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Date: 12/21/11 1:46 PM

I am an intermediate sewer. I make some clothing but mostly crafts like teddy bears, for which I need a fairly heavy-duty machine. I would like to know what are the recommended machines for this type of sewing. I am looking at a range of ~400-800 CA. Embroidery stitches would be nice, as would either electronic or computerized. Thanks.

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Date: 12/22/11 11:36 PM

I quilt mostly, but based on what I have read being on here for the last 9 months I hope I can point you in the right direction. Both Janome and Bernina are highly regarded, among others. It's really a personal preference. Go to local sewing machine dealerships with the types of fabrics you plan to sew on, and check out the machines. Thats what I did, and I really bonded with a Bernina.
On the other hand, some people would recommend vintage machines, especially older Singers, like the 201-2.
After you have tried out some machines, check out the reviews on them, and here is a good place to start.Research the machine you are interested in as much as you can. I used this website extensively to research and right now I own a Kenmore 19110 (same as a Janome DC2010), a Bermina B330, and a Singer 201-2. Among others...but I don't have SMAD, (sewing machine addiction)noooo... I don't.

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Date: 12/22/11 11:44 PM

Electronic and computerized would not fall into the category of heavy duty.

For embroidery you will need an embroidery machine.

What have you been using?

Take a sample of the fabrics you will be using and visit as many sewing machine dealers as you can find in your area. Ask them what will work for you. Each dealer will have an opinion. Buy from the dealer you like the best.

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Date: 12/23/11 1:00 PM

I have a used mechanical Pfaff that I picked up. It feels stronger and goes through layers better.

I recently made a small teddy out of fleece and my brother machine was a bit upset but the Pfaff feels stronger.

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