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Thread: What machine to buy?

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    Member Chris Penna's Avatar
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    What machine to buy?

    I have a Janome MC 6600 and I am going to buy a 2nd machine. I do a lot of free motion embroidery and thread painting and if I want to just sew regular stitches, I have to change everything...................I don't have a lot of big blocks of time to spend at my machine and I hate wasting what time I have, setting up the machine for different sewing.

    I want one machine to be set up for free motion work, 24/7, and the other machine for regular sewing.

    So I'm down to either a Horizon 7700 or a MC6300!

    Theres a pretty big price difference between the two and I know the one I already own (6600) is a great machine, so I kind of feel guilty even considering the 7700 but this would be my only chance to own one. I'm just wondering if the machine is worth the money................................

    Thanks!
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    You might want to consider a straight stitch only machine. I have a regular machine (Juki f600) and a Janome 1600p. The SS only machines free motion really well, are more powerful......but very easy to control. If you get a chance, you might want to try one.

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    I was going to suggest a Juki TL2010Q. This is a straight-stitch only machine that does 1500 stitches per minute and has a harp size of, I think, 9". It is loved by many for FMQ, and can also be used for fast piecing. I think this would be considerably less $$$ than the machines you are looking at. If you have ever considered quilting on a frame, then you might want to get the Juki and a Hinterberg stretch frame. Later on, if you ever upgrade to a longarm for the frame, you could use the Juki for piecing. Just a thought......

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    Me personally if you own the 6600 I wouldn't waste the money for the 7700 when you have most of the features already. I would as the others have said get a straight stitch only machine for FMQ and use the 6600 for your regular sewing. its a cheaper option and as the others have said they are more powerful.

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    The 7700 is worth the money. Love mine

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    Thanks for all the input................i bit the bullet and bought the 7700.....only because that is the machine I originally wanted and bought the 6600 instead. I know that this would be the only time I could buy the 7700 and the dealer gave me a great price on the one he had that he took to shows for demo's. He also threw in the table and gave me a refund on some expensive extras I had purchased for the 6600 that came with the 7700. I played with it all last night, and it does have most of the same features but in other ways, I think its better. I love it!
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