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Umber the Kid
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Date: 10/26/10 2:44 PM

Hello! I'm new to the site and find myself conflicted over just what machine I should get. I have my eye on a couple. I'll be doing some costuming, such as Ren faire stuff and some costumes for conventions so would need something that could tackle a little bit of everything. I will also be making clothing for Ball jointed dolls, so would be sewing small pieces of clothing.

The Husqvarna Viking 3610 is my top favorite right now. Here is the listing on ebay that I am considering. Does anyone know anything about these machines? From what I hear, they are very, very, nice.
Husqvarna Viking

The next two are Necchis. Could anyone tell me the pros and cons of both?

Necchi 3577

Necchi 534FB
Thank you for your time!
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JudithB

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Date: 10/26/10 3:42 PM

Quote: Umber the Kid
Hello! I'm new to the site and find myself conflicted over just what machine I should get. I have my eye on a couple. I'll be doing some costuming, such as Ren faire stuff and some costumes for conventions so would need something that could tackle a little bit of everything. I will also be making clothing for Ball jointed dolls, so would be sewing small pieces of clothing.



The Husqvarna Viking 3610 is my top favorite right now. Here is the listing on ebay that I am considering. Does anyone know anything about these machines? From what I hear, they are very, very, nice.

Husqvarna Viking



The next two are Necchis. Could anyone tell me the pros and cons of both?



Necchi 3577



Necchi 534FB

Thank you for your time!
-- Edited on 10/26/10 2:52 PM --

You are buying a pig in a poke, looking for sewing machines this way. Everyone has a different style and way to sew, you won't know until you sit in front of the machine. You need to try a few and get a feel for a brand. Why not hunt up some dealers and see if they have any heavy duty used machines you could sit down with.?
There are older Singers that I know are tough like the 319 - which are hard to find - and they also take a strange needle size. The Pfaff 130 was one of the first zz and built like a tank. The old Necchi's & Elna's did decorative stitches and they are also tanks. The newer Necchi's I know nothing about. The mid Vikings were good machines, but their design stack were plastic and dried and crumbled and are expensive to replace.
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Date: 10/26/10 3:45 PM

I am a great believer in buying used machines, but only after seeing them in person.

Do you have a local dealer who sells used machines? That would be a good place to start your search.

Also do a search of these boards on Viking machines. There is a recent thread on the difficulty in getting parts for some models.

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Umber the Kid
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Date: 10/26/10 3:48 PM

I wish I could got to a few dealers and try out machines but I have no transportation at this point and the constant getting on and off the buss would rack up quickly since the metro here only has a by fare charge as opposed to a day pass =/

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Date: 10/26/10 6:59 PM

Of the three you are looking at, I would choose in the Swedish-made viking. The later generation of Necchi's were made in Taiwan and are...OK. The seller of the Viking has received positive feedback on the packaging of previous machines sold so that could ease any shipping disaster worries. You can later invest in some nice Viking feet if needed.

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Date: 10/26/10 10:22 PM

Do you happen to live anywhere near Dallas? If so you're welcome to stop by and play around with my machines. I don't have any of the ones you're specifically looking for (sorry!) but you can at least get a feel for what you like and don't like. I have 3.5 to play with, from a higher end (though older) Viking with embroidery stitches down to a nice, basic Singer 503 that I use most of the time. The .5 is a basic Bernette that's on perminate loan out to a friend but I can easily snag for a weekend if you'd like to play with it. Just an idea if you're close enough to take advantage of it. :)

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"Hyu gots to know how to sveet tok de costumers, dollink" - Girl Genius, 11-24-08

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Date: 10/26/10 11:38 PM

Are you married to the idea of an older machine, or trying to find something inexpensive? I sew Renn Faire garb also, and have been quite pleased with the new Brother machines. I also have a tendency to abuse the deco stitches on my 2 computerized models and am using my newest toy (the CE5500 PRW) to mimic blackwork on a chemise.

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I don't really make mistakes ... I create "learning opportunities"! Murphy says: The better you match the thread to the fabric, the more likely you will need to rip some stitches out! I spend more quality time with my seamripper than I like ...
Yes, I DO love fabric!!
Happy owner of a band of Brothers: LX-3125, CS-770, CE5500 PRW, a PE-770 emb ... and now Kenmore 158.18032 and 148.12190
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Date: 10/27/10 0:07 AM

Dfr you have had great luck wit those machines. They can be ordered from Walmart and delivered to your door!
That might be the way to go it the transportation is an issue for you Umber.

Umber the Kid
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Date: 10/27/10 1:57 AM

Thanks for all the replies!I am trying to find something fairly inexpensive but good quality, It can be new or old as long as it won't break on me easily. Thank you for the offer KitnRose, but Sadly I live in Houston. ^^;

Gah! I am in love. And my wallet, it is in tears. Any opinions?I am going to have to save for a bit to get this baby but it looks to be able to do everything I want and then some.

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Bert62
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Date: 10/27/10 6:54 AM

It looks awesome. However, I have never seen a dealer post so many nice photos for a machine going for a buy-it-now price of only $ 149.00. I didn't look at their mailing charge. I'd be interested myself if I didn't have too many machines already. Bert
I looked at mailing charge - $ 59.00 !!!!!
By the way, somewhere in Houston there must be an older Kenmore for sale in the fifty dollar range. I'm just sayin'
-- Edited on 10/27/10 6:57 AM --

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