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Message Board > Sewing Machines > I bought a new machine, now I have buyers remorse! ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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I bought a new machine, now I have buyers remorse!
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Date: 11/5/12 8:19 AM

I bought a Husqevarna-Viking H series 100Q at the weekend. This one.

I went looking at sewing machines at the Knitting and Stitching show at the RDS at the weekend. I wanted to get a replacement for my old machine, a cheap one from Lidl. That one cost me about 70, and it has done me well, but the threads are giving trouble on it and it would cost almost as much as it cost to service it. I went looking for a replacement mechanical machine, and was seduced by the Husqevarna. It is a computerised machine, but the one step buttonhole was impressive, the option to stop and start with a push button and the needle up/down button is attractive. It has a 'fix' button, when you press it, it does two or three stitches on the spot and ties a knot. It has about 12 fancy embroidery stitches. I will probably never use these, but they are pretty.

So, should I have stuck to my original idea for a good mechanical machine, or is this a good buy? I got it for 375, with a quilting kit (I don't quilt or plan on starting) which has a walking foot, 0.25 inch foot and an applique foot.

It has two styles of button hole, a plain one and a keyhole one, which I love.

I was also interested in the Pfaff Hobby 1142. It is a very quiet machine, but it only does one style of button hole (a plain one)...

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Date: 11/5/12 9:11 AM

These machines can surely reel you in with all the fancy do dads. Give yourself a break If you enjoy using this machine, what does it matter if it's got a few more bells and whistles than you will ever use? I have a very simple little Kenmore 18221 that has more stitches than I'll ever use. But I enjoy using it. If you bond with this machine, it's yours. If you really are having buyers remorse and just have a negative feeling looking at it, and have the means to return it...do so.

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Date: 11/5/12 9:26 AM

I would give yourself a little time and play with it awhile before you decide (unless the return policy goes away very quickly). I think you'll enjoy having some of those features (esp the up/down and buttonholes) and I don't think upgrading to a computerized is a terrible thing.

Play with it awhile and then decide. Of course, if you're stuck with it (due to no return policy), if you end up really disliking it for some reason, you can probably always sell it on ebay or craigslist or something. Just make sure to keep all original packaging JUST IN CASE!

Hope you end up loving it!

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Date: 11/5/12 9:27 AM

It's easy to second-guess yourself after an impulsive purchase.
I say give yourself some time. Use the machine and find out if you enjoy it. It takes awhile to see if it really suits you.
Worst case scenario is you return it, then decide you should have kept it.

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Date: 11/5/12 9:39 AM

I agree with Tink...it sounds like the machine is treating you well and there are some features you really like. Those things are very useful and very easy to get used to! A walking foot is useful even if you never quilt. this may be a case of "what if X would be better" vs true buyer's remorse. No matter what you choose, there's always a niggling thought that something else might be a better choice-- its the "one that got away" syndrome. Exchanging machines doesn't fix that bc you see now you would miss on the 1142 what you like on the viking! As far as mechanical vs computerized...i have and use both and readily admit the ones i use most have the needle up/down, fix, variable needle positions, auto cutter, etc... i also like and use the start/stop some of the time. These things make sewing faster and easier for me. Also if you're getting great consistent buttonholes, that alone is a huge bonus as its not all that common.

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Date: 11/5/12 9:52 AM

Thanks for the reality check. I tried out about 7 machines that day, after talking to the dealers about them the previous day, so I think I have details jumbled together . I like the Husqevarna, I do a good bit of sewing with knits so I wanted a walking foot anyway. However, it has a seam and overcast stitch, but no lightning stitch. Now I have been managing perfectly fine with straight stitch and zigzag, but I tried out a machine with the lightning stitch, and I was very very impressed by it. I think it didn't have a straight and keyhole button though, I'm planning on making jeans soon, and the keyhole buttonhole looks a lot better than the straight buttonhole for those... This is where my brain starts to overheat!

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Date: 11/5/12 10:14 AM

It can be overwhelming especially when you have had your other, much simpler, machine for some time. I used to sew nothing but knits and never had the lightning stitch. I didn't even know I had it on my new machine :). There will always be things on other machines that we don't have but the reality it most of us don't use the machines we have to their full potential. Look at what you truly want and go with that. The rest is just icing on the top.

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Date: 11/5/12 10:22 AM

Your new sewing machine has a lot of great features without the decorative stitching (aka "embroidery").

Enjoy what you have been blessed with.

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Date: 11/5/12 10:29 AM

The lightning stitch is great for lingerie...but I wouldn't use it for knit tops. The straight stitch and walking foot should be perfect for sewing on knits.

Looks like a very nice machine, and at a terrific price!

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Date: 11/5/12 11:32 AM

Thanks! I think I need to play with it more, to get used to it! I used a lightning stitch on another machine, and it was nice (can't remember the machine now ). Like I said, it has a seam-and-finish stitch that has a lot of stretch to it, which may be exactly what I was looking for!

LynneRowe (or anyone else) when would you use a triple stitch? Most machines (again, I have forgotten the specific makes and models at this stage) seemed to have that as their 'stretch' straight stitch, but I didn't think it was very stretchy, and it looked quite heavy?

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