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Date: 1/11/14 5:06 PM

Brother, like Janome, keeps re-introducing existing models into new lines. This one is actually quite pretty!:

Laura Ashley Limited Edition CX155LA
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Date: 1/11/14 6:03 PM

Ut oh I hope PoorPigling does not spot this...
It is kinda pretty.

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Date: 1/11/14 9:03 PM

I really don't know what Brother is thinking - most of these lower line machines have virtually no harp. When the industry is going the other way, they should take a look and notice that the design of these machines is all cramped in. I saw a Brother at COSTCo and really, just a different styling could add another inch of harp to these.

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Date: 1/11/14 9:36 PM

True on the tiny harp space. It's like sewing for mice on these machines. I was given a Costco Brother last year and while is sewed very nicely, that small harp was claustrophobic and I returned it(I didn't like lavender, either). Technically, it does just fine for all sewing projects except for quilting something larger than a pillow case. They are good machines for carting around or for a beginner.
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Date: 1/12/14 2:53 AM

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True on the tiny harp space. It's like sewing for mice on these machines.

...sewing for mice.

As close to being a 3/4 size sm as it can be...but still be a "full size". Does Brother think we won't notice or care? Hear us Brother...Please stretch it out...just a bit more plastic and wiring shouldn't cost too much more.
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Date: 1/12/14 5:54 AM

The sell a bit more utilitarian version of that machine at Wal-mart... just different colors really...

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Date: 1/12/14 9:36 AM

This one doesn't seem more utilitarian...seems to have all the same features and set up. Just different color as you mentioned. Brother 130-Stitch at Walmart
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Date: 1/12/14 10:46 AM

You know we talk often about harp size. As a non-quilter I found that I don't need a huge harp distance. What I really need is a larger distance between the bed plane and the underbelly of the machine's top. When I do totes and home dec I just don't always have the vertical space. It seems the newer model machines have really shortened that distance.

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Date: 1/12/14 3:54 PM

Hi, I have been seeing a lot of people who like the Juki 2010Q straight stitch machine. The harp space is 9 inches and the height is I think 6 inches. You might want to look at that machine. Now, I don't know if I want to get that machine, the brother/Babylock version with the 11.25 inch harp, or the Pfaff quilt expression 5.0 machine which has a 10 inch harp. I have the Brother 4500D machine which has an 8.2 inch harp.
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Date: 1/13/14 11:11 PM

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You know we talk often about harp size. As a non-quilter I found that I don't need a huge harp distance. What I really need is a larger distance between the bed plane and the underbelly of the machine's top. When I do totes and home dec I just don't always have the vertical space. It seems the newer model machines have really shortened that distance.

I sure hear you there. That's why I love the vintage cast iron. (Among other reasons.) They have some space, and the area where the needle bar is located is much, much smaller than the modern machines, and usually tapers toward the needle area, giving the most possible work clearance.

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