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Date: 9/6/12 5:14 PM

Hi everyone. I am new here, so I hope I am posting this in the correct place. I own a small at home business and I need a machine that can keep up with me. I am self taught and I went into sewing and buying sewing machines blindly. I currently have a few Singer HD 4411 and I like them because they are inexpensive and fast. They are great for my assistants, but I put in many more hours.

I am afraid that I will not be able to find the right machine because I am being picky. I need a machine with a basic straight stitch and a free arm. I sew diaper bags and I depend on the free arm, but I am told that I could adjust my sewing and do without the free arm. I would also like the machine to be fast as I sew changing pads and shoulder straps that have long straight lines. Based off of my research I would either have to give up the free arm or the fast stitching and I am completely unsure which is more important to me. I was hoping someone might have a better suggestion.

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Date: 9/6/12 5:41 PM

You probably want an extra-high lift too so that lets out some of the vintage models that have both speed and power. Do you have a budget? That may help others make some recommendations bc you aren't really asking for much...just a straight-stitch, speed and power WITH a free-arm. I can think of a very few in new that fit your description but they will have many more stitches and features than you want. Take a look at the Janome HD3000. It does have a free-arm, high lift and power but I don't know about your speed. HD3000 is around $400 I think. Basic but hardy.

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Date: 9/6/12 5:46 PM

The HD3000 is one I'm interested in, although it is not as fast as I would like. My budget is $1,000, but I would prefer to spend a few hundred less if possible.

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Date: 9/6/12 6:24 PM

Hmmm... well, what about getting the HD3000 for the free arm and the Brother 1500s for the heavy duty fast straight stitch (but no free arm)? The latter can be had online for $599... Two machines is less ideal, I know, but a thought. I would also try modifying your sewing to see if you could do without a free arm. .. If that's the case, a straight stitch machine like the Brother might be perfect for you.
-- Edited on 9/6/12 7:31 PM --

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Date: 9/6/12 6:30 PM

If you sacrifice the free-arm, you have all the straight stitch only models Brother 1500s, Juki, Pfaff Grand Quilter, Viking Mega-Quilter, BabyLock Jane, Janome 1600p. For under $1000 with free-arm look at the Bernina 1008 and 215; also Juki 400. I know those are reported to have lots of power and there are many others in the other brands that may or may not handle your bulk but it'd be easy enough to test them out. the Pfaff Ambition 1.0 might be up to the task as well.

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Date: 9/6/12 6:56 PM

I am really considering sacrificing the free arm because I have the Singers that can handle it. I have been looking into the Janome 1600P-QC, Janome 1600P-DBX, Brother PQ1500S, Juki TL2000QI, and Juki TL-98Q. I would love to own a Juki or Janome, but if all of these machines are pretty much the same then I would be better off saving a few hundred and getting the $599 Brother. I have even considered a commercial machine, but I am not sure if it would benefit me more than the others.

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Date: 9/6/12 7:05 PM

Brother PQ1500S is great. You wouldn't regret it. Once you figure out no free arm, you'll like it better that way. The knee lift is great for getting things positioned using both hands. I don't own the Singer, but assume the Brother will be even heavier duty. It sews thru heavy weight drapery buckram well!

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Date: 9/6/12 7:23 PM

Not that it matters AT ALL, but I'd go w/ the Brother for the price too. They are so very similar and the end result is identical. The one thing I might miss is speed-control but I only use that for FM and don't really "need" it. The DBX model uses hard-to-find needles. The Juki is very nice and I see used ones from time to time. All but the Brother are around $1000 and essentially the same machine inside and out.
ETA: the brother does offer the needle felting option. You can do some fun things on bags with that!
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Date: 9/7/12 12:56 PM

Thank you for the help. I am almost certain that I will give up the free arm and go with the Brother. I appreciate the help!

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