Member since 4/25/13
Date: 4/26/13 9:43 AM
Aaaah! I'm very overwhelmed by all the information on this site. Of course I want it simple...just tell me the #1 machine and I'll buy it! I realize everyone has their favorite for different reasons though, so I thought I'd take a vote!
I'm leaving my loyalty to Singer as my experience with my latest machine has been disastorous! After a couple trips to the repair place for timing issues, I'm told that it will proably continue having problems.
Here is what I want and what I sew:
Many Needle positions
Stitch length adjust
Beautiful, smooth satin stitch
Ability to sew through several layers
Drop in bobbin preferably with clear plate
Easy feet removal/placement
Easy stitch choice (see the stitches?)
All that and more!
placemats, table runners
other small projects
few small quilts
I own an embroidery machine, so I don't need all that on a sewing machine.
I'd like to spend about $500, but could go a bit higher.
I've been to our local Janome dealer and of course he feels his machines are the best and others are junk, so I know I"m not getting an unbiased opinion there. Would like to hear from real sewist who are in the trenches using their machines!!
Can you help?
Member since 1/7/12
Date: 4/26/13 9:50 AM
Wish I had thought to post a question like this before buying a new machine. Sorry don't have the answers.
Member since 10/22/10
Date: 4/26/13 11:44 AM
Are your purses leather or cloth? If you're sewing anything with leather or pleather, I think most people would suggest that you get a straight-stitch only machine for your really heavy work since domestic machines are usually too light-weight for that stuff.
Have you looked at Babylock? with the thick stuff, you probably also want presser foot pressure adjustment. Only Janome I can think of that is electronic with a lower price is the Janome 4030. Maybe you could look at a Babylock Tempo which has more stitches? I haven't sewed on either machine, I'm just going by the internet specs
Member since 4/25/13
|In reply to AminaHijabi <<
Date: 4/26/13 2:23 PM
I've never worked with leather or pleather, and probably won't. I have a fabric addiction and just not too turned on by leather!!
I really know nothing about any other machine except for the Singer, so I'm open. Just would like to keep it closer to the $500 mark if I could.
|tgm and Kittys
Member since 3/8/10
Date: 4/26/13 2:34 PM
I have had very good success with my Janome 2212 & Janome made Kenmore 16321 ...both mehcanical sm. ....If you can find the 16321 It has many features that you have mentioned.
I have made pet beds, table runners, small clutch purses with my sm & they do very well. ...
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Member since 2/12/09
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Date: 4/26/13 7:50 PM
You might consider looking at the Juki line of home sewing machines. They are reasonable and pretty tough. Lots of folks here love them.
Member since 12/16/12
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Date: 4/29/13 4:13 PM
The Juki Exceed line (300, 400 & 600) are what I would suggest. It would be a bit over your price but if you look for a customer return or a "show" model it will bring the price down.
I have a 600, love it!
1968 Kenmore 158. (AKA The Hulk)
Janome 6600 (for sale)
Janome 1000 CoverStitch
Juki 8500 Industerial
Member since 2/25/05
Date: 4/29/13 5:39 PM
For heavy duty sewing in my experience with 50 years of sewing a vertical bobbin is studier. A straight stitch only machine is a good suggestion. My Janome 1600p had a needle up/ own and a thread cutter plus a speed slider. It certainly had lots to piercing power. It now lives down the street. A thoroughly great machine. Oh, it also had a knee lift.
Member since 5/28/11
Date: 4/29/13 6:25 PM
Well I own two Janomes and have to probably agree that in that price point ($500) Janome might be the best. I had a Brother 420-it was an ok machine. I didn't really bond with it but others have really liked it. Consistent heavy duty sewing will push any machine in this price range unless you go with a Vintage Singer straight stitcher for the heavy duty work and get another machine with the bells and whistles you want. I saw a mechanical Elna (that has a Janome equivalent) this weekend. It was pretty nice and would do this but does not have all the bells and whistles. It was $399 at my dealer who said the Janome equivalent was $299.
Member since 3/2/11
Date: 4/30/13 1:01 AM
I would buy a used mechanical Bernina or Pfaff of the older genreation. Like a 1006 Bernina or a 1020. Or a Viking mechinanical with the cams, those machines are tanks and sew through just about anything.
Bernina 780, 635E, 1630