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Date: 5/12/13 4:08 PM

I am in need of a new sewing machine for quilting. I presently have a Janome 3160 QDC , which I have had nothing but problems for 3 years, needles breaking, new bobbin cases X4.
I really could use some direction. Thanks

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Date: 5/12/13 4:43 PM

Run, sweetie, run! You do not want to hang out here, we are infected with SMAD (Sewing Machine Acquisition Disease). If you hang here before you know it you will own over a dozen machines and be yearning for more...

Seriously, though, there's about a hundred good choices - sadly sounds like you got a lemon. It shocked me to read all the bad reviews, I always respected Janome.

What's your budget? Do you want a machine that's only for quilting? Several of us have straight-stitchers specifically for piecing and quilting, both modern and vintage, that are real workhorses.

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Date: 5/12/13 10:38 PM

OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Tess is right -- when I joined PR I had 3 machines, now I have 7!!!!! Ok 1 is for part only so ONLY 6 working ones :-)

Sad to hear Janome didn't work for you - it had to be a lemon.

My two favorites are Viking and Pfaff. I've heard great things about Brother and Janome's and of course those with Bernina's adore them!

You really need 2 machines - Will you trade it in on something new? Really you should get a back up too, maybe a cheap Brother or older mechanical.

oh dear Good luck, read the reviews and of course we want to HEAR all about it!! :-)

Debbie

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Date: 5/13/13 12:14 PM

Thanks for the input. I have an old Singer220 as a backup. I may trade the Janome for a Brother NX450Q. What's your thoughts on that one. I'd like to keep costs at under $1,000.

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Date: 5/13/13 4:34 PM

I just went through this same thing in December/January -- After reading all the reviews, I narrowed it down to the Janome, Brother NX or the Viking (wanted the special 140th RED edition but too much $$).

Then my gf let me into her Consumer Reports access - That didn't help much as far as Sewing Machines - I thought they gave pretty much all the Brand names good marks just for Sewing! Yet NONE higher than a 7 on a 7/10 scale.

So to the local Dealer I went with variouss test fabrics about 10" squares -- They didn't have Janome so checked that off the list.

They had the Brother, a Viking Opal, the Viking 140th edition and the Pfaff 150th Edition -- ONLY two in my price range at that time were the Brother NX and the Viking Opal -- I did play with them all -- Between the Brother and the Opal (back then) they were both very sweet machines -- I thought the Opal "sounded" like she ran quieter, but liked more of the features of the Brother NX!

More research, more thinking -- on my HAD to have was the Larger Harp for quilting - no doubt about that -- The other stitches became "whatever", except I like making clothing so a Good button hole stitch was also desirable.

Unfortunately you won't get a 10" harp sewing machine at "most" dealers for under $1,000!!

I looked on Amazon and Ebay and feel fortunate to snag a Viking 875Q at about $850.00 knowing it was a floor model at a sewing shop in Cal. and by selling it on Ebay it voided the Warranty -- I knew this ahead of time, but the money Saved versus future cost on repairs were worth it to me! THAT said -- This model and a few of the one back 835 have been found to have Tension Issues!!! Either I've been lucky or I clean the machine enough???

Sew If you do a list of MUST have (and you want the large harp space for quilting) that will help you hone in on only those machines

Then make another list of Can Live Without -- I didn't know about auto cutters so "thought" I could life without it -- BUT the auto pivot when piecing a quilt was a cool feature I wanted and now have both!

Does that machine have 8 of 10 things on your Wish list?

If not move on-- If so - Look at the features it may have that you "don't think" you'll use -- It amazes me that I am now using deco stitches off my new machine yet never bothered with them on my older Pfaff or Viking!!

Some people much prefer buying from the Dealer as you get the Warranty, Classes to learn the machine and support -- IF that is important to you - Shop only your "states" Dealers

If not the online world is your Oyster! Can't wait to see what you get!

:-Debbie

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2013

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Date: 5/13/13 7:09 PM

Thanks for the great information. I'm still tossing it around. I have to deal with the dealer in Sacramento and I feel like throwing my Janome at them. Since, they play it off like it's operator error. I'm looking into other options. I will keep you posted.

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Date: 5/14/13 10:56 AM

When I joined here 8 years ago I had 1 machine. Now I have 3 and a serger. For a while I had 4 machines, but gave that one away.

Seriously, post on the topic under Sewing Machines and you will get many replies. You might get confused, too, from so many of us who WANT to help you decide on a good machine. There is nothing worse than a machine that makes your sewing misserable.

Oh, if you hang around the Quiltters Corner, you might develope the Tread Aquisiion Disorder, too. I am not sure it is really a Disease, like the machines are...

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Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
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Date: 5/14/13 12:54 PM

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Thanks for the great information. I'm still tossing it around. I have to deal with the dealer in Sacramento and I feel like throwing my Janome at them. Since, they play it off like it's operator error. I'm looking into other options. I will keep you posted.

You Welcome it is a lot to think about -- Unfortunately like cars - used sewing machines don't give you much back - Except you have Learned from this and have a better idea of what Does work for you, the features you may not need or now, realized you DO need - Your Janome gave you a good learning experience, so while it may not help getting "little" for it - Do you now sew better, know machines better, can clean them thoroughly, and are better at sewing what you like? That's almost priceless :-)

yep if anything's in the glass - it's optimisim to me

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2013

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Date: 5/14/13 2:23 PM

Thanks for the great insight, all of you are awesome! I do appreciate the experience I have learned from this episode with the Janome. I will certainly ask more questions and try out more machines before I make a decision.l

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Date: 6/13/13 1:08 AM

Haven't had any of those machines but can say I have loved all my brothers, wonderful machines, especially their high end ones

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