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Message Board > Sewing Machines > New machine for mom and I? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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New machine for mom and I?
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Hellansara
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Date: 9/16/12 4:43 PM

Hi, thanks ahead of time for the help on this.

I am planning to buy 2 machines this fall, one for myself and one for my mom for Christmas. My local shop, where I get all the love and help I need is a Baby Lock dealer, and she said she'd make me a deal for 2 machines. My mom's shop is a Viking dealer, but we can both find local places to service either brand. Bottom line- I want to be loyal to one of these shops, so I need to get a Viking or Baby Lock.

My mom sews curtains and little crafty projects like purses, a few clothes, but mainly loves piecing and simple quilting. She is quite a good sewer, and in her retirement has burned up the $250 Singer we got her LAST YEAR! I do mostly quilt piecing with that Singer model, but I'm not huge on the actual quilting yet- I hope to get better at this with practice.

I was thinking of something in the $800-$1000 range if possible, hopefully with the automatic thread cutter, up/down control, a decent selection of stitches and walking foot included.

Any recommendations? Thanks!

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Date: 9/16/12 5:07 PM

I think the Baby lock Elizabeth is a great machine for the money.
Has the auto thread cutter, nice stitches, big extention table good threader, nice lighting. The next up would be the Melody.
You have to just try them out.
Also look at the Shapphires in the Vikings.

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Date: 9/16/12 9:55 PM

If you are buying new machines, you will need to go back to the dealer who sells the brand to avoid voiding the warranty.

I like BabyLock. But this will be you and not me.

Visit as many dealers as you can find. Test drive the machines in your price range (for quilting you may prefer a larger harp machine).

Then you buy the brand and model you like best from the dealer you like best.

Learn the machine and then let your Mother try it. If she likes it, then you will know what to buy her for Christmas.

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Date: 9/16/12 10:28 PM

You say you have a dealer that you like and who is willing to cut you a deal on two machines. That would probably do it for me. The question is whether your mom likes Babylock or not. I think they have several very nice machines in your price range. However, I think you and your mom should pack up some different materials and some quilting pieces too and go try both brands. See what deal the Viking dealer is willing to make and buy the machines that you really like. That is so nice that you are helping your mom get another machine. I bet there will be some deals around Christmas time too. Happy shopping!

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Date: 9/17/12 9:50 AM

I bought a Babylock Ellisimo in October last year. We then decided to get our daughter-in-law a sewing machine for Christmas. our son as in Iraq and she and their 3 yr old were living with us. I'd watched her try to teach herself how to sew on a clunky old machine she'd inherited from her mother and it kept jamming, etc. Her mom would get it running again when she visited, but it always had problems, so I contacted our son and we decided to make a new machine our joint Christmas gift. I took her to our Babylock Dealers and gave her a "under $1000" budget. She tried out the Sophia, Elizabeth, Grace, and even an Ellure. She chose the Elizabeth and we got it for $800. It's a great little machine! I wouldn't mind having one for travel. Jeanie

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Date: 9/26/12 2:09 PM

Thanks guys, I think I will go check out the babylocks and just work within my price range as suggested!

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