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jodiegirl
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Date: 9/11/13 7:07 PM

My husband is getting me a new machine for my birthday! Yay! So I'm back to shopping. I have to wait until November (I'm still working on that) but I probably need to decide...

Juki obviously has lots of fans here. The dealer was very nice on the phone and does provide service as well. I haven't sewn on this machine yet as the dealer is an hour away but I do not expect to dislike the machine. I went to the fair last weekend and tried many machines and I was pleased with almost all of them. What sets this one apart for me other than the rave reviews here is the box feed. Is it that good?

The Babylock I have sewn on and felt right at home. I enjoyed this machine and especially found the auto threader very good. This dealer is quite close and very easygoing. This machine can sew sideways... How helpful is that? I've heard the alphabets are not as good on this machine also and I do think I would use those on occasion (not a lot).

I sew mostly garments, some beginner type quilting, but would like to try FMQ at some point in the future. Main focus is clothes.

Other machines I tried were the Bernina 350, Janome 3160.

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Date: 9/14/13 1:29 AM

I have the Juki f600 and tried both the Babylock Melody and Babylock Serenade. As far as Babylocks go, I preferred the Serenade, but they may have been discontinued earlier this year.
When I was looking, the advantages the Babylock had were that it looked cooler and the dealer support was better. As far as the actual sewing goes, I think they are on par with each other. The Babylocks I looked at seemed to have the same stitch quality as the Juki.
The Juki had more stitches and rave reviews, which is why I bought it. I can't say enough good things about the automatic buttonhole maker. It's a huge foot, but it's great! The box feed was weird at first, but now that I've done some sewing with it, I like it. I don't think it makes all the difference in the world, but it certainly sews straight, which is useful for quilting.
I think either machine would be great. The Juki has more harp space and could also fit in a frame, which is why I chose it over the Melody. I think it's worth it to drive an hour to a Juki dealer and try one out. That way you can know you made the right choice. Have fun shopping!

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Date: 9/14/13 7:35 AM

I have the F400 which is the same machine with fewer stitches and accessories. I purchased online as I couldn't find a dealer as they are few and far between. The box feed is phenomenal when you are doing detailed stitching and it feeds beautifully. It handles thin and thick fabrics without hesitating. I'd buy this machine again, and I can't say that about other machines I've had.

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Date: 9/14/13 9:07 AM

I'm a Juki F600 fan.
Love it. The best machine I have ever had. I would re buy it immediately. No machine sews as staight as this one for me.

bessiemae
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Date: 9/14/13 10:22 AM

Both are very good machines; however, your should go with what you feel most comfortable using and provides the best dealer support.

That said, I have the Babylock Melody/Brother NX650Q/Laura Ashley 800. It is a very intuitive machine and does very well for garment sewing. Buttonholes are phenomenal! If your are a buttonhole snob, this is your machine! Lovely blind hem. The alphabets are not " embroidery quality", but suffice for labels. The decorative stitches are numerous with a dizzying array of customizations and My Custom Stitch; all stitch out beautifully. The horizontal stitching is useful for pocket and odd placements. Branded for quilters, the harp space is not great.

Once I got heavily into quilting, I purchased a straight stitch only machine with a jumbo harp and capable of use with a frame. However, I keep and continue to use Melody, et al, for garments and the very lovely suite of applique stitches.......and it never cries or misbehaves with monofilament!

Enjoy whichever machine you purchase!

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Brother Innovis NX650Q; Brother Nouvelle 1500; Brother CS6000i; Brother 1034D; Janome 1000CPX

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