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    I have a Viking machine and I paid a lot for it and I don't like it. What machine do you have and why do you like it? Would you buy it again?

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    I love my Bernina 1230 and would buy it again. What I like about it -- always reliable and ready to sew, no tension problems ever, "hums" softly while it works, has needle/down, easy to adjust stitch length and stitch width, etc.

    There are some additional features I'd like, such as auto-cutting of thread, a better memory, default to the last setting I put on the machine (rather than the preset factory setting), but I can live without all of those things as long as my baby remains so responsive to my every whim.......

    I particularly like the sound of my machine. It's soothing!

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    I love my Pfaff 7570. I would buy it again and again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewgull
    I love my Pfaff 7570. I would buy it again and again.
    I've heard that's a really great model. If I could afford it, I'd get a Pfaff just for the IDT.

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    I currently sew on a 1950's Pinnock named Jasper ('til I get my treadle renovated and working well). Paid around $20 at auction about 29 years ago. Solid, dependable, easy to fix/maintain, runs perfectly, never baulks at the tough jobs (denim, corduroy etc.) and is an art piece as well as functional (very cool 50's look). Would I buy another....YES! The only machine/equipment I would probably pay good dollars for is maybe a longarm setup and I would do masses of research before-hand.

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    I love my 2 Pfaff's. I love the IDT and have absolutely no problems with either of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCL in FL
    I have a Viking machine and I padi a lot for it and I don't like it. What machine do you have and why do you like it? Would you buy it again?
    I have 2 viking one is 13 years old one is 4 years old .i wouldn't own anything but vicking. The one that is 13 years old has been in shop. 1 time for cleaning and never for repair.Its A real work horse.

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    Bernina 930. Had it for over 20 years, it's only ever had to be cleaned for maintenance. Nothing fancy, just reliable. I thought about trading for a newer model but opted to stick with this one until it dies and bought a new embroidery machine instead for fun -- Memorycraft 3000 -- haven't been too happy with it though.

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    I have all Janome's. My favorite is my 2007DCLE. It has 30 built in stitches, it does exactly what I want, has the best blanket stitch out of all my machines. It is a no-fuss machine, basic and has the best needle-threader and that saves me putting on my glasses and lots of fumbling.

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    I have a Janome 6500 now for the last 7 plus yrs. I like it because it has no tension problems, needle up or down option, knee lifter (lifts the foot by pushing my right knee), automatic thread cutter (push the button and it cuts it), larger throat opening, for the features more afordable and more quilting smart then many other nice machines. I would not buy a machine that does not have the needle up or down position option or does not have an automatic thread cutter. I would buy it again and feel no need to get the 6600 or the newest Horizon as I am very happy with the 6500. There are several more people that feel the same way including a LA quilter who uses the Janome 6500 along with her Gammil for quilting jobs. Some things that come to my mind are dependable and a pleasure to work on. We own 4 Janomes. I looked at buying a used Janome 6500 for my DD but cost prevented me from it. She works on my 3/4 travel machine Janome Gem, which is a wonderful little work horse too.

    I have a friend that has a Viking and she did not like it so she bought a Janome Gem Gold and quilts on that. The machine she bought is a small travel machine but she likes it and does all her quilting on it.

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    I'm really sorry to hear you don't like your Viking. I have a Viking Platinum that I just love. It's got all the bells and whistle's that I wanted for the type sewing I do (and many more that I'll probably never use). It's purrs like a kitten, has yet to be in the shop and doesn't complain about anything that I've yet asked it to do. I also have a FW for classes and just for grins. I have a Singer 66 that I may get rid of...not sure if it fits in the restored table/case that was my g'grandmother's. Hopefully will get that question answered this weekend when everything is put back together. Then I'll be looking for another vintage singer for that piece. Wish I had room to keep them all but that's just not so. I recently got rid of my old White school machine after 25 yrs. Just no room but worked great. It's new owner is a happy camper.

