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maitej17
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Date: 11/15/11 4:26 PM

Hi eveyrone!

I'm hoping to buy a new machine soon. I've been using a friend's old White machine and it's given me nothing but headaches. It's made me hate sewing, but I have so many projects I still want to work on, so I'm hoping to buy a new good one w/out breaking the bank.
Here are the ones I've been looking at:
Singer 7467 Confidence, Singer 7258 Stylist, Janome 8077 (probably refurb), and brother cs6000i

My biggest issue w/the White is the jamming of the thread and the bobbin, I've ruined a whole sleuth of items because of it and I'm looking for something that will give me absolutely no jamming issues (hence why the janome is on the list, it claims to be jam free). I sew on various fabrics, from reg. cotton to fleece to thick padded insulation and want to make sure it's something that will go through all of it w/out a hitch. I've read SO many reviews on all of these and I still can't make a decision. Any help on my decision would be SUPER helpful.
Thanks!

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Date: 11/15/11 4:31 PM

I think the Janome is the best choice of what you've got listed here. Not sure what kind of sewing you're doing, but if you're making clothing, those 6 buttonholes will come in handy.

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Date: 11/15/11 7:42 PM

Can you try out these machines at the dealer?
Take your own fabrics.
Try the buttonholes too.

You will bond with one of them.

For you old machine -- are you sure you are using the correct bobbins? and have the bobbin in the case correctly.

Also hold onto the threads in back until a few stitches are sewn.

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Date: 11/16/11 11:10 AM

I was planning to buy on-line since the prices are in the price range I can stay at. But maybe I can at least try them before I make the on-line purchase. That's a good idea.

As for the White, I do have everything where it should be and I do hold the threads for a few stitches, the jamming actually happens at random times during my sewing, not at the beginning nor the end. I will usually be right in the middle of my project.

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Date: 11/16/11 1:58 PM

Is the bobbin area clean? Sometimes even a tiny bit of fuzz or threads can cause problems.

If you like a simple manual sm the Janome 2212 is nice, it has stretch stitch, 4 step buttonhole & you can get many snap on feet to use with it. There are positive reviews here on PR for that sm. They are running around $149 online. You may also want to order extra bobbins whichever sm you buy as most sm only come with 2 or 3 bobbins when you get it. ......... hope you find a sm you really like. ; )

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Date: 11/16/11 4:36 PM

Quote: maitej17
I was planning to buy on-line since the prices are in the price range I can stay at. But maybe I can at least try them before I make the on-line purchase. That's a good idea.



As for the White, I do have everything where it should be and I do hold the threads for a few stitches, the jamming actually happens at random times during my sewing, not at the beginning nor the end. I will usually be right in the middle of my project.

Just wanted to mention that it isn't actually a good idea to go into a dealer, knowing you will not buy from them and planning to buy online, and then take advantage of their time and machines for demo. (See the recent hot topic on being charged for a demo.) You will not win friends with this practice. If you plan to use an online dealer, then just go for it and give the machine a thorough run through its paces. Online sellers usually have excellent return policies, but only for a stated period of time, so you'll want to make sure you are happy with the machine while you still have the option to return.

Personally, I have used that model of Brother and found it a little fragile and touchy, but there are others who have had good success with it. I believe Erika Bunker even mentioned she'd sewn leather garments on hers. I don't have experience sewing on any of the other models you mentioned, but I have had other machines by Janome and they have been fantastic.

Sorry the White is giving you such fits. If the problem is occurring not at the beginning or end, maybe there's a burr or nick somewhere on the bobbin or case, or even on the needle plate?

Wishing you all the best in finding a great new machine to bond with! Getting a new machine is so much fun. Hope you'll let us know what you decide.
-- Edited on 11/16/11 4:37 PM --
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Date: 11/16/11 6:24 PM

The return policies VARY significantly at the different on line retailers. Sewing Machines Plus does not give refunds unless you never open the box the machine came in. And if it has been ALREADY used and then repacked before they even send it to you how do you prove it wasn't you who opened the factory seals?

Heard good things about other on line retailers though.

Heard great things about Janomes, terrible things about those Singers you mention, and that brother is just OK in my opinion.

Good luck!

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Date: 11/17/11 10:57 AM

Sometimes it is operator error and not the machine.

Whichever machine YOU decide on be sure to not use it until you have read the manual and applied each step of every function of the machine.

I find this is a quick way to learn the machine and avoid down time.

Just open the manual and set down in front of the new machine. Read and apply.

PS: One important feature would be pressure adjustment for the presser foot. One important accessory would be a walking foot to help prevent the heavy layers from shifting during sewing.


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Date: 11/17/11 11:13 AM

Perhaps you should take the current sewing machine and see what they say about the problem.

Some dealers will match the online price or offer lessons or throw in some accessories which you may want. Don't sell the dealer short.

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Date: 11/17/11 6:02 PM

There really is no such thing as a jam proof race or bobbin, even though I think each and everyone of all the sewing machine companies have made that claim or something close sometimes in some advertisement on some machine at some time in the past.

Things like that just happen, especially easy, if you have a machine threaded up wrong, your top tension dail turned to zero, or maybe your pressure foot up to high, with too much fabric jammed underneath it. So, I think that kind of thing can really happen with any machine, especially if you make it do that on purpose.

So I would just test sew on all and just get whatever you like the best, but do know, if you do those sort of things I mentioned and probably some others, I think you really can get any sewing machine to jam up with enough effort, I know I could.

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