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Date: 5/26/13 5:29 PM

I want this to be the last machine ill ever need.

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Date: 5/26/13 5:54 PM

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I want this to be the last machine ill ever need.

Uh, I don't think so!!
That said, have you looked at the Juki F600? Or any of the other Juki Exceed models?
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Date: 5/26/13 6:10 PM

They will last, but will you still be happy?

Just when you think you have the cream of the crop, a new model comes out. And, that could be as soon as the day after you make your purchase.

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Date: 5/26/13 6:22 PM

Do you like mechanicals? Look for a previously loved Bernina mechanical - research this - have you researched? Any ideas? I only mention that because a mechanical may last you decades, whereas some computer models *have* lasted decades - how will you know how long it will last. No one can tell you that. But, with research and taking some time, you should be able to see what features you want, and what you can see out there in the market and then match something to your budget.

What do you have now? Did you like it, etc., etc.

Happy hunting!

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Date: 5/26/13 9:44 PM

I don''t want to sound pessimistic but any new computerized sm that lasts decades would be a dream come true for most of us-me included. I bought a Janome 6600 knowing that it would not last as long as by Kenmore I bought in 1980. I fully expect the Kenmore to still be working when I die (in another 30-40 years) and I am expecting my computerized Janome to die way before that. Computers just do not last that long and sm makers update software and keep limited numbers of the older boards around. Sooner or later my Janome will be so outdated that it can't be fixed. That being said I am hoping for 10 years or more. That is just to be expected though. I have gone through 3 computers in the last 10-12 years. They break down or become so outdated that they are not worth using anymore. I expect my sm to be the same.
There are lots of sms available in that price range that will last a long time and give you many years of use; however, probably not decades. Just my opinion of course. I would say buy something that has the features you want and that you really like sewing on.

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Date: 5/26/13 11:29 PM

When they came out w/ zig zag sewing machines... people bought them & Singer actually had to melt some of those old straight stitchers down cause they had soo many. I assume people traded their old straight stitchers for the new zig zag models.

With that in mind, machines w/ the lastest & greatest will always sell. What I'm starting to think, is alot of us baby boomers are aging & need certain things. Like needle threaders, bigger screens etc. So when you're shopping for a machine to last... think ahead of what you'll need & buy a machine that has those features.

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Date: 5/27/13 2:30 PM

I don't think it will be the last machine you will ever need to buy, but if you take good care of it, it will last a long time. I have a Viking Sapphire 835. Viking has discontinued this model, but you might be ale to find a dealer with a few still in stock. I imagine the price would be around 800. My friend is a quilter and recently bought this machine and loves it.

Juki is another brand I considered when I was shopping last year. http://www.kenssewingcenter.com/juki-hzl-f300-exceed-sewing-machine-p-30392.html

http://www.kenssewingcenter.com/juki-hzl-f400-exceed-sewing-machine-p-30810.html

http://www.kenssewingcenter.com/juki-hzl-f600-classroom-sewing-machine-p-28462.html


http://www.kenssewingcenter.com/juki-hzl-f600-classroom-sewing-machine-p-28462.html

I would also look at Pfaff machines. I looked at the Ambition 1.0 when I was shopping last year. My price limit was also 1k. It fell in that range.

http://www.pfaff.com/global/30638.html

This is the Bernina machine that was in my price range last year. The 330 model. A lot of quilters like Berninas.

http://www.bernina.com/en-US/Products-us/BERNINA-products-us/BERNINA-Sewing-and-Embroidery-Machines-us/BERNINA-3-Series-us/BERNINA-1

I also considered the Babylock Elizabeth model. I think that machine was around 799. Brother machines are good too. A lot of people like Janome as well. Good luck!

Angie

Basically, check out as many machines as you can in your price range. Try to figure out what features you want and go from there.






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Date: 5/28/13 8:23 AM

What type of sewing do you intend to do? If straight stitch and zig zag are all you need, a Singer 20U industrial machine would fill the bill. If you want a few decorative stitches, a vintage all-metal machine like the Necchi Supernova, Singer 401a or 500a will outlast you. If you intend to do fancy embroidery and want a machine that will last a lifetime for under $1000, you are probably way off the mark.

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Date: 5/28/13 9:39 AM

I recommend finding a good steel vintage machine with all the features you want. One which is still around in good numbers so you can get replacement parts in the future. Buying one in good shape, then paying a bit more to have it completely overhauled. Put some decent money into having it completely tuned up, any worn wiring replaced, new belts if they are needed, etc... You will then have a machine that will last you decades.

I did this and chose the Viking 6460. I do quilt, but not everyday, more of a once in a while thing when inspiration strikes for a specific gift so quilting was not foremost on my mind when I picked it out, but I have no complaints in any department. From purchase to complete overhaul cost me around $550 and that is with all the cams included for the decorative stitches. The only word of warning with older Vikings is that you really need to have someone near you that knows how to work on them. Some people CLAIM to know how to work on them, but once they open the machine up, they realize they really can't work on them. I had to drive an hour and a half to reach the nearest Viking Gold Star Repair Shop.

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Date: 5/28/13 8:03 PM

The only machines in my fleet I expect to outlive me are my old, mechanical Berninas. My newer, computerized machines all have renewable service contracts on them so they will continue to work until I sell or trade them up. Which I will do, as for me that is half the fun of sewing. This is quite pricey where I live, but necessary. I won't sell a machine that isn't in good working order to anybody.

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