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Which machine to buy.....
I'd love to upgrade - but to what???--too many choices
lexiemma
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Date: 7/22/06 7:29 PM

I was lucky to get a Viking 1 for $100.00.....from a garage sale...and the other day when I was in Joann's the guy had me demo the new Designer SE...NO FAIR! Like I really don't have THAT much $$ available to buy one of those...but would like to consider a newer machine. I've been surfing PR the whole past week and surfing ebay for deals... I kinda was looking at the Quilt Designer II, Janome 6600P (and heard from a Viking rep that there might be a new Viking coming out which would be compatible to the Janome 6600P). I mainly sew crafts, make quilts (usually baby size) I do quilt the top myself (though I've still got room to improve in that area) I dont' want one of those mega quilter machines - I like all the neat things. I haven't really tried embriodery cause my machine didn't come with a hoop and for some reason I just haven't really felt the need to buy one of those yet and not now if I consider upgrading. So quilting and craft sewing is more important right now than embriodery - but I would like to have the option cause I might get into that down the road. Also what are good prices for these machines? Or is there a brand/style that is a goldmine that I've totally missed.......help!!!!! I've not gotten much stuff done around the house this week cuase I've been sufing the web too much for answers...I'm glad I've finally put in my week on PR to finally be able to post messages..... Thanks in advance for yoru advice

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Date: 7/22/06 9:40 PM

Just for sewing I would recommend the 6600, but the Janome 1000 is a very nice machine and does embroidery as well. The 10000 can be had for a very nice price now, and it sews soooooo nicely. I have both machines and I would be hard pressed to say which one I liked best.

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Date: 7/25/06 9:50 PM

Can I ask about how much you paid for each of yours? Also did you purchase them new or used? Thanks

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Date: 7/26/06 8:36 AM

I don't know why you need to get a newer machine unless the Designer 1 is giving you troubles. It is easy to get into lust mode over the new machines.
I have the Viking Platinum 750 quilt and love it.
Have enough of the different stitches, is very durable and has good speed for quilting. It has a good selection of buttonholes.
Upgrading is a lot of money and I don't think most people end up getting their money's worth out of it.
My other machine which is a work horse is a old Pfaff 130.

lexiemma
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Date: 7/26/06 9:34 AM

Unfortunatley I don't have the Designer 1 ...I have a machine from quite a number of years back it's the Viking 1 it's not computerized...
But I do know what you are saying...I see lots of folks buying one and then upgrading 5 months later...I'm not that type..but would like to see if there's a machine I'd might benefit more for my quilting hobby then the one I have.

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Date: 7/26/06 11:30 AM

I was going to ask you the same question -- Why do you need to upgrade? I had to get a new machine because my old favorite finally died but I'm not as happy with any machine I have or have tried as I was with my Elna Super. I'm not sure computerized machines are the end all. I have one and like it very much but I also have a mechanical that I like as much. It's really tough when we get new machine fever but, unless you are really interested in going into embroidery, don't be hasty. Make a list of what you want that you can't do now. Don't be lured by a few decorative stitches because you'll find you won't use them all that much. Like you, I do quilting and crafts and I don't use a quarter of what the computerized machine can do. Just think of all the fabric you can buy if you don't buy a new machine!

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Date: 7/26/06 7:33 PM

Hi everyone--I'm new to PR but found you just in time. I have a dying, ancient Kenmore that was an aunt's and quite a workhorse, but I need to be able to sew through really thick layers of denim and twill. I've had recommendations of Janome and Elna and saw a demo of the Elno 6200 Decorator's Touch. Amazing and really fancy. I'd love some advice from you experts! Thank you so much-- Chucklehead in CA

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Date: 7/27/06 0:15 AM

Have a look at the Janomes and the Vikings and the Pfaffs and don't forget today's Kenmores! The better Kenmores are made by Janome (numbers start with 385 on the Janome-Kenmores. Really though - there are good machines from all the brands, and there are tons of reviews here on PR, and people love their Brothers, Kenmores, Pfaffs, etc., etc...;)

Like one person said - make a list of what you can't do now, and/or a list of what you want and what you need in a machine, then shop online to compare, and shop in the dealers stores to compare, and after all that you shold be able to hone it down to a couple and then price and service are the two important considerations.

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Date: 7/30/06 9:20 AM

I have been sewing for many years, but had to leave my Pfaff in South Africa when we moved here to the USA. I have severe curvature of the spine and bad arthritis in my neck, but I want to se and need a new machine.
I need a machine that is easy to thread and that sets the bobbin's tension automatically, in fact most steps in the threading process must be automatic, and please a top drop in bobbin.
Please help me find a good machine, I really need to sew.
Thank you and have a lovely day.

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Date: 7/30/06 1:09 PM

Carmen, most machines today are very easy to thread and Brother/Babylock's top-load bobbins are probably the easiest to use. Some of the newer machines have a start-stop button so one doesn't have to use the foot-pedal at all!! I'm guessing that could be something you could easily get used to having!

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