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minnie76

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Date: 1/11/06 8:28 AM

I currently use a Tailor Professional Model 834. It has a lot of quirks and no manual. Now that I am sewing a lot more I am thinking of buying a new machine. I do not need a machine that will do any decorative stitching. Just the basics and a one-step button hole would be great! I would also like to start sewing knits which I have no experience with because my mother never used them. I think she had problems sewing them. The machine I have now has a stretch stitch which I think her old Kenmore did not. I will probably buy a serger soon as well.

So brag about your machine for a while please

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Date: 1/11/06 9:04 AM

Minnie, what's your price-range? I think Pfaff has some mechanical models in the 15xx series for around $500-$800. they have maybe a dozen utility stitches. Any new machine you'd buy with one or two stitches would probably be too cheap to use on a regular, prolonged basis. Any used pfaff in your price-range would be great also. Viking Interludes are nice too and in the $600-$900 range. Viking's Huskystar 224 made by Janome for Viking is a great workhorse with lots of power, one-step bh, needle up/down, slightly more than basic stitch package and again, LOTS of power. Sears Kenmore is also good and has what you want --just be sure to get a model with adj presser foot pressure for sewing on knits. These are the best of the basics for use on knits, imho.

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Date: 1/11/06 9:09 AM

Minnie, I recommend Kenmore machines for my beginning students. They are reliable, they have good stitch selections without overwhelming you, they are reasonably priced and easy to buy and have serviced. A model like you describe would probably run in the 200-300 range. NAYY, and in fact, I don't own a Kenmore anymore, but I had them for years and years with never a problem.

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Date: 1/11/06 9:12 AM

Which machine? Hmmmm. I officially own 6.

My workhorse is a Singer, about 15 years old. I bought it brand new at one of those school overrun sales. I choose it over my Futura embroidery machine just because I know the older Singer can handle whatever I toss its way. The older Singer is heavy duty, doesn't mind denims, and has more metal parts, which makes it a massive thing to haul to quilting classes. (Thinking of purchasing the Brother CS-6000T [b with all the quilting parts] just to take to classes.)

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Date: 1/11/06 9:56 AM

Thanks. I'll look into those mentioned. I learned to sew on a Kenmore that my mother bought when I was little and must now be getting close to 30 yrs old as am I. We went in together on the Tailor about 10 years ago. I took the old Kenmore to college and she kept the Tailor until she decided she hated it. I took the Tailor and gave her back the Kenmore.

My price range is whatever I want to spend My husband has been working on a shirt for himself (since he didn't want to spend the $60 on a RTW in the color he wanted). Needless to say many hours later he is fussing about the whole project as well as the machine which can be very fussy on a good day. I have gotten used to it and was going to keep it for a while but he is pushing to buy a better one. So here I am...

My MIL says she has been looking at machines and now wants a $5000 model. I don't think I want to spend that muchbut I am looking to spend what I need to for a good reliable machine.

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Date: 1/11/06 10:08 AM

I have a low-end computerized Janome. Absolutely love it. It does have a limited selection of decorative stitches and was $499 when I bought it almost 3 years ago.

There were some lower-end Janome mechanicals that were less expensive. I am sold on the Janome brand because my machine hasn't caused me an ounce of trouble, and it has been used constantly since I bought it sewing on all types of fabrics.

My daughters love it because it is so easy to use. They learned how to use it when they were 8 and 10 and are now 11 and 13. They can wind a bobbin, thread the machine, install the bobbin, and select a stitch so easily.

Very uncomplicated, has the needle up/down feature (how I love that!), has a knit stitch, makes beautiful buttonholes. A wonderful, uncomplicated machine IMO. Although I'm sure there are many others out there in different brands that are just as nice.

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Machines: Sewing: Elna 760, vintage Kenmore Model 33 (1967), Janome Gem Gold 3. Sergers: Babylock Imagine and Babylock Enlighten. Embroidery Only: Janome 300E. Coverstitch: Janome CP1000. Straight Stitch: Janome 1600P.

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Subject: Want computerized sewing and embroidery machine in one. Date: 1/11/06 12:06 PM

Have been looking at Pfaff and Brother but can't bring myself to spend $3,000 for what little sewing I do. Want something to be computer compatible, and easy to use for some quilting, dressmaking and children's clothes for soon to be granddaughter.
Have looked at Singer XL6000 on line. What do you think about it?

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Subject: PS Which Machine to buy? Date: 1/11/06 12:07 PM

I forgot to add that I have a 38 yr old Elna Super and its time to move up!

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Date: 1/11/06 12:29 PM

I love Kenmore Elite! I have a 385.19365 and just love it, I'm coveting the new Kenmore Elite Embroidery/Sewing Machine with 951 Stitch Functions
Sears item #02019005000 Mfr. model #19005
Now if I can just convince DH that I absolutely need it!
I also just bought an older Kenmore for my daughter to learn on, I told her if she wants to use my electronic, she has to come to my house. My machine never leaves the house! Amazing how many people ask to borrow it! LMAO! Like that will ever happen HA HA HA! I actually bought an old brother just to loan out to nervy family and neighbors who want me to sew for them. (for free!) Yeah right!

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Date: 1/11/06 12:42 PM

I second Sewfrequent's comments. Recently I tried the Pfaff Select 1546 at a dealer and thought that it would be a great machine to own once I have a more flexible budget (hopefully sometime after I graduate).

Pfaff is also having a sale this month on that line among others Promo from the Pfaff USA website.

With that being said, I've spent the last week sewing on my mother's Viking Prelude 360 and have fallen in love with the machine. I just finished a project on a wool jersey and the machine could not have performed better. In the process of making a dress (using a stretch needle and straight stitch) it did not skip a single stitch or stretch the fabric out (both of which are issues on my 70-yo Singer featherweight but of course that machine was not built with stretch fabrics in mind).

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