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sunshineD121
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Date: 8/13/06 12:02 PM

I need to buy a sewing machine to start my sewing "career". The sewing machines I am interested in are the Viking Platnum 775 and the Huskystar C20. To a lesser extent, I like the Brother NX600 and maybe the Kennmores. I am not sure how much machine I need because I have never really sewn much. Since I was a kid, I always had a passion for sewing clothes. However, I have started, but never finished any project! My crazy dream is to sew my own wedding gown for my wedding that will happen either next year or year after. Do I need a nice machine to do this?

I need a sewing machine that can grow with me to keep forever or one that is cheaper, but good so that I can trade up later on.

I like the fact that with the Viking Platnum 775, I will get everything I want plus the ability to get the full range of accessories. I won't ever need a new machine (unless I want some thing better in the distant future.) But at the price of $1799 it's seems crazy to spend that much on a SM when I don't even sew.

The Huskystar C20 is more of a cheaper version at $499 (on sale), but I do get a lot of the stuff I need: computerized, nice decorative stiches, good Viking name. However, the feet selection leaves a lot to be desired. I'd like a gathering foot, but I don't even know if I'll ever really need it. I am not sure of the Huskystar's long term ability to do the job. I guess if I needed a better machine, I can buy a new one at the time. At $499, it's not very cheap either, but a pretty good starter price.

I also like the Brother NX-600 and possibly the Kenmores. The closest Brother dealer is 45 min away so....that affects my decision. They did get a good rating in Consume Reports. I also don't like the fact that it doesn't have a gather/ruffler(?) foot available. People keep saying nice things about the Kenmores and they are much cheaper. There warrenty is kind of lacking though at 90 day.

Could you please help me with this decision? Which would you get if you were me?

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Date: 8/13/06 12:23 PM

Have you test driven all of the machines you mentioned? There are so many choices out there nowadays that it can be overwhelming trying to choose among all the models available. So often what it boils down to is which one *feels* right to you. If you have a list of what you definately *must have* on the machine, and what is nice but you could live without that might be helpful. Don't compromise on features that you really want.

I own the Husqvarna Viking Platinum 770, which is nearly identical to the new 775. It is a fantastic machine and I love it the more I use it. It will probably outlive me, so I feel it was worth the money to buy it. It's a workhorse with lots of bells and whistles. I particularly love the decorative stitches, and the amount of feet available for this machine. The drawback is that they are expensive. I just paid $60 for a ruffler and it was ON SALE. I am acquiring my specialty feet for this machine at a very slow, steady pace!

The Janome-made Kenmore's are also very nice machines for the money. My mother just bought one and is extremely happy with it. The only drawback is there is no dealer support after the sale. So far, this has not been an issue for her because the machine is so easy to use. I own two Janome's myself and I think they are great machines. Very reliable, and very user-friendly. Janome has added new presser feet to it's lineup since I bought those machines, and they are usually very reasonably priced. That is a huge plus in my book because I like lots of presser feet, but want to have money left over for fabric!

I don't know anything about the new Huskystars, and not much about the Brother NX-600 so I can't offer any input there.

I hope this was helpful in some way. Good luck!



ETA: I forgot to mention that if you can find a Platinum 770, it's worth it to compare it to the 775. I don't think much changed on the new model. Check out this website and you will see what I mean.
-- Edited on 8/13/06 12:29 PM --

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Date: 8/13/06 12:43 PM

I also have the Platinum 770 and am very happy with it. I started out with a Viking 250 several years ago. The great thing about Viking is if you trade up within one year, you get full price (that you paid) for your trade-in. So, if you aren't sure about commiting to a brand, this might be a good alternative for you. I personally am a Viking fan, and they are definitely a reliable make, but, as Runnerchicki said, it has to be a good fit for you. Another consideration, IMO, is accessability to the dealer. Jomax and Tomorrow's Treasures are very good dealers and they do not send their machines out for repairs - they have someone there. That's important to me since I've heard some stories about getting back someone else's machine. (I label all parts with my address sticker.)

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Date: 8/13/06 2:19 PM

Feet should not be hard to find for either Kenmore or Huskystar models. Janome makes the Kenmores, some Elna's and has made the HuskyStars for Viking in the past. I don't know if they make the newer HuskyStar models but they did make the models just discontinued this year just prior to the new ones. Janome feet are plentiful including new open toe feet for quilting and crafting and they are not expensive. Some of the feet are made for the wider zig zag models with the 7 piece feed so one has to make sure to order the proper feet for the model purchased.
The Kenmore warranty is much the same as many brands. The warranty on my Kenmore is actually better than the similar Janome model. Kenmore has a full 25 where the Janome only has a 20year warranty on the head and defect in workmanship in the internal mechanics of the machine.
There is a 2 yr warranty on electrical which is motor , wiring, electronic equipment, switch and speed controller.
The 90 day warranty is on mechanical parts and adjustments.
You might wish to sit and try out the models you prefer and you might just fall in love with a certain one and bring it home.