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    i love my Juki's, i own 2.

    i have the 98Q for frame quilting and i love the beautiful stitch, the consistent tension (i've never had an issue), and its a work horse.

    for piecing i have the juki F600, its a 9 inch throat which is great for FMQ, i love the stitch, all the fancy stitches, the fonts for doing labels, needle up/down, thread cutter, knee lift lever, i love the extended base, all the feet that are included, and its a work horse.

    and to top it all off I LOVE THE PRICE!!!!

    my 98Q cost $500 new and the F600 cost $700 new.


    so you get over the top quality for an excellent price.

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    I have had Janome machines for several years and now have a Horizon 7700 which I love. I hear lots of you talk about old machines that you love and I feel like they are much better made and have so fewer things to go wrong.It makes me think maybe that's a good way to go,yet I would greatly miss the scissor cutter,needle-down,lock stitch,space between needle and head,needle threader...and many features that I use all the time.So I guess there's lots of choices and preferences. Good luck if you go shop!

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    That is an interesting question. I have a Janome, a Juki and two featherweights. My favorite is my Juki because it is a workhorse. It sews super fast and can sew through anything. It's only a straight stitch, but it's perfect for piecing and FMQ on my frame.

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    I love my 1813 kenmore (from the '70s) because it will sew thru most anything, has lots of nice attachments and features and it is in a cabinet, it was free. I love my Brother xr70 because it is light and portable, sews a good stitch dosnt have tension issues and likes all kinds of thread. I tolerate my janome memory craft for some things but I find it too picky to use for most things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovequilts
    I love my 2 Pfaff's. I love the IDT and have absolutely no problems with either of them.
    I too, have two Pfaff's and love them to bits! They both have built-in embroidery stitches, the new one I can hoop-up and do other more intricate embroidery. My older one is sounding kind of "clunky"- I think it needs to go in and get a good cleaning. They both just hum along, never give my any trouble. And I really love the walking feet that they both have...

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    I have a Singer, a Pfaff, A Viking, a Janome, a BabyLock and a Bernina. They all have different features and I use them for different things. Love all of them in different ways.

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    I have a Pfaff 6230 and love love it.
    Needle down button and the built in walking foot.

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    I have a Pfaff 2170 with the IDT for sale. It has all the bells and whistles but I never could learn the embroidery part. Too difficult. Now have a Janome 11000 and love it.

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    I have a Pfaff 2027 that I do not like. Terrible tension problems. Horrible buttonholes. Lots of time and expense with repairs. I found a new technician, and it's slightly better. Technicians can't ever find anything really wrong with it, just constantly needs adjusting to factory specs.

    I do LOVE the IDT. Not sure I want a machine without that, so I don't know what to purchase in place of the Pfaff.

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    I have a Viking ruby and I love it! It sews smoothly and the embroidery function works beautifully even when I screw up it is easy to go back and fix my mistakes. I'm sorry you are not satisfied with your Viking.

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    Does your 2027 have top or bottom problems? Is it with all threads? I've found my 6230 hates certain thread. Also a few weeks ago I was throwing stiches with my Plaff serger and after racking my brain, and doing everything I could think of I changed the threads, (all 4 spools) and not tossed a stich since. Go figure it was the last trick up my sleeve before it was going to the DR. for a check up. :shock: :roll:

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    love my babylock elissimo. great embroidery smooth regular sewing. had 2 viking diamonds, one was a replacement. they wouldn't emb without creating birdsnests. definitely look into the babylocks.

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    I have a brother nx450q and it sews through most anything.
    it is also not as loud as some of the machines I tryed out at the store. automatic threading , feed dogs that drop, programmable stitches. not the most expensive machine but it works great.

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    I have a Viking Mega Quilter that I absolutely love. I wanted a machine for blanket and other fancy stitches, so I bought a Viking Sapphire which was expensive for my budget and I hate it. It is in a box going to my sister next month as her old garage sale machine finally died. I replaced it with a 200.oo Brother that works so much better. Then I have a Singer 201 made in 1952, it is my fav, go to machine for piecing.

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