 1998 mostly junk but it's sure cute! It doesn't trim or cut threads.
    Singer Treadle (haven't looked to see exactly what it is yet) - gift from DH's nephew's wife 2006
    Bailey 17 Pro long arm with stitch regulator - $2817 new 2011
    Grace Original Machine Quilter frame -$500 used 2005
    Upgraded Carriage for Grace frame -$99.00 new 2011

    I don't think I would ever spend more than $2000 on a new domestic machine. I just don't think they are worth more than that. Sewing machines are grossly overpriced IMHO.

    At some point I'd like to get a real serger and an inexpensive embroidery machine that I would likely buy used from my Janome dealer. I'm not cheap...I'm thrifty!!
    Janome D1822/Janome 4618LE/1946 Singer 15-91 in original cabinet
    Bailey 17 Pro/Grace Original GMQ Frame with No-Flex carriage upgrade

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    I have a Viking SE and two Phaff Sewing Machine, 1 Phaff 4870 Serger, & a Viking 936 as I also do alot of home decor.

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    i have a singer futur a quater4 in 1 sewing machine do embroidered and another thing to like font it computer with software i also have a brother computer 6000 and another simpler brothersewing machine praise thee

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    I hav a Brother serger, a vintage kenmore, which is a workhorse a Singer quilter and a Singer Embroidery machine. I am happy with what I have. Maybe some day I wiil get crazy and get one of thoe real expensive ones. LOL!
    Bonnie

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    Quote Originally Posted by veryvirginia View Post
    The wife of the husband who bought a hand made scroll saw and took over the garage (my sewing room) as his workshop.
    Is he still alive?

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    I bought a Bernina 440 several years ago, , with the embroidery module.....LOVE it , then found i needed another machine to use while i am embroidering, so purchased last month with the great financing deals they offer , a Bernina 820... my dream is complete and i am the happiest woman alive.

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    I have a Viking 6020 that my husband bought for me in 1969 when I was pregnant with my 3rd and was homebound with pneumonia. Still love it and it still does everything I need to do. It sewed everything from underwear to snowmobile suits in the past and now does mostly quilt piecing and a little freemotion. I'm still learning that. I also have two Singers from the early 1950s that my husband bought home from auctions. One is 3/4 sized. They are both in very nice cabinets and the auctioneer could not get a bid on either of them so he gave them to my husband. The both do a very nice straight stitch but I don't really have room to have more than one machine open so they mostly sit in a corner. I bought a Viking Juliet from the family of a cousin who passed away and gave it to my daughter. Don't think she's used it yet but we are traveling to Ohio to visit her next week and she has asked if I'd give sewing lessons to her and a friend. Can't wait!

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    I have several vintage machines--Singer Featherweight, Red Eye, a Domestic, a New Home, a White, a Viking 21 and 21A (my favorite) and a JC Penney (made in Japan) from the 80s. I service them all myself and I rarely have to do more than clean them and run them regularly to keep them humming. I would love to have a new expensive machine with all of the bells and whistles and I'd also love to have a long arm machine. Truthfully, though, I've never come across any sewing project so far that my oldies but goodies couldn't handle other than complex embroidery.
    As you ramble on through life, brother,
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    I have a Janome 6500 and a commercial embroidery machine. I enjoy both of them.
    Lorraine
    I love hand quilting, gives me peace.

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    I only have a Singer Simple, paid around or less than $100 for it and a Kenmore that my mom gave me for free that I believe Janome produced. I would LOVE to have a Janome 6600 or a Horizon 7700 or a Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.2 or a Baby Lock Melody but my pockets are not very deep right now. I've been looking at Ebay wistfully and at Craigslist. I think I'm going to start doing garage sales to see if I can find something nice in my price range (which I haven't even established yet). Anyway, I piece and machine quilt on my machines and I will continue to do so until they have given up on me.

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    Viking, Viking, Viking, Platinum 955E, the Mega Quilter, and the Tribute.

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    OMG, I feel your pain!

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    Find a Designer 1 at a quilt shop. They are a work-horse and even at 10 years old, my designer 1 purr's like a kitten.

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    I think all Janome machines are good. Of course, the more you pay, the more features you get, but they all sew good stitches. The 6300 is a larger bed machine with fewer features than the 6500 or 6600, but otherwise it is the same basic machine.

    I sold my 6500 for $650 a few months ago, which I felt was a very good deal for the buyer. Sears Kenmore machines used to be made by Janome (those with the 385 prefix in the model number). They are very good machines as well. They are still sold, I suppose until stock runs out, by someone......Allbrands maybe. All of these can be found on Craigslist occasionally...and don't be afraid to offer less.

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    I have a Viking 150 I inherited from my Mother, my Elna Super wore completely out after 45 years of sewing. I have a sewing 15-91 and an older Pfaff serger. I would like to have a Bernina 830 and a long arm quilter, my husband is retiring early so...don't think I will ever get a long arm quilt machine.
    Mother yourself just as you would your own children, you will be surprised how much better you feel...Debbie Marie

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