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If you had $1000 (ish) to spend.
Bernina 350, Pfaff ambition/expression, juki f-600, elna, janome ?
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Date: 10/18/11 0:32 AM

Ive looked all over the map, at all price points.

My not so trusty but well loved Viking is dead -- What to do?

The 1000.00 price point is filled with what seem like great machines - new and used.

The machines that catch my eye are -- the Juki f-600, Bernina 350, Pfaff Ambition 1.5, Pfaff expression 2.0, Used Bernina 440's, Janome 6600-- , Bernette 25, Elna quilting queen...

There are also older machines -- Vikings, Bernina's, Pfaff's -- and Singers that I like ... but, have been kinda burned with the used machines and might not feel like another one right now.

The closest dealers to me are - Bernina, Pfaff and Viking (though im not feeling like another Viking right now - AT ALL) ... I dont drive so, a long bus ride to the Brother and Janome dealer could happen but, I really dont want to have to do that in order to treat myself to new feet - get help etc. But, would if I needed to.

The Bernina dealer is also an Elna dealer and I like some of the Elna's lots. -- Dont think Im ready to spend 2000+ for the exellance - and though I like the quilting queen might want a free arm.

There has been so much bad press about Pfaff IDK if I really want one - though, they are the machines I personally like the best during extensive test drives. I think the Ambition is a great machine at a great price - but, I just dont feel as sure of that brand as I would like to -- I love the wide stitches (7mm on the ambition/9mm on the expression) because in my sewing I use mostly recycled solid color fabrics and love to embellish the fabrics with applique and think decorative stitching would really add depth and texture to quilts!

Im not thrilled about the idea of spending the price for the 330 and getting the kinda small return in terms of stitches/harp size but, have had a few bad machine experiences and might be ready to take the hit on the price and just get what people say are the best -- I like the 330 and the 350 enough - there are plenty of extra feet to buy and the quility seems more than rock solid. There is also a sale soon that the dealer said she would sell at that price now..

What would you do if your fave "go to" machine crapped the bed and you needed to buy a new machine - what type would you get at the 1000.00 (ish) (as high as 1300) price point? If there is a machine around for less Id be happy to spend less !!!

I love to quilt - I only have a twin bed and make twin size quilts - so harp size is a issue .. but, I dont need 15 inches! The 350 might be big enough .. I like to free motion quilt .. It seems the bernina's keep their value and if I wanted bigger one down the road a 350 might sell high - or be nice to keep around as a travel machine.

I make some garments --

I like to sew FAST -- !!

The Juki seems to be the most bang for the buck in the price range - but, its the only machine Ive never sewn on and the dealer is the furthest away and I cant get there by bus. That does not make it a 'no-go" its just not as easy.

And how "used" would a 440qe be that you would pass on it at the 1000.00 price? --

Oh- well... I love to shop for machines! I do. But, I kinda like shopping more than buying!

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Date: 10/18/11 0:35 AM

Oh - and the Bernette - ?

It has 7mm stitches and is pretty cheap ... whats the feeling on those machines? I know these are pretty new machines - priced right .. small harp. But, look like they have a nice assortment of stitches. I perfer a top loading bobbin to one that needs oil.

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Date: 10/18/11 8:16 AM

Bernina 350.
Not the Bernette.

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Date: 10/18/11 8:39 AM

The new Bernettes (12, 15, 20, and 25) are totally different, so if the features appeal to you, include it in your test drive. Honestly, that's the only answer here.

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Date: 10/18/11 8:45 AM

It would be hard for me to resist that Juki. That would be my choice, and I'd call some of the online stores to see what I could get it for and it be shipped to me. I've read so many good things about that machine that I am in love with it and don't have one. Right now, I don't need another machine, but when I do, it will be between that one and a Bernina. As far as older Pfaffs and Vikings, I hear good things about them, not so much now as they've all been thrown in with Singer. Old Singers are great to some ppl. I have never had a Singer old or new that I could get along with. I'm sure you have already looked, but a search will give you threads and threads about the F600 Juki. You'd be hard pressed to find a better machine for the money.

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Date: 10/18/11 8:51 AM

I stuck with my mechanicals and went on a cruise!

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Date: 10/18/11 8:58 AM

I love the 3-series Berninas. Really solid little machines with a nice amount of features. But if you could find a 440QE lightly used at a good price I'd move up to that for you because it can use the BSR while the 3-series machines can't. There are a lot of 440s out there and maybe some of those people will be trading up to the new 5-series soon and trading in or selling their 440s. You might be able to find one with an embroidery module at a bargain price and be able to add that to your repertoire!

I'd take the Bernette 25 out of the running unless all you want to do is piecing and some basic garment sewing. It just doesn't have as strong as a motor as the "real" Berninas.

As you can tell I'm mostly familiar with the Bernina line. I agree that the Vikings aren't what they used to be, I recently sold the one I had and still have another that I like okay but still prefer my old Bernina over it.

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Date: 10/18/11 9:00 AM

Having read your other thread, I would stay away from the Bernina and the elna. That dealer does not deserve anymore of your money.

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Date: 10/18/11 9:00 AM

gramma b, sounds like you and I have the same mindset. When I saw "If you had $1000.00(ish) to spend"...I thought, hummmm, buy a good Mechanical machine for under $300 and spend the rest on fabric (and shoes)! I'm one who can't justify huge amounts of money for a sewing machine. I guess if I were manufacturing crafts or quilts, to sell that would help me reap some of the cost back for the machine, I would consider paying that much. But it would have to clean the house and cook too!

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Date: 10/18/11 9:59 AM

The fun part of this thread will be the varied and passionate responses. I respectfully disagree with the Bernina votes. For a thousand dollars the 350 does not have enough features for me.

I would spend $30.00 for a vintage singer ,solid gear driven mechanical, like the 301 or 15-90 and then buy the Ambition or Juki for the fun stitches and features.

For me sewing should be fun as well as functional and the bells and whistles are fun.

However, as many people have said, sewing is personal and there are no wrong answers. You gotta figure out what is right for you. And most importantly you must have a good dealer.

Good luck with your choice and don't rush into it.

The cruise sounds good too.

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