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Date: 6/9/14 11:47 AM

Or so it would seem. I have listed my Janome 8900 to sell because I just cannot bond with it. After more than a year of trying, it's time to let someone else appreciate him. That leaves me with the Brother machines - my new and already much beloved DreamCreator, the SQ9050 that it going to my daughter, and the PC8500 that I cannot use due to age and issues (its age and issues, not mine LOL). I also am entertaining my mom's old Viking #1+ which is a very nice machine, but ... it just isn't working for me. It sews quite nicely but it's just not ... I don't know.

Anyway, when I do finally sell the Janome, I want a back up machine that's fairly portable but not too light (the SQ9050 is a great machine but can "table hop" on occasion) because I want to be able to travel with it. I don't really want a 3/4 machine and I would like to keep the cost to below $1500 if at all possible. I looked at the Berninas and they are really nice, but expensive for what you get and the ones in my price range are all 3/4 machines. I know the Juki's are well regarded, but I've never had any experience with them. It appears that the dealer in my area only carries the F600 and I don't want to be limited to that one model.

I'm open to suggestions ...


ETA: I am primarily a quilter; I do a little garment sewing on occasion but my focus is quilting.
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Brother PC-8500
Janome 8900
Brother DreamCreator VM5100
Singer 500A
White Serger (I can never remember the model, but it's older)
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Date: 6/9/14 12:21 PM

Stick with Brother? so you can use your feet:
Laura Ashley Limited Edition PC660LA

It has a thread cutter, knee lift and can sew sideways. For the price, you can't go wrong. At a dealer(where it sold as the NX-800), it used to sell for close to $1000. It's twin is the BabyLock Melody, which seems to be marketed to quilters.
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Date: 6/9/14 1:17 PM

This is similar to the machine my dad uses for boat seats - it's not pink but the design and the way it works is about the same. And it's a nice machine ...

Not exactly "portable" but a local pawn shop has a NX-2000 for sale for $800 ... now that IS a machine I wouldn't mind owning.

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Brother PC-8500
Janome 8900
Brother DreamCreator VM5100
Singer 500A
White Serger (I can never remember the model, but it's older)
Dreaming of a Babylock Enlighten!

My blog - http://texansun.wordpress.com/

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Date: 6/9/14 5:05 PM

I had a Brother version of the NX-2000. It is quite large...not the most portable of machines but a very nice machine overall.

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Date: 6/9/14 9:31 PM

If you don't like the looks of the brother then maybe Babylock? Like a babylock Elizabeth or Rachel? You sit for 1635463728 hours in front of the machine so ideally you should bond with it.

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Date: 6/10/14 7:21 AM

I have a Janome decor computerized machine as a backup I purchased it to take to classes. I agree though with considering a Brother if you already have feet for it. My main SM is an all metal gears Singer Touch and Sew. This was a lifetime purchase and is still going strong. I hope my Janome Heart Truth, now 6 years old is the only other SM I need. I do have a serger and separate cover stitch, but storing 4 machines in a house when I made do with one before, is challenging.

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