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Date: 8/23/13 10:03 PM

My sewing machine has officially been declared deceased. The repairman said no more! It has been 30 years.
What kind of sewing machine do you all recommend?
I make clothing, quilts, and repairs.
Would love to do some embroidery for the grandkids. What's the best???

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Date: 8/23/13 11:09 PM

Pfaff, Pfaff, Pfaff, Pfaff, Pfaff,
I own four Pfaff's 130, 2140, creative vision and a Pfaff serger.

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Date: 8/23/13 11:10 PM

There is no "best". Sorry, not being wise guy. You need to test drive and play. If your machine is that old, it will be culture shock to you. Go try them all. I can recommend that you seriously consider hoop size. A lot of folks buy cheap, then want a bigger hoop size later. Also, consider how much embroidery vs sewing. If you will only have one machine, then I would consider sewing ability too. The brothers I tested did not have the piercing power I need for my sewing projects, but embroidered beautifully. I tested Viking, Bernina, Pfaff, and brother machines. Think about harp space if you do large projects or want to quilt on it. The ability to tell the machine you have a thicker project means the stitch will lock in center rather than locking in upper layers of sandwich. Think about dealer support in your area. Embroidery means learning stabilizers, techniques, threads.

A lot of people think you cannot accurately quilt piece on a 9mm feed dog system. But, you can. Move the needle position to the right until the entire quarter-inch seam allowance is hitting both feed dogs. Note new quarter seam edge, and your piecing will be fine.

All the machines I tested performed wonderfully. My final choice came to piercing power, harp space, and all those lovely attachment toys. Both the pfaff and bernina could pierce through 8 layers of denim or tarp, and could also sew a single layer or two layers of sheer silky slinky soft fabric with no puckers.

Think about adjustable lower tension and presser foot pressure. Ease of use and cleaning. Knee lift, feet available, operating system, screen size, user interface, size and weight, alignment ease, and embroidery stitch settings vs sewing stitch settings. An example of this is bernina 830 embroidery threading is different from sewing threading in bobbin. That means, to me, that I have some available lower tension settings that I wouldn't have if the threading were the same, like the bernina 780.

Also, some machines don't allow you to pull sewing stitches into the embroidery module. So projects in the hoop can't be completely finished in the hoop. Think about multi-directional sewing. It adds some fun capabilities like desired distorting to stitches. How much decorative stitching do you do?
-- Edited on 8/23/13 11:37 PM --

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Date: 8/23/13 11:10 PM

What was wrong with your old machine?

What features do you wish the old machine had?

What is your budget?

What brand dealers are close to you?
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Date: 8/23/13 11:20 PM

Take your wish list and visit as many different sewing machine dealers as you can find.

Take test drives and then you decide.

Not everyone has the same likes and dislikes.

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Date: 8/24/13 2:43 AM

I would replace my main sewing machine with a good mechanical vintage or classical Pfaff- one that has power, IDT and will be your workhorse. Or a similar brand solid machine.
Then I would take my time and explore the newer computerized machines that embroider.

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Date: 8/24/13 8:09 AM

I am out in the middle of no where! So finding a dealer is going to be a bit of a challenge! My closest is DesMoines.
My old machine was heavy-made out of mostly metal and the metal pieces cracked? Can't remember what they were called?
Not sure of budget at the moment as I don't have a clue what the range is? It has been 30 years since I have looked. I saw some at the fair and yes, was a bit shocked by all the bells & whistles! Hoping I can glean some advice here! Thanks.

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Date: 8/24/13 9:24 AM

A suggestion for you: attend a sewing expo and talk to sewing machine vendors and test out machines. Often you will find special pricing for machines purchased at an expo. The American Quilter's Society (AQS) is having Quilt Week in Des Moines in October. Here is a link:
AQS Quilt Week Des Moines
I see that Baby Lock, Bernina, Brother, Elna, Janome, and Juki sewing machine companies are all sponsors, and I'm sure you would get lots of information in one place. Plus have so much fun!
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Date: 8/24/13 10:15 AM

it is always good to be in connection with a dealer because of the support of service they offer, other than that i believe quality will go on long after price is forgotten, if you are on a budget get a babylock grace, if money is not a factor for you look no father than a bernina 5 seriesor better

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Date: 8/24/13 11:13 AM

Out in the middle of nowhere calls for a day trip with a sewing buddy or friend who likes to shop. Have lunch and enjoy the experience.

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