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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Buying a new machine ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 9/10/13 1:27 PM

I have a Kenmore --- . I cannot complain as it has taught me to sew over the last few years - from curtains to kids costumes to finally making nice clothes for myself but it has not been without some struggles. It is loud and wobbly and I have never ever gotten the tension quite right no matter what I do. I constantly have to fidget with jams, it sucks fabric down into the plate, etc. etc. but we persevere. I have the opportunity to buy a new machine - hooray. However I am overwhelmed by the choices. I am looking at machines under $500 (woo hoo - thanks to an Amazon gift card). I sew a bit of everything - clothes, quilts, home décor....I am looking for a sturdy machine with a good buttonhole feature, preferably a but large "throat" and some interesting stitches. I have considered the Janome HD 1000 and several other Janomes as well as a Juki HZL-35Z. The Brothers are highly rated on amazon but I have also heard that they are flimsy... I would appreciate any thoughts, suggestions, advice.

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Date: 9/10/13 2:05 PM

Two good Janomes:

Mechanical machine of good repute

Excellent computerized machine

Singer that gets excellent reviews here:

Singer 9960

Good luck! Personally I am inclined to the Janome DC3050, as I have some Janomes and love them and prefer computerized, but that's me. Loads of people love a variety of models. :)

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Date: 9/10/13 2:25 PM

Great news for you!

Have fun shopping for sure!

Ive had some great times shopping for machines and almost bought the Singer 9960 a few times.

People seem to love their Juki machines --

juki on amazon

Ive had some fun sewing on computerized machines - If I had 500 amazon bucks to spend on a machine right now .. I think I would spend my amazon dollars on chistmas presents and spend some cash on a vintage machine that could take cams -- I love all those old toys that can go with old machines. But, thats me - not you.

Have fun shopping!

Quilting up a storm!

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Date: 9/10/13 2:26 PM

find a dealer that has the machines u r interested in, and go test them. kick the tires. everyone has their own particular likes and dislikes. go see and test the machines in person. i have had a Brother:In'novis Laura Ashley NX-2000, sitting, sealed in box for maybe 3 years. 2 days ago i opened the box and took the machine out to see if it would fit in a particular table. my immediate first thought was what a solid machine. even the parts felt solid. this is not a $500.00 machine, so maybe that is why it felt solid and not flimsy.

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