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What can truly compare to Viking?
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Date: 3/17/11 8:16 PM

I work for a dealer and we only sell the embroidery machines by Viking... So, I am curious about what other top of the line embroidery there may be, and how they may compare to Viking.

I heard a rumor of a Bernina embroidery machine that was priced at 12,000. I hear about the Babylock embroidery machines too... I am pretty familiar with the Brother, Singer and Janome brands...

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Date: 3/17/11 9:09 PM

Well, there are embroidery machines made by Elna, Janome, Babylock, Bernina, Brother, and Pfaff to name a few.

I own what used to be a TOL Viking machine, but it's 16 years old now. Since Viking has moved its factory to China and because of some of the newer machines I've seen, I would probably buy a different brand even if I could afford a Viking now.

There are quite a few great brands around today and some are more competitively priced than Vikings. A lot of people are going for stand-alone embroidery machines, paired with whatever type of sewing machine they prefer so that they don't have a TOL machine tied up doing embroidery. There are a lot of threads here discussing various brands and models, plus you can check out the reviews of different machines.

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Date: 3/17/11 10:13 PM

Janome has a great TOL machine in the Janome 11000se. They are made in Japan.

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Date: 3/20/11 9:06 PM

I work the Viking embroidery machines every day... They are one sensitive piece of equipment but they are also very hard to break. After all, Husqvarna makes outdoor tools and airplane engines. (I took apart a Viking serger once to fix the front door panel and this was not an easy task). Besides, half the things we use in every day life are made in China or Taiwan.

So let's narrow it down a bit. What models are typically priced close to the TOL Viking machine (This one is $9,500)? And what do these machine typically do/how do thy compare to each other and Viking?
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Date: 3/20/11 9:25 PM

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So let's narrow it down a bit. What models are typically priced close to the TOL Viking machine (This one is $9,500)? And what do these machine typically do/how do thy compare to each other and Viking?

I won't be able to answer that question for you, but I'm sure the information could easily be found by looking at the different company brand websites and reading reviews on this site.
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Date: 3/21/11 0:12 AM

I own a Janome Memory Craft 11000SE and love, love, love the machine. I haven't even used all the bells and whistles yet, but I have used various embroidery programs and am very, very pleased with the results.

My machine retails at about $10,000 Canadian (on average). I did not pay that. I bought it from a retail location in Toronto, just before the Sewing Expo last fall. Janome gave them 20 machines to sell at $4,500 (with $2,500 in extras thrown in - thread, stabilizer, all the hoops), so I was extremely fortunate. Where I live, the machine alone was $7,000 and I just happened to call this place I found on the web. So I was lucky.

Features I love - auto thread cutting and needle threading, being able to adjust the light intensity, the knee lift, lenght of harp, variety of button holes, variety of "basic" and embellishment stitches, smooth operation, easy to adjust stitches for length, tension, etc., the embroidery features which have come in handy for gifts thus far. I am still exploring all the machine does, but am very happy with my purchase.

I should mention I sew for pleasure, not business, and have sewn my own clothing and home dec for the last 38 years. I am now taking up quilting and love it. That is another reason I love this machine, the precision....

I did do my research beforehand and am happy with my purchase.

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Date: 3/21/11 9:21 AM

11000 generally are sold in US for about $4K-5K. The prices have really come down since it was new. I think the American economy might have had something to do with it. For all it does it's a great value at that price considering what the other TOL's are going for. I've heard mixed things about Vikings. And I'm sure they are probably fine machines but they've never appealed to me, too much plastic. If I were to buy another TOL embroidery machine I'd probably stick with Janome.
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Date: 4/2/11 6:25 PM

Only the outer casing is plastic... the rest is metal frame, metal motor, all motor, basically.

This does give me a lot of insight to what else is out there, thanks ya'll!

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Date: 4/2/11 9:22 PM

Just an FYI, the Bernina probably retails for close to 12K, but in reality doesn't sell for that price. I believe about $9500 is normal. I would have been able to get the Brother Quattro for $5800 with lots of extras thrown in. I think it's probably one of the best deals out there.

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Date: 4/4/11 9:52 AM

Generally can get the BL Ellisimo for $6500...Suppose if you figure about 25% off retail is the going price for most machines. How they perform is another story. The personality of each machine is different...from Janome to Pfaff to Viking BL Bernina . You have to go and look and look and look some more...
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