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vintagevixen
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Date: 7/30/08 4:06 PM

Hi,

Our old workhorse machine died and I am shopping for a new one. The local shop recommends the Brother NX-450 for us. We do repairs on vintage clothing, nothing fancy usually like embroidery etc.

Any reports on what Brother is known for? Or infamous for? I haven't shopped for a s/m in so long, I am almost a fish out of water here!

Also - the s/m reviews on this site all reference Brother 400, not 450. Is the 450 a recently remodeled version?



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Date: 7/30/08 5:14 PM

What is the make and model of the machine that “died”?
What caused it to be pronounced "dead'?

Any of the NX series of Brothers will be about the same from a durability standpoint. The differences are a matter of features more than anything else.

The really important question is how did YOU like the Brother NX-450 when you tried it?

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Date: 7/30/08 5:28 PM

The 450 is a good machine and should serve you very well. There's a significant difference in the low-end Brother models sold at places like Walmart and Costco--and even online--at the under $300 price-point but the Pacesetter, NX and Innovis models are only available through dealers and are quite nice. It should last as long as any new, computerized machine--not a lifetime (as in decades), but a good long while. Brother is noted for offering most bang for the buck and the 450 is fairly loaded with stitches and nice features. You'll love the needle-threader!

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Date: 7/30/08 7:32 PM

I have the NX400, which preceeded the NX 450. I have had few problems with it. Mine looks pretty sad because it has been lugged in the back of a truck to band camp for 4 years, and had really nasty cheap fabric put thru it by the megayard which left stains on the plastic. Unfortunately, I tried to remove the stains which messed up the finish. So, cosmetically mine isn't perfect anymore, but it really cuts the mustard. I have used some of the decorative stitches. It comes with a ton of feet (mine included the walking foot). The only extras I have purchased are a rolled hem foot and an invisible zipper foot. Mine was $600 4 years ago. Its a really sweet machine.

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Date: 7/30/08 8:14 PM

One of my machines is a Brother Innovis Quilt Club that I have used over a year now and it is a very nice machine. I saw some of the newer models and they appeared to be a bit different and are made in China and not Taiwan as the previous models were. I don't know if this means there might be a difference in quality or not.
I can say that I did not expect for my Brother to be as nice as it is. It was made in Taiwan but at first not owning a Brother in the past I was concerned about the quality, having a Viking, Pfaff and Janome made Kenmore. Now, I know I got a good machine for a good price and it has the most features of all of my machines which include the auto thread cutter, and larger bed, instant threading, extension table and many feet including the quilt pkg. of feet.
The only complaint that I have is that the 3 different Alphabets do not stitch out as nicely as one of my other machines.

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Date: 7/31/08 7:02 AM

I got the Innovis 1200 and I have a mid range Pfaff. I am selling the Pfaff. I was scared that the Brother would be a toy machine with a lot of bells and whistles which would fall apart at the first bump. No, it is not just more interesting to me than the Pfaff (owing to having just about everything any sane person could want on it and with it) but it really roars along and is easy to understand and tough. It is loaded with convenience features (that thread cutter is the shiz-nitz). I just love my Brother and highly recommend it to anyone who wants a great and capable machine on a budget.

The Pfaff is good machinery, too, don't get me wrong. But it comes with a real small assortment of feet, decorative stitches, and utility stitches and cost as much as the Brother which also included an embroidery function (!).

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Date: 7/31/08 9:32 AM

I have an Innovis 500D which I purchased from my dealer a few years ago. Its a great machine and pretty much everything is automated. It looked toy-like when I purchased it but it has turned out to be a very strong machine with lots of bells and whistles. However, after discovering vintage Singers, bells and whistles just aren't that important to me anymore. My Singer 319W can zig zag and make all kinds of decorative stitches, so unless I need to embroider or travel with a SM my Brother sits untouched by me - my daughter will snatch it up from time to time though :)

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Date: 7/31/08 1:27 PM

Hi everyone,

Thanks for taking the time to provide so much information! I really appreciate it. I was also a bit concerned with the all-plastic look and feel, and its durability. Glad to know I should be able to look past that.

I was a plain-jane sewing machine person forever, then I inherited my grandmother's Singer Touch-Tronic 2001 and while still pretty plain compared to today's machines, it's been our workhorse. It was pronounced dead by the dealer due to $175 mechanical repair - a shaft(?) that needs replacing - that would not be guaranteed by any warranty.

Not sure if I will go with this model yet, as I am still shopping, but at least I know now that Brother sounds like a reliable bet. Thanks again!



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Date: 7/31/08 2:57 PM

Quote: vintagevixen
then I inherited my grandmother's Singer Touch-Tronic 2001

Not one of Singer's finest. I had one, opened it up, looked it over, and gave it away on freecycle. Perhaps a decent machine for some, but there are other older machines that were much much much more durable.

Happy shopping for your new machine!Enjoy!
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Date: 8/1/08 8:44 AM

I have the Brother Pacesetter NX-400. I have had it for 3 years. I sew A LOT and it just can't handle it. I am trying to figure out what I want to upgrade it with. It does not handle thin material very well...sucks it into the feed dogs. It also has a hard time going over large or thick seams. My biggest complaint is that it does not stop and start stitches very cleanly. You have to hold the threads everytime you start a stitch and even then it will birds nest if you are not careful. And to reinforce a stitch when ending it, and you press the reverse button, it stitches a little to the side of your previous stitching.....not directly on it. It does have a lot of really fun features, love the automatic cutter and threader. But I could not recommend this machine to someone who sews a ton.

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