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Date: 8/13/06 6:32 PM

If after you test and compare the brands you decide on a Viking, my recommendation is to shop around to get a better price. $1800 sounds higher than necessary for me. (I traded up to a 735 in June and have done lots of looking and comparison shopping among Viking dealers.) Sewing machines are like cars with regard to price. In my area, all last year one dealer was charging $1300 for a 770 and another $1800 for the same machine. When I was shopping for my first Viking(a 435) the previous year, I was first quoted $700 for a floor model that didn't even have its manual and another dealer sold me the same machine new in a sealed box for $650.

The Platinum line (730, 750, 770) is being closed out right now to be replaced by the new and ever-so-slightly improved machines. I've seen 770's in sealed boxes being sold over the internet for $1100. (check allbrands, acesewvac, sewvacdirect and ebay.) If you want a Viking with all the bells and whistles, this might be the way to go. When you find your lowest price, consider letting your local dealer know what you can get the machine for and see if they will cut you a better deal. (I might pay up to a $1300 for a sealed 775.- I'd pay less for a floor model.) If not, you can pay for your own lessons and end-of-year service and this would still leave you hundreds of dollars saved.

My thoughts, for what they are worth.

Check out the information on the "Beginners" board on buying sewing machines. They may help you sort out what features you want in your machine and why.


-- Edited on 8/13/06 6:33 PM --

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Date: 8/14/06 9:31 AM

I have a Brother PC 6000, which the NX 600 replaced and I love it. It does an awesome job, feet are inexpensive and the paper manual as well as the built in computer manual on the machine is wonderful. It has many of the must have features of spendier machines. I have been very happy with my purchase.

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Date: 8/14/06 12:00 PM

I saw a 775 at the recent ASG conference. They had a "show special" price of around $1499 (they couldn't find the exact price for some reason). Don't know if that was for a demo or a sealed box.

It seemed like a nice machine.

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Date: 8/14/06 2:13 PM

If it were me, I'd get the Viking Platinum 775. I have the Viking Platinum 750 and I absolutely love it!! I was so nervous about the price, but my husband told me to get a quality machine. I haven't regretted it since. I have sewn decorative stitches, zippers, buttonholes and it all turned out beautifully. I love the selection of feet and I have found the manuals and guides to be really helpful. The fact that I can trade in for another machine made me comfortable purchasing it. I didn't have to worry about getting too much or too little machine because I can always trade it.

Whichever machine you go with, make sure the dealer is good. It's nice to have help for your machine when you need it and classes are always good. I took the free classes for my machine and I had a great time.

Have a great time machine shopping!

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Date: 8/16/06 5:33 PM

Thanks for all of your suggestions! I did try out the Viking Platnum 775. Well, I looked at the salesperson use it anyway. It seems to sew by itself. I didn't have enough time to see the Huskstar in action. I really do want that Viking, but the cost seems rediculous for a beginner who tends to start and stop things. I have always wanted to sew though.

I am checking out prices for the 770. But if I get it from a outside dealer like acesewvac or ebay, I don't get the warranty. One of the reasons I want the Viking is for the warranty or I might as well get another machine.

I do get 3 lessons with the dealer for the Vikings. They are also very close to my home, another plus.

I thinking they are charging so much because of the area. I wonder if I go to a store in a less expensive area could I get a better price.

Vera: I might check out Tommorow's Treasures, I just wish they had a website so I could find out more info from home. They seem to be a quilter place and I am not a quilter so I'd feel out of place. But maybe their prices are cheaper.

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Date: 8/16/06 8:06 PM

Well, there are 2 other Viking below the 775--probably 735 and 755 which would be very nice also and cost less. You might find a dealer with stock in the 730/750/770 if you call around and that would save you a bunch too. There is very little (if any) difference between last year's model and the new ones. For a GREAT machine, the Interlude 445 is still available online for $499. That machine retailed for almost twice as much just a few months ago. A whale of a deal if it has the features you need. I bought one on close-out from a dealer in another state that I visit often bc I had test-driven it before and really liked it. Over the years, I've learned I don't need a lot of dec stitches (but SOME, definitely). I like the adjustable presser foot pressure. For people who sew a variety of fabrics, it just seems a necessity to me but I do know Pfaff is the one exception seems to do fine without it.

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