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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Advice please - choosing a machine ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 8/17/13 5:58 AM

Hi all,

I'm new to pattern review so I hope I'm doing this right ;). I'm based in New Zealand and I have just discovered that in order to keep sewing and growing with my 25 year old husqvarna optima 620 I will need to spend more than $300NZD for a walking foot and darning foot. Not so keen when I could buy a new machine for just over twice that.

I am looking at the bernette 20 and 25, and also the janome dc4030. The janome is the same price as the bernette 20 although with the bernette 20 I would need to also buy a walking foot and darning foot. I think the janome is a bit ugly :/. So not really sold on that. I have not yet played with the janome but will unless I strike it off the short list.

Main uses are for piecing basic (normally square) patchwork, and straight line and free motion quilting - also just basic other sewing, a few garments etc. I was less interested in the 25 until I considered that the alphabet might be handy for labelling kids' clothing.

Any advice either way is hugely appreciated. :)

One thing though - please don't suggest I buy a bernina for the same price second hand. I don't want an older machine than I currently have. I can always upgrade in a few years when I have more disposable cash, but in the meantime I can't afford to go much beyond the price point we are talking here, and want a new (or fairly new) machine. :)
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Date: 8/17/13 8:10 AM

I don't know anything about the Bernettes but they are not the same as the Berninas. I am not sure Bernina even makes them. I have seen some posts from happy Bernette owners. I do like Janomes and have 2 of them (not this one). I see that the Janome has foot pressure adjustment. I think that is critical if you are sewing lightweight or knit fabrics. I am not sure about the Bernettes but my guess is a no with the foot pressure. The alphabets on sms are very small on any sm so I wouldn't base my decision on that alone. Can you try both of these to see which one you like?

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Date: 8/17/13 8:23 AM

Have you looked at the Husquvana emerald 116? With a walking foot it does great easy straight line quilting and Is Ok For garment sewing, not sure about free motion though.

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Date: 8/17/13 9:07 AM

Hi I have recently replaced my Optima 630 with a new Pfaff Select 4, which is a mechanical machine with IDT (a built-in walking foot). I'm very happy with it, it has a similar vertical bobbin and solid feel. Although as it has a (very robust) plastic body it doesn't feel quite as iron-clad as the Optima - but then, what would?

I'm a garment sewer mostly so I haven't tried its quilting capabilities but it may be worth a look? Most of its feet are interchangeable with the big computerised Pfaffs too, should you decide to move in that direction at a later date.

My Optima suffered a capacitor burn-out which could not be replaced with the exact correct part, as a result it's a bit unpredictable now. However it has gone out on loan to a friend just getting back into sewing, who also loves it and doesn't want to part with it!

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Date: 8/17/13 11:10 AM

Between the two, I'd go with the Janome but I hear you on the looks. The DC4030 has Janome's awesome Superior Feed System, which is a 7 point feed dog with box feed. I just got a DC2010 with the same feed and it seems better than my fancy Viking. The Pfaff Select is a good choice too but the Janome has several buttonholes and a nice stitch for knits whereas the Pfaff has one 4-step buttonhole, if that matters to you.
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Date: 8/17/13 11:16 AM

I would keep your machine and look into getting a generic low-shank darning foot and go ahead and get the walking foot. Lots of people really like the Viking interchangeable sole walking foot.

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Date: 8/17/13 11:16 AM

The DC4030 is a well-designed little workhorse that consistently gets good reviews. Plus, you can adjust the width of the six buttonholes.

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Date: 8/17/13 2:33 PM

The Viking Interchangeable Dual Feed will fit Viking machines in groups 5, 6 and 7. I originally bought mine to use on a Brother machine.

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Date: 8/17/13 3:59 PM

Unfortunately generic feet will not work on my machine - I tried! It's a high shank or possibly a slant shank? I bought generic feet with a high shank and a low shank adapter and the needle was too far forward. It's a number 3 - so doesn't fit the Viking series feet.

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Date: 8/17/13 4:01 PM

Thank you so much everyone for your advice! It definitely gives me more things to research and think about - much appreciated :).

Feel free to add more advice - this is a decision I want to be 100% sure of :)

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