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Message Board > Sewing Machines > what to buy ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 9/27/12 1:19 PM

I sew clothing, piece quilts and hope to start doing my own quilting. I have seriously studied at the dealers and online Janome Horizon, Viking Husqvarna sapphire 875, Brother Laura Ashley NX 2000, also some of the Pfaff and Baby Lock. A lot of review on this site are several years old. I am looking for up-to-date information and motherly advise.

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Date: 9/27/12 2:43 PM

Have you read the thread devoted to the Janome Horizon? I have a Janome 6600 that I really like. I haven't any experience with the others but I think there have been more recent reviews of these. Under Sewing Machines you can do an advanced search by price and features.

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Date: 9/27/12 7:17 PM

Probably not getting many answers bc so many are happy with each brand you mention. There are a LOT of janome users and definitely the Brother/BabyLock is wonderful too. There's a new Pfaff Creative Performance that is amazing and you can buy it without embroidery. The Expressions have been hit-n-miss and I don't read/hear much re the Sapphires. I don't think you can possibly go wrong with Janome/Elna/Brother/BabyLock/Bernina. Narrow the field to two if you can...then come back and you will get lots more help choosing (if you need it).

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Date: 9/27/12 9:43 PM

I have the Elna Excellence which has an 11 inch harp which makes Free Motion Quilting a little easier. It is like the Janome Horizon. A couple of things I find that make my sewing a little more efficient is needle up/needle down, built in needle threader, auto tie off and thread cutter. Before I got this Elna I did not realize how much I would like these features and now cannot do without them. Also the Elna Excellence and Janome Hoizon have a dual feed which is great for quilting. It is nice not to have to use a walking foot to quilt.

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Date: 10/26/12 8:46 PM

Thanks to each of you for your comments. I sewed on Elna for over 40 years. I am looking for those wonderful modern things so many new machines have. Thanks again.

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Date: 10/27/12 3:21 PM

Lots of good machines out there. What is most important to you?
What is your max to spend?
Read reviews here. Even though some are older that doesnt mean the machine has changed, so it gives you a good idea when reading a bunch of them, what to look out for.

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Date: 10/27/12 4:00 PM

I agree with Sewfrequent.

Once you have a great machine you are not going to replace it any time between soon and ever.

I go with my own choice by visiting dealers and trying out the machines that fall within my sewing preferences.

Then, I buy from the dealer with whom I feel the most comfortable.

Take a list of those things you want to make with you to the dealers. Try out the machines. Include making buttonholes and blind hemming.

Then, you can make your own decision.

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