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Date: 8/19/13 7:23 PM

I am beginning to look for a new machine. I have sewn for 50years, yes 50 years experience but still consider myself an intermediate sewer as I have lots of hobbies and go back and forth between them. I have been using a singer 403 special. Although it was TOL new, it is probably 50 years old. Every time I begin to look at new machines I get overwhelmed by the choices and give up looking for another few years. I think I want a mid range machine that I will use for mostly making clothes but occasional curtains etc. I also seem to shorten lots of denim jeans so need it to handle several layers of denim.
Today I looked at a janome DC2013 and a husqvana 650. Any thoughts on these two or other recommendations?

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Date: 8/19/13 8:36 PM

Both models are a great option. I have the Janome DC2010(just a different color) but wouldn't complain if I could have the 650 also. The 650 has more work space and I think more decorative stitches. How did you feel about using the menu on the Viking vs. seeing all the stitches on the front of the Janome? The Janome is more straightforward as far as operation. Did you get to sew on both of them?
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Date: 8/19/13 8:52 PM

Karen,
I tried the janome since I was told if I wanted a machine capable of sewing heavier fabric, the janome was the way to go. Did not actually try husqvana. It looked more complicated. I did like being able to see what the stitch was and just choose that number.
Just beginning to look and will look at some others and different dealers. Any suggestions in other brands?

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Date: 8/19/13 9:06 PM

Both the DC2013 and the Husqvarna 650 are favorites of many sewists/sewers. You mentioned that you "looked" at both today...so was that in person...and did you get to test sew on both? Which sm did you like best? And...which dealer did you like best?

Is a budget in consideration? The Janome 2013 is about $500 and the 650 will be about twice that much. Also Janome accessory feet are about half the cost of Viking accessory feet when considering future accessory purchases.

As for other recommendations: Have you seen the new Singer Quantum Stylist 9970 currently only available on HSN? Here is a link to the recent PR thread about it. Also in that thread a PR member shows test sewing on the one he purchased...including sewing on denim hems and even several thicknesses of leather.
PR thread on Singer 9970

Page 3 and page 9 of the thread have the test sewing links.
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Date: 8/19/13 9:09 PM

If you want and need good needle penetration take a look at the 3 and 5 series Berninas.
Solid and really well built.

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Date: 8/19/13 9:38 PM

Coming from a Singer 403, I can see why the Janome might suit you better. It really is very user friendly. I bought my Mother a version of it that was sold at Sears a few years ago and she caught on to it just fine.

Yes, Berninas are nice but their price point can border on ridiculous for what you get(and yes, I've owned a Bernina). Of course, it doesn't hurt to check them out if you have a dealer nearby. The Janome is all-around more affordable, and that would include buying any accessories. It may be the right start for you into today's world of sewing. Another friendly model is the BabyLock Tempo and it's twin, the Brother NX-250.

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Date: 8/20/13 12:55 PM

Take some denim with you along with a "jeans" needle and test drive as many of the machines as you can find.

Buy the machine that you are the most comfortable with from the dealer that is the most helpful.

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Date: 8/20/13 1:04 PM

Another one to try is the Pfaff Performance 5.0, an extremely nice & versatile machine, with all the bells and whistles (auto snips, hover, etc) plus the IDT (dual feed).

Happy machine hunting!

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And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 8/24/13 7:31 AM

Thanks everyone for your thoughts. Still looking, no decision yet. BTW, also looking for a good serger with easy change to rolled hem. Any ideas?

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Date: 8/27/13 11:21 PM

I was a Pfaff fanatic, but when I bought a Brother, it blew Pfaff away, and all the Berninas and Vikings (owns the Pfaffs), Janomes.
It is powerful, simple and well designed. There had to be a reason why the television show chose Brother and made the sewing machine the Runway edition. They are dependable and made by Brother, an American company. Great warranty.
Prices are lower compared to other brands, but I think the machines have better quality and power and ease of use.
The Ellagantisimo is the value priced brand of the Brother Innovis models, without the Disney embroidery patterns on it, otherwise it is the same exact machine as the higher end Innovis and other Brother machines.
I felt the Janome was too gimicky and poor design, it kept hitting me in the head and the screen thing was really weird going up and down. The Viking couldn't hold on to the fabric, I could pull on the fabric and the feed dogs would give up. The Bernina is so overpriced it is insulting. Maybe you could find a used one at a fair value? I like new, with support from a store, or a reconditioned one with full support. I loved the Pfaffs, but now they are really junky, compared to my Pfaff 1475. My Hobbylock Pfaff serger has a quick change rolled hem foot btw.

I also had and still have my Singer machines, my Pfaffs, my Touch and Sews, my 6268, my Thompsons Walking industrial, Singer serger and Pfaff serger differentail feed. I compare everything with the Pfaff 1475 now, and so do many people. You have to build quality in from the very beginning and not just a pretty outside and a fancy name.

Try a Brother, you might be surprised. They also sell them at WalMart, but go to a good dealer and support them.

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