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Date: 4/18/11 2:48 PM

I'm looking for a machine that I can use all the time for quilting. I want decorative stitches, too but I don't want an embroidery combo (I just sold mine).

I have a Brother 1500 that is strictly straight stitch, which I love and it has a 10" throat so I'm looking for a similar feature. I've been thinking about a Viking Platinum but would have to try one out first. I've read a lot of reviews on here about different machines and I think there's good and bad machines in every brand.

My budget is $1000 so I don't want to go too nuts and fall in love with something that I can't afford. I want a good sturdy machine that's a good workhorse and has a great stitch.

Would a higher end used machine be worth considering?

Am I asking for the impossible??? LOL.

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Date: 4/18/11 2:58 PM

Higher end used machine a great idea, IMO, especially from a dealer with a one year (or 90 day or whatever you can get) warranty. Or from a trusted seller and/or thorough test drive. Some models to consider: Janome 6600/Elna 7300, Babylock Quest Plus, Pfaff Smarter C1100 Pro. Surely there are other suggestions. The Quest Plus is being replaced/upgraded by the Serenade, so it should be on sale. No personal experience with the Juki F600, but lots of devotees on PR and one for sale in the PR classifieds. 6600's often for sale as the owners upgrade to the 7700. Also try sewitsforsale, a yahoo group. Good luckEdited for iPhone typos
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Date: 4/18/11 3:01 PM

The Brother Innov-is NX-2000(Laura Ashley) would be a fabulous option if you go can over $1000 a few hundred. The Platinums are discontinued so I assume you are looking for a used one? plus they have a smaller throat, which in that case, if you still love your Brother, then maybe the NX800? That one should be near or under the $1K amount, plus it has a thread cutter button and knee lift.

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Date: 4/18/11 3:26 PM

Viking Saphire 835 on sale for ~$1,000 in my area. It would be ever so perfect for me in every way if only it had a stop start button. Why do they make you go up to the 875Q for that feature

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Date: 4/18/11 5:40 PM

What is the price range of Viking 875Q. My dealer sent a notice about having several of these but won't let you know the price until you come in. If anyone has one how do you like it?
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Date: 4/18/11 5:54 PM

I was too afraid to look at that machine. From the reviews here, it seems people paid anywhere from $1600-$2200 for it

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Date: 4/18/11 9:38 PM

I love the Platinum line, you might find a dealer with NOS. new old stock

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Date: 4/19/11 4:24 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions :)

I did a little homework on the harp dimensions on several machines. I can't get any prices online. We have a local Janome dealer so I might stop in and test drive something. I also contacted a Pfaff/Viking dealer close by and asked about a Pfaff Expression 2.0. They said they don't have one and can't get them any more because Pfaff has replaced them with the Ambition line. They don't have any of those in either but could order one for me. The MSRP is $1299 but they will be selling them for $1029. I might have them get one for me to try.

I was also interested in a Brother QC 1000 but they are selling them only through dealers and the nearest dealer to me is over 100 miles. I've owned 3 different types of Brother machines and loved them all.

I guess I'll keep searching and reading.

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Date: 4/19/11 5:41 PM

The Brother QC-1000 has been replaced with the NX-2000 Laura Ashley Limited Edition. Same machine but some extra stitches come on a disk and the circular stitcher and bobbin work accessories are standard. Expect to pay $1500 or more for this model. I have the QC-1000 and it is a lovely machine.

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Date: 4/20/11 11:10 AM

Thanks Karen for the update. I wasn't aware of the Laura Ashley machine replacing the QC1000. I can't keep up with all these "replacements" coming out for machines!!! I know as soon as I buy a machine, a replacement will come out that will be better....LOL.

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